On September 1st, Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character, will be welcomed into the town of Riverdale.
"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," stated Archie Comics Co- CEO, Jon Goldwater.
VERONICA #202 features the full-issue story, "Isn't it Bromantic?" that introduces Kevin, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Kevin Keller is the new hunk in town and Veronica just has to have him. After Kevin defeats Jughead in a burger eating contest at Pop's Chocklit Shoppe, she desperately latches onto him. Mayhem and hilarity ensue as Kevin desperately attempts to let Veronica down easy and her flirtations only become increasingly persistent.
Nice, Archie, that's awesome. Or, you know, awful if you're a homophobic bigot.
Hit the jump for a panel of the comic in which Kevin and Jughead discuss Kevin's gayness.
ARCHIE COMICS INTRODUCES FIRST OPENLY GAY CHARACTER [archiecomics]
Thanks to DOOBIE HOWSER, Possible + Stoppable and Black, who are all convinced Archie and Jughead have been docking for years.