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Archie: American Pinko

Posted in Miscellaneous Comics by mvblair on April 18, 2012
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Archie Andrews represents all-American values, like liberal marriage, Democratic endorsements, and occupying Pop’s Ice-Cream Parlor

Slate.com has a great article about Archie Andrews today. They document Archie’s recent history of “liberal” ideas. Most notably, the comic has included a forward-thinking gay military officer (whom Veronica unsuccessfully tried to court), President Obama’s endorsement of Archie for class president, Archie’s future interracial marriage, and the gang’s involvement in the Occupy Riverdale movement. I’m not kidding about any of that.

As a former reader of “Jughead’s Double Digest,” I can’t say I’m shocked. I knew the comic was becoming more progressive when Jughead was diagnosed with Type Two diabetes. It was a long, downhill struggle for him, but the story arc brilliantly wove strands of the national health care debate into a tapestry that included Jughead’s inability to find organic food alternatives to Pop’s greasy hamburgers.

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