Gay superhero comic book Spandex
has been nominated for an Eagle
The comic book revolves around the
Spandex team, which is led by Liberty, the world's first transvestite
superhero. The remaining 6 team members – Glitter, Prowler, Diva,
Indigo, Butch and Neon – are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Spandex, the creation of
illustrator Martin Eden, debuted last November and is nominated in
the Best British Color Comic Book category.
“I'm completely shocked and I really
didn't expect it,” said Eden. “I'm so proud of my comic and I'm
really trying to do things that have never been done in a comic
The series' second issue recently
arrived in comic bookstores.
The Spandex team's second adventure
begins at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen's crown jewels have been
“The Brighton-based gay-team then
head[s] to Japan to recover the crown jewels and replace a fallen
team-mate,” the book's description says. “There, they face the
formidable swords of the Pink Ninja, the terrifying Gayzilla, and
they recruit Neon, the world's first gay, fluorescent ninja!”
“The original plan was to publish
issue one, and then work on a bigger book,” said Martin, “but
after global media attention, it was just too exciting to wait.”
The annual Eagle Awards are presented
during the UK's Comic Expo in the fall.