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Knowledge Waits: The Possible Hints Over the Years That Iceman Is Gay

Lobdell first hints that Bobby really isn't all that serious about Opal in 1993's Uncanny X-Men #301...

and then breaks them up in Uncanny X-Men #305...

Notice how sets up the whole recurring "there's some unsettling stuff going on inside Bobby's head" angle that has shown up a lot over the years since then.

Uncanny X-Men #311 really sets things into motion, as Bobby goes to check on the comatose Emma Frost (who had been in a coma for thirty issues at that point), and note how he thinks about how he pushed Opal away...

He and Emma are hit with some alien feedback and the result is Emma is awoken from her coma, but in Bobby's body!!

When he gets his body back, he is haunted by how Emma was able to do things with his powers that he never could. He confronts her, and she tells him that he knows the real reason. The implication is that it is because he is holding himself back due to a lack of self-esteem, but whether there is something else there BEHIND that lack of self-esteem is left unclear.

In Uncanny X-Men #319, Bobby takes Rogue to have dinner with his parents. A lot of people have looked at this issue as being like a gay guy bringing a beard home with him, and it really does read that way.

And when we see Bobby's dad (who has gotten a bit of a rewrite, as he had appeared in the past and while he was conservative, he wasn't nearly as conservative as he is now depicted), it would be easy to see how the kid of a guy like this would repress anything that would make him stand out...

Soon after this, due to the events right before Age of Apocalypse, Rogue needed time away from Gambit, so she and Bobby go on a road trip, and man, back when these issues were coming out, I really expected them to out Bobby every other issue. It really seemed like that was the way Lobdell was heading...

In X-Men #331, Bobby confronts Emma Frost about his powers, and she makes a comment about him being an interior decorator that some people have taken as a gay joke. I dunno about that...

Lobdell, though, soon wrote Bobby out of the title and then Lobdell left, as well. Later writers didn't do a whole lot with Bobby until Joe Casey had him on his team when Grant Morrison revamped the X-Men. But Casey didn't do much with Iceman's private life during his stint. Chuck Austen took over Uncanny X-Men with issue #410.

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