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Archie announces two new characters, Eliza Han and Stacy Banks!

Archie Comics is introducing two new characters to the core cast of iconic Riverdale teens who have delighted readers for 80 years. Fans of Archie’s ongoing digest and comic book series will meet teen business mogul Eliza Han and software tech genius Stacy Banks in two new one-shot specials hitting comic shops this summer.

Eliza Han — a bi-racial pansexual teen with a remarkable back story as the brains behind a major corporation — makes her first appearance in June’s Archie & Friends: Summer Lovin’ one-shot. Eliza comes to Riverdale to hang out with her new love interest, Veronica’s cousin Harper. The only problem is that Reggie thought this would be his chance to rekindle his romance with Harper. The story is by writer Tee Franklin and artist Dan Parent and is the first to reveal that Harper Lodge is bisexual. It features art by Parent, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli, and a cover by Bill Golliher and Rosario “Tito” Peña.

Then, African American teen coding savant Stacy Banks shakes things up in July’s Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: Summer Surf Party one-shot! While Dilton Doiley has long been the established genius of Riverdale, Dilton’s mechanical knowledge will now be complemented by Stacy’s digital savvy. In the story by Archie Comics Senior Director of Editorial Jamie Rotante and artist Dan Parent, Stacy invents an online word game that’s making waves — and distractions — all over town. Featuring art by Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, and Jack Morelli, and a cover by Bill Golliher, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, and Jack Morelli.

While Stacy and Eliza make brief introductory appearances, they are here to stay. As part of Archie’s ongoing commitment to expanding and diversifying its storytelling universe, the characters will have regular recurring roles in future issues of its many comic book and digest series. 

Archie & Friends: Summer Lovin’ #1 releases June 8  and Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: Summer Surf Party #1 hits stores July 17 with a cover by Jeff Shultz and Peña. 


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