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Archie and the gang

“Behind everything is the idea that Riverdale is a place that is welcoming to anyone. The goal has always been to be a place of comfort to our readers, especially for our youngest readers.
Nothing terrible or violent happens in Riverdale: You have to keep that out of our town. Kids today go through metal detectors at their schools, there are police officers in the hallways, the drugs, the gangs. By design, Archie lives in a world the way we might like it to be.”
— Victor Gorelick

Archie comics were about having fun and enjoying oneself with friends. They explored the social dynamics between high school students in small town pre-postmodern America. It was a window into a different world. One that I did not have access to growing up. It would have been nice to have had a similar teenage experience as the gang at Riverdale.

Archie comics were not obtainable everywhere and even when they did come into stock, they were usually far more expensive than what my parents deemed could be permitted for a mere comic book. Regardless, I managed to build a small collection during my childhood. The collection was jealously guarded and religiously studied.

I liked the character of Jughead the most as I found him to be the most relatable. As a child I thought it was his groovy hat and nonchalant attitude that made him cool. It took me a while to realize it was his fierce independence more than anything else that made me take to him. Independence means freedom and freedom is the hallmark of the American Dream.