Stan Lee brings the first gay superhero to primetime

Fictional high-school athlete conceals superpowers and sexuality

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and many other Marvel superheros, is developing an hour-long cable series based on Perry Moore’s novel “Hero,” about a high-school athlete who’s trying to conceal the fact that he has superpowers and the fact that he’s gay. After all the innuendo about Batman and Robin, an actual gay superhero may seem like an anti-climax, but the cable network is hoping that this will be their answer to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” using a superhero story to parallel the normal problems of teen life.