The times they are a’changin’……We mentioned this in a brief item featured in the Thursday night link roundup, but for those who may’ve missed it: Riverdale High is getting its first gay character.
Next September, Archie Comics will be introducing its loyal readers to Kevin Keller, the series’ first man-lovin’ alpha male.
(Sidebar: Are they sure they want to tag Kevin as Riverdale’s first gay teen? Have we forgotten about Jughead? I was devoted fan and reader of Archie Comics growing up (Quiz me!) and my gaydar clocked that Jughead during 100 MPH about 20 years ago. Certainly anyone can see that he likes his coffee very sweet.)
Described as a hunky blonde who defeats Jughead in a burger-eating contest, Kevin immediately catches the alway roving eye of raven-haired rich girl Veronica, which prompts Kevin to spill his secret to the compassionate ear of his trusted confidante Juggie. (What did I tell you?)
“It’s nothing against her. I’m gay,” he explains.
Jughead urges him to wait to tell Veronica, and hilarity ensues as Kevin wrestles with ways to rebuff Ronnie gently, the company said.
Jon Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics, says the introduction of Kevin is “about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive.”
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Dan Parent, who wrote and drew the story for Veronica No. 202, which will hit comic book stores in the US Sept. 1.
“It’s not an issue like it would have been 20-30 years ago,” Parent explained. “We’re not trying to send social messages. We just want to reflect what’s going on today. Riverdale’s a melting pot.”
He added that people who are offended by seeing the Riverdale kids befriend a gay teen “aren’t the kind of people we want reading our comics anyway.”
Thoughts on this?