Even though the past one year of the coronavirus pandemic has got people adapted to work-from-home and remote learning, it wasn’t something most people saw coming. However, it seems the creative minds at Archie Comics may have had an inkling about it over two decades ago. Now, as online classes have become the new normal, a comic strip published in their magazine in the late 90s is going viral and netizens are amazed by its uncanny prophecy.
The comic strip features a set-up of remote learning, predicting that in 2021 AD, children will have a proper school experience within the comforts of their homes. In the comic strip, Betty Coopers is seen telling her mother that she has “all of thirty seconds” before school starts, something that hit home for many in recent times, logging in just seconds before classes go live.
Apart from the CRP monitor fitted with a video camera used for attending classes at home and her parents’ futuristic attires — the comic got it pretty much bang on.
Take a look at the cartoon originally published in February, 1997.
[Originally published in Betty #46, Feb. 1997] pic.twitter.com/UNwjBa2gFe
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) March 16, 2021
“Kids today are so lucky! They’re able to go to school in their own home,” Betty’s father was sketched as saying 24 years ago. Written by George Gladir, with art by Stan Goldberg, Mike Esposito, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman — this comic was about Betty and her friends in Riverdale dealing with the struggles of virtual home schooling!
The second segment eerily shows Betty asking her parents to be quiet, reminding them, “video monitor must remain uncovered at all times”.
The strip got everyone talking online, amused how it all worked out. And as netizens were interested to know how the story fared, the comics publication also released a link where all six pages are accessible for free.
Yes, this is real.
And you can read the full 6-page story on our website for free.
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) March 18, 2021
“Well, we don’t have flying cars but this is oddly prophetic,” one commented on the cartoon, while others equated the artists with The Simpsons’ predicting skills and wondered if it was all a coincidence or was “time travel” involved.
What a weird coincidence🤯 https://t.co/mG2IEHNYux
— Ambika Nadkarni (@AmbikaNadkarni) March 19, 2021
Literally had a moment just like the first pane of this comic this morning https://t.co/1YZHaXmVZs
— Abby Thorne-Lyman (@skeetra) March 19, 2021
Damn! Mind blown. I used to beg my mom to buy me Archie comics every time we went grocery shopping. https://t.co/DlS9HhOrZU
— Jen Wu (@ModernPrivacy) March 19, 2021
Someone foresaw this scenario looooong ago… Archie’s sitting alongside ‘The Simpsons’.. https://t.co/z38FWom0EK
— Srikanth (@srikanth_kv) March 18, 2021
yoooooo….. maybe… time travel do exist https://t.co/IBIQhah2D2
— 𖣐s҉ูููููููai᩿᩿dᩖ⃠f᩿eb࿆࿆࿆࿆࿆࿆࿆࿆࿆irີ๊๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋๋ (@herseykuda) March 17, 2021
To think that this was thought to be a utopian concept https://t.co/n6JQ3wQx7Q
— ⚡️Mikey⚡️ (@Diddle_Duh_17) March 18, 2021
I always knew Betty Cooper was ahead of her time.
— Jennifer Worick (@Jennifer_Worick) March 18, 2021
damn, Veronica invented the novelty Zoom background pic.twitter.com/yj3EXYv9kA
This is crazy–especially the “video monitor must remain uncovered” sign 😀
— Mark Peifer (@peiferlabunc) March 17, 2021
Seeing how real this became is so uncanny
— Ace in space 🚀🌠 (@archer_in_space) March 16, 2021
Visionary stuff! 🙌🙌🙌
— KV (@_karanvalecha_) March 18, 2021
That comic is shockingly prescient about online schooling: “Video monitor must remain uncovered at all times”. I was a bit suspicious that this must be a hoax, but I verified that Betty #46 really did have Betty as “a student in the futuristic classrooms of 2021.”
— Ken Shirriff (@kenshirriff) March 16, 2021
Ha! That’s pretty close. Except for the entire emotional context around it. And the hardware.
— Tracy Thomas Wilson (@tracytwilson) March 17, 2021Subscriber Only Stories