Jughead #283
(December 1978)

Archie, 1965 Series
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Price
0.35 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
?
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand
Archie Series [vertical]
Barcode
?
Editing
Richard Goldwater
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age US; later Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

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.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jughead / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pop's fifty-cent burgers
Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Pop Tate

Genesis... the Beginning (Table of Contents: 1)

Jughead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Jughead Jones; Cheryl; Lori; Reggie Mantle
Synopsis
Two pretty girls, Cheryl and Lori, admit to each other that Jughead's beanie turns them on, and decide to admit their feelings to him. Jughead is turned off by the new female attention, but when he falls asleep while watching a science fiction movie, some strange power expands beyond the TV set and changes Jughead. When he wakes up, he has a new, mysterious pin on his beanie, and is suffused with the desire to see, to talk to, and even to touch a girl.

Indexer Notes

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.

Fielder's Choice (Table of Contents: 2)

Jughead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Betty Cooper; Lori
Synopsis
Now that Jughead likes girls, he's confidently prepared to "play the field," but Archie and Reggie warn him about his lack of experience in dealing with the opposite sex.

Indexer Notes

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).

The Novice (Table of Contents: 3)

Jughead / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Cheryl
Synopsis
Jughead buys cool new threads to go with his new ladykiller image, but admits to Archie that despite his show of confidence, he's got a lot to learn about girls and dating. Archie encourages Jughead to take the plunge and talk to Cheryl.

On the Line! (Table of Contents: 4)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Hap Holliday

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Jughead's Gag Bag / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Bob Montana
Pencils
Bob Montana
Inks
Bob Montana
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Jughead Jones

The Best of Both Worlds (Table of Contents: 6)

Jughead / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen; humor
Characters
Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Pop Tate; Lori
Synopsis
Archie tells Reggie that despite Jughead's new interest in girls, he still has the same appetite. After hearing Lori tell Jughead that she's on a diet, Reggie decides to force Jughead to choose between Pop's burgers and his date.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Pop's fifty-cent burgers"]
    Jughead
  2. 1. Genesis... the Beginning
    Jughead
  3. 2. Fielder's Choice
    Jughead
  4. 3. The Novice
    Jughead
  5. 4. On the Line!
    Li'l Jinx
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Jughead's Gag Bag
  7. 6. The Best of Both Worlds
    Jughead
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