Martha Thomases: Jughead’s Sex Life

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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7 Responses

  1. Sheila says:

    I didn’t even know that Archie comics were still being published. Thank you for that info.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Sorry, Martha, but my reaction to all this defining of sexual preferences is:


    • Martha Thomases says:

      I tend to believe people when they define their own feelings.

      • Mindy Newell says:

        It’s not about disbelieving them, it’s this obsession of labeling everyone lately.

        I haven’t had sex in a while, either, but that doesn’t mean I’m “asexual,” because being “asexual” means having no sexual organs or not using sexual organs for biological reproduction.

        Humans are naturally sexual creatures because, based on our physical gender, we either have a penis and scrotum and a vas deferens and a prostate gland or we have a vagina and a cervix and fallopian tubes and ovaries.

        • Martha Thomases says:

          First and foremost, I think for all of us, our sexual identity is more fluid than we assume. A person who is bisexual in adolescence may be straight in her young adulthood, then lesbian later on.

          Second, asexuality doesn’t mean you aren’t having sex. I’m not having sex, but I’m definitely straight.

          Sexual identity and gender identity extend far beyond biological signage. There are lots of people born with penises who know they are truly women. There are lots of people born with vaginas who feel themselves to be truly male. And there are lots of people born with any combination of the above who refuse to assign themselves a binary identity.

          • Mindy Newell says:

            Okay. I get it.

            But I’m still annoyed with this compulsion to label everyone. But that’s just me. I never think about anyone’s specific sexuality because I don’t care about that–I just care that people are “mensches.” :-)

            And I’m not surprised that Jughead is “asexual.” Hasn’t that always been obvious?