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Publisher Announces Archie Comics-Glee Crossover At Comic-Con

Lately Archie Comics has been shaking up its straight-laced reputation with issues featuring a same-sex marriage, Archie marrying Betty and Veronica, and even an appearance by hellbent rockers KISS.

Today Archie CEO Jon Goldwater announced that the gang from Riverdale will be teaming up with another teenage crew, those warbling kids from Glee.

“Archie Meets Glee,” set to debut in Archie Comics in late 2012 or early 2013, will be drawn by Dan Parent, who introduced gay character Kevin Keller two years ago. Writing the story is openly gay screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

Aguirre-Sacasa, now a staff writer for Glee, has long been a fan of Archie and the gang:  Years ago, in DC, we caught a production of his play Archie Loves Nathan, a fictional love story between Riverdale’s teen wonder and child killer Nathan Leopold.  “I’ve been wanting to write something for Archie Comics forever and my favorite Archie stories have always been those weird crossovers like ‘Archie meets the Punisher’ and ‘Archie meets KISS,’” he said. “I thought, ‘Archie Meets Glee’ would be a great crossover since they’re both set in high schools, they’re both optimistic, they both involve singing.”

The plot is being kept under wraps of the four-issue story arc in “Archie Comics” is a closely-held secret, but it does involve parallel dimensions, dancing and some serious singing, too.

We’re dying to know if Kevin Keller and Kurt Hummel hit it off. Something tells us they’d instantly hate each other.