Archie Comics will introduce the first openly gay character in its 71-year history.
The character, named Kevin Keller, will join the usual Riverdale crew of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends in the pages of Veronica #202, which will be released Sept. 1.
The story introduces the character as a new hunk in town who attracts the attention of Veronica. Hijinks ensue as Kevin struggles to get the message though and let Veronica down easily.
“The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater.