Sabrina and Jughead Achieve Their Iconic 1960s Looks

The following contains spoilers from Riverdale Season 6, Episode 19, “The Witches of Riverdale,” which aired Sunday, July 10, on The CW.

Riverdale and its spin-off series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Katy Keene have been loose adaptations of the mainstream Archie Comics characters. Between the three series, Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have gone the Archie Horror route in terms of tone and storytelling, while Katy Keene took a more musical comedy approach. while both Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have flirted with the classic 1960s aesthetics of the mainstream Archie Comics universe, the characters themselves have looked largely modern to avoid looking dated.

Occasionally, the characters’ more iconic looks have been alluded to in dream sequences, parallel realities, props and costumes, and in the case of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the classic comic book version of Sabrina included in the intro. With Riverdale about to conclude its sixth season, Episode 19 sees the return of Sabrina Spellman to assist Cheryl Blossom and Heather with the resurrection of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones and a few others. Not only does Sabrina return to the familiar realm known as the Sweet Hereafter, but it’s also presented with a more classic Archie Comics universe feel.

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The first person Sabrina is tasked with resurrecting in Episode 19 is Jughead Jones. After opening a portal to the Sweet Hereafter, Sabrina — now an experienced necromancer — enters the version of Pop’s Diner that appears in Jughead’s personal heaven. In contrast to the real Riverdale, the version of the town that appears in the Sweet Hereafter is a brighter, sunnier, much happier place. There is no suffering and everyone is living the best version of their lives in this realm, including Jughead, who looks like his mainstream comic book counterpart from the 1960s.

In his classic incarnation, Jughead is the non-conforming, idiosyncratic Riverdale High School student who gets picked on by both students and teachers alike, including Reggie Mantle and Veronica Lodge. As part of his idiosyncratic behavior, Jughead is seen sporting a paper crown on his head and wears a sweater with the letter “S” on it, though he never really elaborates on what the “S” stands for. More iconic to Jughead yet is his love of burgers, as he is known to eat a mountain of them, usually ending up with a potbelly afterwards.

In Riverdale’s version of the Sweet Hereafter, Jughead is seen sporting his more iconic look, complete with a paper crown on his head, the famous “S” sweater and is especially seen with a burger in hand. As a finishing touch, he’s also seen creating classic Archie comics.

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The other character who gets to replicate her iconic 1960s look is Sabrina herself. On her original show of her, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, she sported a version of her iconic appearance that was more in line with her Archie Horror counterpart. This included white hair that she was styled in a bob haircut and she was often seen wearing either a red dress, a red shirt or a red coat – a color she’s strongly associated with in both the mainstream Archie comics and Archie Horror. For her reappearance in the Sweet Hereafter in Episode 19, Sabrina is seen wearing the outfit she debuted with in Archie’s Madhouse #22, first published in 1962.

In what is now an iconic comic book panel, the first time Sabrina is seen wearing the white shirt with the red trousers, she’s sitting on her home’s living room floor with magazines and comics sprawled all over the floor, listening to “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” on a vinyl record. She’s also watching a TV show or movie featuring Ella Salem’s Archie and Betty with her cat sleeping comfortably under the TV. This panel was recreated as the cover of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 in 2021 and was even animated in the intro of the Netflix series.

For Riverdale Season 6, Episode 19, Sabrina does not replicate the iconic panel, but she does enter Pop’s Diner in her 1962 debut outfit to meet with Jughead and persuade him to return to the world of the living. Jughead clearly recognizes the outfit as he asks her if she’s a fan of Madhouse Glads — an obvious nod to Sabrina’s debut comic. Though Sabrina does not confirm to be familiar with the comic, she does confirm her identity of her to Jughead before explaining her reason for being in the Sweet Hereafter. As a finishing touch to Sabrina’s classic comic book counterpart, the character arrived and left Riverdale on a broomstick, which was Sabrina’s primary mode of transportation for her in the 1960s and 1970s.

To see Jughead and Sabrina take on their more iconic looks, the latest episodes of Riverdale are streaming on The CW website.

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