Comic Legends: Is Jughead Really a Mutant?!

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fifty-third week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Click here for Part 1 of this week's legends, which are all about comic book crossovers! Here is Part 2.


Wolverine Meets Jughead was set to follow up Archie Meets the Punisher.


I'm Going With False

1994's Punisher Meets Archie/Archie Meets the Punisher was an awesome comic book that managed to take on a seemingly ridiculous concept and actually make it work, in great part due to Batton Lash's brilliant script for the comic book (Part 2 of this week's legends is about the origins of this comic).

Anyhow, my good buddy, CBR Editor Stephen Gerding, wrote to me last week to ask me about something that a Reddit poster had posted, stating, "Dear Marvel. It has been 280 months, but we still wait patiently for the greatest confrontation in comics' history. You're leaving a lot of money on the table"

With a link to the following...

The basic idea is - was this seriously something that Marvel and Archie Comics were ever considering?

And the answer is no.

Lash's whole script was filled with little gags and Easter Eggs, like look at the names of the other towns at the train station when the main bad guy of the comic book (who looks just like Archie) decides to head to Riverdale...

At the big dance, former Howling Commando, Dino Manelli, shows up to sing...

Archie asks for a signal watch...

And Punisher and Microchip head off to Gotham after this issue (a Punisher/Batman crossover was due out soon - I love Archie's grim and gritty joke).

So it was just another gag to have the ending be a tease of a sequel that was never intended to occur (by the way, Goldberg goofed in the last panel - Wolverine is holding the newspaper in one hand but it doesn't match where his claws are in the same panel).

Now, is Jughead a mutant, however? Probably. ;)

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OK, that's it for this week!

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