数年間のニュースを思い出した──どこかに書いたかもしれないが、マーヴェル/Marvel のキャラクターがゲイであることをカミングアウトした、というものだ。彼の名はローハイド・キッド。アメリカ西部で活躍するガンマンだ。

ま、コミックについての解説は僕なんかよりも「ギーク」さんにお任せしよう。作品自体への評価は別として、その語り口からは『Queer As Folk』のマイケルのように、コミック・ブック(アメリカン・コミックス)への愛がとてもよく感じられる。
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CNN と BBC には記事が残っていた。
Rawhide comes out of the closet [BBC NEWS]

In the world of comics, more and more characters are announcing they are gay but few of them make much of an impression and none have a lead role.

Step forward the Rawhide Kid.

The fastest gun in the west with a sense of style and some killer one liners is the latest character to emerge as gay.

Marvel Comics to unveil gay gunslinger [CNN]

The Rawhide Kid has been a Marvel character since the 1950s both as a main and a secondary character. However, it was not until Zimmerman approached Marvel with his idea of a homosexual Rawhide Kid that sexuality was mentioned in the discussion of the character.

Although shy with girls, the original Rawhide Kid was not intended to be gay. The new version uses double entendres and euphemisms to reveal his homosexuality without saying anything explicitly. Based on a blurb on Marvel's Web site, the tone may be campy.

Marvel Masterworks: Rawhide Kid - Volume 1

Marvel Masterworks: Rawhide Kid - Volume 1