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Archie welcomes new character Prasad Asora to the cast!

Following the announcement of The Archies, an upcoming feature film directed by Zoya Akhtar and set in India, Archie Comics celebrates its longstanding connection to the country with a new member of its iconic cast of comic book characters! In The Archies in India graphic novel releasing in January, an original story by writer Bill Golliher and Dan Parent will introduce Prasad Arora, a Bollywood star who catches the attention of Betty and Veronica, adding a fun new dynamic to Riverdale’s relationships. 

Prasad will be an ongoing addition to new stories in the publisher’s comic books and digest magazines, and his first appearance was inspired by the creators’ experiences visiting the country to meet their many fans. Prasad’s debut leads a collection of every story featuring the Archie characters in India over 80 years of publishing, making it both a collectible first and a retrospective for longtime fans.

Archie and his friends from Riverdale have been globetrotting for decades… but their favorite place to visit by far is India! This special collection includes every story where Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and yes, even Reggie, have travelled to the great country. And what would any great trip be without plenty of romance, special cameo appearances, and TONS of musical moments? Plus, a BRAND-NEW STORY! In “Stars in Their Eyes,” Bollywood star Amisha Mehta has a film lined up to shoot in India and manages to get Betty and Veronica a gig as extras. The girls arrive on the set and Amisha discovers one of the biggest teen heartthrobs, Prasad Arora, is now scheduled to be in the film as well. When she hears this, she’s hopeful she will be in a scene with her crush. Betty and Veronica decide to play matchmaker to get Prasad and Amisha introduced… but will they cause more harm than good?

Written by Bill Golliher with art by Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, and Glenn Whitmore, The Archies in India releases January 25 in comic shops nationwide. It features a cover by Dan Parent and Rosario “Tito” Peña.

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Script: Dan Parent, Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Parent, Ryan Jampole, Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/23
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “ALL WRAPPED UP” Veronica has to pay down some credit cards so she is forced to take on a department store job wrapping gifts. She’s so bad at it that she recruits Betty to help her. But when Betty can’t make it, she receives some magical help in the form of Jingles, the Elf. But when Sugarplum and Noelle from the North Pole join in to help, it becomes a calamity of TOO MUCH holiday help!

Then, Fly Girl returns in “Super Sale!” Kelly Brand is shopping with Betty and Veronica, but there’s no rest for superheroes; when Door Buster busts in to have her way with the merchandise, Kelly has to fly into action and make this baddie buzz off!

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309

Betty: The Final Girl highlights Archie in February 2023

CHILLING ADVENTURES PRESENTS… BETTY: THE FINAL GIRL (ONE-SHOT)

Veronica has invited Betty to her luxurious mountaintop chalet for a cozy weekend of skiing. But their girls weekend is interrupted when Archie shows up and whisks Veronica off on their own snowy romantic adventure. What could go wrong at a fancy remote cabin in the mountains all by herself? Betty’s mind races and she can’t tell fact from fiction as she suddenly realizes she might not be so alone. Is Betty believing too much in the horror movies she’s watched, or is someone (or something) really out to get her? Find out in this BRAND NEW horror anthology one-shot that‘s equal parts Scream and When a Stranger Calls.

Script: Micol Ostow, Casey Gilly, Sam Maggs
Art: Laura Braga, Natalie Nardozza, Carola Borelli
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Cover: Megan Hutchison
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE VALENTINE’S SPECTACULAR

Love is in the air with a BRAND-NEW story to kick off this collection of romance tales! In “More Than Meets the Eye,” a new student has arrived at Riverdale High! Cassie Cloud is tall, confident, funny, and catching all the guys’ attention—much to the chagrin of the girls. But she doesn’t seem interested in the most popular guys in school—instead she’s been hanging with the likes of Randolph, Dilton, Toño, Raj and even Prankenstein. What can Archie and Reggie do to get her attention, without catching the ire of Betty and Veronica? The short kings rise in this new Valentine’s tale! Plus, a collection of sweet stories perfect for that special someone!

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Holly G, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

BIG ETHEL ENERGY VOL. 2 (TPB)

The second volume of the hit WEBTOON series Big Ethel Energy is here! When we last left off, Ethel’s return to Riverdale has been confusing and everyone seems to be dealing with something—Archie’s going through it, Betty’s obsessing over her boss Seth, Jughead is cold and distant, and Veronica is… well, Veronica. And as for Ethel—it seems like feelings were starting to brew between her and a most unlikely counterpart: Moose! But Ethel’s never had much luck with love—so why would this be any different? Plus, what secrets about Riverdale will she discover while she’s hard at work on a story about its history?

