Fans of The CW’s Riverdale have gotten used to Cole Sprouse’s depiction of Archie’s best friend Jughead as a cool and collected hipster, but in the pages of Archie Comics, he’s mostly reputed for his insatiable hunger. Jughead typically craves burgers, but in Archie Comics’ new horror one-shot Jughead: The Hunger, he’s moved on to a rarer delicacy: human flesh. That’s right, Jughead is a werewolf now.
Just as Riverdale has immersed the iconic Archie characters in a Twin Peaks-style murder mystery, so Archie Comics often experiments with different genres (Archie vs. Predator, anyone?). Written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Michael Walsh, Jughead: The Horror finds the titular character turned into a werewolf and on the prowl against fellow Riverdale residents like Mrs. Grundy and Dilton.
“What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jughead? The fact that the guy’s always so damned hungry all the time, right? In Jugehad: The Hunger, we ask why that is, and we reveal the answer is quite a bit more sinister than the guy just really liking Pop’s cheeseburgers a whole lot,” Tieri tells EW. “It turns out our version of good ol’ Jug has a lot more in common with his dog Hot Dog than anybody ever realized. Well, other than the fact Hot Dog isn’t whacking and eating half of Riverdale, of course.”
Jughead: The Hunger hits stores March 29. Check out an exclusive preview below.