Issue: Alpha Flight #106 (1992)
Why it’s significant: He’s the first openly gay character at Marvel.
Northstar wasn’t the first openly gay character in comics, but he was the first high-profile one that fans actually cared about. Originally created in 1979, writers had always hinted at Northstar’s sexuality, even to the point that fans just assumed he was gay for decades. But it wasn’t until 1992 when he officially came out of the superhero closet.
Of course this was the ‘90s, so the actual issue he came out in was a crudely drawn mess with a plot that’s pretty laughable now. Still, this was a major milestone for both Marvel and the comic book industry. Northstar would again make headlines in 2012 when he took part in the first gay wedding at Marvel in Astonishing X-Men #51.