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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – C

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at one of the rare Archie supporting characters with an interesting personality!

Chuck Clayton is one of the rare Archie supporting characters who was actually given a pretty interesting personality, which is certainly a major factor in why he has gotten more and more “screen time” in the time since they developed the idea that Chuck would be into art, specifically cartoon and comic book art.

Already Chuck had a decent background of being the son of the new coach at Riverdale High School. For 1970-whatever, that was pretty inspired background for an Archie supporting cast member, just that he had ANYthing really to distinguish him from the other people out there.

Now that he has the cartoon/comic book interest, Chuck is practically more developed than Archie himself!

He’s certainly more developed than long-time cast members such as Moose, Midge and Big Ethel, and likely more so than Reggie Mantle.

A big drawback is that Chuck’s love interest, Nancy Woods, as I’ve written about in the past, is basically a blank slate, characterization-wise. However, that has not kept Chuck from being a good character himself.

Recently, he even starred in a multi-part storyline in Archie and Friends, where he was the cover feature for the issues!!

Chuck is great – they just need to give his girlfriend some personality!


Wow, they let him use the same drinking fountains as Archie, much less go to the same school? Quite a bit of progress there, especially combined with giving him a real personality…

He said the 1970’s, Nitz, not the ’60’s.

You’re right, it’s just that Archie is such the epitome of Cold War Consensus culture that it’s hard for me to reconcile it with anything else ( no offense to those who have done interesting things with Archie comics in recent decades ).

Maaannn.. I was hoping for Cheryl Blossom.

Hi, chuck Clayton here. You know who my absolute favorite charatcer to draw is? That’s right, Quasar! Light constructs, lots of costumes, mullets, the Cosmic Tramp Stamp — Quasar has everything, save maybe the ability to not heroically die in combat again and again. So let’s make Q for Quasar in honor of ol’ Chuck, huh?

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