From ‘Pep Comics’ to ‘Riverdale’: How Archie Has Endured for 80 Years

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After a mid-season hiatus, Riverdale fans can once again tune in to the epic highs and lows of high school football — and, you know, small-town serial killers. But, for the Archieverse, 2021 is a big year outside of The CW’s hit show. In fact, this year marks the 80th anniversary of Archie Andrews’ first on-page appearance.

Back in 1941, Archie — and, at various points, his cohorts Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones — first appeared in Pep Comics #22. Exuding all that small-town, all-American charm, the Riverdale gang resonated with audiences, leading to eight decades of comic books, graphic novels, hit songs, cartoon and TV series, and enough merch to fill the Blossoms’ manor several times over.

Like The CW’s other fare (Nancy Drew), Riverdale is known for being a darker reimagining of the beloved characters, but, in honor of 80 years of Archie, we’re throwing it back to simpler times and revisiting the origins of the long-running series. So, grab your Pop’s burger and malt — you’re in for a (nostalgic) treat!