Gay Issues

Archie Comics Features Gay Kiss

| by Michael Allen
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Archie Comics will feature the character Kevin Keller kissing his boyfriend Devon in the No. 10 issue, which will be released on August 7.

In the storyline, the kiss will offend a Riverdale mom, reports the Associated Press.

“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 Dan Parent, who writes and draws the comic.

Parent added that the storyline is a “playful poke” at a protest by One Million Moms, which demanded that Toys R Us not to display “Life With Archie” No. 16, an issue featuring Keller getting married to his African-American doctor boyfriend (whom he is not kissing in this issue).

“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 Jon Goldwater.

Source: Associated Press