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Archie Gay Comic Sells Out

Jim Burroway

March 2nd, 2012

So much for the American Family Association’s futile boycott by its couple hundred moms. Issue number 16 of the comic book Life With Archie featuring a same-sex wedding on its cover has completely sold out, according to a blog post on

“Kevin will always be a major part of Riverdale, and we’re overjoyed, honored and humbled by the response to this issue,” said Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics. “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.”

One wonders how much the AFA’s boycott actually helped the comic book’s sales.



Timothy Kincaid
March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

I hear that both of the Million Moms are furious

Priya Lynn
March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

I’m pleasantly surprised. While the idea of gay Archie characters made me happy I thought it wouldn’t sell as it has a very limited audience and kids these days still use “gay” to mean lame or bad.

March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

And besides, it’s illustrated fiction. Add to this the Marvel and DC companies’ own gay and lesbian superheroes that have been around for years, and we have much ado about nothing this far into the 21st century.

Richard Rush
March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

Maybe the AFA’s members rushed out and bought up all the copies to protect America’s children from the harmful effects of exposure to two guys loving each other. The AFA wouldn’t have noticed, though, if those guys hated each other.

Whatever would those “Million” Moms do if they had to boycott the Kimberly Clark Company for a pro-gay infraction? I’m sure all those anxiety-riddled moms Depend on K.C.’s products to get through each day (and night).

March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

For some time now I’ve seen these boycotts as free advertising for whatever these bozos are boycotting. Normal people hear about such ‘awful’ things, hear the name brand repeated, dismiss the ‘awful’ things as the ravings of lunatics they really are, and go buy said name brand.
So, AFA/’million’ moms/whomever, keep up the boycotts. It will help the economy!

March 2nd, 2012 | LINK

Issue 16 is being bought by gay guys. I have a friend who purchased four copies, three of which he plans to give away–one as a wedding gift.

The real strength of the storyline will be told in sales of following issues.

March 3rd, 2012 | LINK

Hey, have some sympathy for the moms. Think how you would feel, realizing you’re in the dustbin of history — not even worthy of a footnote.

PS, @ Not_Jughead: think of it as a paradigm shift — Archie comics have always been pure middle America.

March 4th, 2012 | LINK

When I saw the headline “Archie gay comic sells out,” I was shocked and saddened. I thought you meant they backed down and made Kevin straight or moved him out of town.

Pleasantly surprised to read the story!

Priya Lynn
March 4th, 2012 | LINK

Walker, I thought the same thing when I read the headline.

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