Crown-wearing Archie Comics character Jughead Jones has traditionally been more into burgers than romance, and a new comic is about to casually reveal that he is, in fact, asexual. In other words, he's a person who isn't sexually attracted to other people — a kind of sexual identity that's rarely depicted in popular fiction. But when writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson were tasked with helping Archie's companywide reboot of its classic characters, they opted to subtly take a stand and add a new facet to a long-established property. The revelation happens in Jughead No. 4, which hits stands and digital outlets on Wednesday. Archie gave some preview pages to ComicBookResources.com, one of which had the following exchange:
Zdarsky had actually talked about Jughead's asexuality last September during an interview with ComicBook.com. "There have been iterations of Jughead over the decades where he has been interested in girls, so there's room to play around if someone was inclined. For me though, I like an asexual Jughead," he said. "That's more interesting to me than writing him as just being behind everyone developmentally."
The move is being met with a ton of praise from comics fans:
Jughead is canonly asexual! This is incredible and huge and I'm so happy.
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Archie comic reveals Jughead is asexual
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Archie comics are seen on display at Oxford Book Shop in Calcutta, India, Monday, May 7, 2007. Another American brand has announced plans to expand to India, but instead of luxury goods and fizzy drinks, this one specializes in freckles and corny one-liners. Archie Entertainment is planning an Indian makeover for its redheaded comic book icon, Archie Andrews, and his gang from Riverdale and plans to start printing the comic in India later this year. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)