 Script: Keryl Brown Ahmed
Art: Siobhan Keenan
Cover: Siobhan Keenan
978-1-64576-873-9
$17.99 US / $20.99 CAN
6 x 9”
208 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/22

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #337

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “The Ghost Of Grimloch Island,” Superheroes The Shield and Wizard have sent the Boy Buddies to investigate rumors of a ghost on Grimloch Island. Little Archie, who often goes fishing on the island, has made friends with its sole inhabitant—a hermit called Harry. Harry isn’t happy about these ghostly rumors. He doesn’t want his peaceful island overrun by tourists and ghost-hunters. Can Little Archie team up with Harry to scare the Boy Buddies away?

Finally, in “Detective for a Day,” Archie and Jughead happen to walk right into the middle of a fight scene between Fu Chang and a gang of criminals. As Fu Chang takes them down, Archie and Jughead’s eyes widen with excitement and decide right then that they, too, want to be awesome crime-fighting detectives like him! Will they be able to learn from the master, or will they get under his skin before he can give them a taste of the detective life?

Script: Dan Parent, Tom DeFalco, Francis Bonnet
Art: Dan Parent, Bill Galvan, Rex Lindsey, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/1
192-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

ARCHIE SHOWCASE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #12: THE ARCHIES AND JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

Showcase Digest returns, this time with some musical mayhem! Collecting the full storylines of “The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats” and the history-making “Archie Loves Valerie,” get ready to rock out and fall in love with this hilarious, harmonious collection of stories!

Script: Dan Parent, Alex Simmons
Art: Bill Galvan, Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/22
192-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #311

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES!  First, Little Betty and Veronica are touring the Montgomery Military Academy, at Veronica’s uncle’s suggestion. The school’s Commandant assigns the Boy Buddies to escort the girls. But Betty and Veronica notice someone that catches their eye… and it’s not a cute boy! The two are on the case to track down someone they think might be up to no good, with the Boy Buddies by their sides!

Finally, in “Ransomware Beware,” Lodge Industries was hit with a ransomware attack. If Mr. Lodge doesn’t pay $100 million, all of the company’s computers could be wiped. This looks like a job for Detective Fu Chang! Fu Chang believes the hackers have been posing as high school students. With his guidance and mentoring, Archie volunteers to go undercover and pretend to be a master hacker with the hopes of being recruited by them so he can expose their operation! But can Archie pull of this hi-tech heist?

Script: Dan Parent, Tom DeFalco, Francis Bonnet
Art: Dan Parent, Bill Galvan, Rex Lindsey, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/8
192-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #127

TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “Commando & Conquer,” Archie’s signed up the guys for a “boot camp” exercise program to prep for beach season. Unfortunately, he missed that it’s run by Cpt. Commando, who promises to make them into the next generation of Boy Buddies. Can the guys keep up with the Captain’s military-grade workouts?  

Finally, in “Snap(shot) Decision,” Jughead is taking a photo-journalism class from Paul Patton when they’re ambushed by a super-villain who’s mad that Paul did an unflattering expose about them. It’s time for Paul Patton to don his costume as The Fox and save the day—but will this change Jughead’s mind about his passion for photo-journalism, or will it make him want to spring into action?

Script: Bill Golliher, Ian Flynn
Art: Bill Golliher, Steven Butler, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/15
192-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

Chris Cummins joins Archie Comics as the social media manager

Chris Cummins

Archie Comics, celebrating its 80th year of publishing some of the most iconic characters in pop culture, has hired entertainment journalist Chris Cummins as its new social media manager. 

Chris, a Philadelphia-based writer and producer, brings a deep love of pop culture and lifelong Archie fandom to the role, where he’ll be cultivating Archie’s social media network of nearly 3 million fans.

Chris said in the announcement:

In 1982, my parents impulse-bought me an Archie digest at the supermarket checkout. I read it and reread it until it fell apart then I taped it back together and read it some more. I was immediately drawn to the characters and their antics, and the artwork was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I knew immediately that I was hooked on Riverdale and its residents for life. I see this position as a huge responsibility obviously, but also as a literal dream come true!

Chris has covered franchise entertainment for outlets ranging from Topless Robot to Philadelphia Weekly and USA Today, including an eight-year stint at Den of Geek hosting live interviews with major entertainment industry figures, pop culture convention coverage, and breaking news from all across the fandom field. He hosts the popular live show Sci-Fi Explosion, highlighting delightful and quirky moments from pop culture history. At Archie, he’ll be creating similar original behind-the-scenes content for its social media networks, sharing an expertly curated selection of art and comics from its long history of publishing, and expanding its reach to include new fans.

