George Takei makes a special appearance as himself in issue No. 6 of Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller, when the two come face to face at a science fiction convention.
“As part of a high school project, the students are asked to give presentations on people who inspire them and Keller chooses the Star Trek. star, citing Takei’s advocacy for the Asian-American and LGBT communities,” reports After Elton.
“By George!” – When the gang gets a school assignment to write about a person who has inspired them, Kevin chooses George Takei, the legendary Star Trek actor who came out several years ago. When Kevin hears that he’s at a local convention, he recruits Jughead to go with him, unaware that Mr. Takei, moved by Kevin’s article, has made a trip to Riverdale to pay him a visit. Kevin rushes to meet up with his idol, but will he make it in time?”
Takei, who grew up reading Archie Comics, said his appearance was “a fun way and a natural way and an ideal way of advocating happily.”
Kevin Keller was introduced to Archie fans in 2010, becoming the first gay character in the series’ 70 year history.
His instant popularity with fans led to that sold-out comic becoming the first in the publisher’s history to go into a second printing, triggering a four-issue spin-off. In the January 2012 edition of the “Life with Archie” series, Keller married his partner – a first for mainstream comic books.
Takei, who came out publicly in 2005, advocates for LGBT rights and currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign ”Coming Out Project.”