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Archie Comics Celebrates First Gay Wedding, Iraq War Vet Marries in Riverdale

January 8, 2012

OMG–the gay couple is interracial too! 

I am sure there is a run on pitchforks at the local hardware store as torch-wielding villagers plan a revolt.

Forty years ago when I was reading comic books there is no way that anyone could have predicted this plot line.  It took a long time to get here, but progress can be made. 

Riverdale’s first gay character, Kevin Keller, joins the military, meets his partner and walks down the aisle in Life with Archie #16, released in comic book stores today. The series, which follows the lives of Riverdale High School students a few years after graduation, focuses on Kevin and his life as a young adult in its January issue.

In this issue, readers discover that Kevin decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the military, and following an injury in Iraq, he meets Dr. Clay Walker at a hospital’s rehabilitation unit. While Dr. Walker helps Kevin regain his ability to walk, the two develop a friendship. It’s not until a chance encounter at an airport that they start dating, which eventually leads to their marriage in Riverdale.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig permalink
    January 10, 2012 10:14 AM

    I don’t get it. The story line is OK. So what’s so important about Riverdale?
    I have never read a ARCHIE comic book.
    Dr. Walker and Kevin; can’t be as hot as two women going after it.


  2. January 8, 2012 8:06 PM

    What is really amazing about this is that the Archie-comics have had a long relationship with the Christian churches, and there were a couple issues (tracts?) where the Riverdale gang was flat-out proselytizing. NTTAWWT, of course…but it does make this recent change that much more of a pleasant surprise.

  3. January 8, 2012 6:50 PM

    I always thought of Riverdale as one of the most liberal, accepting places in America. They didn’t hang Jughead, did they???

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