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Archie Comics Introduce Gay Character To Series!!

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Even Archie is getting with the times!

The classic comic book is introducing its first openly gay character, named Kevin Keller, in the upcoming issue Isn't It Bromantic? - and the only conflict he faces is whether or not to tell an interested Veronica that she's not his type!


Says the cartoonist, Dan Parent:

"In the last year or two, we've been introducing a lot of new characters: Diverse characters, characters with different ethnicities. With trying to be diverse, we wanted to have everybody at the table. We knew at some point we wanted to introduce a gay character, and when I came up with the story idea, we felt it worked in context with this story. They just like watching Veronica making a fool of herself, trying to get this guy to like her. At the beginning of the book, Kevin tells Jughead first that he's gay. And Kevin feels kind of bad and wants to tell Veronica why he's not interested. But Jughead keeps saying, 'No, you should wait to tell her,' because he's enjoying watching Veronica's antics. Jughead's got a mind of his own. I think he'd be the first person to be accepting of a gay character. The story is very much in the true context of our Archie stories. It's Veronica being Veronica. The fact that there's a gay character in the story isn't a big deal to the characters. We didn't do something with turmoil. The guy just happens to be gay, and the characters accept it, and that's it. My daughter has openly gay kids in her high school and it's accepted. Obviously this isn't the case everywhere in the country. There are struggles that gay people have. But gay kids in high schools isn't the big deal it used to be, and we want to reflect the way being gay is accepted in today's society. We're trying to show that Riverdale is an accepting community, that everyone is welcome in Riverdale. We're trying to show that Riverdale is that ideal town that everybody wants to be a part of."

Well spoken and 100% true!

We think it's wonderful that they would introduce a gay character in such a natural and effortless manner!

What do U think?? Are U interested to see how Kevin fits with the rest of the Riverdale gang??

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102 comments to “Archie Comics Introduce Gay Character To Series!!”

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  1. 1

    i think this is a sign of the apocalypse. i hope riverdale gets nuked.

  2. 2

    Coooooooooooooooooool ! I always though Reggie could be a HOMO ! So aggresive ! You know what I'm say'n …. ? !

  3. 3

    I always thought Jughead was gay, he hated girls and wore that fabulous hat

  4. 4

    And, MS. Grundy, and Mr. Weatherbee are Homos, fer sure !

  5. 5

    And, JugHead was fascinated by Hamburgers - QUEER or WHAT ! ?

  6. 6

    I always thought Archie and Jughead were a couple — on the down low! Not news to me!

  7. 7

    They still have Archie comic books? The original illustrator mustn't be around anymore, because Archie doesn't look the same, not just because it's in black and white. I do think it would be a fun thing to do, if you owned the rights, to shake it up a bit and have some fun with the old characters too. So far, they seem to have modernized it without making a big to-do of it, which is a good thing.

  8. 8

    GAYS RULES THE WORLD (I just sometimes wish it was in a different solar system).
    Ya'll stop making such a big fuss about gay rights, black rights, yellow rights, etc. It has come to the point where I've developed anti "name your cause here" sentiments that I have disdain for the cause.
    Just live your life as if you're a human being. Some will like you, some will not.

  9. 9

    God can you stop being the fucking gay spokesperson? It's pathetic

  10. 10

    that is so cool! i wonder which will be the first boy to get some fun with the new guy? i'm guessing jughead.

  11. 11

    Now they gonna put paterias in an old cartoon…….

  12. 12

    Re: Be-Atch – hahahaha eating a hamburger doesnt make you a queer, just a very hungry lesbian..thats a sign hes a manwhore hun.,,
    Re: Bushwack – yeah but nobody can live like a human being if they are denied rights and treated like second class citizens

  13. 13

    Dan Parent best be watchin his back. those crazy christian extremists are just as sick as the muhammad loving muslim wacktarts

  14. 14

    i was waiting for Jughead to come out … well maybe he will to this new guy!

  15. 15

    He's probably a one shot character anyway…….

  16. 16

    ew more fucktard queers pushing their gross behavior.

  17. 17

    Ugh-not age appropriate.Isnt there target reader like 8 or 9? Of course in an adult version it would be great to see Betty & Veronica getting busy!!

  18. 18

    that's absolutely amazing! yay for archie comics! i've been a fan ever since i was a little girl and still a fan! i

  19. 19

    I thought Archie was gay, damn I was wrong!!

  20. 20

    JugHead is definitely a bottom, as is Mr. Weatherbee ! Archie- me suspects he swings both ways, and would only do it with the STAR quaterback of RiverDale High ! After a few drinks, of course. That way, they next day, he could blame it on 'the hooch' ! Boons Farm those Mid-West kids like, NO ? !

  21. 21

    Um, Riverdale HAS a gay guy, and that's Jughead.

  22. 22

    Re: kissmyassobama – nOW nOW …. let us all just get along.. I say tomatoe- you say tomato ! Just say'n, Hater !

  23. 23

    JC thinks this is great news.

  24. 24

    And of all those new diverse characters that have been introduced in the last year or two how many have you reported?

    Double standards - They just suck.

