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How the Archie Show Led To Sabrina Being Integrated Into the Archie Comics

In "Follow the Path," I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media, as well as characters who entirely came from outside media. I’m sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today, we look at how the Archie Show led to the integration of Sabrina into the Archie comic book "universe," as well as the introduction of two major characters.

When Sabrina was introduced in Archie's Mad House, she was in her own little universe...

Really, it was a surprise to everyone involved in those early stories (George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo) that the character made it past just being a one-off story. It became a recurring feature in Archie's Mad House, but it wasn't some huge deal and Sabrina wasn't really integrated into the general Archie Comics universe and by 1968, she had mostly faded period.

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Then...the Archie Show came out. Filmation did a hit TV show featuring the Archie characters and the show needed background characters and Sabrina was featured on the show. She's even featured prominently in the "video" for "Sugar, Sugar"!

Filmation decided to give the character into her own feature on the expanded Archie Comedy Hour (which was the follow-up to The Archie Show).

That launched in September 1969, so Sabrina got her own series where she would interact with the rest of the Archie Universe called Archie's TV Laugh-Out (in a little bit, I'll write some more about TV Laugh-Out in a separate article. Look for it!)....

The cartoon show needed more supporting characters, so new characters were added, including Cousin Ambrose...

and Sabrina's love interest, Harvey...

They were then both included in Laugh-Out #1, in stories by Gladir, Dick Malmgren, Gus LeMoine and Jon D'Agostino. First Ambrose...

and then Harvey...

Sabrina also finally interacts with the other Archie universe teens...

And Sabrina has been part of the Archie universe ever since! Including my pal Kelly Thompson's excellent current Sabrina the Teenage Witch series!

That's it for this installment of Follow the Path! If anyone else has a suggestion for a comic book character changing due to TV or movies, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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