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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 not obtainable everywhere and even when they did come into stock, they were usually far more expensive than what could be permitted for a mere comic book. Regardless, I managed to build a small collection during my childhood.

Archie comics were about having fun and enjoying oneself with friends. It 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.

I liked the character of Jughead the most relatable. It took me a while to realize it was his fierce independence more than anything else that made me take to him. It would have been nice to have had a similar teenage experience as the gang at Riverdale.