Archie releases gay marriage issue

Archie Comics and Toys R Us, in a very bold move in moving basic human rights ahead, released an issue tackling gay marriage. This is despite negative criticism by the conservative and blatantly biased Fox News and a homophobic group called One Million Moms. The latter launched a campaign demanding the removal of the issue from the shelves.

The petition pointed out that a trip to the toy store is hardly the place to discuss "topics that are too complicated for them (the children) to understand." Of course they did not find it complicated nor felt the need to explain when Archie released an issue where he married different women and discussed the issue of divorce. 

A commentary in bleedingcool.com put it in perspective when they said: "Archie Comics isn’t showing scenes of leather S&M gear, sauna houses or even a Gay Pride flotilla. It is just trying to portray gay couples in a similar fashion to straight couples. Seriously, what else is there to explain?" 

Life with Archie #16 features a future Kevin Keller marrying his intended. The issue was sold out even before Toys R Us was able to respond to the petition against it. On the other hand, Archie Comics Co-CEO, John Goldwater, had this to say regarding the appeal: “Kevin will always be a major part of Riverdale, and we’re overjoyed, honored and humbled by the response to this issue. Our fans have come out full force to support Kevin. He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He’s here to stay.”

I sure hope that a local Filbar's can pick up on this, as I would love to have this in my collection. 

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  1. Anonymous3/02/2012

    That's what you call determination, commitment, and conviction as well. Oh, let me just make it easier to say--it's DCC. :-)

    I agree, this one is a bold move at that, but perhaps, one of the rarest and I should say—something that stirs up one's soul, and one's perception and faith.

    Gay people are humans and they deserve a place in this world. Archie Comics is just true with what is going on around in this world. It doesn't mean that comics can just be mere illustrations of 'perceived, sugar-coated' ideas and characters. Comics should transcend from being that of a comic entertainment piece, but a medium that can supplement textbooks, and most importantly life in opening the minds of humans to be more loving and understanding. :-)



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