K. J. Apa is not the first beefcake star to portray perennial comic book teenager Archie Andrews. Archie has been around since 1941, after all, and there have been five other tv versions.
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (1990) starred Christopher Rich as an adult Archie returning to Riverdale for his high school reunion.
It also featured Sam Whipple as Jughead and Gary Kroeger (left, on Saturday Night Live) as Reggie.
The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show (1978), a tv pilot based on the 1976 Saturday morning special Archie (1976), starred Dennis Bowen as Archie and Jim Boelsen as dimwitted athlete Moose.
They look like Richie and Potsie, don't they?
Here's a shirtless Dennis Bowen from Caddyshack II
A 1964 tv movie, Archie, starred John Simpson as Archie and Wayne Adams as Reggie.
Life with Archie (1962) featured Fred Bank.
And don't forget Archie on radio (1943-53) played by Bob Hastings (also known as Captain Video's teenage sidekick), and the many animated cartoons, with Archie voiced by Dal McKennon and J. Michael Roncetti,