My sister and I were avid readers of comic books growing up -- and no, we never held on to any of them. I was reminded of our reading when I saw today that Archie comics are going to come to an end -- and Archie gets killed (no, I am not making this up) defending a gay character. Wow, things have changed from the malt shop days.
I always like Betty more than Veronica, didn't like Reggie at all, and was fascinated by Jughead's hat. Here they all are:
I know we had no African-American characters -- wonder when Nancy and Chuck were introduced. I remember Moose and Midge - don't remember Ethel at all.
In addition, I liked Richie Rich, Little Dot, Little Lotta (who would be so politically incorrect today as I think the whole point of the comic was how much she ate), Nancy and Sluggo... then as I got older, I was a Superman/Superboy/Supergirl fan big time. Never a Batman or any other superhero fan.
I remember comics were 10 cents and the "annuals" which were actually more like "quarterlies" were 25 cents. What my sister and I would do is scrounge up a dollar... and we'd buy nine comic books for 10 cents each and then buy two Sugar Daddies for five cents each. Luckily we had the same taste in reading (and candy.) Today I would love to eat a Sugar Daddy, but I'm afraid half my dental work would come out. I remember in the summer, Sugar Daddies would get nice and soft. To have nine comics and a Sugar Daddy was my version of Heaven.
So RIP Archie!