A character in the Archie Comics universe is getting a transgender rebrand as part of an effort to make the series “a little bit more queer.”
In the new series starring “Strange Science” character Danni Malloy, who was known as the love interest to main character Dilton Doiley and sidekick Jinx Holliday, will be now be a transgender woman in a new comic.
Publisher Archie Comics announced on May 15th that Malloy would be making an appearance in its Chilling Adventures anthology, according to a Gizmodo’s io9 report. The series is written by trans comic writer Magdalene Visaggio and illustrated by artist Butch Mapa.
Covers of an Archie Comic. The comic book will see a long-absent character return as a transgender woman. (Steve Russell/Getty Images)
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A character in the Archie Comics universe is getting a transgender rebrand as part of an effort to make the series "a little bit more queer." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In the new series starring "Strange Science" character Danni Malloy, who was known as the love interest to main character Dilton Doiley and sidekick Jinx Holliday, will be featured in a comic all on her own. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The transgender writer said she has been wanting "to make this happen for a long time," thanking publisher, Archie, for never pushing back on her plans to make their books "a little bit more queer." (Getty)
“I’m honored I got to make it happen, and I’m grateful to Archie for never, not even once, pushing back on my insistence on making their books a little bit more queer,” she added. “I hope Danni finds a good home at Archie with supportive writers and artists helping to keep her alive for years to come.”
Archie Comics’ senior director of editorial Jamie L. Rotante said the comic “is one of, if not the, most important one-shots we’ve released to date.”
“It also showcases how versatile horror can be, as it deftly blends sci-fi with horror and tells a beautiful, poignant tale about confronting the past,” she said. “That’s all thanks to writer Magdalene Visaggio, who had the idea to have Danni Malloy tell her own story about her transition.”