In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at a comic strip that shows us what would have happened if June and Ward Cleaver were bears!
Leonard and Larry were created by cartoonist Tim Barela as minor supporting characters in a strip that did not end up working out. Instead, Barela put the spotlight upon the happy couple in their 30s, and what followed was an almost 20 year run as a comic strip from the early 80s until his last strip in 2003.
He has released four collections of the strips(the third is currently out of print).
The basic concept of the strip is a simple one – imagine a middle-aged gay couple living a sitcom life, basically. If the Chelsea Boys would make for a good animated series, Leonard and Larry would make for a good live action sitcom.
Leonard Goldman and Larry Evans are both middle-aged men with good jobs, and Larry actually has two sons, who we get to see grow up from teenagers to men as the strip progresses (and our heroes get closer to the big five-oh).
Barela has a real clean art style and an endearing sense of humor.
Here are some sample pages…
A CBR poster named Grazzt passed along to me one of his all-time favorite Leonard and Larry pages – here it is…
Thanks to the Gay Comics List for the images!
Be sure to check out the official Leonard and Larry website here! They are having a BIG sale right now! Each of the three in stock collections are only FIVE BUCKS!! WOW!