There is an analogy between the 1940’s Archie and friends comic strip and the 1970’s Three’s Company TV, sit comedy. The latter is a dynamic duplication with the reformation of imagery in time and setting. Archie comic book stories have always been ever so eventful about the spinning heads of hyped-up teens during the babyboomer years.

Veronica, Archie and Betty
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Each Archie story rarely alluded to familial or parental ties. However, frequently there were some shallow interactions with flimsy high school teachers, a principal, other authoritative encounters and obscure teens.

Red-headed, freckled-face Archie is the main character. His interaction is with arrogant Betty, the blonde and sensible Veronica, the brunette. Archie is light-headed, funny, quick-witted and brainy guy. He has a constant love toss-up between Betty and Veronica as they compete for his attention. Comic strip show that Veronica is the apple of Archie’s eye.

Reggie is the appeasing solution for Archie when he interplays by mooning over Betty. Reggie is one of the males in Archie’s inner circle, but not as “in” as Betty and Veronica. Archie’s friends all had bright ideas and were problem solvers except for one other male friend. This friend was Jughead, characterized as the idiot.

For more than seven decades, the Archie comics are still in circulation and have conceptually become the TV sitcom, Three’s Company. The company of three young friends, a guy and two girls, took form in a live broadcast.

In the 1970s, Three’s Company took prime time as a unique-themed TV sitcom. The sitcom plot story about a guy Jack Tripper who lived with two girls a blonde, Chrissy and Janet, the brunette. All stories evolved around the goofy foolishness of misunderstandings. This cast of three, young, single roommates struggle while in support of one another during America’s most liberated times in social history.

Jack Tripper, the leading actor was smart, quirky and most hiliarious with a misconstrued sexuality themed in the plot as an alibi for living with two girls. Jack took his role of funny and touched on many taboos in those social changing times. Chrissy a dumb blonde was a 1970′s version of Archie comics, arrogant Betty. Janet was the new sensible Veronica. Larry, a neighbor and casual friend, was the combined, split personal ty of the Archie Comics’ Reggie and Jughead (smart loverboy and idiot).

Unlike the Archie comics Betty and Veronica characters, Chrissy the dumb blonde and Janet the brunette. did not compete for Jack Tripper’s attention. Both girls liked Jack as a brother.

Every now and then, a parent of one of the three roommates would visit. The most frequent associations Jack and his roommates had were with the landlords. These landlords were the most fickle, uptight and off-balanced, retirees, imaginable.

Three’s Company
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5 thoughts on “SHADOW HUMOR

  1. Actually, Veronica was the arrogant (and rich) one, Betty was the sensible one trying to compete (Veronica and Archie were usually portrayed as the couple, at least earlier on). They did a “switch” in this one, with the blonde being the underdog.

    1. You are right. A personality switch was made to appeal to a changing generations. Writers recreate characters to compliment their publication’s audience and readership. Archie characters went from square to cool and now modern… Wow! I had childhood friends who identified themselves with the Archie comic book characters. I enjoyed each Archie comic personality that was depicted for my generation.

      1. They shaped me very much as well. I identified most with Jughead (though I did like girls. And my play girlfriend back then reminded me of Big Ethel!)
        I then expected the whole high school experience to be like that, only to find that in the 80’s, it was all about “sex, drugs and rock & roll” (or “disco”, with the battles, etched into classroom desks and bathroom walls, about which style “ruled” or “sucked”), and then I made the mistake of going to a vocational school, where there were few girls, and the atmoshpere was more low class.
        Felt like I totally “missed out”.

        Later in the decade, when the old order artists like Samm Schwartz left, Archie was never the same again. Now, you have these “alternate” stories, where either girl marries him, and another where he dies or something like that.

        1. Artists are, indeed, influenced by the ideals and morals of society. I wish it were just the opposite: society would follow the wholesome concepts of many artists. But life moves on. Artists must capture the time and attention of valuable audiences. I find it amazing that Archie comic characters underwent so many transformations of duplicity, type, temperament, heroes and teen idols. And then, finally, these teens emerged FROM THE comics and became the modernized young adults – Three’s Company. We can now view Archie and friends in the flesh vs. comic strip.

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