Eighty-six-year-old artist John Severin has been teamed with writer Ron Zimmerman, a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show. Their first installment in the Slap Leather series will list at $2.95 a swishy pop. Most liberal Americans might agree that its high time the comic book industry got with the program, so to speak. But come on, people, its also high time for us to fess up. Gay comic book heroes are not exactly a new concept. We all knew, however subconsciously, about Batman and Robin from the get-go. What about the Lone Ranger and Tonto? Please. How many times must a couple ride off into a neon-pink sunset before someone gets the picture? As the kid puts it: "I think that mask and powder-blue outfit are fantastic! I can certainly see why that Indian follows him around."