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Marvel has announced its very first openly gay Captain America will appear on the pages of its comic books.
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the creation of the iconic character, the company is launching a new series titled: The United States of Captain America.
The storyline will follow Steve Rogers as he teams up with former superheroes who have taken on the mantle of Captain America in the past when his shield goes missing.
The heroes will take a road trip across the US to locate the shield and in doing so will meet people from "all walks of life" who act as the Captain America of their respective communities.
The first will be Aaron Fischer, a gay teenager known as Captain America of the Railways and described as "a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused".
His design shows him with his head shaved into a mohawk, with multiple facial piercings and a tattoo of the American flag.
Fischer is the first LGBT character to take up the role of Captain America, and his debut is set to coincide with Pride Month in the US.
"Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life," series writer Josh Trujillo said.
"He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes."
Jan Bazaldua, the artist who created Fischer, says his presence in the iconic comic book series means a lot.
"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," she said.
"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."
Marvel Comics is understood to have operated a "no gays in the Marvel Universe" policy throughout the 1980s under controversial editor-in-chief Jim Shooter's leadership.
The following decade saw the comics introduce LGBT characters, but any editions they featured in had to have an "adults only" label on the front due to conservative protest at their inclusion.
The United States of Captain America will arrive in stores on June 2.
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