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.
Dan is credited with giving Archie Comics a relevance with contemporary artwork and innovative story lines. .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 Dan. Kevin Keller has become Archie Comic's most popular character in decades. Kevin Keller was given his own solo book in 2011.
Other notable series Dan has worked on are Archie Meets Kiss and Archie Meets Glee. Dan won the 2013 GLAAD award for outstanding comic book ( Kevin Keller) and is also a Harvey Awards nominee.