Saturday, September 17, 2011
If only reality was as rosy... After he was introduced in April 2010, Archie Comics' first gay character Kevin Keller quickly became one of the franchise's most popular, with his own miniseries and a regular series planned for February 2012. And now our boy wonder is getting married. The series' publisher announced Wednesday that Keller will wed in an issue out (and proud) Jan. 4.
The whole gang turns out for Kevin Keller's wedding in Riverdale, N.Y., as we discover how Kevin met his dream man—but there's conflict, too as poor Archie and Veronica get separated... Man, this really is like real life: Gays can marry in New York, heteros can't seem to stay married.
Archie Comics author told the AP last year, "The world of Riverdale has to reflect contemporary culture and to show it is an accepting, diverse place. And that's why Kevin is important, to show that everybody is welcome in this all-American town we've embraced for over 70 years."
Natch, there's only one news outlet that came to the defense of "family values": Fox News. The fanatical folks there were quick to publish an article digging up whatever criticism they could muster from the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group: “It's unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution. Whatever boost in sales will be more than offset by both kids and parents turned off by this storyline and its obvious social and political agenda." Hey, at least they called it a revolution!