Another Comic Icon Dies (Sorta)

Archie has sent out the following announcement:

Since 1995, Archie Comics and the Bronx Zoo have had a special relationship. The Bronx Zoo named four of its Grizzly Bears after the Archie characters, Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica. In 2004 Archie Comic produced a special edition comic dedicated to the Bronx Zoo Bears and the plight of Grizzly Bears in nature as well as their life at the Zoo.

Archie #550 cover

We at Archie Comics were sadly informed that on Friday, March 2, the beloved 13-year-old male grizzly bear Jughead died. “Jughead was a wonderful, charismatic animal and he will be missed by all of our staff and visitors,” said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

The Zoo reports “Jughead was one of four bears that was rescued and transferred to the Bronx Zoo in 1995. As human populations increase and bear habitat shrinks, grizzly bears are forced to live near humans. Occasionally, some bears become too accustomed to people and their surroundings which can lead to conflict. In these cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) relocate bears to more isolated areas. ‘Nuisance’ bears are given three chances to avoid contact with people before they are euthanized or an appropriate zoo home can be found. The Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, along with other accredited zoos, assists the USFWS by rescuing these bears. The Bronx Zoo was able to take two young brothers (Jughead and Archie) who were rescued from Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. Two young, unrelated females (Veronica and Betty) were also rescued at that time from the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.”

We have been honored to have had the grizzly bear named after one of our character and happy that our namesakes was able to entertain thousands of children and their parents over the years, much like our own Jughead Jones.

Ok, misleading headline. But I couldn’t resist.


4 Responses to “Another Comic Icon Dies (Sorta)”

  1. Rob S. Says:

    Awww…

  2. Lisa Lopacinski Says:

    He’ll come back. They always come back. LOL.

  3. James Schee Says:

    That’s too bad.

    You know I’ve seen that cover before, but this is the first time I noticed that the bears were supposed to be the Archie characters. Before I just thought it was two bears holding one back from coming to kill Archie for something.

  4. Rob Staeger Says:

    LOL, Lisa…




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