Jughead Jones and Mike Doonesbury?
July 7, 1969
For some obscure reason, I was thinking about Jughead from the Archie Comics the other morning as I lay awake in bed waiting for my clock alarm to sound, and I began to wonder why he was drawn with such a long, thin nose. I didn't figure out why, except that it makes him appear more comical, but I suddenly recalled Doonesbury's similar nose, which was exceptionally long in the early drawings.
Doonesbury's nose is, if anything, even longer and thinner than Jughead's, and I wondered about Trudeau's reason for giving this character a nose like that, but I again could only imagine, at first, that the reason was to make him more comical. As I thought further, however, I wondered if Trudeau was thinking of Jughead when he first drew Doonesbury.
Do any readers know the reasons for these long, thin noses, and also if Trudeau was influenced by the image of Jughead in first drawing Mike Doonesbury?