  25. 25

    Wait, I thought Archie married Veronica a while back? I'm confused now.

  26. 26

    people need to stop calling jughead jones gay!!! we are getting married!!!

  27. 27

    thats my uncle!!

  28. 28

    real freakin sad, truly flippin sad day for mankind.

  29. 29

    It may be more accepting now than it was when I was in school 15 years ago, but there's plenty of folks who still think it's a big deal. For that gay girl to get prom canceled, then the school sending them to another venue…evidently there are still some bigoted homophobes.

  30. 30

    Hey Perez, your tweeting crap on the bottom of posts is a pain in the arse.

  31. 31

    I wanna see how Kevin fits in with Reggie.

  32. 32

    Re: KDIZZLL – that archie or the quaterback or jughead aint gay? yes that truely is sad….

  33. 33


  34. RilMo says – reply to this


    The gay character looks like Ryan Reynolds in sketch! Hehehe!

  35. 35

    Re: KDIZZLL – Ohhhhh Get with the program ! Things have changed ! Deal !

  36. 36

    Re: KDIZZLL – No…Millions starving and/or dying of AIDs in Africa is a sad for mankind. This, Not so much . This is nothing, really, other than the accepatance of human beings for who they are. Deal !

  37. 37

    Re: guiltypleazure – Does that poor girl have to go all the way to CANADA just to be acepted at a prom with her girlfriend ? !

  38. 38

    What next - Tom and Jerry are an 'item' ? :)

  39. 39

    Geez, I thought they were all gay. Betty, Veronica, Archie, Jug, Reggie, the whole lot of them.

  40. 40

    Wow wow wow! This story is SO COOL!!
    Totally made my day.

  41. sreyn says – reply to this


    Holy Crap they are still making Archie comics. Im more shocked by that than the gay character. I wonder if you can still get the double digests I havent seen one in years

  42. 42

    didn't they already go over the GAY concept in Chasing Amy…pretty sure its already been done secretly, now they're just openly getting it out there…

  43. 43

    I'm kinda surprised it wasn't done before to be honest. They can crank out another 40 year of stories only out of that!

  44. 44

    We are in the end times people!

  45. 45

    When this doesn't end up in the media, then we're getting somewhere.

  46. 46

    Archie is a tranny

  47. 47

    he'll be gone once reggie beats the shit out of him. you know that kevin guy will invite him over for some wine coolers and marlboro lights.

  48. 48

    thats so cool!

  49. 49

    Is there nothing sacred? Shit.

  50. 50

    >Archie comic decides to feature an openly gay character who "just happens to be gay" and "isn't a big deal."
    >Perez Hilton does a big exposé on it.
    I don't get Perez Hilton. What's the big deal? You're gay, we get it.

  51. Kylyn says – reply to this


    I used to have stacks and stacks of Archie, and Betty and Veronica comics. These were so wonderful and precocious (and I think more likeable than that perverted manga crap that seems to be so popular among people with low self esteem). You used to be able to buy Archie comics in checkout aisles at grocery stores right next to where the gum and candybars were. Sidenote-I did think Jughead was gay because that one girl would always go after him. It's cool to see so many people can relate to these comics here, because most people didn't seem to know about them when I was a kid.

  52. 52

    Totally not the first. First there's the little gay nerd kid Second there's Chap-stick lesbian Betty & Lip-stick Lesbian Veronica.

  53. 53


    Who gives a shit.


  54. 54

    "My daughter has openly gay kids in her high school and it's accepted."

    Apparently, claiming to be "bisexual" without ever having a sexual experience with any sex is the new fad with high schoolers these days with the crowd that loves to label themselves. It's kinda sad.

  55. 55

    Geez, is nothing sacred??? Now the gays are in Riverdale????
    Oh man. I'm so disappointed.

    But I always that Veronica was the gay guy in the comics *LOL*

  56. elo says – reply to this


    Marvel comics has had gay characters for years.

  57. 57

    Re: Auntee Flow
    That's why Jughead wears the crown. He's the king in Queen Archie's world

  58. 58

    But… but JUGHEAD is a homular seximal! Did they forget that?!?

  59. 59

    Actually, for thousands of kids, it is a BIG deal to come out. The highest rate of teen suicide is in the highschool GLBT community. Rural teens are the most suseptible. Support is the key.

  60. 60

    Re: amanda_mosh – Did you just reference "Chasing Amy"?

    You are my new best friend and my most favorite person ever now :)

  61. 61

    Re: Kylyn – Me too! I remember I had like 5 huge stacks in my bedroom. I had well over 250 and I was absolutely obsessed with them. I grew up with them and they were just so awesome. And I got so excited seeing them in the grocery store aisle-too bad they don't put them there anymore. At least I haven't seen any.
    Anyway, I think it's great that they are introducing a new character who happens to be gay.

  62. 62

    Yay! I love Archie comic books!

  63. 63

    Re: Crazy Cat – are you dense? that first picture doesn't look like Archie because it's NOT Archie. HAHAHA.. Didn't you read the post? Besides Jughead, both men you see are the same man, the new gay character.

