That's seriously funny: Comics tackle tough issues

MATT MOORE Associated Press Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There are wedding bells in Riverdale, but it's not Archie and Betty or Veronica. Instead it's Army Lt. Kevin Keller and the physical therapist who helped him overcome his war wound, Clay Walker.

Meanwhile, in the comics pages, Gil is an 8-year-old boy being raised by his divorced factory-working mom and Dustin is 23 and living at home, unable to find a job after graduating from college.

Comics have always been a portal for escapism and fantasy but have also labored to reflect a contemporary climate, too, a process that shows no signs of slowing whether it involves super villains, breast cancer or college grads living at home.