Extraño in DC Comics
DC Comics' first obviously gay character was the flamboyant Peruvian magician Extraño, who first appeared in Millennium #2 in 1988 and then in the spinoff series New Guardians. The superhero angered many by being a stereotypically jovial gay man in colorful clothing, not to mention his name is Spanish for "strange."
New Guardians continued to be controversial by having a plot line in which several team members are infected with HIV through the scratch of the Hemo-Goblin. This misinformation about AIDS transmission plus the effeminate Extraño made the short-lived series offensive to the gay community.