Chuck Clayton is an African-American 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 Pep Comics #257 in 1971.
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.
Chuck is 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 still finds time to participate in all of Riverdale high’s varsity sports, study his own African-American heritage, and spend time with his girlfriend, Nancy Woods.
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.
- Appearances of Chuck Clayton
- Images featuring Chuck Clayton
- Quotations by or about Chuck Clayton
- Character Gallery: Chuck Clayton
In other media
A character named Robbie Dopkins who is similar to Chuck appears in an episode of Archie's weird mysteries named Invisible Archie.