Archie Comics to Introduce First Gay Character

Archie Comics has announced that a gay character will soon join Archie and the gang at Riverdale High in Veronica Comics No. 202. His name is Kevin Keller and, as the hot new guy in school, he will catch Veronica’s eye, only she won’t understand why he’s not interested in her. According to the Washington Post:

“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,” Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in announcing the news.

I think this is great news and it’s about time the comic reflected real life a bit more (to a degree anyway–doesn’t Archie still drive a jalopy?). My favorite part about the news is that, apparently, once everyone finds out Kevin is gay, they are accepting and act like it’s no big deal. How mature! I hope the readers will take the news the same way.

So what do you think? Do you think Archie Comics is going to catch some flack for this? Do you wish Jughead would just come out already? Leave a comment below!

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