Archie Comics has been a beloved comic book franchise for generations. It has brought joy and laughter to millions of readers around the world, but have you ever wondered if Archie was ever a comic strip? In this article, we will delve into the history of Archie Comics and explore its roots to answer this question.
The Origins of Archie Comics
Archie Andrews first appeared in Pep Comics #22 in December 1941, created by writer Vic Bloom and artist Bob Montana. The character quickly became popular, and in 1942, Archie Comics #1 was released, featuring not only Archie but also Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper.
The comic book series followed the lives of high school students in the fictional town of Riverdale. It became an instant hit among teenagers and young adults and soon expanded to include various spin-offs such as Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and many more.
Archie Goes to Television
In 1968, Filmation Studios produced an animated television show called The Archie Show. The show followed the adventures of Archie and his friends as they formed a rock band called The Archies. The show featured catchy songs such as “Sugar Sugar” that became a chart-topping hit.
The success of The Archie Show led to several spin-off animated shows such as Archie’s Funhouse, The New Archies, and others. However, despite its popularity on television screens worldwide, it still wasn’t a comic strip.
Archie’s foray into Comic Strips
While Archie never started as a comic strip like Peanuts or Garfield did in newspapers nationwide, he eventually made his way into that medium. In 1987 King Features Syndicate began syndicating daily “Archie” comics strips written by George Gladir with art from Dan DeCarlo (who had been a major artist on the Archie comic books for years).
The strip lasted until 2011 and featured the classic Archie gang in all their high school hijinks. The strip appeared in newspapers across the country and was well-received by fans of all ages.
So, to answer the question, “Was Archie ever a comic strip?” The answer is yes, though not initially. While the character started as a comic book, he eventually made his way into animated shows and then into newspaper strips that ran for over two decades.
Archie has come a long way since his first appearance in 1941. He has become an iconic character that has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Whether it’s through comic books, television shows or even newspapers, Archie has remained relevant throughout the years and continues to be a beloved character today.