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(USA Today)   New Archie Comic mirrors real-life sexual controversy. Still no word how that dork attracts the two hottest girls in Riverdale   (usatoday.com) divider line 67
    More: Interesting, Riverdale, Kevin Keller, Archie Comics, Jughead, SSTs, Toys R Us, fictional world  
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2013-05-21 12:39:03 AM
I like the fact that the editor of Archie Comics makes more of a deal about it being a kiss depicted explicitly in the comic AT ALL than about it being a same-sex kiss.
 
2013-05-21 12:50:20 AM
I don't get the dates on the artical and the timeline.
It's dated from 2012 and seemingly published recently as 'new news'.

And the Kevin Character in Archie got Married to a black guy a year or so ago after a bit in military service...so is this a flash back scene or a repeat of re-hashed articles?
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2013-05-21 12:50:37 AM
"Archie is gay and Reggie is impotent."

/Obscure?
 
2013-05-21 12:54:50 AM

optikeye: And the Kevin Character in Archie got Married to a black guy a year or so ago after a bit in military service...so is this a flash back scene or a repeat of re-hashed articles?


That was a future potential timeline when they were adults. In the main Archie Comics they are still in high school.
 
2013-05-21 12:56:55 AM
And by the way, in the main Archie Comics they will ALWAYS still be in high school.
 
2013-05-21 01:48:41 AM
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2013-05-21 02:11:20 AM
In less shocking comics news, all of the characters in the Harveys Comics universe are going to come out of the closet next week

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2013-05-21 05:48:59 AM
Bill_Wick's_Friend:
 Like there was any chance that Ritchie Rich wasn't gay.
 
2013-05-21 05:53:13 AM
The gay character in the Archie comics first came out to Jughead

That's because Jughead's always been gay.

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2013-05-21 05:58:14 AM

Lorelle: That's because Jughead's always been gay.


That does explain his funny little crown.
 
2013-05-21 06:00:13 AM
More proof that Jughead is gay:

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2013-05-21 06:12:51 AM

Confabulat: Lorelle: That's because Jughead's always been gay.

That does explain his funny little crown.


He's the king of Queen Archie's world
 
2013-05-21 06:16:56 AM

padraig: He's the king of Queen Archie's world


Nah...he's more like the queen:

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2013-05-21 06:23:59 AM
Jughead has always had a not-so-secret desire for Archie...

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2013-05-21 06:26:00 AM
Soft hands, eh.
 
2013-05-21 06:30:31 AM
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2013-05-21 06:38:43 AM
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2013-05-21 06:43:26 AM
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2013-05-21 06:45:07 AM

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Archie's first time. Obviously not Jughead's.
 
2013-05-21 06:57:25 AM
Archie is not farking Mr. Weatherby!

/Deny deny deny
 
2013-05-21 07:12:05 AM
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2013-05-21 07:43:44 AM

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Ah, memories. I remember the first time an elephant grabbed MY sack...
 
2013-05-21 07:48:37 AM
Who the fark reads Archie comics?
 
2013-05-21 07:55:54 AM

Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?


My Mom.

/not a joke.
 
2013-05-21 07:57:20 AM

Spaced Lion: Archie is not farking Mr. Weatherby!

/Deny deny deny


Whatever you say, man...

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2013-05-21 07:57:26 AM
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Yeah, he always did have that look going for him
 
2013-05-21 07:58:15 AM

Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?


I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.
 
2013-05-21 08:07:51 AM

Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?


My kid
 
2013-05-21 08:21:34 AM

Confabulat: optikeye: And the Kevin Character in Archie got Married to a black guy a year or so ago after a bit in military service...so is this a flash back scene or a repeat of re-hashed articles?

That was a future potential timeline when they were adults. In the main Archie Comics they are still in high school.


Archies of Future Past.
 
2013-05-21 08:23:43 AM
I had absolutely no idea Archie was gay in that comic, but now I'm 100% convinced. Thanks for broadening my world, Fark.
 
2013-05-21 09:09:58 AM
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2013-05-21 09:25:55 AM

Confabulat: Lorelle: That's because Jughead's always been gay.

That does explain his funny little crown.


It's called a tiara.

Archie comic books taught me to read, Mom always bought them for my older sister so there were always a few around the house.
 
2013-05-21 10:05:03 AM

padraig: He's the king of Queen Archie's world


Beat me to it, ya bastard.
 
2013-05-21 10:11:25 AM
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2013-05-21 10:24:52 AM
ARCHIE IS NOT farkING MR. WEATHERBEE!
 
