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Author Topic: Archie's Jalopy  (Read 6915 times)

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Offline Tuxedo Mark

Archie's Jalopy
« on: March 28, 2008, 08:29:30 PM »
Okay, I can sort of buy that maybe Fred or Mary (in 1942) handed his/her old jalopy down to Archie.

However, considering that Archie Comics was already referring to the jalopy as "a dilapidated old relic" in 1949, why did Archie Comics insist on keeping it until the late 1980s? It would be nice to finally have a true answer to this question.

Also, as the years and decades went on, didn't it kinda stretch credibility (even by Archieverse standards) for a modern teenager to be driving that junkheap?

Besides, what kind of parents get their teenaged son what is, no matter how junky, considered to be a classic car?

Anyone wanna try justifying the jalopy from a storytelling perspective?




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Offline Captain Hero

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2008, 10:57:58 PM »
I think the reason why Archie kept the jalopy as long as he did is because it was...well...a part of Archie! 

I mean, for many years, Ol' Betsy was more than just a car to Archie...it was his baby.  And, as dilapidated, old-fashioned, and impractical as Ol' Betsy was, it was Archie's pride and joy.  Obviously, the Archie world is one that never ages (unless you count the SORAS'ing of Jellybean in recent years), but I would like to think that for all those years, Archie took care of his car as best he could.  And, deep down, I think he kind of liked the attention he got from driving such a relic that nobody would think of driving in 1964 or 1972 or 1988, etc...

And, besides all that, Ol' Betsy was Archie's first car.  Don't most teenagers take pride and have memories of their first car when they start driving?
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Offline MJBivouac

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2008, 11:00:10 PM »
Well, Jughead still wears a style of hat that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere today except in a vintage clothing store. At least they FINALLY realized that Archie's car would now be considered much too collectible for a 17 year old kid to own, and updated it to a more believeable teenage kid automobile. AKA: a Ford POS. I suppose that a lot of pre-teens reading Archie today might have no idea what the heck that THING is that Archie drives around in.
I have a friend who's 7 year old daughter was looking for the TV remote control. She could not locate it and he finally told her to JUST go turn on the TV set the old fashioned way. She had no idea that you could do that!  And when he told her that when he was a kid, TV sets HAD NO remote control at all, she thought he was kidding her!
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Offline IM WITH JUGHEAD

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008, 11:10:43 PM »
jughead shall never were out the hat that makes him famose:):)
i will alway,s be a RUSS TAMBLYN fan!couse,

IM WITH RUSS!!:)

Offline Tuxedo Mark

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2008, 11:21:59 PM »
And, besides all that, Ol' Betsy was Archie's first car.  Don't most teenagers take pride and have memories of their first car when they start driving?

No. At least, I don't, and I'm still driving my first car (I think), a 1993 silver Ford Escort LX wagon, which I got from my mom. I drove my dad's white Mercury Topaz at one point, but I'm not sure if that was before the Ford or as a parttime substitute for it. Either way, no, I don't have memories, and I don't take pride in the car.




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Offline MJBivouac

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2008, 11:59:46 AM »
My first car was a 69 Ford Mustang. What a piece of junk that thing was.It was back East and it was rusty as it could be. My Dad and I jacked it up to work on it, and the jack punched through the floor pan. It had more Bondo on it than metal. It made Archie's car look like a Rolls Royce.
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Offline Banshee

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2008, 01:28:46 PM »
Archie could always go to Memory Lane, sell his first car, and get very wealthy!!!

Offline IM WITH JUGHEAD

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2008, 01:37:25 PM »
mjb you never told me why you said in another post CAT LITER!!!
heheheh hahahah hehehe
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Offline MJBivouac

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2008, 03:10:01 AM »
mjb you never told me why you said in another post CAT LITER!!!
heheheh hahahah hehehe

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Offline Oldiesmann

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 05:36:51 PM »
Maybe it took them that long to realize how unbelievable that car really was. These days you'd have a hard time even finding a 1925 Model A (or whatever it was) - let alone one that was in drivable condition with original parts.

Archie's current car (1960-something Ford Mustang convertible) is still considered to be a classic by many though.
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Offline Gotapenname

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 09:23:09 PM »
I  loved the old Jalopy becuase you did't have to be a car expret to realize how old it was. It was joke that just got funnier with age to me. :)

Offline MJBivouac

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2008, 12:21:22 AM »
Today, a kid like ARchie would most likely being driving a beat up old early 90s Ford Escort, Nissan Sentra, etc. Even the "Mustang" is a bit too cool and collectible for a middle class kid.
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Offline Oldiesmann

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2008, 01:51:13 AM »
Yeah, even the Mustang is a bit too classic for Archie, but it's more believable than a Model A.

Another thing that may have contributed to the change was the increasing popularity of interstate highways. You'd be crazy to drive a Model A on the freeway - especially because its top speed was only 65mph (with a wimpy 40hp engine). The Mustang is perfect for cruising down the highways.
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Offline AyaBlue

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2008, 11:05:13 PM »
Regardless of what type of car Archie drives, I imagine that a quick look under the hood would reveal a lot of paper-clips, twist ties, and possibly even some bubble-gum patch jobs.


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Offline Captain Hero

Re: Archie's Jalopy
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2008, 11:14:03 PM »
Regardless of what type of car Archie drives, I imagine that a quick look under the hood would reveal a lot of paper-clips, twist ties, and possibly even some bubble-gum patch jobs.

Well, of course!  The bubble gum keeps the car together! :)
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