Archie Comics have spent the last sixty-whatever years cranking out tale after tale after tale of Archie and the Riverdale gang living their unchanging lives, endlessly attending Riverdale High, and generally doing the same 'ol shit they've been doing for centuries now. That's not to say they never get adventurous. Some of their more obscure spinoffs and licenses teeter on the very edge of madness.
Case in point: the Spire line of Archie Christian Comics. I've read several of these via the childhood friend I've mentioned before, and they are koo-koo. Whereas Archie and the gang never mentioned religion in the regular comics, in these, it's all they talk about. Well, via ham-handed parables, anyway. Add the overly effusive art of Al Harley, and these are downright surreal.
Of course, Archie has walked on the spandex side, as Pureheart the Powerful, an apparently popular subseries that started during the '60's camp craze and continues to this day:
I'm not sure why fad-chasing Archie Comics would want to rip off DC's perennially unpopular Challengers of the Unknown, but the evidence speaks for itself:
Then there are a few for which I have...no words. Super-Mister Weatherbee? The RC Dominator?? On the other hand, a gratuitous Abe Lincoln cameo is always welcome:
Finally, Archie and Jughead's strangest journey ever, the advent of middle Age. I saw "To Riverdale and Back Again" when it was on TV originally, and the main thing I remember was a whiny, nebbish of a divorced Jughead. It was pretty weird.
All covers culled from the Grand Comic Database.