I grew up in the generation that used the word drag to describe the fabulous entertainers that got up on stage in the gay clubs and gave it their all to entertain the boys. So before you go all “Oh No! He didn’t just say DRAG!“ on both Ru and me, please remember that for us to survive in this world, we really have to stick together. We ought to carefully pick and choose our fights – plus please don’t pick them with your allies in the gay world. Divide and conquer, that’s what many are hoping for – fueled by a new found penchant for extreme political correctness. I see these kind of arguments popping up and dividing our community everyday – breaking it apart into many detached gay factions. People, this is not good.
„We’re born naked and the rest is drag“ – This is just one of many colorful quotes by drag superstar of the world RuPaul and it perfectly describes the point being presented here.
RuPaul then asks: “Is this word drag or any other term coming from a place of love or hate?“ That is the most important question you must first answer before you pass judgement. And here, on these pages, it is most definitely coming from the LOVE side of the street – from a warm place in my heart filled with lots of fond memories. So take a quick break from all your Gay Pride events this season, show some love for a brother in tights. Sit back and gaze upon the fab-u-lous gender bending superheroes drawn by our artist of the month, Zachary Brunner.
Zach is a very talented illustrator who has also been working on his own comic series. Super sexy heroes doing their thing in the legendary battle of Good vs. Evil. When I first came across his work I knew that this would be great for our special July Boner issue.
How did you come up with this idea of superheroes in drag?
I began my gender-bend pieces as a direct reflection of the sexist pinup art seen in the comic book industry today. As someone who grew up going to comic stores every week, I was inundated with images of beautiful, thin women, all with giant breasts and huge muscles in tiny, unforgiving costumes. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the fact that men were not portrayed in the same way was discouraging as a young gay man. It set an idea that only women were supposed to be portrayed that way.
Unfortunately that is very typical of so many things in this world. The point of gender-bending is to both bring attention to the way we sexualize women in comics, and also to have sexualized art of men, for men who read comics. The costumes are the same as they are for the women, but seeing them on men’s bodies changes the way we perceive them. Suddenly the costumes seem skimpier than they did before, and hopefully it changes the way we look at the original art.
Thank you for raiding the forbidden closets of Super Woman and other classic female superheroes and dressing up your hunky muscle boys in their revealing regalia – and we want to see MORE!!! The pinups I create are certainly something I wish I had seen when I was growing up. I think there is a large gay population of comic book readers who are forgotten about when it comes to sexy pinup art. I think slowly, the industry is becoming more inclusive. I’m just trying to push the boundaries a little faster.”
The art column this month is dedicated to Adam West – June 9, 2017 (†) best known for playing the role of Batman on the hit TV series.