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July 17, 2014

Archie Comics represents a now-familiar cultural trajectory.


First comes fairly wholesome mass popular culture, with its homogenizing effects.
Then comes sexualized mass entertainment, with profit as the single greatest motive for transgressing former taboos. Then, as much of society is suffering the personal chaos, disorientationand alienation caused bythe Sexual Revolution, horror becomes a major preoccupation of mass entertainment, its purveyors reacting with prompt sensitivity to the appetites of this disoriented public. Horror confirmsthe inchoate awareness and knowledge of chaos and social apocalypse. Archie was destined to die defending sexual transgression and to become a superhero in a world of zombies.
The Thinking Housewife Archie: From Wholesome to Horror

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 17, 2014 12:19 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And I ask, not for the first time...if they were going to make any "Archie" characters homosexual, why oh why couldn't it have been Ronnie and Betty?

Posted by: Rich Fader [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2014 1:37 PM

As I understand it, as if I care, Archie doesn't come out as gay, he gives his life saving a gay character in the series.

Don't see where the comic book "Archie" is going from here. To hell I hope.

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2014 2:59 PM

"Once we own your children...."
I guess the "Gay" Green (Arrow? Lantern?) ALSO espoused violence too much.(Whoda' thunk it?)
Can't let THAT be "the message" for the next generation of the mixed "soldier (hyphen)American" community.
I wonder if Montana approved this.
I'm fairly sure the heir(s?) to his "estate" would.

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2014 8:43 AM

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