Pep Comics No. 22
Plucky Archie Andrews, dopey Jughead Jones, and plain-Jane Betty Cooper debut. (They get their own title the following month in Archie Comics No. 1.)
Pep Comics No. 26
Condescending socialite Veronica Lodge first appears.
Archie Comics No. 9
We’re introduced to caveman “Arch-ee” and other prehistoric versions of the Riverdale crew.
“Archie” newspaper comic strip
Teen genius Dilton Doiley is introduced.
Archie’s Mad House No. 22
Sabrina Spellman (a.k.a. Sabrina the Teenage Witch) debuts.
Life With Archie No. 42
Archie and his comrades acquire superpowers and form a team called the Super Teens, with Archie transforming into Pureheart the Powerful, Veronica taking up the name Miss Vanity, Betty twisting her “magic ponytail” to become Superteen, and Jughead using a mystical beanie and a magic incantation to fight crime as Captain Hero.
Archie Meets the Punisher No. 1
Murderous Marvel Comics vigilante the Punisher comes to Riverdale in pursuit of a drug lord. Charmed by the Archie gang’s innocence, the Punisher opts not to kill anyone.
Archie No. 429
In the “Love Showdown,” Betty and Veronica finally force Archie to choose which of the two girls he wants to be with—only to watch him pick Riverdale hottie Cheryl Blossom instead (the love triangle later returned to its status quo).
Archie No. 600
Strolling through Yellow Woods park, Archie reaches a fork in the road and takes the left-hand path. Four years later, after graduating from college, Archie proposes to Veronica.
Archie No. 603
Archie, married to Veronica, revisits his walking route and takes the right-hand fork—only to find himself transported back in time; he later proposes to Betty. (He later travels back in time again and resumes his life as an unmarried teen.)
Veronica No. 202
First appearance of teenager Kevin Keller, the Archie universe’s first openly gay character.
Life With Archie No. 1
Archie and Betty struggle to pay the rent as schoolteachers while quantum physicist Dilton posits the existence of the alternate Veronica time line.
A depressed Archie works for Veronica’s industrialist father and spends his off hours golfing at the Riverdale country club.
Life With Archie No. 10
Dilton and Mr. Lodge conspire over a mysterious project involving the fork in Yellow Woods where the two Archie timelines diverged.
Veronica is suspected of cheating. She and Archie separate.
Life With Archie No. 16
War hero Kevin marries his partner Clay Walker. Archie and Betty attend the ceremony, where they cuddle and talk about how much they still love each other.
Kevin and Clay get married. Veronica, still estranged from her husband, arrives at the wedding with a date, prompting an outburst from Archie that reduces her to tears.
Life With Archie No. 18
The two time lines briefly merge as the Archies of both worlds return to Yellow Woods, meet each other, and learn the fork in the road is actually an interdimensional portal. After preventing the collapse of the universe with help from Dilton, the two Archies return to their time lines with no memories of what happened.
Life With Archie No. 27
Jughead prepares for fatherhood after impregnating his wife, Midge.
Veronica, reunited with Archie, becomes the campaign manager for Kevin, who’s running for Senate on a gun-control platform.
Afterlife With Archie No. 1
Jughead’s dog is on the brink of death following a car accident, so he asks Sabrina to revive his wounded pet. The spell goes awry and Jughead turns into a mangled, flesh-craving zombie.
Afterlife With Archie No. 4
The zombie plague tears through Riverdale. Archie’s dad becomes infected and Archie is forced to smash his own father’s head in with a baseball bat.
Archie No. 657
Archie and the gang head to the beach, where Veronica takes up windsurfing.
Life With Archie No. 36
The two time lines merge again, this time through nonmystical means—they just reach the same series of events: An assassin makes an attempt on now-senator Kevin’s life, but Archie takes the bullet, dying in Jughead’s arms.