Comic strips[ edit ] Panel showing the coming out of a character in in the comic strip For Better or For Worse. This comic strip caused death threats to be sent to Lynn Johnston, the creator. Early comic strips also avoided overt treatment of gay issues, though examples of homosexual subtext have been identified. The — edition of Milton Caniff 's Terry and the Pirates features a primary villain, Sanjak, who has been interpreted by some as a lesbian with designs on the hero's girlfriend. When Lynn Johnston 's For Better or For Worse explored the coming out of a teenaged character in , it provoked a vigorous reaction from conservative groups. The Pulitzer board said the strip "sensitively depicted a youth's disclosure of his homosexuality and its effect on his family and friends.