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Marvel Comics plans wedding for gay hero Northstar

This comic book cover image released by Marvel shows "Astonishing X-Men," No 51, due out June 20. AP/Marvel Comics

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - This summer, wedding bells will ring for Marvel Comics' first openly gay hero.

The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier - also known as the super speedster Northstar - will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of "Astonishing X-Men" No. 51, due out June 20.

Northstar revealed he was gay in the pages of "Alpha Flight" No. 106 in 1992. He was one of Marvel's first characters to do so. Since then, numerous comic book heroes and villains have been identified as gay, lesbian or transgender.

Marjorie Liu is writing the series. She says the decision to have the pair marry was fitting, noting that the relationship between Kyle and Northstar has grown in recent years.

The news comes as DC Comics is reportedly planning to have one of its own characters come out. According to, DC co-founder Dan DiDio told attendees at the Kapow Comic Convention in London on Sunday that an existing DC character who was previously straight will be introduced as "one of our most prominent gay characters."