The writing team that brought you Archie: 1941 — Archie Comics‘ first historical fiction series — has teamed up once again to explore a whole new era of American history through the eyes of Riverdale’s iconic teens in Archie: 1955! Comics legends Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn are joined by longtime collaborator and fan-favorite artist Tom Grummett to tell a true-to-life tale set during the turbulent origins of rock ‘n’ roll. Veteran Archie Comics inker Bob Smith, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letterer Jack Morelli will round out the Archie: 1955 creative team.
Launching in September, the five-issue miniseries imagines what life would be like for Archie Andrews and the gang if they were real teens in 1955, and it follows him on a quest for success in the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene. When Archie proves to a local DJ that he’s got the talent for hip-shaking stardom, he begins an ascent to fame that will carry with it both triumph and tragedy.
The first issue features a main cover by Audrey Mok and variant covers by Jinky Coronado, Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, and Pete Woods. Archie: 1955 #1 arrives in comic shops on September 18, 2019.
Script: Dan Parent, Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 6/12 24-page, full color comic $2.99 U.S.
Get ready for fun in the sun with Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals! This new issue of ARCHIE AND FRIENDS features an epic beach party with an unexpected guest, a water skiing mishap, a beach movie starring none other than Archie Andrews… and more in this collection of classic-style summer stories!
Script: Sina Grace Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli Cover: Derek Charm Variant Covers: Tyler Boss, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, Tracy Yardley On Sale Date: 6/12 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
BRAND NEW SERIES! When Jughead messes up his Riverdale Annual Bake-Off pie recipe so terribly, he is disqualified and banned from all future Bake-Offs! Jug goes to unthinkable lengths to fix his error: time travel! Even Riverdale’s most erudite teenager can’t manage the delicate dance of going back in time, and poor Juggie lands himself in an epic battle to keep the time stream intact!
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Achilles Inc. #3 (Source Point Press) – The concept of superheroes taking jobs from every day people is intriguing. The layered approach to it is what’s really impressive about this series. Enjoy it for what it is or dive deeper into the political/socio commentary, it’s enjoyable either way.
Banjax #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A superhero has learned he’s dying and goes all out due to it. Yeah, we’re in.
Batman and the Outsiders #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had some fantastic art and good team dynamic. We want to see where it all goes from there.
The Batman Who Laughs #6 (DC Comics) – We’ve gotten this far. We want to see how the team wraps this one up and brings it all together.
Event Leviathan #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s mini-event kicks off here and already is shaking up the DC Universe. We’re excited to see how this one goes and what it’ll lead to.
Five Years #2 (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore brings so much of what he’s done together. This is one for the fans of his work and it’s absolutely worth it.
Grumble #7 (Albatross Funnybooks) – What comics should be, pure fun. Grab this entire series.
Jughead Time Police #1 (Archie Comics) – The concept sounds insane. Everything you need to know is in the title. We’re in.
The Ride: Burning Desire #1 (Image Comics) – The series just sounds like solid noir-ish entertainment with a former detective out of prison working as a bouncer with enemies looking to settle a score.
Silver Surfer: Black #1 (Marvel) – We’ve read it. It’s fantastic, especially for those who have been reading Donny Cates’ work. Tradd Moore’s art is fantastic too, especially with Dave Stewart’s colors.
Sonata #1 (Image Comics/Shadowline) – Two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. Nope, no idea what this is alluding to.
Spencer and Locke 2 #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Over the top noir/crime action that lampoons/loves the comics of our childhood.
Trust Fall #1 (AfterShock) – The series mixes superpowers and crime in what sounds like a really intriguing concept. There’s a hook here that’s really unique and stands out. We’re not spoiling it.
Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – One of the best kept secrets in comics. Start from the beginning (the first volume) or at least the first issue of this series to see what you’re missing. To tell you why would spoil the fun.
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Matt Herms Variant Covers: Dan Panosian, Darick Robertson On Sale Date: 6/5 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Jughead has had a lot to deal with since going all “Full Moon”. Betty Cooper werewolf hunter, Reggie Mantle werewolf pack… even a Frankenmoose. But has any of this prepared him for Vampironica? Or the horde or vampires that are invading his reality with her? Nope!
Script: Micol Ostow Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Janice Chiang, John Workman, Andre Szymanowicz Cover: Thomas Pitilli Variant Cover: Joe Eisma On Sale Date: 6/26 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with thrills! First, Betty is caught up in a dangerous pact with someone way too close to home, then #Veggie stave off terror on the high seas when an overnight on Ronnie’s boat goes all kinds of wrong.
Script: Cullen Bunn Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli Cover: Laura Braga Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier, Erica Henderson On Sale Date: 5/29 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
A mysterious stranger has appeared in Riverdale, and he has designs on the infernal crown of the Anti-Christ! But Cheryl and Jason are not sitting idly by while someone steals their birthright! The twins have put aside their differences in order to take down this pretender to the throne!
Script: Kelly Thompson Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli Cover: Veronica Fish Variant Covers: Victor Ibanez, Jenn St. Onge On Sale Date: 6/19 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
As danger intensifies and mysteries deepen in Greendale, Sabrina finds it increasingly difficult to keep her own secrets. And while the whole town is on edge from the most recent “monster” attack, Sabrina has tracked the source of the disturbances back to her high school. It may be up to Sabrina to save her new town by solving this one her own…but when the secrets she uncovers hit too close to home she’ll have to make some very tough choices.
