October 14th, 2008

Snarky Candiru2

The Archie Syndrome in Retconland....

As you may or may not know, Archie, Jughead and the gang are fairly popular in Canada. As a matter of fact, I learned to read not by look-looking at Dick and Jane but by wondering if the guy with the crosshatching on his head would choose Betty or Veronica. As the years went on, I couldn't help but notice that his publishers had a huge backlog of stories from past decades they needed to make more contemporary. They did this by the unsubtle masterstroke of substituting the name of a celebrity that matched the time period in which the original story was published with a more current one. Having characters from the big band era reference the Stones lent a slightly absurd quality to the proceedings. It would seem that Lynn has started to follow in their footsteps because she replaced "Cheryl Ladd' with "Shania Twain" today. The effect of this is not the same as having a kid from the rockabilly era talk about a new wave band. That simply stretches timelessness to the limit. What Lynn did was point out that the Pattersons we're seeing now aren't really the same people who goaded Liz into the Settlepocalypse. She may not have intended it but she just proved beyond a doubt the we're dealing with Ultimate Foob.