  64. 64

    Oh, I'm so happy! I honestly never thought that they would do this, but I've loved the series for over twelve years and always wished they had a gay or lesbian couple! This just made my night! :D

  65. 65


  66. 66

    Re: PerezisStillFatandUgly – Why are you even on this site if you hate Perez and are not interesting in the stories? Why don't you just leave and concentrate you energies on something less negative and irritating.

  67. 67

    I think this is pretty cool. However, Even though these comics always dealt with relationships, this is the first time they are dealing outwardly with sexuality… My only small worry is it may force parents to explain different sexualities to their kids before they think the child is ready. I know I personally read these comics between ages 6 to around 10. Some kids that age may not even know what being gay is! But overall, I think this idea is for the best. Everyone learns about sex (& different sexualities) eventually & so hopefully seeing their favorite characters treating a gay person the same way they treat everyone else will teach straight young readers to do the same! If they truly do make the character someone who "just happens to be gay," it could also help break stereotypes… Overall: Thumbs up!

  68. 68

    Re: h8terboi – ok explain how the fuck u compare all those things to homosexuality? u cant its total utter bullshit, ur lacking shit in ur brain

  69. 69


  70. 70

    this is actually really refreshing
    it's too bad you think gays=gold
    how the fuck do you expect people to look at them like human beings when even you won't

    then again, people should just quit being idiots

  71. 71

    get with the times I think there ought to be a Tattoo Tammy and a Patti Pill popper. We might want to throw in a Sally Slut and a Pierced Paulie. Sprinkle with a few rumor spreading Ricks and you got yourself a real school system. I never thought about it there ARE MANY diverse kids in school.

  72. 72

    nothing short of awesome.

  73. 73

    Re: Alex 4400 – how is that not age appropriate? young children are raised by gay parents, right? as long as it's not sexually suggestive…

  74. 74


  75. 75

    Re: festus11 – My sentiment EXACTLY!!

  76. 76

    I didn't know that Delaware Valley was like that……

  77. 77

    Re: elanaa – Amen. PLEASE, PLEASE do as Elanaa asked!!!

  78. 78

    Re: Bushwack – Thank you, very well said! I wholeheartedly agree!

  79. 79

    Is he gonna be a regular? If so they should give him a boyfriend. Not one of the original boys please. Lol

  80. 80


  81. 81

    Re: Alex 4400 – WRONG!! Adults are the largest audience for comic books: the average mainstream comic book reader is Male, 20-25 years old, with disposable income, "techie," single.

  82. 82

    Re: cargasm – (haterboi appears to be a waste of skin.)

  83. 83

    I always thought Jughead was gay too. They just never mentioned it.

  84. 84

    Re: LizardKinG

    LOL!!!! Good question!

  85. 85

    This is a good sign of the times way to go. I may even start reading it again after all these years.. would love to have one of the first copies.

  86. 86

    Re: elanaa – This was/is also in CNN.COM today, so STFU

  87. 87

    i'm fine with it;
    but idk if everybody else is..Re: elanaa

    and i agree.
    i have nothing against gay people coming out
    but sometimes people praise it like, "we've got another one!"

  88. 88

    Im on board…read the comic as a child and loved them….this is nothing to fear ….its so out there already…people get over it!

  89. 89

    I think its cool

  90. 90

    Stop asking us "what are your thought?" It's stupid and patronizing. We will comment if we care enough to. We are not in kindergarten!

  91. 91

    It's a fact that the Archie series of comics are not selling as well as they used to - even compared to last year.

    The fact that they really haven't changed their style (hair included), shows that they are desperate to get sales and what better way then to add the controversial character of Kevin. He's gay - oh no !

    and other comics … well Bugs Bunny has kissed Elmer Fudd - just saying !

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  93. 93

    yay archie comics =

  94. 94

    Re: b a t k i s s – You're right. If God created all of us, then He created gay people too. I don't think God has anything against gays. I think He loves all his children. "Crime against nature." Geez, give me a break!!!

  95. 95

    Re: Be-Atch – There are many places where it is accepted, and I agree, many where people still need to be better informed of what being "gay" is, how you are gay (studies show the in some gay men that portions of brain actually develops differently disproving the 'choice' argument), and what it means for society…the education of it needs to be the most important part…it's not that people are "wrong" they are simply mis-informed and the LGBTQA community needs to take on a stronger role of beign the educators…also Canada isn't all that bad ;)

  96. 96

    i wish there was a way to ask Perez to personally ban h8terboi from his site. this news is about the best comic book ever and it is so exciting for those of us who care about archie, and completely not important for those who don't care. i think most of us want to comment about how happy we are, and you h8erboi just ruin it with one of the most incredibly horrible things i have ever heard. you should seriously be ashamed. SO ashamed.

  97. 97

    Re: h8terboi – the comment i just posted was for you to read

  98. 98

    I figured the first time they would put an openly gay character in an iconic comic it would be BATMAN corn holing ROBIN!

  99. 99

    I thought Archie was married to Veronica now. What's she doing scoping out the dudes.

  100. 100

    really i havent seen a gay man comics mostly is lesbians that look like guys and have secret love but why gay men???

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