Archie Comics teen sensation Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie-verse, is a hit with young and old fans alike.
Last April, Archie writer and artist Dan Parent broke the news to us at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo that the beloved comic series would introduce its first openly gay character in the pages of Veronica.
The mysterious “hot new guy” of Riverdale issue was such a success that it quickly sold out and is now making history as the first ever Archie series to get a reprint.
This is refreshing news as the world focuses on the challenging circumstances of today’s queer youth and the recent public incidences of teen suicide.
Today Dan Parent joins us again to break even more exciting news about Kevin Keller: besides appearing in future installments of Veronica, he’s getting his own four part mini-series due out in summer 2011.Listen as we talk with Dan about how they developed the breakthrough gay character, Archie’s religious fundamentalist comics from the 1970s and the public reaction to an out gay boy living in the town of Riverdale.
Plus, why the characters look the way they do: Kevin Keller’s hotness, Archie’s hash marked hair, Jughead’s needle nose and why Betty and Veronica are, respectively, a blond and brunette.