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Is Riverdale Actually a Comic?

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Riverdale is one of the most watched tv shows by teenagers on Wednesday nights on the CW channel, but not many people realize that Riverdale is actually based off the Archie comics. This all makes sense with the fact that all the characters from the comics have the same names as the characters in the show. Just as anyone else who watches the show, I had no idea that the two were connected until a friend of mine had informed me. She told me that she was talking to her grandma about the show, and her grandma told her it sounded like the comic, and after doing a little research and investigating, we found it to be true.

The show and the comic have a lot of similarities, but the show also has put its own spin on things and changed it up a little bit. For example, one thing they changed is Jughead Jones’ hat; in the comic he is actually always in a crown but he wears a hat in the show. The hat however has triangles making it look like the points of a crown. Another similarity they tied in were Jughead’s shirt with the signature ‘S’ and with Archie Andrews’ signature ‘R.’ The only difference they made was between Archie’s ‘R’ is that in the comic it’s on his sweater vest and in the show it’s on his letterman’s jacket.

Now let’s doing a little comparing between the main characters. Archie Andrews is quite similar for the most part between the two; the differences though are he plays football in the show yet was quite clumsy in the comic, and he isn’t caught up in a love triangle with Betty and Veronica but having a love affair with his teacher. Next, we have Betty Cooper she is also similar in both the comic and the show; the only differences she has are she’s more into cheerleading now than sports like in the comic, and she has quite the dysfunctional family and a troubled side. Next is Veronica Lodge, one of the characters they put more of a spin on. In the comics she was always a little more selfish and not as kind as she is in the show. The show also added quite the spin on her family including marriage, legal troubles, and money.

Now for my personal favorite, Jughead Jones. He is one of the most different from his comic character. About the only thing he’s still similar to is the fact he’s the ‘outsider’ other than that it’s all a changed up mess. For example, in the comic he didn’t give two cares about was going on and he was quite lazy, but now he’s more caring about what’s going on around him, and he’s now trying to solve all their murder mysteries and writing a novel. Now let’s talk about Cheryl Blossom, one character who is quite the same in both the comic and the show. In the fact she’s vain, manipulative, and rich. Now we have Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the comic and is the only openly gay character we know of in the show as of now. Kevin was a new kid in the comic due to moving around with his military father, but in the show he has grown up in Riverdale and is the son of the local sheriff.

If you’re interested in learning more about either the comic and the show, or maybe even the differences they have, I highly recommend both reading the comic and watching the show.

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