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Batman Is Gay – And Other Homoerotic Comic Book Legends

Essay: Comic book writer Grant Morrison is known for being a bit outrageous. He once organized a “wankathon” to boost sales. And so his recent “outing” of Batman should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, fans of the caped crusader have long had reasons

Batman + Robin (Tony Bowden)
Batman + Robin (Tony Bowden)
Matthias Heine

BERLIN -- Comic book characters can lead unconventional lives. Very few of them are married, or have kids, or a normal job. If minors live with them – unusual, but take Donald Duck as an example – they are "nephews," and we get no clue as to who their parents are or why they live with their uncle.

If the characters live communally, then it is usually men only and the set-up is not without parallels to married life: that's the way it is for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, the well-known German comic figures Fix and Foxi, or for that matter, Batman and Robin.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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