Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Undead Jughead: Sign of the Times?

Undead Jughead
Artwork by Francesco Francavilla
"It's death, Captain, but not as we know it."
Afterlife with Archie

What can I say? Archie is dead . . . or, rather, undead. You know it's a sign of the times when evil comes to Riverdale:
Be the first to witness the beginning of the end of the world with this early look at AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE. Acclaimed Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's (Stephen King's Carrie) jaw-dropping script comes to undead life with the help of Eisner award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Guardians of the Galaxy) who deftly injects horror and fear into the once idyllic, safe town of Riverdale.
There's even a trailer. What's next -- Casper the Scary Ghost?

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At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know where you've got to take this, Jeff, the pressures of the marketplace demand it; your sequel has to be, "The UNDEAD Bottomless Bottle"...cph

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That was actually the theme of Bottomless Bottle, but perhaps on a meta-level . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:06 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Poor Juggie!

But, truth be told, he always was a bit of a zombie, though I suspect there is someone out there who will call me a "reactionary" for characterizing Jughead's mystique as a mere recapitulation of the all-too-familiar figure of the generic class clown who transforms into a prole six months out of high school. But never mind the armchair pontifications of the Lobby of Rectitude. As an erstwhile dishwasher and busboy, I can attest to the veracity of my claim. Q.E.D.

At 4:54 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

In the Archie world, fortunately, Jughead would always be a high school student . . . well, until now, anyway.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:14 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Perhaps it is a function of my own (class-) clownish propensity for drawing hilarious associations, but I've always thought of Jughead as a precursor to the deeper and more richly-drawn Mudhead from Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers by the Firesign Theatre, which (again) serves to support my thesis that Juggie has always been part zombie, part prole.

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers

The recording itself.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The name "Mudhead" certainly echoes "Jughead." I made an association of my own: Jughead Jones and Mike Doonesbury?

Jeffery Hodges

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