Hey, remember this post where I could only think of two comic book characters who were asexual? Well, we can add one more to the list, as of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s Jughead #4: Jughead Jones himself.
This should come as no surprise for those who were at the Archie-themed panel at NYCC (or those who read about it afterward), where Zdarsky already revealed that Jughead was asexual:
“My view of Jughead is, over the 75 years [of his existence] there have been sporadic moments where he has dabbled in the ladies, but historically he has been portrayed as asexual. They just didn’t have a label for it, so they just called him a woman-hater. But he’s not a misogynist — he just watches his cohorts lose their minds with hormones. People have asked me if there is going to be a romance if I’m writing Jughead, because I’m very romantic, and the answer is no, because there is enough of that in Archie. I think something like asexuality is underrepresented, and since we have a character who was asexual before people had the word for it, I’m continuing to write him that way.”
Which is really cool. Jughead #4 comes out this Wednesday, February 10th.
Zdarsky and Henderson also write and draw two books for Marvel — Zdarsky writes Howard the Duck with artist Joe Quinones, while Henderson draws Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with writer Ryan North. Soon, the two books will actually crossover in a story called “Animal House.”
[Source: Comic Book Resources.]