Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, my sister and I used fight over which Riverdale High girl should win Archie Andrew’s heart: Betty Cooper or Veronica Lodge. My sister believed Archie should choose Betty because she was the “good girl” but I believed Veronica was unfairly portrayed. If Betty was so “good” why couldn’t she find another boyfriend? Of course in reality, Archie was the real ‘bad guy’ in the series for continuously leading both girls on, but rarely did we argue that point. We did, however, agree on other Archie’s characters. We both liked Jughead, we despised Reggie, and didn’t understand the fringe characters like Moose and Midge. Overall, we loved the iconic comic book and used our allowance money to purchase every issue. We even supported many of the strange ads on the back, such as x-ray glasses (didn’t work) and Sea Monkeys (ditto).
Unfortunately, in an effort to “keep up with the times” our beloved Archies series has morphed into something completely unrecognizable, and definitely left-leaning. In 2010, they introduced a gay character (“Kevin Keller”) and they brought in “Girls” star Lena Dunham to write some episodes for 2015. They had one series featuring Riverdale zombies and are planning an Archies movie.
From the LA Times:
Last October saw the launch of the new series “Afterlife With Archie,” which is set in a Riverdale overrun by zombies. The series, a surprise hit, is written by playwright, screenwriter and comic book scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a veteran of “Glee” and “Big Love.”
Aguirre-Sacasa, who became Archie Comics’ new chief creative officer in March, is also writing the script for a live-action “Archie” movie for Warner Bros. After news of the deal broke in June, Aguirre-Sacasa told The Times’ Hero Complex that it would be “a straight-up teen movie. It’s Archie’s coming-of-age story. Hopefully, it will be the ‘Archie’ movie people have been anticipating for 70-plus years.” (There have been TV adaptations but no definitive big-screen treatment.)
Personally, I’m fine with adding a gay character and actually never understood why they didn’t have more minority characters. I don’t even have no problem with a zombie storyline–however nothing will be as bad as an upcoming “very special” 2-part series in which Archie, portrayed as an adult, will be killed in a school shooting.