Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not 1959! Archie and… Valerie?

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

20 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can I at least make a joke about Valerie opening for Archie? Please?

  2. Michael A. Burstein says:

    They're leaving out what to me is one of the most important pieces of information: who's the writer?

  3. Michael Davis says:

    10 Reasons Archie can't handle a Black girl.10. His car is a piece of shit.9. He's got freckles8. He lives with his parents.7. He's a virgin.6. His best friend has a eating disorder5. Reggie would try his best to 'hit that' 4.He's 70 years old3. The moment he heard hard core hip hop he would throw up.2. The moment home boys heard 'Sugar, sugar' Archie would be shot….and the number 1 reason Archie Andrews could not handle a black girl…1. He does not have a job.

    • Peter David says:

      Oh no you didn't!(I'm not sure of the relevance of that comment, actually; I just think it's something one is supposed to say in these circumstances.)PAD

      • Michael Davis says:

        Close, Peter but the correct comment use under such circumstances ( accompanied by a wave of a finger) is…OH NO you did-ANT!When you get a sec go read my last michaeldavisworld piece, I mention you in all your greatness. Happy New Year.

        • Brandon Barrows says:

          But you forgot that she's gorgeous and alot of guys will do anything to make a relationship with a beautiful woman work, regardless of how ill-suited they are to eachother.

    • angela says:

      Michael DavisIf Shawn from Boy Meets World who came from a trailer park can successfully get with a black girl, than so can Archie.

  4. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    How the hell do I follow that?Surely she's going to send him inside, outside, upside-down…

  5. Tom Galloway says:

    Eh. Let's hope the following issue has one/both of Betty and/or Veronica hooking up with Josie and/or Melody in retaliation. Seriously, while I appreciate the "groundbreaking" aspect of this involving pure vanilla Archie, well, my oldest interracial niece is 18.5 years old, and interracial relationships are pretty common in comics, tv, movies, etc. Yes, there are still idiots out there who have problems with such, but this is pretty far from groundbreaking these days.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      For a character who seemed stuck in the 50's forever, this is pretty important. Remember, it took South Carolina until 1998 and Alabama until 2000 to officially amend their states' constitutions to remove language prohibiting miscegenation. In the respective referendums, 38% of voters in South Carolina and 41% of voters in Alabama voted against removing these laws. And and Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to perform an interracial marriage just three months ago.

  6. George Haberberger says:

    Here is the real controversial aspect of that image."Is it possible that the pure-hearted, red-haired lead of The Archies is really falling in love with Valerie, the beautiful bassist/songwriter of Josie and the Pussycats?"That's not a bass guitar Valerie has. It has 6 strings not four. Well it has 6 tuning cranks, It appears to have only 5 strings.

    • mike weber says:

      Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention routinely plays a five string bass – a beautiful piece of wood, i might add; almost makes me want to learn to play one (if i could afford it), just because it's so cool looking. (Which is sort of how the former Mrs Elvis Costello became the original bass player in the Pogues, come to think…)And i've seen more than one six-string bass.Granted, either of those options would probably be more than Valerie could afford (unless the Pussycats are selling a lot of CDs), but they're not at all uncommon.BTW – may i direct your attention to this image, or, for that matter, this one?

      • mike weber says:

        Just sort of following on to my thought about the cost – in the 1990 Cropedy Festival Programme, Peggy was selling two of his custom-made five-string basses. I'm remembering the numbers as being in pounds – and the *cheaper* one was a thousand.

  7. mike weber says:

    Doctor Wertham would have had a field day with the shadow of that guitar…

    • George Haberberger says:

      Good point about the six-string bass. And Josie Wales and the Pussycats is hilarious

  8. David S. says:

    Echos of "I am Curious…Black!" with Lois Lane using a Kryptonian device in order to 'pass for black' for an exclusive story! Also, I remember the story where The Vision & Scarlet Witch raised a stir in the Marvel Universe. At least this has the potential of being truly controversial! I'll look out for the fireworks!

  9. Bob says:

    I always liked the Valerie Character. I was surprised to see Archie comics taking this step..but why not? Valerie is level headed where B & V aren't. Seems his parents didn't go with it!! Yay, Val!