Archie Comics Published a Story in 1997 About Attending Virtual School in 2021
…and it’s eerily precise.
Issue #46 was first printed as part of the “Betty” comic series in February 1997.
The six-page story, originally titled “Betty in High School 2021 A.D.” features Betty and her friends in Riverdale coming face-to-face (or face-to-computer monitor) with the struggles of learning from home.
How accurate is it? It begins with Betty’s father talking about how kids are able to attend school without even leaving their home and how they don’t even have to carry books to class anymore. Sound familiar?
Betty is also sitting in her room, in front of a computer, with a video camera attached to the monitor. As the teacher greets the class through the computer, Betty’s wireless phone rings and her friend, Veronica, pops up on a video, interrupting the teacher.
Later, Betty and Veronica ‘fly’ over in what appears to be a ‘hover car’ to the ‘old’ high school (which is now a museum) to see how students attended school in the past.
According to archiecomics.com:
When this story was reprinted in 2015, and the year in the title was changed to “2104 AD” (probably because we didn’t have flying cars yet) but rest assured, the original story was published in 1997 and eerily predicted elements of virtual home schooling now commonly found across the world!
You can read the entire six-page comic HERE.
If you're unfamiliar with the Archie Comics, according to kids.kiddle.co; The Archie Comic is about a teenage boy named Archie Andrews and his friends: Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones. Every single character in this comic book is fictional and are created by Bob Montana. All characters were based on people he knew in Haverhill, Massachusetts. In the comic, Archie lives in a small town named the "Riverdale".
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" was a spin-off of the animated Archie show and Riverdale, a darker TV adaptation of Archie Comics, premiered on Netflix in 2017.
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