Here’s What The Riverdale Characters Looked Like In The Archie Comics

2 March 2017, 15:51 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09


Hot damn.

You probably know by now that everybody's new favourite TV show Riverdale was based on the Archie comic series. What you might not know is just how similar some of the actors look in comparison to the original comic characters. 

1. Archie Andrews

Archie Riverdale

Archie first began life in 1941 as "America’s typical teenager". Similar to KJ Apa's character in Riverdale, he was a redhead who loved playing guitar and charming the ladies, mostly at the expense of Betty and Veronica. If the comics are anything to go by, we can expect a love triangle between the three to develop for the rest of the series. Honestly, as long as we see KJ's abs we don't really care who he ends up with.


2. Betty Cooper

Betty Riverdale

Don't these two look like twins? We can totally see why the producers hired Lili Reinhart for the iconic part of Betty Cooper. Much like the modern character, Betty back in the day was the archetypal 'girl next door'. She's also considered an intelligent student, much to Veronica's constant annoyance who feels Betty is better than her at everything. On the show, Betty and Veronica are much more solid as friends which echoes the show's general effort to foster a sense of sisterhood among it's female characters.


3. Jughead Jones

Jughead Riverdale

Ahhh Jughead, our favourite sleuth. In the comics, Jughead is smart, snarky and laid-back but, unlike the TV show, he's also supremely lazy and obsessed with eating food. Jughead today is uninterested in romance, like his character in the comics, and Cole Sprouse has said he will fight for the character to remain asexual.


4. Veronica Lodge

Veronica Riverdale

When we meet Veronica in Riverdale, she's a reformed character having left her former obnoxious, snobbish self in New York. In the comics we find out who Veronica used to be. She's often seen "going on spending sprees and pretty much shopping until she drops, and burning major credit cards in the process". Sounds alright to me, tbh.


5. Cheryl Blossom

Cheryl Riverdale

Even though her brother died, we still think it's fine to call Cheryl a bitch and you'll be unsurprised to hear that her comic book character was exactly the same. Interestingly, at one point in the comics she was at war with Betty and Veronica for the attention of Archie. Watch this space...


6. Reggie Mantle 

Reggie Riverdale

In Riverdale, Reggie is a bit of a douchebag and he's exactly the same in the comics. At the moment he's still a minor character but in the comics he has a little more focus, so perhaps we're yet to see how far Reggie is involved in the mystery surrounding Jason's death.


7. Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller Riverdale

It might come as a surprise to learn that Kevin became the first openly gay character in the Archie universe, although this was only in 2010. We were totally swooning for Kevin and his new love interest a couple of episodes back and we can't wait for them both to get a little more screen time.


8. Josie And The Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats Riverdale

We're only just starting to see the individual characters of Josie and the Pussycats on Riverdale, so it's hard to say how they differ to the comics so far. That said, both bands still rock the iconic ears and that's obviously the most important thing. We fully expect the whole band to be wearing catsuits by the end of the season.


9. Miss Grundy

Miss Grundy Riverdale

Daaayyyummmm someone's got a glow up! Yep, Archie's music teacher used to be an old lady and now she's a child-snatching hottie. That said, Miss Grundy isn't technically Miss Grundy (she's an imposter, the real Miss Grundy is dead) so we're not sure if this really counts. The important thing is that she's gone and hopefully we'll never see her again.