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Archie Comics’ gay pal Kevin Keller is getting married

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Archie Comics’ gay pal Kevin Keller is getting married.

In a first for mainstream comic books, gay marriage will be the storyline in the January edition of the “Life with Archie” series, as the characters of fictional Riverdale gather for the wedding of Kevin and his partner.

Readers will learn that Kevin meets his future husband, Clay, in a military hospital after being wounded while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“Kevin followed in his father’s footsteps and is returning to Riverdale as a war hero, but that’s not all — It’s Kevin’s wedding day!” Archie Comics said, in a release.

Kevin was introduced to Archie fans in 2010, becoming the first gay character in the series’ 70 year history.

His instant popularity with fans led to that sold-out comic becoming the first in the publisher’s history to go into a second printing, triggering a four-issue spin-off last summer — the series, told in flashbacks, revealed Kevin’s struggles and triumphs through middle and high school.

In July, Archie Comics announced that Kevin’s character would have his own monthly comic book starting in February 2012.

“He’s proven to be incredibly popular,” said Jon Goldwater, co-chief executive of Archie Comics. “We’re just so proud of the success of Kevin and the fact that he adds a new dynamic to Riverdale.”

“I think it’s great that the reality of America’s loving couples are being portrayed in as many places as possible,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, in a September interview with Fox News.

“We all want to be part of family and community – that’s what marriage is about,” Wolfson said. “Gay people share the same dreams.”

Archie Comics’ Dan Parent was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in 2011 for creating Kevin.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Looking forward to it!

    Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 9:57am
  2. yay!

    Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:00am
  3. awww that is awesummmmmmmmmmm! I have followed Archie comic since i was a kids, and being a lesbian woman I m happy to see that they are for all kinds of love :) happy to see love in the air in Archie comics :D

    Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:18am
  4. I use to love collecting Archie comics as a kid. Great to see more lgbt characters and especially Black gay ones in pop culture.

    Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 12:38pm
  5. omg that’s awesome! remember reading these as a kid. definitely Team Betty! So glad to see they’ve come along with the times!

    Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:19pm
  6. thats awesome.

    Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:00pm