Archie Comics History – Archie Comics is known for its many titles featuring fictional teenagers including Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Sabrina Spellman, and Josie and the Pussycats.
The company began in 1939 as MLJ Comics, which primarily published superhero comics. The initial Archie characters (Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge) were created in 1941. They first appeared in Pep Comics #22.
Archie Comics is the company’s longest-running publication. The first issue has a cover date of Winter 1942. Starting with issue #114, the title was shortened to simply Archie. Archie Comics characters and concepts have also appeared in numerous films, television programs, cartoons, and video games.
Who is Archie Andrews?
Archie is the only child of Mary and Fred Andrews. His father works as a mid-level business executive. He lives in Riverdale where he attends Riverdale High School. Archie is a typical small-town teenager. His two main crushes are Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper. Many of the comics plots revolve around this love triangle.
Archie usually has the best intentions but often comes into conflict with Veronica’s rich father (Hiram Lodge) and Riverdale High’s principal (Waldo Weatherbee). He is the the lead singer of his band, The Archies. Archie band mates are Betty, Veronica, his rival Reggie Mantle, and best friend Jughead Jones.
Riverdale TV Series
Riverdale is based upon the Archie Comics series characters. The pilot is set to premiere on January 26, 2017. It will coincide with Archie 75th anniversary.
The official description
“As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy.
Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy, who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones.
Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice aren’t the only thing holding her back.
When a new student, Veronica Lodge, arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione, there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason?
Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows… “
The Riverdale cast includes KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Sarah Habel as Ms. Grundy, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs, and Robin Givens as Mayor Sierra McCoy.