2013-05-21 11:44:34 AM
Dan DeCarlo (the most famous Archie Comics artist) did a buncha side work.....these examples are kinda tame, but he did a good amount of racy stuff using Betty and Veronica....and for some strange reason he used a lotta old men, and they often looked like Mr. Weatherby (see below).
http://www.cracked.com/article_19005_6-famous-arti sts-you-didnt-know-w ere-perverts.html

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2013-05-21 12:07:48 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: In less shocking comics news, all of the characters in the Harveys Comics universe are going to come out of the closet next week

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Richie Rich is disinherited by his parents after coming out, so he kills himself and became Casper.
 
2013-05-21 12:25:26 PM

Confabulat: Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?

I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.


Archie doesn't have 'official' sales numbers because they're not distributed by Diamond; they go through newspaper/magazine distributors instead. So, it means that the sales of Archie Comics fluctuates a lot because, unlike Diamond, unsold Archie Comics for the month can be returned to the distributor. So, all sales numbers from Archie Comics come from tax filings for business expenses & profits, rather than actual tracked data. Based on some Google-Fu, I found out that Life With Archie, the top seller, averages around 35,000 issues sold a month in 2012. That would put it in the same territory as Wolverine, Captain America, Secret Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the 0 issues of Supergirl and Justice League Dark (based on September 2012 numbers). 'Archie' itself sells around 15,000 a month, putting it on par with most books from Dark Horse, including the Star Wars prints, and Valiant comics (again, based on 2012 numbers). Assuming that Archie Comics maintain steady sales, looking at the numbers for January 2013 (after the Nu-52 and Issue 0 bumps from DC are over), Life With Archie still sells as well as the mid-range books from DC and Marvel, and the other books sell as well as most books not from The Big 2.
 
2013-05-21 12:28:28 PM

TheCheese: I like the fact that the editor of Archie Comics makes more of a deal about it being a kiss depicted explicitly in the comic AT ALL than about it being a same-sex kiss.


Me too.

I guess I'm in before somebody somehow has a problem with the onscreen kiss being between two boys.

/I hope they show it many times in that issue, since it does apparently get recorded and uploaded to the net
 
2013-05-21 12:32:53 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Confabulat: Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?

I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.

Archie doesn't have 'official' sales numbers because they're not distributed by Diamond; they go through newspaper/magazine distributors instead. So, it means that the sales of Archie Comics fluctuates a lot because, unlike Diamond, unsold Archie Comics for the month can be returned to the distributor. So, all sales numbers from Archie Comics come from tax filings for business expenses & profits, rather than actual tracked data. Based on some Google-Fu, I found out that Life With Archie, the top seller, averages around 35,000 issues sold a month in 2012. That would put it in the same territory as Wolverine, Captain America, Secret Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the 0 issues of Supergirl and Justice League Dark (based on September 2012 numbers). 'Archie' itself sells around 15,000 a month, putting it on par with most books from Dark Horse, including the Star Wars prints, and Valiant comics (again, based on 2012 numbers). Assuming that Archie Comics maintain steady sales, looking at the numbers for January 2013 (after the Nu-52 and Issue 0 bumps from DC are over), Life With Archie still sells as well as the mid-range books from DC and Marvel, and the other books sell as well as most books not from The Big 2.


Wow I wasn't far off at all. Interesting stuff there.
 
2013-05-21 12:44:11 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Confabulat: Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?

I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.

Archie doesn't have 'official' sales numbers because they're not distributed by Diamond; they go through newspaper/magazine distributors instead. So, it means that the sales of Archie Comics fluctuates a lot because, unlike Diamond, unsold Archie Comics for the month can be returned to the distributor. So, all sales numbers from Archie Comics come from tax filings for business expenses & profits, rather than actual tracked data. Based on some Google-Fu, I found out that Life With Archie, the top seller, averages around 35,000 issues sold a month in 2012. That would put it in the same territory as Wolverine, Captain America, Secret Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the 0 issues of Supergirl and Justice League Dark (based on September 2012 numbers). 'Archie' itself sells around 15,000 a month, putting it on par with most books from Dark Horse, including the Star Wars prints, and Valiant comics (again, based on 2012 numbers). Assuming that Archie Comics maintain steady sales, looking at the numbers for January 2013 (after the Nu-52 and Issue 0 bumps from DC are over), Life With Archie still sells as well as the mid-range books from DC and Marvel, and the other books sell as well as most books not from The Big 2.


Huh. Those numbers make me wonder what the,target market is these days. Is it still kids/teens, or is the seemingly unchanging 50s feel meant to appeal to the older nostalgia audience? Or possibly some weird hybrid?
 
