Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"Riverdale" - The "Archie" TV Series

Take another look @ Mad Magazine's classic 1954 "Archie" parody "Starchie", by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder, on the news that producer Greg Berlanti of "Arrow" fame, is developing the TV series "Riverdale", using "Archie Comics" characters , with "...a twisted 'Twin Peaks' influence...":

"Imagine if 'Riverdale' was like 'Twin Peaks'," said "Archie Comics" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, "and was a really weird small town...

"...Twin Peaks had some very funny black humor stuff to it. 

"Obviously it was very serious as well. So that kind of balance is what we’re going to try to strike with the show..."

"Starchie" featured the characters 'Starchie Standrews', 'Bottleneck', 'Mr. Weathernot', 'Salonica', 'Biddy' and 'Wedgie Van Smelt'.

"...'Bottleneck' frames 'Starchie' so that Starchie goes to prison and Bottleneck can take over the girls and rackets at the 'Riverdale' high school..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "Riverdale" TV Pilot, titled "To Riverdale and Back Again"...