The past few years have been a busy period for Archie Comics in terms of prepping stories for the wholesome teen cast of Riverdale that are custom fit to hit the national press. From the initial alternate future marriages of Archie to Betty and Veronica on through to the current crossover with rockers KISS, the publisher hasn't shied away from potential pop culture crossovers. And now, they're taking their most talked about new character and adding a hot button twist.
This January, Kevin Keller – Archie's first openly gay character – will be joining the grown up cast of the company's "Life With Archie" magazine where he'll be headed down the aisle. The publisher teased the info at a panel at Comic-Con International this past July and now has confirmed via press release that the story will take place in "Life With Archie" #16. While gay marriage has proven a contentious political issue across America the past few years, this is the first time such a ceremony will appear in a mainstream comic from a major publisher.
Check out the full PR from Archie below, and stay tuned to CBR for more on the future of Kevin Keller.
Official Press Release
KEVIN KELLER GETS MARRIED!
New York, NY (September 14, 2011) The amazingly popular Kevin Keller is featured in the twenty-something world of Life With Archie. Kevin followed in his father's foot steps and is returning to Riverdale as a war hero, but that's not all – It’s Kevin’s wedding day! The whole gang turns out for Kevin Keller's wedding as we discover how Kevin met “Mr. Right.” It's not all hearts and flowers, however. Unfortunately, this all occurs during the separation of Archie and Veronica. Archie Comics presents the wedding event of the year … again!
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Al Milgrom, Bob Smith
Cover by Norm Breyfogle
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/4/12
On Sale on Newsstands: 1/10/12
64-page, full color comic