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Archie #1 by Waid and Staples is Part of 75th Celebration

Archie promotional artwork by series artist Fiona Staples.Announced over the weekend, Archie Comics announced that the company will relaunch one of the longest-running comic series in history with a new direction spearheaded by two of the most acclaimed and best-selling creators in comics today. Next year, Archie #1 hits the shelves from the creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

The launch will reenergize the story of Archie and his friends, presenting for the first time ever the origins of everyone’s favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica.

The new series will focus on the strengths of the popular characters, their world and “harken back to the comic’s humorous and edgier roots.”

In a release Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater said:

The Archie characters aren’t in need of a tune-up, ‘shocking change,’ or revision. These characters have stood the test of time and resonate to this day – we’ve proven that over the last six years. What Archie #1 will do, though, is bring together two of the most talented creators in comics in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and create a surprising and definitive take on Archie’s origin – a story that has never been. The book will bring back some of the bite of Archie’s original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character’s all-ages appeal. What better way to celebrate 75 years of Archie Andrews?

This is just a small part of the companies celebration of 75 years which begins in the latter half of 2015 and into 2016. Some of the news we’ve already heard and reported.

The “Archie 75” celebration will include:

  • Riverdale, a one-hour drama written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on the iconic Archie comic book characters will debut on Fox, produced in tandem with Warner Brothers Studios and studio-based Berlanti Productions. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
  • Marc Eckō, the hugely successful tastemaker and fashion designer, has signed on to design an exclusive line of Archie themed apparel for men, from teens to adults, under the Unlable.ME brand. First becoming a nationwide name in the early 1990s, Marc Eckō’s clothing lines have generated billions of dollars at retail since that time, and Fall 2014 marks the return of Marc Eckō as the Operator and Lead Designer of his eponymous label, Marc Eckō Cut & Sew.
  • A robust and diverse publishing initiative that will feature 75th anniversary-themed periodical, graphic novel, digital and specialty product geared toward new and longtime fans. Editorially, fans can expect to see a targeted digest program retaining the “classic” Archie look and style and the expansion of the world being built in the new ARCHIE series via additional ongoing titles.

Preview: Archie #662

ARCHIE #662

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
Chestnuts Roasting Variant Cover: Geneviève F.T.
On Sale: 12/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie knows that Veronica has a long Christmas list—but what does her dad want for Christmas? Veronica and Archie set out to buy Mr. Lodge, “the man who has everything,” an extra special gift. But when Mr. Lodge notices the two sneaking around and plotting behind his back, he gets the idea that the two are planning to elope—and hijinks are sure to ensue! What will Mr. Lodge do? And most importantly, what will Archie and Veronica get him for Christmas?

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Harper Lodge Returns This March in Archie #665

Following in the tradition of groundbreaking new characters like Kevin Keller, Archie Comics introduced Harper Lodge, Veronica’s cousin, in last June’s Archie #656 to a huge response from fans.

Archie Comics is proud to announce that the fan-favorite character, who happens to have a disability, will be returning in a brand new story by writer/artist Dan Parent!

Harper’s latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery? Find out why people are raving about Harper and how she fits in perfectly with the rest of the gang in Riverdale!

Harper returns in Archie #665, on sale 3/4

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Preview: Archie #661

ARCHIE #661

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Holly Jolly Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

He knows if you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good… but he doesn’t know what it’s like to be a teen, for goodness sake! When the jolly fat man in red starts feeling like he has lost touch with the modern teenager, he’s not sure what he should do! Enter: everyone’s favorite holiday pest, Jingles! The tiny elf with the big attitude suggests that Santa spend a week with the hippest teen of them all: Archie Andrews. But with St. Nick living with him and his family, how can a klutz like Archie keep the presence of both Santa AND Rudolph a secret? And will he manage to stay off the naughty list??

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New York Comic Con 2014: Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics team up for a bloodbath in Riverdale! Archie Meets Predator!

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics are proud to bring you spring 2015’s hottest crossover: Archie Meets Predator.

With writer Alex de Campi at the helm, and artist Fernando Ruiz, things are going to get wild quickly.

Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

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Preview: Archie #660

ARCHIE #660

Script: Alex Segura
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Classic Pin-Up Variant Cover: Dan Parent
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“Be-Four and After”: Archie’s on top of the world—until he realizes he has four dates scheduled for the same night! But Reggie has a solution: He’ll sponsor Archie’s dates, as long as Archie pulls them off successfully in one night. Can Archie enlist Jughead to help and convince his four dates—including Valerie and Cheryl—that they’re getting his full attention? Featuring guest stars galore! A wacky, slapstick romp in the classic Archie style.

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Here a Witch, There a Witch

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From 2014’s World of Archie Digest #43

Archie Comics has traditionally struggled more than other comics at staying relevant, modern and current.  As opposed to other comics which can update their settings within their storylines, there are certain elements of Archie which remain tied to the past. For instance, hanging around at the corner diner or the jalopy which Archie is often seen to be driving. In recent years the publisher has tried to break from this past by incorporating in a lot of more current events, be that a meeting with Glee, Vampirella themed crossovers, or introducing a more diverse group of supporting characters than is common in most comic book series. In so doing the publisher has been successful at turning itself into something different from its previous incarnation. The older stories dealt with Archie getting into trouble, Jughead eating burger, Reggie flirting with Midge and the girls flirting with Archie, but newer issues have dealt with more relevant topics especially for their fanbase and targeted demographics such as interracial relationships, rights for disabled people and ethics in sports.

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From World of Archie Double Digest #32

One key mechanic which has remained throughout all series is the topical subjects of the series and their covers, especially as it relates to the seasons. So the gang goes to the beach in summer issues and goes skiing or has snowball fights in winter issues. While there has been a topical focus throughout the course of the comics, one topic has generally been missing, and that is Halloween. Archie comics fluctuates between how many series it publishes focused on Riverdale, but it is usually between 6 and 8 regular series with other specials thrown in. From among the main series though since 2011, there has been a Halloween themed issue at least once a year.  Although Archie does rely on the past for some stereotypical inspiration at most times, the trend here is actually kind of weird. Over the course of these five covers, Betty and Veronica are dressed as either witches or as the Bride of Frankenstein in every case. Witches are even more preferred showing up in six out of nine of the character appearance (both Betty and Veronica don’t always appear). Although the cases are equally limited for the male characters they at least get to have some variety as zombies, firefighters, vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein.

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From Betty and Veronica Double Digest #195

In looking at these covers though, it is not that there is one cover artist that really likes witches. Dan Parent is involved with a few of them, but it would seem that even aside from that there is a tendency to resort to the cliché in this specific case, even when the two main characters have been defined as much more modern and independent in recent years. Perhaps though it is just easiest for the publisher this way. Archie struggles for its market share as much as the other smaller companies, and though its demographic is different, it is likely worth not veering too far off of the stereotype when it comes to Halloween. After all, the girls dressed as a witch is an easy visual reference, but them dressed as something else might only confuse and lose the point of the Halloween theme anyway. Perhaps though maybe the artists will realize this odd trend and maybe break the girls into something else next year. A skeleton? A cat?  Alice in Wonderland? Or maybe even a firefighter?

Preview: Archie #659

ARCHIE #659

Script: Alex Segura
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: Mike Norton
On Sale Date: 9/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A Riverdale Zoo field trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem mis-casts a magical spell, turning Archie and the gang into animals! Not only that, but they’re turning everyone they meet into animals as well. Can the gang escape the zoo and reverse the spell before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in “It’s Zoo To You”!

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Preview: Archie #658

ARCHIE #658

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
Veronica Variant Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Betty Variant Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 8/6
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Summertime is quickly coming to an end and Archie realizes that he has not filled his quota of summer dating before the school year starts. This leads to a number of rushed dates (with all different girls) with hilarity ensuing at every turn … especially when the friends of Betty Cooper turn Archie’s plan against him. Guest-starring Ginger Snapp, Suzie, Linda Lake, Laurie Moore and Toni Topaz … and Archie’s dog Vegas!

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Preview: Archie #657

ARCHIE #657

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
“Little Archie & his Pals” Variant Cover: Art Baltazar & Franco
On Sale: 7/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Veronica’s falling in love – with windsurfing! Jealous Archie is determined to learn the sport as well, but given that he might possibly be the clumsiest person that ever walked the face of the planet, things don’t go very well. Desperate to learn, he takes lessons from the only expert in town: Cheryl Blossom! With variant cover art by Art Baltazar & Franco of Tiny Titans fame, this book will fly off the shelves!

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