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Wednesday December 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. Sulu in River dale? Oh my!

Actor and equal rights advocate George Takei, whose portrayal of the Star Trek character in television and film has made him a science fiction legend, is crossing a new frontier this week by appearing as himself in issue No. 6 of Archie Com ics’ "Kevin Kel ler," a series about Riverdale’s only gay teenager.

Takei, who is also gay, said his appearance in the issue that is released today dovetails nicely with his real-life advocacy for equal rights because it helps bring home his message that anyone can aspire to be what they want to be no matter who they are.

Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics’ co-chief executive officer, said writer and artist Dan Parent "met George at a convention and asked him if he’d be interested in ap pearing in the Kevin Keller comic, and being a huge Star Trek fan I flipped when he agreed. Sulu was always my favorite character so I said do whatever it takes to get him in the comic."

In the story Takei is the subject of an essay by Keller who cites him as an inspirational hero -- not just for his acting -- but his advocating on behalf of Asian-Americans and gays and lesbians, too.