Jughead and Vampironica now know how to set their respective realities right thanks to a most unexpected guest star—and the solution involves the very haunted history of Riverdale itself! The question is, have they bitten off more than they can chew (pun intended) as the newly arrived hordes of vampires try to end them both?
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli JTH VS. VAMP #4 CVR A Reg: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Matt Herms JTH VS. VAMP #4 CVR B Var: Dan Panosian JTH VS. VAMP #4 CVR C Var: Matthew Taylor On Sale Date: 8/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 1 (TR)
Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man), Marguerite Sauvage and Sandy Jarrell (DC Bombshells) begin a brand new era of our flagship series as they take a trip to Riverdale and bring the town along for a wild ride complete with new mysteries, new relationships, and much more! Collects Archie issues #700 – #704 of the ongoing series.
Script: Nick Spencer Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Sandy Jarrell, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli Cover: Marguerite Sauvage 978-1-68255-783-9 $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR 144 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/21
ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE – 10th ANNIVERSARY #1 (of 6)
10 years later, a landmark moment in Archie Comics history is being revisited! ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE 10th ANNIVERSARY, is a sequel to the headline-making 2009 “Archie Wedding” storyline. The original storyline written by Michael Uslan answered Riverdale’s longest-running question: will Archie marry Betty or Veronica? Fans were treated to two alternate worlds that explored each possibility and Uslan’s sequel picks up both stories ten years later. See how much life has changed for Archie, his family, and the rest of Riverdale in this new and exciting mini-series.
Script: Michael Uslan Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli ARCHIE: TML – 10th #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent ARCHIE: TML – 10th #1 CVR B Var: J. Bone ARCHIE: TML – 10th #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla ARCHIE: TML – 10th #1 CVR D Var: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick ARCHIE: TML – 10th #1 CVR E Var: Aaron Lopresti On Sale Date: 8/7 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #2 (of 5)
Our trios (new and old) are getting to know each other better—like Classic Betty and Veronica discovering that the newer versions of themselves actually AREN’T both trying to win over Archie’s affections. There’s a lot to take in in this brave, new world, but they’ve got a more pressing issue to deal with: Predator-Archie is quickly turning back into a Predator, and time is running out. Fortunately, the Riverdale Halloween Dance may be just the cover the gang(s) need.
Script: Alex de Campi Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli AVP 2 #2 CVR A Reg: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick AVP 2 #2 CVR B Var: Howard Chaykin, Wil Quintana AVP 2 #2 CVR C Var: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, J.J. Harrison AVP 2 #2 CVR D Var: Rebekah Isaacs, Matt Herms AVP 2 #2 CVR E Var: Greg Smallwood AVP 2 #2 CVR F Var: Michael Walsh On Sale Date: 8/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #3 (of 5)
Jughead meets Jughead! What does this other, older Jughead want with our crowned hero, and what does January McAndrews know that she’s not telling him? It’s up to present-day Jughead to change courses and journey in the opposite direction—to the past, the distant past!
Script: Sina Grace Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #3 CVR A Reg: Derek Charm JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #3 CVR B Reg: Ryan Jampole JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #3 CVR C Reg: Darick Robertson, Matt Herms On Sale Date: 8/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE AND ME JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #20
BRAND NEW STORY: “Summer Bucket List” Archie, Betty and Veronica are determined to cross off all the items on their summer bucket list before school starts—no matter how daring and adventurous the tasks may be!
Script: Bill Golliher Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 8/14 192-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
ARCHIE MILESTONES JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #4
Archie Comics has been around for over 75 years, and we’ve had our finger on the pulse of pop culture the entire time! This fourth issue of the brand new digest series takes Archie and his friends back to school, as well as a look at some of the best pals vs. gals stories and Riverdale’s unending commitment to staying on top of the newest fads and trends!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Bob Montana On Sale Date: 8/21 192-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS JUBILEE (TR)
Get ready for a fun-filled JUBILEE with over 100 of Archie’s most hilarious and entertaining stories!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Dan Parent 978-1-68255-781-5 $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16” TR 1000 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/14
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #276
BRAND NEW STORY: “What if Betty was the Rich One?” This “What If?” scenario features a classic role reversal for the girls—with Betty being a rich socialite, and Veronica as the girl-next-door!
Script: Bill Golliher Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 8/28 192-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #273
BRAND NEW STORY: “What if Betty and Veronica Had Magical Powers?” This “What If?” scenario sees B&V casting magical spells and making mystical mayhem!
Script: Bill Golliher Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 8/21 192-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
KATY KEENE (TR)
Katy Keene, model/actress/singer extraordinaire, has been an inspiration for the fashion-conscious for years! Now, Archie Comics is pleased to bring you a collection of some of Katy’s most wonderful stories! Katy certainly has her hands full with the Hollywood lifestyle she has. Glitz and glamour, famous boyfriends and runway rivals make for quite a balancing act! Can she keep it together and keep her fans wowed?
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Bill Woggon 978-1-68255-785-3 $10.99 US/$11.99 CAN 5 ¼ x 8” TR 224 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/28
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #91
BRAND NEW STORY: “Rainy Day Beach Blues!” It has been raining for two weeks straight, and Betty is upset that she hasn’t been able to go to the beach. Archie gets a great idea – he would create an indoor fake beach for her to enjoy during the rainy day! Will this be a fun day away from the sun, or will Archie end up all wet?
Script: Francis Bonnet Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 8/7 192-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.