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Archie Comics adds new stories to classic comic book releases beginning in September

ARCHIE 80TH ANNIVERSARY JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #4

BRAND NEW STORY: “Pour Some Sugar, Sugar on Me!” The Archies have noticed that they haven’t been getting as many bookings lately, so they decide to shake things up! The only problem is that they each envision a new “path” for THE ARCHIES! Join them as they take a trip back in time and explore different musical genres and superstars and see if they can agree on what The Archies new sound and look will be!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Vincent Lovallo, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/1
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE 80TH ANNIVERSARY JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #4

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #323

BRAND NEW STORY: “Chill Out!” Archie and the gang are going camping! But when Reggie informs them that their campsite used to be an old burial ground, the crew wonders if they will be able to make it through the night!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/15
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #323

ARCHIE: 80 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS (TR)

What’s better than 80 years of Archie Comics? Simple – 80 years of Archie’s holiday hijinks! Celebrate eight decades of Christmas with Archie! With 250+ pages of classic holiday stories, this festive collection is a yuletide milestone that can’t be missed! The Riverdale Gang have a hilarious history with the holidays, and you can see it all in this ultimate stocking-stuffer!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bob White
978-1-64576-927-9
$9.99 US / $12.99 CAN
5½  x 7½”
TR
256 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/22

ARCHIE: 80 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS (TR)

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #297

BRAND NEW STORY: “Cursetume Party” Betty and Veronica are out costume shopping for the big Lodge Mansion Halloween Party. Veronica admires a spooky necklace being worn by an old woman at the shop who gifts it to them. Unfortunately, her generous gesture leads to a series of unfortunate events for the BFFs!

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 9/22
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #297

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1

Betty & Veronica are here with some spooky stories to get you into the Halloween spirit, including a BRAND-NEW story! In “Best Witches,” while out shopping for their Halloween costumes, Betty and Veronica find an old witch’s hat at a thrift store. Thinking it would be perfect for her costume, Veronica buys it and puts it on. When she wishes that Archie was there and then he magically appears, they realize the hat is magic! What will Betty and Veronica do next with this newfound power?

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 9/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #113

BRAND NEW STORY: “Halloween Hullabaloo” Archie, Jughead, Reggie, and Raj are arriving at the big Halloween party at Lodge mansion in style—in a drivable DJ booth called the Boo Mobile! But when the girls arrive at the party, things start to go off the rails—what’s causing this streak of bad luck?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Bill Golliher, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/29
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #113

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #8

BRAND NEW STORY: “Riverdale, Love It or Leaf It!” Inspired by Archie and Jughead’s new leaf-blowing business, Betty decides to go into business for herself. Heading up an all-girls leaf cleaning crew! Will the Leaf Ladies give Archie and the boys a run for their money?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/8
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #8

Preview: Everything’s Archie #1

EVERYTHING’S ARCHIE #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Fred Van Lente
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Rian Gonzales, Aaron Lopresti
On Sale Date: 6/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Finally, Archie declares his TRUE LOVE . . . and it’s a very expensive guitar! So, Archie picks up a few extra jobs to make some cash, what could go wrong?! Spies, TV execs, tech warfare, nothing in Riverdale will be the same! No place is safe when Everything’s Archie!

EVERYTHING’S ARCHIE #1

A Hero Returns in this The SHIELD #1 Preview

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli
Cover: Rob Liefeld
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, David Mack, Jerry Ordway, Rob Liefeld (Top Secret), Sketch Variant 
On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE SHIELD IS BACK! America’s first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone’s control threaten The Shield’s legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld and a story by David Gallaher.

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD #1 (ONE-SHOT)

David Gallaher to script The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 for Archie

Archie Comics has announced that David Gallaher will script a new story for The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 based on Rob Liefeld‘s artwork. The comic’s future was unknown when Liefeld announced through social media that he was no longer a part of the project. The comic goes on sale in comic shops and digital platforms on June 30.

Below is the updated solicit text as well as a look at the issue:

THE SHIELD IS BACK! America’s first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone’s control threaten The Shield’s legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld and a story by David Gallaher.

