|Bob Montana and his famous creation.|
|Archie and Betty from Pep Comics #22.|
Marmaduke “Big Moose” Mason (Archie’s Pal, Jughead Comics #1, 1949) - Moose is a dim-witted stereotypical jock. He’s the biggest and strongest of Archie’s gang with a short temper, but he also has a good heart. He dates Midge Klump (Archie’s Pal, Jughead Comics #5, 1951), who is the other primary object of Reggie’s affections and often the reason Moose pummels others in a jealous rage.
Chuck Clayton (Life With Archie #110, 1971) is an accomplished athlete and cartoonist, whose father, Floyd (Laugh Comics #244, 1971), is one of Riverdale High’s coaches. Chuck’s steady girlfriend is Nancy Woods (Pep Comics #309, 1976), who always finds herself competing for Chuck’s attention with his art. She loves fashion and shopping, plays tennis and softball, and is one of Riverdale High’s cheerleaders. She’s also an artist in her own right, particularly with watercolor paints.
Besides the teenaged characters’ parents, adult characters include the faculty of Riverdale High: long-suffering principal Waldo Weatherbee (Jackpot Comics #5, although a precursor to the character first appeared in Pep Comics #25, 1942); teacher Geraldine Grundy (originally the principal in Jackpot Comics #4, 1941); chemistry teacher Professor Elmer Flutesnoot (Jughead #1); foul-cooking lunch lady Miss Bernice Beazly (Archie #119, 1961); overweight and short-tempered head coach Coach Kleats (Pep Comics #24, 1942); and the Swedish school janitor Mr. Svenson (Archie’s Joke Book #35, 1958). Rounding out the adult cast is Terry “Pop” Tate (Pep Comics #46, 1944), owner and primary employee of the gang’s favorite hangout, Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe (based on real life hangouts in Haverill).
|Archie shows that a fool and his money are soon parted.|