With Comic-Con International and San Diego Pride on the calendar this month, Pacific San Diego magazine decided to combine the two major events for the cover of its July issue. The result, as you can see, is a new take on the famous kissing scene from 2002’s Spider-Man, with Batman replacing Mary Jane. The accompanying banner reads “Heroes Welcome.”
“As Pride and Comic-Con descend upon San Diego, the time has come to reveal the truth: all heroes are welcome, even when they’re kissing their boyfriends,” David Perloff, the magazine’s publisher and editor-in-chief, told Fox 5. He also writes an imagined conversation between the two superheroes.
Pacific San Diego, “described as a celebration of the best of everyday life in San Diego,” is distributed free throughout the city.
While Fox 5 notes that not everyone is happy about the cover, organizers of San Diego Pride are. “I think that superheroes are all about standing up for justice,” Fernando López said, “so if some have an issue with two people who are embracing in a loving way, what is more heroic than that.”
San Diego Pride kicks off Friday, followed on Wednesday by Comic-Con.