The Archie comics, which began in 1941 and still run to this day, were the original teen drama long before Dawson’s Creek or Felicity made it a well-worn staple. They centered on Archie Andrews and his friends in the town of Riverdale, including girl next door Betty, spoiled Veronica, antagonist Reggie, and his crown-wearing friend Jughead.
Since they began in 1941, Moore did not invent them, but he was the artistic force behind them from 1953 to 1989. Moore also helmed the spinoff, Jughead.
“It’s a cynical way to get the press to pay attention and get free publicity,” he said. “There are enough dark comics out there. Why kill Archie? It’s just cynical.”