Editorial: Archie Comics’ Liberal Agenda
Archie Andrews has been around since 1941, and during that time, his greatest concern has been whether Archie will finally choose between Betty or Veronica. After all these years of dealing with the issue of blond or brunette, the comic-book storyline has undergone some updates in regards to relevancy.
Political themes are not uncommon in comic book titles. And the government has not played an inactive role in shaping comic book stories. Superman stood for “truth, justice, and the American way.” Captain America has had to deal with the ever-changing politics of the nation. The direct involvement of the United States government with the lives of comic book characters has happened again and again. From Lex Luthor’s presidency in the DC universe
to The Super Hero Registration Act (Marvel
), to the numerous appearances by real political figures. Various world leaders and even Vice Presidential hopefuls such as Sarah Palin and political satirists like Stephen Colbert.These all had one thing in common. No political agenda other than “America” was blatantly visible. Lex Luthor ran for the presidency and won as a Republican — a Republican that proposed a moratorium on fossil-based fuels. The current GOP would not likely have approved. This balances out the underlying political message being sent. On the other hand Archie Andrews and his comic book has been wearing partisanship at every opportunity.
Archie begins by having Barack Obama
and Sarah Palin
visit Riverdale. Archie and Reggie happen to be running for class president, and the sides are chosen. Obama is an Andrews booster of course. Palin with longtime baddie Reggie. The main protagonist and antagonist were sided according to politics. From there, Archie comics brings in Kevin Keller to hammer home a left-wing agenda. He is gay, but that isn’t a left-wing attribute. Rather he enlists in the military to the tearful approval of his father. After enlisting, Kevin gets married to Clay Walker. Again, individually calling any of these events propaganda would be absurd. Only when we view them as a whole does an obvious liberal agenda present itself.
Now comes the latest liberalism from Archie, Occupy Riverdale. Archie’s gang will be doing an occupy protest in Riverdale, and of course, the classic baddies Reggie and Veronica (with a public high school education?) will be the 1%. This will again draw lines in the political sand for the gang. Clearly left.
The story is to be written by Alex Segura, former DC writer now Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing, at Archie Comics. The wave of politically charged guest appearances and story lines fit with his move from DC. If it was his agenda, or if he was brought in with a more liberal Archie in mind, they have chosen the correctly. The left wing has been embraced in Riverdale.
Politicians have long appeared in comic books. The difference here is Archie and his Riverdale gang are attempting to sway your opinions to the left.
Update: A Rebuttal has been posted right here on Comic Booked. Click here to read!!!
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