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Trivia: Archie Comics
  • From a 1970's trivia book: Moose Mason's real first name is Marmaduke.
  • In the early 1970's, artist Al Hartley, who had become a born-again Christian a few years before, somehow managed to get the company to license out the Archie characters for use in blatantly religious comics published by Spire Christian Comics. These Christian Archie comics were apparently successful and continued to be produced into the early 1980's. They were pretty blatant about their messages, with Bible verses aplenty strewn throughout the dialogue, and depicting Betty and Archie as uber-Christians. They were also, if you can believe it, a bit Darker and Edgier at times, depicting pod-peddling, temptations to drug use, and one issue in which two drug-using kids get in a car crash and are near death. See here for more.

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