Superpowers do not ensure a super sex life. Just witness Clark Kent, Peter Parker and legions of other caped crusaders fumbling around the opposite sex. “Superhero comics have always brushed against a very adolescent view of sexuality, and more often than not they’re the most embarrassing examples of sex in comics,” says Joe Casey, a veteran comic writer and partner in Man of Action Studios.  These prepubescent portrayals led Casey to create  SEX, his newest comic from the Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. Launched in March 2013, the story follows Simon Cooke, a retired superhero forced to confront the feelings of his sex life. “He’s not prepared for the world he must now live in,” says Casey. “He’s also so repressed, based on everything he locked down in himself when he was a superhero. He’s going to be dancing on that razor’s edge of what’s out there.”

Although Casey has written for Uncanny X-Men,  Adventures of Superman and other comics, he is best known as one of the creators of Ben 10, the multibillion-dollar, and decidedly unsexy, kids’ franchise. “I’m a grown man, somewhat mature, and this is the type of subject I’m interested in exploring,” he says. “Maybe it’s my way of finding some weird creative balance in my life.”

Published in Playboy South Africa October 2013