Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles.
Parent is credited with giving Archie Comics a relevance with contemporary artwork and innovative story lines that would not have been seen in years past. One example is a modern, fashion magazine-style revamp of the long-running Betty & Veronica Spectacular. Another example was a 2010 storyline in which Parent wrote the first bi-racial coupling of Archie and Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.
Archie then introduced their first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, in Veronica #202, which was written and drawn by Parent. Despite minor backlash from a few conservative groups, the character received national attention, positive reviews and became the first Archie comic book to sell out in its 69-year history, prompting the company to announce a four-part solo series featuring Kevin Keller in 2011.
2010 ended with Parent’s design and creation of a number of new students introduced in a six-issue storyline called “New Kids Off the Wall”, written by Alex Simmons. The characters of various ethnicity and background were added to diversify the Riverdale High.The year ended with a storyline depicting a visit from President Obama and Sarah Palin.
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