I used to read Archie comics all the time when I was younger. My favorite was Veronica Lodge. She was rich and gorgeous. She could be nice when she wanted to be. Betty Cooper was so sweet. (When Betty and Veronica worked together, sometimes they seemed like high school versions of Lucy and Ethel.) Jughead was the sarcastic girl-hating, hamburger-loving best friend of Archie. Reggie was the mean womanizer. Moose was the standard jealous boyfriend jock. (Reggie kept trying to flirt with his girlfriend Midge.) They all went to Riverdale High School and annoyed Principal Weatherbee and Miss Grundy and Professor Flutesnoot. Vanity Fair did this Archie portfolio I wanted to share with everyone: "America's Newest Boy Friend" A gnome-faced Archie Andrews, as he first appeared in Pep comics No. 22, dated December 22, 1941. He asks to be called "Chick," a nickname that doesn't appear in subsequent texts. Archie has just moved to Riverdale and is already trying to win Betty Cooper, who is literally the girl next door. Betty's rival, Veronica Lodge, doesn't make the scene until Pep comics No. 26. Beat Archie In this 1959 story, Archie and Jughead make like Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac as they enter a brief beatnik phase. Unlike Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and most superhero comics, which are set in a largely unchanging universe, Archie comics have long made a point of explicitly addressing cultural fads. Beach-Blanket Bingo For a change, Archie is able to get away with not choosing between Betty and Veronica. Earlier in this 1966 installment, the ever irritating Reggie Mantle (whose derrière is outlined by the green, Speedo-like bathing trunks) impressed the girls with his surfing skill, only to lose their attention when he became more concerned with impressing his male admirers. Riverdale Goes Mod The British look visits Riverdale in this 1967 comic. Archie and Reggie are too overcome by their own Carnaby Street "plumage" to spare a peek at the "drapery" worn by Betty and Veronica. Rebel Archie By 1968, fashion slave Archie has dropped the mod look in favor of an earthier no-sock style. The Rousseauian phase won't last: before long Archie will be a chart-topping sensation as the lead singer of the Archies, whose not-so-countercultural "Sugar Sugar" was the No. 1 single for all of 1969. The Tease Onetime pinup artist Dan DeCarlo, an Archie artist of the 60s and 70s, drew an especially saucy Veronica. In this 1971 panel, she elicits the ooh face from Archie and a glower from the possibly sex-starved Lodge-family butler. Archie vs. Punk Just because Archie comics have documented youth-culture trends doesn't mean they're always in favor of them. In this 1983 story, our hero is hell-bent on keeping his newly Mohawked pal Jughead from going punk. But all's well that ends well Archie vs. Punk turns out Jughead was only dipping into the subculture as part of an undercover assignment for the school paper.