Fuse #8

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

If They So Much As Touch One Tine On Jughead's Crooked Crown, Heads Will Roll

Librarians aren't the most adventurous souls. We might scale a mountain or fight wild wildebeasties in the buff, but change even the slightest period or exclamation point in a children's book we love and watch the fur fly.

This is not a children's book technically. It's the kids of Riverdale. They're comic books, and certainly not the best out there. As I kid I wanted to root for Betty or Veronica, but neither were particularly appealing. Betty was nice and had a name similar to my own, but she wasn't the brightest and I couldn't get past her blond locks. Veronica had darker hair like mine, but was an evil snot. Still, I always had a grudging affection for the Archie series. And now LOOK at what's been done to them!

It gives me the willies. You know what I'd compare it to? Justin Guarini's post-American Idol hairstyle change. Both strike terror on the second tier of your already shattered soul. Both also remind you that while you didn't much care for the original, you REALLY don't care for the "new" verison.

Galleycat had their own take on the matter, complete with the above image of before and after.


Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the heads up.


At 10:58 AM , Anonymous Barbjn said...

Whoa, I could not believe the new look. It's almost--well--heartbreaking. Being a REALLY old fan of the kids from Riverdale I had to post something on my blog related to your post. Thanks for the heads up!

At 11:17 AM , Anonymous Liz said...

OH, EWWWW...Must the Britneyization of America be so complete??

At 12:56 PM , Blogger coebooth said...

Betty and Veronica looked better before their makeover.

But Justin Guarini's new "look" is downright frightening! What is that boy thinking?

Oh, the horror...

At 5:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the worst ever. i'm a 15 year old freshman in high school, and i used to read Archie comics when i was younger. I love these comics so much. But now they're modeling Betty and Veronica after Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. What the hell is the bunch load of crap? Do they not realized that Britney Spears is a slut and whore? And do they not listen to the news enough to know that Lindsay Lohan is a party girl, and has been arrested for drinking and driving before? Again, what the hell is wrong with them??!! Grrrrrr this upsets me that they are trying to make Betty and Veronica more like celebrities to sell more issues. I liked that Betty and Veronica were unique, and couldn't be compared to celebrities by drugs and alchohol. this messes all of Archie comics up.

~A very upset teenager~


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