Retailer orders for all covers placed by FOC date will be 100% returnable (no minimum)

Script: Rob Liefeld, David Gallaher
Art: Rob Liefeld, Jack Morelli
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR A Main Cover: Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR C Var: Aaron Lopresti
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR D Var: David Mack
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR E Var: Jerry Ordway
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR F Var: Top Secret Rob Liefeld
The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 CVR G Var: Rob Liefeld Sketch Variant
On Sale Date: 6/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie Comics’ Releases in August 2021

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #322

BRAND NEW STORY: “No Teen is an Island!” Archie, Betty and Veronica’s lazy day in the sun turns out to be anything but! When the three doze off on an oversized air mattress, they accidentally end up at sea! Without their phones to save them, what will they do?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 8/11
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #322

THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: 80 YEARS, 80 STORIES (TR)

Celebrate 80 years of Archie and the Riverdale Gang with this fun, full-color commemorative collection of high school hijinks! Contains over 700 pages of classic, much-loved comic book stories—one from each of the 80 illustrious years of Archie Comics publishing. Featuring special behind-the-scenes anecdotes that shed light on decades of mirth, this is a must-have for all comic book fans everywhere!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Harry Lucey
978-1-64576-923-1
$14.99 US / $17.99 CAN
5½  x 7½”
TR
704 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/25

THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: 80 YEARS, 80 STORIES (TR)

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #296

BRAND NEW STORY: “Cheers to You!” A national cheerleading reality show has set their sights on Riverdale High! Betty’s already been putting in 110% effort at practice—but now that TV stardom is on the horizon, Veronica wants to get in on the action too… there’s only one problem—can she actually cheer?!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 8/18
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #296

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #112

BRAND NEW STORY: “Jughead’s Greatest Nemesis!” Riverdale High is back in session and that means all the students have returned… including some surprises! When Trula Twyst, Jughead’s ultimate nemesis, returns from Europe, Betty and Veronica are determined to keep her out of Jughead’s path!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/25
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #112

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #7

BRAND NEW STORY: “What if Betty and Veronica Were Mad Scientists?” Betty and Veronica have gone mad! Harnessing the power of science, the pair of BFFs build Frankenstein-esque B&Vs 2.0 who wreak havoc on the town of Riverdale! Can anyone stop them?

Script: Ron Robbins
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 8/4
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #7

Rob Liefeld Makes it Clear, He’s Definitely Done with Archie’s SHIELD Reboot

A couple of days ago we brought the news that Rob Liefeld had walked from the reboot of its superhero line of comics. Kicking off in June The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield would reimagine Archie’s iconic library of superheroes reintroducing the properties to modern readers. Liefeld was an architect behind Shield, what seemed like one of the major characters of the series.

Liefeld was upset and felt that a cover “spoiled” part of the plot of the series. But it seems like there’s more to it.

He has made it clear on Twitter that he’s absolutely done with the series “activating the release” in the contract.

Fun facts. SHIELD #1 had a June 30th release date. I exited the project on May 8, activating the release in my contract. I have turned in all the final art files for work I produced that was paid for. As I do on any project, I work out of order and sequences are incomplete.

Again, I appreciate that Archie representatives solicited and ultimately recruited me over many months in order to do this work. I was excited to expose these characters to a new generation. Despite “Creative Differences” I offered to complete the issue but this has been rejected

And that as they say, is that.

It would seem based on that there were far more issues behind the scenes than just a cover. “Creative differences” are mentioned but no specific details.

When asked if he’d sign copies of SHIELD #1, Liefeld responded:

Oh man, good question. TBD. I’d have to consider the final product when it arrives. What I turned in was not a completed sequence of pages.

Archie has released a statement concerning the situation on Twitter:

Archie Comics is pleased to inform our fans and retail partners that the release of The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield #1 will proceed and hit its originally scheduled release date of June 30th in the direct market.

A new writer is being brought in to script the issue based on Mr. Liefeld’s artwork. Please stay tuned to our social media pages and website for more updates as they become available.

