Chuck Clayton

Charles Clayton[1] is a teenage fictional character published by Archie Comics. Chuck lives in the fictional town of Riverdale, and is the friend of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones, and other students at Riverdale High School. Chuck first appeared in Life With Archie #110 in 1971.

Chuck Clayton
Archie character
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First appearanceLife with Archie #110 (June 1971)
Portrayed byJordan Calloway
Voiced byDal McKennon
HometownRiverdale
SchoolRiverdale High School
In-universe information
Full nameCharles Clayton
Significant otherNancy Woods
RelativesCoach Clayton (father)
Alice Clayton (mother)
Monica (cousin)
Greg Clayton (grandfather)

Chuck was created as a means of adding diversity to the cast of Archie characters, though Valerie (of Josie and the Pussycats) predates Chuck by several years.

HistoryEdit

Chuck is African American and the son of Floyd Clayton, who works at Riverdale High School as the school's coach, and Alice Clayton, a housewife.

In earlier stories, including his recurring appearances in Archie at Riverdale High, Chuck was usually shown as one of Riverdale High's top athletes. Chuck was also depicted as a close friend of Archie, often spending time together or engaging in various adventures.

By the early 1990s, Chuck's interest in cartooning was added to round out his character, and also serves to promote the comics he appears in. In modern stories, Chuck is depicted primarily as a cartoonist, whose greatest ambition is to someday become a professional comic book and comic strip illustrator. Despite the long hours he spends practicing his craft, he attempts to be a well-rounded individual by engaging in other pursuits; such as participating in sports, studying his bloodlines, and spending time with his girlfriend, Nancy Woods.

While Chuck is a minor character in most stories, one story showed him as a major character where he competed against Veronica on a game show which was a clear takeoff of Win, Lose or Draw. Chuck recruits two men who own the local comic book store to be on his team, while Veronica has two professional artists on hers. Veronica loses when her drawings are not deduced while Chuck's are deciphered. (It is then revealed that Veronica unknowingly hired abstract artists). Chuck spends his winnings at the store owned by his two teammates; buying as many comic books in order to further research professional illustrators.

RelationshipsEdit

Chuck's steady girlfriend is Nancy Woods, one of the series' few steady couples. While Nancy shares some of Chuck's interests in art, she often berates him for sometimes focusing more on his art than their relationship.

In other mediaEdit

Chuck appeared in 1974's animated Archie series The U.S. of Archie and 1977's The New Archie and Sabrina Hour voiced by Dal McKennon.[2]

Chuck also was shown in an Archie parody in an episode of Robot Chicken, where he was derisively called a "token" African-American character.[3]

Chuck appears in the TV series Riverdale and is portrayed by Jordan Calloway.[4] He takes on a more antagonistic role as a womanizer rather than the considerate and sweet-natured personality of his previous portrayals. Late in the second season, he expressed a desire to reform and demonstrated his artistic side by joining the school play, where his professional, hard-working, and above all, respectful demeanor gained the forgiveness of the other students, and brought him closer to his traditional portrayal. Like his counterpart in the comics, Chuck's ambition is to become an artist and illustrate children's books.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Riverdale' Makes A Major Change to Chuck Clayton in "Tales From the Darkside"". Comicbook.com. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Chuck Clayton (Character)". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Veggies for Sloth". IMDb. 8 October 2006.
  4. ^ @CWRiverdaleNews (12 December 2016). "Episode 10 is called 'The Lost Weekend' It confirms Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton and the recasting of Dilton Doily. And Mary Andrews" (Tweet) – via Twitter.