As we reported earlier this year, Archie Comics was getting an openly gay character, Kevin Keller. The character debuted in Veronica #202, which sold out, with enough additional demand that Archie Comics will be doing the first reprint in their history. They’ll release a special limited edition variant cover print run in stores next Wednesday and will also sell reprints at the 2010 New York Comic Con on October 6th through 8th.
They hedged their bets by leaving the character out of Veronica #203, but, since he was popular, he’ll be back for Veronica #204 and #205. Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater stated, “We never thought Kevin Keller would become so hot so fast!” Really? You underestimated the fans’ enthusiasm for that scene where Kevin and Jughead standing 69’d in the malt shop while Veronica watched? What do you mean, that’s not in there? *Throws case of Veronica #202 issues out window, realizes this is the first floor, gathers up all the comics, drives to the tallest building in town, throws case of Veronica #202 issues out third-story window* Man, this would probably be more dramatic if I didn’t live in a small town.