Cartoon creator Stan Lee is in the process of developing the world’s first gay superhero for a new television show.

The character, reportedly the son of another superhero, is a high school student called Thom Creed.

He will be forced to hide not only his growing superhuman powers, but also the fact that he is gay.

Stan Lee is responsible for some of the world’s best-loved superheroes including Spiderman and X-Men.

The story will be based on the book Hero, written by Perry Moore, who is also writing the script for the show.

Thom Creed will be unveiled in a television special to be shown in America.

If the programme is a success, it will also be aired in Britain at a later date.

A television industry reporter told The Sun newspaper:

“It was only a matter of time before we had our first gay superhero. And if there is one man who can make him a success it is Stan Lee.”