Archie Comics is a powerhouse publishing company who has pumped out hits like their longest running publication of the same name, Archie Comics, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and The Mighty Crusaders. Wanting to bring the beloved gang from Archie Comics back to life, The CW produced Riverdale in January of last year. Now, three seasons later, the fans of the original comics—along with new fans from the show—have come together to see what this sleepy town of Riverdale had in store for them. And while the gang's all back, intertwined in their own relationships, there are some pretty stark differences between the show and the comic books. And while some may be scratching their head at the difference in characters or storylines, that doesn't mean this show isn't entertaining, to say the least.
10 Veronica Lodge Was Not Latina In The Comics
When Riverdale was casting their four main stars, everyone was wondering who was going to be cast as everyone's favorite baddie, Veronica Lodge. So when Camila Mendes signed on, people were taken back by how much she looked like Veronica from the comics! Minus the bangs, Camila's dark hair, eyes, and gorgeous eyebrows won everyone over. However, Camila Mendes is actually Latina descent, something that comic book Veronica was not. This change is a happy one, of course, shedding light on a fresh new face and diversity. And as Miss Mendes states, "It's rare that you see Latin families being portrayed as intelligent, sophisticated, and powerful entities," which is something she's proud to bring to the table.
9 Jughead Is Anything But Comic Relief
If you've read the Archie comics, you would know that Jughead was definitely the comedic relief in the show. With an obsession with food (mmm burgers) and a knack for being lazy, Jughead was the silly best friend who wasn't interested in dating. But in the show Riverdale, Jughead is anything but "humorous." In fact, I think the comedic light is shown on Casey Cott's Kevin Keller. In Riverdale, Jughead is still analytical (like his comic book side), but he's also dating Betty (and also had a thing with Toni). And when it comes to food... He's usually sitting in front of a cup of black coffee and that's about it.
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8 Light Vs. Dark
You don't need to be a long time viewer to notice how dark Riverdale is. The entire script is written around secrets, lies, and connections we didn't even know were a thing. In the show, Alice Cooper had a love child with FP Jones? Betty's dad is a pathological liar/serial killer? Archie had a thing with his music teacher? Where does it end! However, the comics weren't this dark. The 1940s comic books were lighthearted and good for all families. The show, on the other hand, throws us in some pretty dark holes. Are there funny moments? Of course, but it's not the same tone as the comic books.
7 'Bughead' Would Have Been Laughable In The Comics
Most non-comic book readers are aware of the connection between Betty, Archie, and Veronica. In the comics, Betty and Veronica are more like friendemys who are always after Archie. But the show tells a much different tale. While Riverdaledated started off with Betty longing for Archie, she soon found her soul's match in Jughead Jones. The two couldn't come from more different places in life but have found solace in one another. And while most people ship "Bughead," their relationship was never what it is in the comics. In fact, they never dated in the comics. Jughead was kind of asexual and was too lazy to date, while Betty always had her head in the clouds for Archie.
6 Miss Grundy Was NOT Hot In The Comics
In season one, viewers were introduced to Miss Grundy, a gorgeous music teacher who really saw "talent" in Archie Andrews. *Sure, let's call it tallent...* After "running away" from her abusive ex-husband, she called Riverdale her new home. However, no one should have trusted Miss Grundy. She definitely had more up her sleeve than viewers knew at the time. In the comic book world, though, Miss Grundy was not this flawless, young teacher. She was much older, had grey hair, and glasses. She also never had an affair with an underaged student in her class... so...
5 Moose Was Not Into Kevin In The Comics
Moose isn't a full-time character like the fab-four are. He really only pops up when it comes to athletics, crushing on Kevin, or dealing with his girlfriend's death. However, that doesn't mean he should go unnoticed! Moose is also a character in the comic book series, however, he was never interested in late night rendezvous with Kevin... He was completely infatuated with his girlfriend Midge. While that relationship was written in for the show, I LOVE the fact that they're adding more diversity and secret romances into the show. After all, who's to say that Moose never had one eye on Kevin in the comics?
4 Jason Blossom Is Dead
In the comics, Jason Blossom is the spoiled, rich kid with Cheryl as a twin. With expensive taste, Jason didn't just appreciate high wealth, he also enjoyed Betty. That's right, Jason was alive in the comics (before he and his sister were written off) and even took Betty out on a few dates! Don't worry though, Betty usually only did this as a way to make Archie jealous. Nevertheless, Jason was never murdered by his father and then dumped in a river on a hot summer's day like he was on the show. Granted, his mysterious death totally set up the first season, but it's interesting how different his role is in both sources.
3 Veronica And Betty Are Inseparable
One of the best parts about The CW's Riverdale is how close Betty and Veronica. They're both extremely strong, empowered women. Although the two have different childhood backgrounds, these two go together like PB&J. And though they do get in heated arguments from time to time (mainly over Veronica's criminal parents), these two always find their way to one another. In the comics, however, these two aren't as buddy-buddy as they are in the show. Sure, they're besties, but they're also always fighting over the same guy. How can you really trust someone who would casually throw you under the bus to steal their man?
2 The Black Hood Wasn't In The Comics
Fans of Riverdale or Netflix, in general, will be familiar with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; a spin-off from the comics after the same name. Published by the same company that produced Archie, there are a few connections between the two. But did you know that there's another comic who was also in an adjacent universe? The Black Hood! The Black Hood has a HUGE storyline in Riverdale, but in the comic world, he was never in Archie... Instead, he had his own comic book dedicated to him. In hindsight, The CW could totally do a spinoff based around the Black Hood (how he was raised, why he does what he does, his lies to his family...). Until then, though, we'll just keep on waiting.
1 Archie Is Way More Buff In The Show
KJ Apa's Archi Andrews is a dreamboat. Not only is he popular, a musician, and the former quarterback of the football team, but he has a loyal heart. He cares about his father deeply, is loyal as anything to girlfriend Veronica, and is even dedicated to Mr. Lodge for a short time. He's also extremely easy on the eyes, making him a total heartthrob. But in the comics? Well, let's just say comic book Archie wasn't roaming around Riverdale without his shirt on or having secret affairs with his music teacher.