"Sugar, ah honey honey. You are my candy girl. And you got me wanting you."
Do those lyrics sound familiar? They should, because they're from the famous song "Sugar, Sugar" by fictional band The Archies, a musical group inspired by the Archie comics, made by MLJ Magazines.
The band, consisting of Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, and Betty Cooper, enjoyed notoriety via The Archie Show, a cartoon broadcast on CBS in the late 1960s, with the actual vocals being handled by Ron Dante and Toni Wine. TV programs that spotlighted fake musical groups were fashionable at the time, such as Scooby-Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, and The Monkees.
Well, it's becoming chic again, with a comic book devoted entirely to The Archies by creative minds like Alex Segura and Joe Eisma, who wanted to show how the group actually came together.
"Nobody's ever told the origin of The Archies," Sagura told SYFY WIRE in our NYCC interview below. "We've always seen them in the classic Archie story, it was always kind of just in the background, they were always in a band. So we wanted to show that and show the highs and the lows."
Having been in bands themselves, both writers hoped to infuse their own musical experiences into the stories of the comic. In addition, the issues are chock-full of cameos from famous bands like Chvrches and The Monkees (whoa, so meta!).
Click below to see our full interview at NYCC with Segura and Eisma, then let us know your favorite fictional band.