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Marvel Reveals First Gay Teen Captain America

The United States of Captain America
<p>Aaron Fischer, Captain America Marvel Comics.</p>   |   Courtesy of Marvel Comics
Aaron Fischer is the first LGBTQ character to pick up Cap's shield in the comic's 80-year history.

Marvel Comics has unveiled a first look at a new Captain America.

The new character, Aaron Fischer, represents the first LGBTQ character to pick up Cap's shield in the comic's 80-year history.

Fischer is described as "the Captain America of the Railways — a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused. Marvel Comics is proud to honor Pride Month with the rise of this new LGBTQ+ hero."

The limited series is titled The United States of Captain America and follows "Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas of the past — Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker — on a road trip across America to find his stolen shield. Throughout the group’s journey, they’ll discover everyday people from all walks of life who’ve taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities." The series is written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham.

Here are a few more looks at the character:

“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” said writer Joshua Trujillo, who pens the debut issue introducing Fischer. “He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”

“I want to thank editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” added Jan Bazaldua, who draws the issue. “I really enjoyed designing him and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society. While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day. I hope people like the end result!”

The other new Captains will be introduced at a later date. The United States of Captain America hits stores June 2.

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