Archie Comics Introduces First Homosexual Character

By Staff | April 23, 2010 | 3:57 PM EDT

In this image released by Archie Comics, the comic book cover for issue "Veronica 202," is shown. The issue will introduce a new classmate named Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie Comics series. The comic will be available in September 2010. (AP Photo/Archie Comic Publications, Inc.)

New York (AP) - Riverdale High is getting its first gay character.
 
Archie Comics announced Thursday that in an issue out Sept. 1, the long-running comic will introduce its first "openly gay" character, Kevin Keller.
 
The strapping blond will defeat Jughead in a burger eating contest, win the affection of Veronica and wrestle over how to gently rebuff her flirtations.
 
Jon Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics, says the introduction of Kevin is "about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive."
Riverdale High is getting its first gay character.