The Archies first appeared in the April 1967 issue of Life with Archie #60 comic book.
One of the first, and one that most blurred the line between real and fake after The Monkees. Well, except for them being animated, I guess. Cough. The Monkees/Archies connection? Don Kirshner! The man who masterminded the Monkees only to have control wrested from him by the group, realized animated characters can't talk back. Archibald "Archie" Andrews is the band's leader and plays guitar and sings. "Jughead" Jones plays drums, Reginald "Reggie" Mantle plays guitar, Veronica Lodge and Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper play keyboards and tambourine.
The lead vocals of the band were really done by Ron Dante.