Riverdale’s girl-next-door is a new horror icon! It’s Betty, the Final Girl!

Archie Comics icon Betty Cooper — known for 80 years as the girl next door with a ready solution for every problem, might have finally found her match in Chilling Adventures Presents… Betty: The Final Girl, a one-shot anthology from the renowned Archie Horror imprint, on-sale in February 15, 2023!

The slasher sub-genre’s most widely loved trope, the “final girl” is the clever survivor who carries a relentless plot across the finish line, taking it to the bad guy in the last scene. Writer Micol Ostow immediately turned to Betty when she thought of marrying the genre with Archie’s core cast of characters.

Micol’s framing story, “Rosemary’s Babysitter,” with art by Laura Bragatakes Betty and Veronica to a secluded mountaintop chalet for a weekend of skiing. When Betty is left alone, her mind begins to race and dangers appear around every darkened hallway and every creaky door. Each new fright introduces a new story starring a different girl from the Archie Comics roster: “Be Mine or Die” by Casey Gilley and Natalie Nardozza, and “Melody’s Next” by Sam Maggs and Carola Borelli.

Veronica has invited Betty to her luxurious mountaintop chalet for a cozy weekend of skiing. But their girls weekend is interrupted when Archie shows up and whisks Veronica off on their own snowy romantic adventure. What could go wrong at a fancy remote cabin in the mountains all by herself? Betty’s mind races and she can’t tell fact from fiction as she suddenly realizes she might not be so alone. Is Betty believing too much in the horror movies she’s watched, or is someone (or something) really out to get her? Find out in this BRAND NEW horror anthology one-shot that‘s equal parts Scream and When a Stranger Calls.

A love letter to slasher movies and horror in general, the comic features two open-to-order covers by Laura Braga and Megan Hutchison celebrating the heroic final girl archetype. Betty: The Final Girl features colors by Matt Herms and lettering by Jack Morelli.

Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #335

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #335

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/16
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY! In “Adventures in Christmas Babysitting,” Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica have taken Jellybean, Leroy, and Souphead to the mall at Christmastime. While Betty and Veronica take Jellybean to shop at a “boring” clothing store, Archie and Jughead volunteer to take the kids to see Santa. But as soon as Souphead and Leroy are out of Betty and Veronica’s view, they unexpectedly dart off! Can Archie and Jughead find the kids and keep them from getting into hijinks?

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #335

Early Preview: Bob Phantom

Bob Phantom

Script: James III
Art: Richard Ortiz, Juan Bobillo
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Tim Seeley, Matt Herms
Variant Cover: Jamal Igle
On Final Order Cutoff: 11/7
On Sale Date: 11/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

By day, he’s Walter Whitney, a fledgling theater columnist with a wild imagination, but by night he’s Bob Phantom, the “Scourge of the Underworld” — or is he? Using his power to become immaterial, Walt beats up criminals and then breaks the news of his exploits in his newspaper column . . . but New York City is not as it once was, and with less crime that means less news. So, if there’s no crime left to fight, there’s only one thing to do: create enemies. Is Bob Phantom really the Scourge of the Underworld, or its leader? 

Bob Phantom

Preview: World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/9
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY! “Merry JINXmas!“ – The holiday season has everyone in the festive spirit—that is, until human bad luck charm Jinx Molloy comes to town! Can everyone manage to avoid Jinx’s wave of unfortunate events, or will they all end up on the naughty list?

World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #20

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Script: J. Torres
Art: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Dan Parent, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Betty & Veronica are inviting you to a festive fun party, and they’re kicking off the celebration with a BRAND NEW story! Veronica recruits her cousin Harper to help give Betty the perfect Christmas gift, while Betty’s busy with Ginger, trying to get the perfect gift for Veronica. Will they be able to top each other’s gift-giving skills?

Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Christmas Party

Preview: Archie Milestones Digest #17: 1980s

Archie Milestones Digest #17: 1980s

Script: Tania Del Rio
Art & Letters: Rex Lindsey
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 11/2
192-page, full color comic
$8.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY! In “Back to the Past,” After being bombarded by texts and group chats about parties and events, Betty and Veronica talk about how things in the “olden days” must have been so much simpler. That gives them an idea: throw a retro ’80s style party! But can they have fun without smartphones? Lace up your roller skates and find out!

Archie Milestones Digest #17: 1980s
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