For Archie Comics character Kevin Keller, courting controversy in the press is nothing new. But for his next story, Riverdale's gay teen sensation will see his real life critics drawn into his world.
Creator Dan Parent revealed this week that in August's "Kevin Keller" #10 the teen will enjoy his first kiss in a story described to the NY Daily News as being inspired by the failed protest of conservative group One Million Moms.
Back in February of last year, the conservative group backed by The American Family Association protested a wedding story centered on Keller's adult counterpart in the aged up "Life With Archie" magazine by asking Toys R Us remove the book from stores. The comic went on to sell out, and One Million Moms went on to suffer public embarrassment when attempts to shame DC and Marvel comics for their own pro-gay storylines backfired with the public.
Parent explained to the Daily News that the latest story introduces a woman who "pitches a bit of a fit" when she sees Kevin kissing his boyfriend Devon at Pop's diner. “Kevin is kind of used to that, but Veronica records the whole thing and of course uploads it to the Riverdale equivalent of YouTube and that starts a bit of a debate,” said Parent.
The story is only the latest turn for the character meant to push the conversation around acceptance into the Americana world of Archie, though whether this one will draw out any protests big or small is yet to be seen.
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