With its very public protest, the anti-gay group One Million Moms appears to have inadvertantly help sell out the current issue of the comic book Life With Archie which features two of its male characters getting married.
Archie Comics has announced on its website that issue number 16 of Life With Archie has sold out.
It features Riverdale's first gay character, Kevin Keller, who ties the knot with Dr. Clay Walker, a physical therapist. The pair met while Kevin was rehabilitating from an injury he suffered while in the military and stationed in Iraq.
Fans can look forward to seeing Kevin in future issues.
'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 Million Moms, the same group that had tried to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as the new JC Penney spokesperson, was upset that the Toys R Us retail chain was carrying the issue featuring the wedding on its cover.
The group complained that 'children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store' and wanted them removed.
In a sense they have been removed – by paying customers.
No word yet on whether Archie Comics plans to print any additional copies of the issue. It is number 16 in a series that imagines the Riverdale gang – including Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and others – five or six years after graduation.