Artist David Yardin always brings his best to the characters he draws and this portrait of young mutant Anole is no exception! Anole’s Wikipedia entry is an interesting read because it covers in continuity stories as well as behind the scenes information. Although he is known as one of the few openly gay characters in the Marvel Universe, his creators (Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis) intended to have him commit suicide after not finding acceptance. Editorial nixed the idea and had them rewrite the issues.
I’m so glad that that old trope was discarded because popular culture needs more positive role models for gay teens, not less. Subsequent writers and artists have made Anole’s sexuality just one more aspect of a multi-faceted character, although they have not shied away from incorporating it into the narrative. In an interesting twist, Anole’s community (before he came to the X-Men) had no problem with him being gay or a mutant until anti-mutant hysteria spreads to his town, creating problems for the young man.
Just as the writers have invested in making Anole multi-dimensional, David Yardin’s artwork depicts a realistic look at the character. Make sure you check out David Yardin’s artwork on his Deviant Art account!