Presenting Reggie Mantle, early Myspace adopter:
I realize that tempus is fugiting and all that, and I understand that Archie Comics is keeping up with the times in an attempt to appeal to today’s children, but there’s still a small part of me that, despite myself, finds references to current technology in these comics slightly jarring.
Maybe it’s just that I personally prefer the Archie books from these decades, but it always seems to me that the Archie gang’s adventures are perpetually set in the ’50s or ’60s. (Some of the jokes are, certainly…okay, cheap shot.) You know, much in the same way that I always think of the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics as being set in the ’40s or ’50s, mostly because those were the years of Disney comics master Carl Barks’ prime work. Seeing references to today’s gadgetry in more recent Duck stories seems equally out of place to me.
I suppose there is some small bit of comfort in knowing that no matter what the future will bring us, Archie and friends will probably be there to make silly jokes about it.