We learn from this ABC News interview with Sonia Sotomayor's brother, Juan, that the Judge loved Archie comics as a kid:
SHIPMAN: Juan confirms that it was Mrs. Sotomayor who encouraged them both to excel and dream, filling the house with barely affordable encyclopedias. And, yes, Nancy Drew. But young Sonia had a less-than-serious side.
SOTOMAYOR: She loved comic books. And she loved reading Archie, and Casper and Richie Rich.
Leave it to folks like Pat Buchanan (thanks, Fuse) and the New York Times' David Brooks to spin this as a negative:
But as a child, Sotomayor clearly benefited from an extended family that drove her to succeed. After her father’s death, her paternal aunts and grandmother convened an emergency meeting with her mother. They had noticed that Sotomayor was devoted to Archie, Casper and Richie Rich comic books, and they were afraid these comics were distracting her from her studies.
Where's A&E when you need them? We've got an intervention a-brewing! For goodness' sake, somebody GET THOSE COMIC BOOKS AWAY FROM THAT KID!