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Jughead Jones Is My Spirit Animal

A description of how Archie Andrews' best pal played a role in how I conduct myself

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - August 2023

Some time ago, I mentioned in an earlier story that I'm a big fan of Archie comics, with the fandom beginning with an Archie comic book being a childhood birthday present. In the time that passed, I collected a lot of the Archie comic books, digests, double digest, and even subscribed for a brief period. I've read so many of the comics so habitually that I can even recite some of them. I've read a lot of adaptations and I've seen the Archie characters on various programs, the main one being the CW series, Riverdale. Throughout all of this, for three decades, there has been one constant: my favorite character has always been Jughead Jones.

As we all know, Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III is Archie Andrews' best pal. It was during my lifetime and my fandom that Jughead became a big brother, as his little sister, Forsythia "Jellybean" Jones was born in the milestone 50th issue of Jughead (which also served as the conclusion of the five-issue "Baby Tales" series). Jughead's habits include playing with his faithful dog, Hot Dog, palling around with Archie, avoiding the advances of Big Ethel, and of course, having an appetite the size of SoFi Stadium. A habitual trait that Jughead has is that he can't stand seeing other guys, including and especially Archie, be total pushovers for girls, though various comics have shown that Jughead largely believes that the best girl for Archie is the often genial Betty Cooper.

So that's basically all of Jughead's traits. Well, not all of them.

Cole Sprouse as Jughead in "Riverdale"

I have to mention the hat. Among the many reasons why I'm a huge fan of Jughead Jones is that crown-shaped hat of his. I had never seen anything like it. I remember actually wanting something like that when I was a kid, it was just so fascinating. Regularly, Jughead's famous hat had the two pins on it, a red circular one and a white rectangular one, but there were a few comics where Jughead had a strange looking pin that seemed to bring him good luck. Regarding portrayals, Jughead was voiced by Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass from The Andy Griffith Show, as well as the voice of a number of Hanna-Barbera characters such as Atom Ant and Mr. Peebles), which still surprises me, because as laid back as Jughead is, I imagined him having a low-key voice similar to Lorenzo Music (the voice of Garfield). Jughead was portrayed by the late Sam Whipple in the telefilm, Archie: To Riverdale and Back, and on Riverdale, the character is played by Cole Sprouse (Big Daddy and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody).

So how has Jughead Jones played a role in how I conduct myself? Well, here's a slight example.

Out the many things I loved about Jughead, the attribute that I loved the most was that he stood out. He was his own man, with his own traits, and his own look. I not only admired that, I worshipped it. Ever since seeing how much Jughead stood out in comparison to the rest of the gang, I started doing my absolute best to stand out. Being a hockey fan is part of that. I do love the sport of hockey and consider it the greatest of all time, but because there's a main focus on the other three main sports, hockey fans like myself stand out like a sore thumb. But it's more than that.

What I write about here on Vocal is part of me standing out. A lot of my apparel is part of me standing out. Even when I do some impressions on YouTube, that's me standing out. Standing out is always a good thing; hell, it's a great thing. Nothing is more important than being your own person, and that's what Jughead Jones represents. Jughead Jones' most important trait was being himself, and he served as a lifelong inspiration to continue to stand out, continue to be myself, and to continue to be my own person.

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About the Creator

Clyde E. Dawkins

I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also into film and TV, especially Simpsons and Family Guy.

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  • A. Lenaeabout a month ago

    Well you just successfully made me feel emotionally charged about Jughead - a character I hadn't considered/examined before. The most magical piece of all of this to me is the way you interpreted his uniqueness and confidence and how you applied it to yourself. I think we all would benefit from this lovely way to thinking and admiring; when we see something redeeming in someone else, it's easy for some to go to a place of comparison and sticky negativity. Instead, you saw the value in standing out and used it to build up your feelings of self-worth and allow you to live in harmony with your values and goals. I just think this is a great lesson for all of us, and we got to learn about you and Jughead! Hope you always find ways to be you and stand out. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Awesome 👍 Congratulations 🎉

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Archie comics were what introduced me to the animation cartoon world, Great story, and you are correct, who didn’t want that hat Congratulations

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Loved the Archie comics, and Jughead was definitely his own man. Great job on this, Clyde and congratulations on Top Story!

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  • Maggie Elizabeth about a month ago

    Congrats on the TS! I've read quite a few Archie comics myself over the years and I really enjoyed this piece.

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Great advice, Clyde. Congrats on the TS.

  • Leslie Writesabout a month ago

    👏Love it! Always be your unique and authentic self 😊

  • WellsFiction( Matt)about a month ago

    Hey Clyde. Great post! I really admire Jughead too. He's such an interesting personality. I like how he's friends with Archie who is way more out going and the average popular jock, yet completely different from who Jughead is. I need to catch up and watch the last season of Riverdale. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    You are definitely standout creator on Vocal. 😊I love reading Archie Comics growing.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Fantastic!!! Love the closing message!!!

  • Misty Raeabout a month ago

    I loved Archie comics as a kid, back in the 70s and early 80s and loved the cartoon (yes, there was a cartoon for a time). I never watched Riverdale, you're obviously younger than me. Anyway, I always loved Jughead because he was quirky and different. I didn't have the courage to be that way when I was young. Now, I'm a total Jughead, complete with the appetite, LOL PS: Betty over Veronica all day long!

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