Wingnut: ‘Archie Comics Embraces Homosexuality, Witchcraft Demons and Occult Practices’


In the proud tradition of Jerry Falwell claiming that the Teletubbies were a gay plot to destroy America, Larry Tomczak of Charisma magazine complains that “Archie Comics Embraces Homosexuality, Witchcraft Demons and Occult Practices.”

Remember as a youngster snuggling up under the covers or laying across the bed after pulling out a stack of your favorite comics? Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. Casper the Friendly Ghost. And almost everyone’s favorite from Riverdale High—Archie!

The adventures of redheaded Archie and his friends Veronica, Betty and Jughead were wholesome, kid-friendly family fun. It all began in 1941. Seventy-three years—what a wonderful legacy.

On Wednesday, everything changed. In the words of progressive Archie comic publisher and co-CEO John Goldwater, “A new Riverdale is born!”

Suffice it to say, our freckled-face friend is fatally shot saving the life of his homosexual buddy, Kevin, who is now part of the gang. Kev enjoys his gay marriage and serves as a senator solidly pushing gun-control and modeling diversity for all the young readers.

Wait, a comic has characters that do things you disagree with? You should totally not read that comic. And then you should shut the fuck up.

Comments

  1. says

    Jerry Falwell claiming that the Teletubbies were a gay plot to destroy America

    You say that as if Falwell was wrong, but didn’t Tinky Winky succeed in his mission? Just look at all that same-sex marriage stuff going on! (I, for one, welcome our new plush-toy masters.)

  2. Pierce R. Butler says

    holytape @ # 1 – Archie Comics are – and have been for decades – the only comic title sold in the checkout line – or anywhere in the store – at the major supermarket chain in Florida.

  3. Abdul Alhazred says

    Archie comics may have an openly gay character these days, but Moose and Jughead as an item are old news. :)

  4. eamick says

    What Charisma’s article neglects to mention (and probably doesn’t realize) is that all this is happening in a series called Life With Archie that is completely separate and features parallel plot lines with a grown-up Archie having married Betty in one and Veronica in the other. The series that began in 1941 is continuing, as far as I’ve heard; the other series will have one more issue after the one with Archie’s death to let them wrap things up.

  5. eric says

    @1 – the article only indirectly refers to it, but this bruhaha is happening now precisely because they’ve decided to end the strip. Archie’s gonna die in the last one, and the fundies are caterwauling because he dies saving a gay friend from a bullet. I guess in their view of the world, the comic would end wth the friend getting shot and Archie saying “serves you right for your sins, you dirty sinner.” Because it’s all about the love.

  6. says

    I’m surprised they decided to have Archie be fatally shot. But then, I don’t have the slightest clue which characters sell the comics, not having read any in what, now I come to think of it, must be over 20 years.

  7. says

    Parallel universes and alternate time threads are like immortality for comic book characters. Hence they can die as often as their publishers deem commercially acceptable.

  8. Phillip IV says

    Just another variation of the always same, age-old conservative lament, the operative passages being only these:

    Remember as a youngster (…) On Wednesday, everything changed.

    Always translating to:

    “The world is no longer like it used to be, isn’t it terrible? It’s a clear decline that needs to be reversed or it’ll be the end. Send money.”

  9. tubi says

    I remember curling up under the covers to read Penthouse and listen to “Rock and Roll Highschool” on a transistor radio. Was I doing it wrong?

  10. raven says

    IIRC, Barney the purple dinosaur was also gay for some values of gay.

    And there was some scandal about Sesame Street and the Muppets as well.

    Is there anything the fundie kooks aren’t afraid of and don’t hate? They hate everything and sometimes they hate each other. When they get really bored, they hate…themselves.

  11. says

    Superman is an illegal alien. Batman spits on the law. Wonder Woman is both female and a pagan. Caspar is the very definition of occult. And this yahoo apparently has no problems with any of them.

    Then again, consistency has never been a weak point for the Talibangelicals.

  12. says

    Part of this is typical “Oh noes, the children!!!!” bullshit, which is an even bigger indicator of how out of touch they are with American comics. The average age of readers of American comic books continues to climb. Depending on which survey you read less than 10 percent of comic book buyers are under 18. The majority of the market is between their mid 20s and mid 50s. I assume these sorts of figures are as true for the Archie group of comics as they are for superhero comics. The US readership for manga, Japanese comics, apparently skews younger, but the right wingers wouldn’t like the content there any better.

  13. hunter says

    @19: And superhero comics have been littered with gay characters for well over a decade — both Marvel and DC have listings of the gay characters appearing in their comics. In fact, there was a lot of buzz when Northstar married his boyfriend in Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men #51 and DC introduced Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, as gay in Earth 2, #2.

    Think this joker’s kind of clueless?

    @20: Manga actually has categories that are age-specific — shounen (boys under 18), seinen (young men 18-30), shoujo (teenage girls and young women), as well as categories for adults of both sexes. There are also BL (boys’ love, targeted toward teenage girls and created by women, also known as yaoi), gei comi (yes, “gay comics”), yuri (lesbian comics), and further subdivisions, including hentai, which is outright pornography. What you find in the States is pretty much shounen, seinen, and shoujo (which includes BL).

  14. says

    Wait?! Are you serious?!! I can’t believe that. There still printing Archie Comics?!

    Not only are they still printing them, they’re actually far more relevant (creatively and financially) than they’ve been in decades. You’ve got Kevin Keller being all gay and teenage in the main series, you’ve “Life With Archie” tackling a more adult slice of life, “Afterlife with Archie” being one of the most chilling horror series in recent memory (while still feeling like an Archie book), the upcoming “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” will feature the eponymous teenage witch growing into her role as the most powerful sorceress on Earth in the 1960’s, and their upcoming “Dark Circle” super hero series revival boasts some critically acclaimed writers tackling three significantly different titles.

    I’m just as surprised as anybody.

  15. iangould says

    “Wingnut: ‘Archie Comics Embraces Homosexuality, Witchcraft Demons and Occult Practices’”

    On the one hand that’s pretty much true.

    On the other hand, why is that a bad thing?

  16. John Pieret says

    To people of a certain age, admitting that you read Archie comics was proof positive you were a dork.

  17. Loqi says

    I wish Charisma would embrace using commas in their lists. Who edits that shit? Are they trying to say Archie embraces entities called “witchcraft demons,” or are they saying Archie embraces both witchcraft and demons?

  18. vereverum says

    @ eric #7
    Perhaps they forgot from their own book “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) in red letters; and “…when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD,…” (Deut 6:11-12).
    Modo loquens.

  19. says

    John Pieret “To people of a certain age, admitting that you read Archie comics was proof positive you were a dork.”
    And what age is that? All of them?

  20. Matrim says

    @1 – the article only indirectly refers to it, but this bruhaha is happening now precisely because they’ve decided to end the strip.

    Yes and no, the teenage strip will still be running.

  21. says

    If the Archie comic was that interesting, I’d have been a fan.

    Are they trying to say Archie embraces entities called “witchcraft demons,” or are they saying Archie embraces both witchcraft and demons?

    I think they’re trying to differentiate “witchcraft demons” from, say, “Islam demons,” who presumably have better sexual morals.

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