13 Iconic Archie Comics Covers That Prove Why It's Stood The Test Of Time


Archie Comic Publications, Inc, which began as MLJ Comics, is famously known for their longest-running publication Archie Comics. It ran from the early 1940s to the '90s, and relaunched in 2010 as Life with Archie.

The comics were inspired by the Andy Hardy movies, which portrayed a relatable, normal teenager. They called the character Archibald "Archie" Andrews, and we followed his hilarious life as he tried to impress as many girls as he could.  

The Archie characters have inspired countless films, video games, and television programs, such as the hit 2017 drama series Riverdale.

Here are some photos from the most iconic Archie covers throughout its long-standing history,

Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper first appeared in Pep Comics #22 in late 1941.

If it didn't say Archie, I don't think anyone could have recognized Archie and Betty.

The first issue of Archie Comics appeared in 1942.  

I don't know what's more surprising, that the comic books started in 1942 or that the first issue was worth 10 cents?

It really depicted the typical life of an American teenager, which mostly consisted of raging hormones.

Archie had quite the ego chasing after the two most beautiful girls in his school. He barely noticed the one he should have...

By issue #70, the title was shortened to Archie.  

The comics just got more interesting...

However, not all of its content could be loved by everyone.

Stories that thrived decades ago may not be able to capture the attention of audiences today.

Archie was living the life, or the dream life, of every American teenage boy.

Some things still ring true today.

It was always nice when the fantastical made its way into the series.

This issue makes it obvious why men loved the series more than women.

It was nice when Archie mentioned pop culture, especially famous and beloved people like John Lennon.

Archie #666 appeared in 2015 and marked the final issue for the comic series, which also celebrated its long-standing history.

Life with Archie #36 came out in 2014, which was probably the most controversial issue of the comic series.

Archie had a huge American fanbase from the beginning, and their decision to kill off one of the most loved comic book characters was a terrible idea. Not only was it described as the death of innocence, but it was almost like an end to some of our favorite childhood memories.

What did you love about the Archie comics?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at