This issue introduces one of the most unusual continuing storylines in Archie comics history: an unseen, mysterious force finally makes Jughead attracted to girls, and gives him a new, supernatural pin on his hat. The storyline was strung through stories in "Jughead," "Archie" and "Betty and Veronica" around this time. After reader reaction was not positive, the story was dropped without explanation. However, Jughead's attraction to girls, as well as his magic pin, were briefly brought back in 1982 during another attempt to make Jughead more of a ladies' man.
The stories in this issue also try out a new design for Jughead, more conventionally handsome and with a square jawline. It was dropped along with the storyline.
Cheryl and Lori were introduced in this story as possible components of a Betty-and-Veronica style triangle for Jughead. They didn't last beyond this issue plus one story in "Betty and Veronica," but the concept eventually resurfaced in 1987 with the characters of Joani and Debbie.
The end of the story asks readers to write into the Archie offices, under the heading "Jughead Genesis," to express their opinion of Jughead's transformation.
Betty refers to Veronica finding the new Jughead attractive, though the story where this happens, "Was It the Impossible Dream," did not appear until January 1979 (in Betty and Veronica # 277).