Kevin Keller is a fictional character in the Archie Comics universe. He premiered in Veronica #202, published in September 2010. Kevin is the first openly gay character in Archie Comics history.
In Keller's initial story line, "Isn't It Bromantic?", Veronica expresses interest in dating Kevin but he is uninterested. As he and Jughead bond over their mutual love of food, Kevin explains that he doesn't want to date Veronica because he is gay. Kevin also bonds with Betty Cooper and they become best friends.
Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater explained that including an openly gay character is a way to keep the world of Archie Comics inclusive and updated. "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." Veronica writer Dan Parent concurred, saying "It shows that Riverdale is in the 21st century."
Keller's September 2010 Debut in Veronica Was So Well Received, It Sold Out In Two Weeks!!