Kevin Keller ("Archie" Comics) meets George Takei - "Oh my!"

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Therin of Andor, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    This week, there are two cover versions of issue #6 of "Kevin Keller", featuring the popular gay character - a spin-off from "Archie" - meeting Star Trek's George Takei. A review coming when I've read it!

    Kevin Keller #6 by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  2. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 29, 2001
    I saw this item on the various LGBT blogs I frequent, and my first thought was, "Is this comic set in the 50s? Because it's a long time since George looked that young!"

    Still, it's wonderful and simultaneously depressing that Archie comics are more socially advanced than half the US government.

  3. Markonian

    Markonian Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 2, 2012
    Yorkshire, UK
    I'm from Germany, I haven't heard of the Archie-Comics before. What's their point?
  4. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    "Archie" is a major piece of Americana, starting in the 1940s. In many ways, he's still as 1950s as "Happy Days", but he is also quite contemporary. In the 70s, there was a popular animated musical TV show based on the comic, and it spawned many spin-offs.
  5. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^And the animated Archie was from Filmation, the same studio that made the animated Star Trek. Up to now, I think that was the only connection between ST and Archie.

    Not to mention more so than Star Trek, which still doesn't have a canonical gay character.
  6. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA
    You know, I haven't bought an ARCHIE comic since he met the Punisher, but I may have to get this one . . . .
  7. Biffette

    Biffette Captain Captain

    Mar 3, 2005
    I liked it! Not my favorite issue, but enjoyable. Notes:

    -I feel like a lot of Kevin-related stuff starts with Veronica coming up to him at the lockers and starting a conversation. This sort of formulaic opening is comforting in its repetition, and I always enjoy noticing whatever new outfit Veronica has got on.
    -So glad they mentioned the internment camps, which imo is too glossed-over in American history.
    -Yay! Brad Takei is in it too!
    -I appreciate Veronica's "Star Trip" slip-up and Jughead's indignant correction.
    -Also love the Jabba t-shirt.
    -The message throughout the comic about tolerance and acceptance is wonderful. It makes me feel mushy and I think the all-inclusive language used in the comic was the right way to go.

    I give it a B!
  8. ICW

    ICW Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 17, 2009
    New Jersey
    I actually went to the Midtown Comics signing. George Takei is every bit as awesome as he seems to be. Genuinely sweet guy, was making time to talk to everyone. Thanked everyone for being Star Trek fans or even fans of his Howard Stern Show appearances. Great dude, can't stress it enough.