By: Shannon Ralph
The first gay character in Archie Comics, Kevin Keller, will get married in an upcoming issue.
Kevin Keller first appeared in the comic “Veronica” last autumn, with some critics expecting him to be nothing more than a token character. But the issue in which he appeared, #202, sold out, prompting Archie Comics to issue a reprint for the first time in its history. The character appeared in a mini-series this summer and will also have his own solo title to be released early next year. “Veronica” writer Dan Parent was nominated for a GLAAD award for his creation.
Speaking last year, Archie Comics co-chief executive Jon Goldwater said, “The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books.”
Mr. Goldwater added that people who might be offended by a gay storyline “aren’t the kind of people we want reading our comics anyway.”
How awesome is that? I’ve never really been a comic book fan, but I have to applaud any industry that takes a stand against homophobia and actually tells critics that they do not want their business. I am thinking it might be time to introduce my son to Archie Comics.