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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Archie Comics to Take On Occupy Wall Street

Posted by on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Bleeding Cool broke the news yesterday: Apparently, Archie Comics #635...

...will tell the story of the global protest against massively unequal redistrubution of wealth and power, under the title Occupy Riverdale, echoing the Occupy movements present around the world...And just as Betty and Veronica are devided over Archie, so here they are divided by being on the 99% or the 1%.

The story is apparently being told in Archie Comics' new realistic art style. As you can see from the cover, Betty Veronica* and Reggie are on the side of the 1% with Jughead and Betty on the Occupy side and Archie torn between the two. I think this may be the first major comics company response to Occupy Wall Street; frankly, I can't wait to see how Batman deals with all this.

* Sorry for the double-Bettying. I just hate Veronica so, so much.

 

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Will in Seattle 26
Betty always was hotter.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Mike 25
frankly, I can't wait to see how Batman deals with all this.


If it's Frank Miller Batman, he'll beat up some dirty useless homeless fucks to draw the police away from the Occupy encampment, then he'll drive the Batmobile through the densest part of the Occupy crowd. Then he'll get out to deliver an astonishingly violent beatdown while lecturing them moodily.
Posted by Mike on February 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 24
The Archie's website mentions The Stranger by name in it's blog.

http://www.archiecomics.com/Blogs/tabid/…
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM · Report this
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Archie comics have ALWAYS been about class, with Reggie and Veronica representing the 1%. Archie represents the working class guy who is deluded into thinking that he could somehow, someday break into the 1% (Veronica's pants). Betty represents all that is virtuous of the working class. Jughead represents the working class who is not only satisfied with working class pleasures but revels in them. Dilbert, Moose, and the rest all have a place in the class conflict. Nearly all of the humor in Archie is class driven.

Don't act like Archie comics just woke up to class differences; that's what it has ALWAYS been about. Maybe you should have Charles read them to you.
Posted by Charlie Mas on February 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
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This isn't actually going to be an Archie comic though. It might be put out by people who used to work on Archie, but it won't be an official in-universe thing.

And Jill Thompson's art is amazing.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on February 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM · Report this
Puty 21
Real talk: Betty and Jughead are banging on the sly. Also, Archie's gay but hasn't figured it out yet.
Posted by Puty on February 23, 2012 at 8:13 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 20

O, Honey
O, Sugar, Sugar

You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nE2spOw…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM · Report this
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The 99% percent has Chuck AND Dilton. Fuck you richies!
Posted by J.R. on February 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM · Report this
Superfrankenstein 18
I don't know what style they're using for the interior, but that's a variant cover by the great Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Sandman).
Posted by Superfrankenstein http://twitter.com/TomPeyer on February 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM · Report this
Irena 17
I want to dislike the new style, but Jughead is so perfect.
Posted by Irena on February 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM · Report this
More, I Say! 16
@4 Don't be ashamed! I love them, too!
Posted by More, I Say! on February 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 15
I enjoyed fantasizing about Betty more when she was cartoonier.
Posted by Free Lunch on February 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM · Report this
Keister Button 14
My fave was when Archie and the gang discussed the ramifications of a post-peak-oil society.
Posted by Keister Button on February 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 13
I want an Archie Comic take on the Republican Primaries! Who would be the Santorum character? Veronica's Dad is obviously Mitt Romney. Gingrich?
Posted by ArtBasketSara on February 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Fnarf 12
What's Richie Rich's take on the subject?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
BoyfriendoftheYear 11
I would totally bang Archie... You know, if he wasn't a teenaged cartoon.
Posted by BoyfriendoftheYear on February 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM · Report this
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This is what Archie comics look like now? Somebody resurrect Dan DeCarlo!
Posted by jzimbert on February 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
john t 9
Class conflict has been addressed in Archie comics before:
http://www.the-isb.com/?p=308
Posted by john t on February 22, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
Dougsf 8
Sure, it's all Kumbaya until Midge Klump shows up in a black bandanna with a can of paint.
Posted by Dougsf on February 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
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Didn't they start a gay character too, only to marry him off to a soldier five minutes later? Au courant on all the latest tropes, our Archie.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
COMTE 6
And with this cover, Betty & Veronica become decidedly not as hot as I remember them from my childhood...
Posted by COMTE on February 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM · Report this
5
And apparently an embarrassing inability to spell at the end of the day.
Posted by Sheryl on February 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
4
@1 Beat me to the correction. I have a somewhat embarrassing love for Archie comicx.
Posted by Sheryl on February 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
3
Batman is a pretty good picture of how a goodly portion of the 1% likes to see itself.
Posted by Proteus on February 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM · Report this
2
What is with that new art style?
Posted by g on February 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
More, I Say! 1
Veronica, Paul. Veronica and Reggie. Betty would NEVER be part of the 1%.
Posted by More, I Say! on February 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this

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