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Archie Comics' gay character debuts

Considered every teen's bible, Archie Comics has a new twist in its cast. And no it's not another bombshell to give Veronica competition, neither is it a cool dude to make Archie nervous. The new character is...

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:06 IST
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Archie Comics

Considered every teen's bible,

Archie Comics

has a new twist in its cast. And no it's not another bombshell to give Veronica competition, neither is it a cool dude to make Archie nervous. The new character is Kevin Keller - a gay teen!



Embracing the changing attitudes towards homosexuality, the comic has taken a bold and positive step by introducing a gay character Kevin Keller, who will become a permanent member of Archie's gang.

Talking about the inspiration for the idea, Jon Goldwater, the co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications revealed to Daily Beast, "We're batting story ideas around and Dan (artist) says, 'What if Veronica, who's able to get everything she wants, isn't able to get something? What if a new good-looking boy comes into town and Veronica wants to date him and he turns her down?'" Goldwater recalls in an interview. "And I say, 'Why would he do that?' And Dan says, 'Because he's gay.' And I say, 'Now that's funny. That's a good premise.' "

The new gay character has created a wave of curiosity and excitement among the readers. Not worried about a negative response, Goldwater said, "I really think what we're doing reflects what goes on in the world. I'm really thrilled with how people have reacted," he says, adding that the few angry readers who have canceled their subscriptions have been far outnumbered by supporters who've become new subscribers because of Kevin."

ArchieApparently, Jughead persuades Keller not to reveal his sexuality to Veronica, who is obviously besotted with the new guy in school.

Chris Sims, a comic-book writer and senior writer at ComicsAlliance.com says in an email to Daily Beast, "This is Archie Comics, the last bastion of idealized small-town life, going, 'Yep, this is totally OK.' Plus, I love the idea that when Jughead finds out Kevin's gay, his reaction isn't, 'Whoa, that's weird!' but, 'Hey, I can totally use that to prank Veronica.' "