Archie comic from 1972 about 2012


38 Responses to “Archie comic from 1972 about 2012”

  1. I wish somebody would cite the specific issue for people who might want to try to track it down.

    It’s bizarre that the artists expected, in only 40 years, that people would wear those silly “retro-futuristic” outfits, while meanwhile the comuters look like something out of ’50s corporate data processing centers with an enormous console and a reel-to-reel tape drive.

    • BonzoDog1 says:

      Face it. The fashion industry has failed us. My attire is the same as in 1969.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      I spent a bit of time trying to identify the issue but no luck…

    • Lemoutan says:

      Hey, 2012 isn’t over yet. There’s still time for something to happen which’ll require us to wear crash helmets.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      Well, remember that not only had Moore’s law not been around very long at that point (and almost certainly not percolated down to old-school cartoonists like Dan DeCarlo), but that the trend toward making computers smaller even as they grew more powerful had also not really entered the public imagination. One of the most shocking things to most people, upon seeing their first personal computer, was that not only were they affordable (although much more expensive, relatively speaking, than they are today), but that they weren’t any larger than a typewriter with a small TV perched on top of it. 

  2. TheKaz1969 says:

    Music from computer-generated sound?!? ha ha! glad I don’t live in THAT world!

  3. Destin says:

    It seems strange that Futuredude would be talking about how no one’s played instruments in “centuries” if this were really set in 2012. I’d bet Archie really traveled to somewhen in the more distant future, and then someone thought this made for better Facebookery.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Agreed. Who knows if it’s even from 1972. For example, it could be a more recent issue from the Jughead’s Time Police spin-off.

    • emojk says:

      According to Wikipedia, Archie never travels to 2012. However, there is an ‘Archie 3000′ storyline, which is probably where this comes from: “Archie 3000 displays the (presumed) descendants of Archie and the gang living in the year 3000, which is realized as a 1950s-style art deco world of flying cars, moving sidewalks, domed houses, and gaudy “futuristic” hairstyles and clothes (similar to The Jetsons).”

    • The Mayans, Terence McKenna, and Archie all converging mystically on 2012 stretches credibility a little alright.

    • B E Pratt says:

       Dude, teenspeak!! It wasn’t just a decade ago, it was centuries. They still talk like that.

  4. Predicting dubstep. Clearly.

  5. jimmy0404 says:

    In the future, there is no such thing as Moore’s Law and computers are wall units.

    • dbx1 says:

      Actually they’re floor-to-ceiling touch-sensitive flat screens that are currently displaying a cool retro “skin” UI.  You can see the guy with the red hat tapping on the screen.

  6. K-9 says:

    It seems like the artist was also predicting an epidemic of falling objects in 2012.

    • dbx1 says:

       maybe architectural items in big cities with tall buildings eventually succumb to wear and tear from decades of aging and bits and pieces start raining down constantly, faster than repairs can keep things up.  It’s already happening with jet planes dropping random pieces.

  7. Lemoutan says:

    Not being terribly au fait with Archie, I have to wonder who took a waffle iron to his head. And why.

  8. Philboyd Studge says:

    Seems about right. He’s apparently wandered into some hipster nest of fixie bicyclists, who hooked up an iPod to a retro stereo console.


    Yeah Archie, like you’re some Booker T stone groover.

    • niktemadur says:

      Archie gives off the vibe of an irredeemably squaresville teenager who regularly listens to Pat Boone and Perry Como records.

  10. I keep thinking, it is 2012, and there is sexual, racial, and economic equality, and that advances in psychology and healthcare have made huge steps in reforming outmoded forms of prejudice, violence and greed, and improved general well-being to a massive extent, and advances in technology have dispensed with the need for the plastics and petrochemical industries. 

    Then I remember… it’s 1972.

  11. Egypt Urnash says:

    Man I just wanna take Archie out to a good glitch/bass night and watch the wobz make his brain explode. IN THE FUTURE, MISTER ORANGE HAIR, WE ALL DANCE LIKE BROKEN SEXBOTS

  12. Kernit the Font says:

    I imagine they’re listening to one of Autechre’s tracks.

  13. Alden says:

    He only had to wait another couple of years for Kraftwerk to make it internationally.

  14. Gaffi says:

    Sounds like an early prediction for Darwin Tunes…

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