Archie Comics to Transform Kevin Keller Into a Superhero


By Maryann Yin Comment

Kevin KellerArchie Comics is set to publish issue #14 of the Kevin Keller series. This installment will introduce Kevin Keller as a superhero called “The Equalizer.”

Veronica Lodge will serve as his sidekick. Dan Parent, the creator of this character, gave an interview with IGN and revealed that throughout the story, Kevin will be preoccupied with “trying to solve a crime and fix Veronica’s mistakes too.”

Many speculate that the name of Kevin’s superhero persona is derived from the fight for marriage equality in the United States. Parent explained that the thought behind the name comes from the fact that “he is gay and stands for equality, he wants to help everybody. We’re not just talking about cases of homophobia; we’re talking about when some downtrodden person gets hurt. So Equalizer is just sort of a good term. It’s not a term that we made up, obviously — it’s been used for batteries and TV shows — the word’s been used before. But it just symbolized him, because he stands for equality, and that’s what he’s trying to do.” (via¬†School Library Journal)