There's been an ongoing collection of Archie comics in my household since the early 90s. The obsession began with my sisters until eventually I grew to inherit them. Now, I'm older, but I strongly believe that comic books aren't just for kids. And besides, nothing can quite make me chuckle the way that mischievous redhead Archie Andrews can.
Though my time following the tales of the teens at Riverdale High has been short, the series dates back to its first publication in 1941. In each Archie comic book, you'll find stories from different time periods. The wonderful thing is that Archie and his friends have lived through the 50s, the 80s, the 2000s and everything in between, yet, somehow they're still teenagers????
The more I think about it, the more I start to realize the appeal of these comics to be nostalgia. For myself, I still purchase an Archie comic every once in a while because it reminds me of something I used to do as a kid. But maybe others look to the comics to see decades of their past represented, as who can ignore Betty and Veronica's impeccably drawn style throughout each period. Or perhaps, it's Archie himself who represents something nostalgic. He's a Peter Pan. He'll never grow up. He's stuck in his teen years - fighting for the affections of girls, getting himself into crazy antics, or enjoying a burger with Jughead at Pop Tate's. People often look back on their adolescence as some of the nicest years of their lives, and this is where Archie will eternally remain.
In spite of this, we learn a lot through the eyes of Archie. There's an old fashioned American sense of humour throughout the series and a moral behind every story. When I started reading the comics, younger than the main characters, I was given insight into the high school life ahead of me. Now that I'm older than Archie and the gang, I can see the lovable naiveté that's driving them.