("Kevin Keller" #10)

Archie Comics' only openly gay character gets his first kiss

The smooch stirs controversy in the fictional town of Riverdale, a nod to a real-life protest against the comic



Katie McDonough
August 7, 2013 6:23PM (UTC)

Kevin Keller, the only gay character in the Archie Comics universe, gets his first on-panel smooch in the latest issue of his series offshoot "Kevin Keller," released Wednesday.

Things take a turn for the controversial when a local mom spots Keller in the middle of his chaste peck (this is Archie Comics, after all), exclaiming: "Did I just see that with my own eyes? Young man, there are children in this place! Your behavior is unacceptable!"

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Creator Dan Parent told the Associated Press that he was inspired to write the story line after One Million Moms launched a boycott against an issue of the comic depicting Keller's wedding. Parent called the plot a "playful poke" at the group's outrage.

Keller's sexuality makes his kiss a major first, but on-panel displays of affection are pretty rare for any character in the long-running, old fashioned series.

"There aren't that many on-panel kisses in the pages of Archie, but you often see the lipstick on Archie's face afterward," said publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater.

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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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