There was a time when superheroes had to conceal their sexual orientation. A time of restricted rules and censorship codes impossible to break down even for those with superpowers. And then they hid, as did their authors, committed to disseminating clues among the cartoons and the tables, hoping that the wittiest and most sensitive reader would be able to grasp what the Comics Code Authority had missed. Today, superheroes can be proudly gay, so much so that both Marvel and DC took the initiative to publish themed anthology books in June, during Pride Month. DC Pride and Marvel Pride also arrive in Italy published by Panini Comics. And the theme continues to be topical, unfortunately still divisive among readers. We talked about it with Marco Marcello Lupoi, publishing director of Panini Comics, formerly the first editor of the Marvel Italia label, and, even before that, gay reader of comics who thrilled him without representing him.