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  •  It Can (heh heh) Go Both Ways (0+ / 0-)

    I think both are valid interpretations of the character.  As I've said, I personally lean towards "Jughead thinks girls are icky" rather than "Jughead is gay".  And I'm pretty sure that the publishers of Archie never intended Jughead to be gay.  But y'know, sometime the creator of a work is himself oblivious to the subtext he's created.

    Please bear in mind, I'm only an occasional reader of Archie Comics and can by no means call myself an expert Jugheadologist.  I can't even remember what his real name is.  (I think it's something like Fordyse Q. Jones, but I don't recall exactly).

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 07:31:30 AM PDT

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    •  Jughead (0+ / 0-)

      Jughead's real name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III. I am sure the publishers didn't intend him to be gay and in recent years have even flirted with giving him a girlfriend - one named Joani Jump of all things, but the fans didn't like Juggie with a girlfriend and so the publishers ditched her.

      •  The Forsythe Saga (0+ / 0-)

        Ah, that was the name I was trying to remember.  

        One of the few Archie Comics I own is one doing a "Bill & Ted" riff where Jughead meets a cute Time Cop from the future who tells him that in the future he is regarded as an important figure in Riverdale history.  It is implied that the girl is a descendant of Archie's, which makes her flirting with him a little weird.  It was a fun story, though.

        I've read that there was once a story which explained that Jughead once had a crush on a girl back when both were much, much younger.  The girl's family had to move out of town, and losing her turned him into the lovable misogynist we all know today.  But I've never read that story myself and I don't know how much other writers have followed that bit of continuity.

        "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

        by quarkstomper on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 09:20:54 AM PDT

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