2013-05-21 12:50:50 PM
I used to buy Archie comics back in the 1980s and I've never been much of a comic buyer. But it was an odd time for the brand, they had titles like Jughead's Time Police and Archie 3000 that were so bizarre I couldn't help myself. Wish I had kept some of those crazy old books.
 
2013-05-21 12:59:25 PM

Last Man on Earth: RoyFokker'sGhost: Confabulat: Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?

I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.

Archie doesn't have 'official' sales numbers because they're not distributed by Diamond; they go through newspaper/magazine distributors instead. So, it means that the sales of Archie Comics fluctuates a lot because, unlike Diamond, unsold Archie Comics for the month can be returned to the distributor. So, all sales numbers from Archie Comics come from tax filings for business expenses & profits, rather than actual tracked data. Based on some Google-Fu, I found out that Life With Archie, the top seller, averages around 35,000 issues sold a month in 2012. That would put it in the same territory as Wolverine, Captain America, Secret Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the 0 issues of Supergirl and Justice League Dark (based on September 2012 numbers). 'Archie' itself sells around 15,000 a month, putting it on par with most books from Dark Horse, including the Star Wars prints, and Valiant comics (again, based on 2012 numbers). Assuming that Archie Comics maintain steady sales, looking at the numbers for January 2013 (after the Nu-52 and Issue 0 bumps from DC are over), Life With Archie still sells as well as the mid-range books from DC and Marvel, and the other books sell as well as most books not from The Big 2.

Huh. Those numbers make me wonder what the,target market is these days. Is it still kids/teens, or is the seemingly unchanging 50s feel meant to appeal to the older nostalgia audience? Or possibly some weird hybrid?


You'd be surprised. Archie Comics still has a strong, non-hipster and non-grandma following. They've been successful by showing that teenage life has basically remained the same over all the years, despite the gadgets and technology. They're written well and the art has an iconic style. Also, they're one of the few non-cape & cowl or IP tie-in books. There are folks that read comics that don't want super-heroes or are not interested in the major IPs like Buffy, Star Wars, etc. The explosion of manga in the US shows this. Finally, despite the claims of certain detractors, Archie comics has modernized much better than either Marvel or DC. They were the first old-school company to embrace digital distribution, preceding Marvel & C's adoption of digital by about a year. They've also had timely social commentary that doesn't come off as right-wing or left-wing oriented. The addition of Kevin also gave them a big boost, because Kevin feels like a character that's always been there in Riverdale from the beginning. The gay factor doesn't feel shoehorned in like Marvel & DC's attempts. The fact that Kevin isn't a stereotype, but a fully realized character, shows that the creators at Archie are far more in tune to modern life than the ones at DC & Marvel.
 
2013-05-21 01:04:24 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Confabulat: Mugato: Who the fark reads Archie comics?

I'm willing to bet most editions of Archie outsell almost every book DC puts out. Especially globally. Archie is sold in grocery store lines.

Archie doesn't have 'official' sales numbers because they're not distributed by Diamond; they go through newspaper/magazine distributors instead. So, it means that the sales of Archie Comics fluctuates a lot because, unlike Diamond, unsold Archie Comics for the month can be returned to the distributor. So, all sales numbers from Archie Comics come from tax filings for business expenses & profits, rather than actual tracked data. Based on some Google-Fu, I found out that Life With Archie, the top seller, averages around 35,000 issues sold a month in 2012. That would put it in the same territory as Wolverine, Captain America, Secret Avengers, Avenging Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the 0 issues of Supergirl and Justice League Dark (based on September 2012 numbers). 'Archie' itself sells around 15,000 a month, putting it on par with most books from Dark Horse, including the Star Wars prints, and Valiant comics (again, based on 2012 numbers). Assuming that Archie Comics maintain steady sales, looking at the numbers for January 2013 (after the Nu-52 and Issue 0 bumps from DC are over), Life With Archie still sells as well as the mid-range books from DC and Marvel, and the other books sell as well as most books not from The Big 2.


Any idea how well the Digest issues sell? I still like flipping through them at the supermarket cashier line-up.
 
2013-05-21 01:28:56 PM
There are plenty of strange and hilarious Archie panels: http://archieoutofcontext.tumblr.com/
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2013-05-21 02:12:10 PM


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2013-05-21 02:49:41 PM
Gotta love those Chick tracts. Terrifying children and teaching them how to hate for over 50 years!
 
2013-05-21 02:51:27 PM
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I think they're skipping a few inconvenient "truths" from the bible...
 
2013-05-21 02:53:19 PM

give me doughnuts: Gotta love those Chick tracts. Terrifying children and teaching them how to hate for over 50 years!


Well, if you don't get them early, how will they learn?
 
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