Archie Comics would like to thank our retailer partners and the fans for their patience and understanding as we worked on reaching an amicable conclusion to this project.

We look forward to everyone enjoying The Shield #1 upon its release in comic book shops on June 30th, featuring an assortment of incredible variant covers from talented artists across the comic book industry.

We encourage any retailer partners with questions or concerns to reach out to Archie Comics directly via email and we will be happy to help them in any way that we can.

The whole situation seems to be an odd one with Liefeld initially stating he was angry over a cover that “revealed” things already revealed and he himself shared. But, he also hints at “creative differences” that would indicate there were other issues. He also has stated he’s quit but also he offered to complete the project but was rejected. Overall, who knows what really happened and we’ll have to wait and see what the end product is like.

Preview: Archie & Friends: Superheroes #1

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: SUPERHEROES #1

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jack Morelli, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/19
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Get ready for some super heroics featuring Archie and the Gang… along with some very super appearances by classic Archie characters like Bob Phantom and Blackjack!

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: SUPERHEROES #1

Preview: Archie Showcase Digest #3: Love Showdown

ARCHIE SHOWCASE DIGEST #3: LOVE SHOWDOWN

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Henry Scarpelli and Vincent Lovallo
On Sale Date: 5/19
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

As we celebrate Archie Comics’ landmark 80th Anniversary, we’re taking a special look at some of the most notable stories in Archie’s history! First up, we revisit the iconic “Love Showdown” storyline: Archie decides he is finally going to make up his mind and choose his true love. On hearing this, Betty and Veronica fight for his affections tooth and nail with wits and wiles… who will come out the winner? Fan-favorite “bad girl” Cheryl Blossom returns to the mix as well, ensuring that the romantic hijinx are at an all-time high… and that Archie’s decision is harder than ever!

ARCHIE SHOWCASE DIGEST #3: LOVE SHOWDOWN

Archie Comics promotes Jamie L. Rotante and Ron Cacace

Jamie L. Rotante

Archie Comics has announced the promotion of key staff members to director positions, Jamie L. Rotante and Ron Cacace.

Jamie L. Rotante has been promoted from Editor to Senior Director of Editorial. Rotante will be in charge of the editorial direction for new comics and graphic novel content, working with licensors, and more. Rotante has spent the last 11 years with the company excelling in her various roles as proofreader, editor, and author of the BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS and SENIOR YEAR storylines, where she helped provide a unique take on the legendary characters, in addition to penning Archie’s first original graphic novel, THE BOND OF FRIENDSHIP with artist Brittney Williams. Rotante will continue to deploy her excellent attention to detail and harness her organizational skills in her new role as she plots the course for new Archie Comics content, talent, and stories throughout the rest of the company’s 80th anniversary and beyond.

Ron Cacace

Ron Cacace has been promoted from Digital Marketing Manager to Director of Publicity and Social Media. In his new role, Cacace will provide the strategy for the company’s communications, in addition to continuing to manage Archie’s social media presence, foster relationships with key digital partners such as ComiXology, organize in-person & digital events, and more. Cacace helped grow Archie’s social media presence across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram exponentially, producing news-making viral moments, crafting a unique and recognizable voice for the brand, and being hyper-attentive to the needs of the fans. Cacace is the writer of the new webcomic series Bite Sized Archie, drawn by Archie Comics Art Director Vincent Lovallo and published weekly on the brand’s social media pages.

Alex Segura Joins Oni-Lion Forge as VP of Sales and Marketing

Alex Segura

Alex Segura has joined Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group as the VP of Sales and Marketing. Segura leaves Archie Comics where he was the co-President starting in that position in 2017. Segura steps into his role on May 24.

At Oni-Lion Forge, Segura will be responsible for publicity, marketing, and sales efforts for all of the company’s channels and imprints.

Segura had worked at Archie as the VP, Director of Sales and MArketing from 2009 to 2021 and returned in 2013 to the comapny as the VP of Publicity, Marketing, and Editor of Archie’s Dark Circle Comics imprint. He has also worked with DC Comics.

Segura is also an accomplished writer having released numerous books and comics.

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