Aye aye, Captain.
Creative types. And CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS shall lead us. pic.twitter.com/vvUe7pIVkU— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) September 4, 2015
Oh Captain Underpants: the books we loved as children and that children today still love. Often confused with Captain America, Captain Underpants isn't a skinny dude-turned-supersoldier but a stoutly teacher-turned-superhero, the creation of author/illustrator Dav Pilkey. Who could forget George and Harold's misadventures when they accidentally turn their teacher into their comic book creation?
The twelfth book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, was released in August, and while it admittedly doesn't sound like a progressive tale that advances LGBT representation in children's literature, it is. The tale features a time-traveling twist in which the young protagonists George and Harold meet their future selves.
The book reads, “Old Harold, his husband, and their twins, Owen and Kei, plopped down on the giant beanbag chair.”
And that's it. That's the only mention of his sexuality; it's business as usual. It's not a saccharine or sentimentalized coming out story, or a rift between the two friends, but a fact of life. It's not an issue because it isn't an issue. Harold grows up to have a husband and an adorable family, and even keeps his cool hairstyle in tact.
Who would have thought that progressive politics and poop jokes make a great combination?