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Preview: Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5 (of 5)

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (OF 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Eva Cabrera, Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Martian crew has been captured by the Venusian Queen Hesper and her Battle Princesses! Cosmo is faced with a difficult choice when Hesper offers him a position of power as her loyal King in exchange for the release of his friends! Will Cosmo prove himself to be the mightiest Martian?! The confrontation on Venus ends here!

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (OF 5)

Preview: Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (of 5)

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Sweeney Boo, Rebekah Isaacs, Marguerite Sauvage, Cameron Stewart
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day—saved her friends, her family—the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?!

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)

Archie Will Release Some April Titles But Delay Future Titles and Offers Returnability

Archie Comics

Comic publishers are scrambling as to what to do with releases with COVID-19 spreading. Some have stopped releases while others are offering returnability as well. Archie Comics has released the below statement to retailers.

In it, the publisher has three titles that are too far in release to stop and will be done so physically and digitally. Other titles will be delayed into the future. The publisher is also offering returnability for a limited time.

You can read the full statement to retailers below:

It is an understatement to say that these are challenging and uncertain times for everyone. We want to be as transparent and communicative as possible in regards to what we plan to do with our products over the coming weeks and months.

As noted in an earlier statement, we do not want to put an undue burden on retailers already facing shutdowns and limited-to-no distribution from Diamond. Some of the early steps we’ve taken to accomplish this include, but are not limited to, offering returnability on all of our products originally scheduled for release in March & April. We are now extending that to cover releases in the month of May.

We are also indefinitely delaying all of our planned releases for new direct-market focused comic book projects originally scheduled to launch in late-April through July. This includes our recently announced Betty Cooper: Superteen and Archie Meets Flash Gordon one-shots as well as future issues of Archie & Katy Keene, Sabrina: Something Wicked, Super Duck, and the Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship OGN, as well as other, yet-to-be announced titles. The release schedules for these titles are fluid and will be re-evaluated at a later date.

With that said, we have three titles already in the pipeline that are too far down the path to pull back completely. This small selection of titles has already been printed, with copies mailed to our subscribers as well as select direct market retailers who have ordered custom variant covers. This includes Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (on sale 4/1), Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5 (on sale 4/1, final issue) and Vampironica: New Blood #4 (on sale 4/15, also a final issue).

As such, we will be releasing our full slate of 4/1 titles via our direct sale channels and digitally. These books are returnable via Diamond and we are able to service your backlist needs as well as provide limited front-list ordering directly from our warehouse if you wish to offer them to your customers. Please reach out directly to us via the usual communication channels and we can coordinate any orders as time and stock allows. Vampironica: New Blood #4, the final issue in the series, will be the last of our direct market-focused titles available digitally when it releases on 4/15.

While we will have already hit pause on all new direct-market focused titles, we will continue to publish our newsstand & subscriber-focused Classic Archie titles such as Archie Jumbo Comics Digest, Archie Milestones Jumbo Comics Digest, Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest, B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest, and World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest as long as this option remains available to us. Our graphic novels and book market releases such as Archie Comics Presents, our Giant Comics Series, and reprint titles such as Archie & Friends and Betty & Veronica: Friends Forever will continue as digital titles, with print releases depending on printer and distribution channel availability. These are titles that primarily serve channels outside of the direct market, which are currently still operating, just at a reduced capacity.

We are aiming to strike a delicate balance between meeting the needs of our subscriber and digital customers while also reducing the burden on our partners in the direct market. Our goal here is to make sure that the direct market is not left out of our core titles while also maintaining a steady stream of content and material for our other audiences – as well as keeping our own business needs and operational requirements in mind.

As many of you know, Archie is a unique publisher in that we serve a number of channels. We will update our comic shop partners each week with any new information and are taking a close look at what we can move into the later part of the year to lessen the stress on comic shops during the pandemic, and to ensure notable releases for when things return to some semblance of normal.

Please be safe and stay healthy. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions on how we can help you through these difficult times. This is a conversation and we want to remain in contact with you.

Preview: Super Duck #1 (of 4)

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Ryan Jampole
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Andy Fish, Adam Gorham, Erica Henderson
On Sale Date: 3/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Supe has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

A classic Archie superhero returns to duty in Betty Cooper: Superteen #1 by Danielle Paige and Brittney Williams!

Riverdale’s favorite girl-next-door is upgrading her already impressive power set this June as she takes the lead in a super-fun, super-exciting, super-powered one-shot comic book, Betty Cooper: Superteen!

Based on the classic superpowered versions of the Riverdale gang dating back to 1965, known as “Archie’s Super Teens,” this modern update of Betty’s super alter ego is written by YA fantasy phenom Danielle Paige, and features an updated stylistic look by artist Brittney WilliamsBetty’s modernized costume was redesigned by Robbi Rodriguez of Spider-Gwen fame.

In this fresh starting point for new Superteen fans, Betty is gifted with superpowers and takes the opportunity to level up her constant efforts to help people. But a new villain is on the scene, as well, and it looks like it might be her BFF, Veronica!

Betty Cooper is always trying her best. To be the best student. The best friend. The best person she can be. She’s not perfect – but she’s always willing to help. But when she finds herself gifted with out-of-this-world powers can Betty still do good without it affecting the low-key life she’s come to love? Also, what’s up with that villain looking a lot like . . . Veronica? BETTY COOPER: SUPERTEEN is a fun, action-adventure exploration of what it means to be a hero, set firmly in the familiar and modern world of Archie Comics.

Written by Daniel Paige, the comic features art by Brittney Williams, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli. It features a main cover by Williams with variants by Michael Allred, Emanuela Luppacchino, Marguerite Sauvage, and Michael Walsh. Betty Cooper: Superteen arrives in comic shops on June 10, 2020.

Archie Saves the World and Meets Flash Gordon in Archie Meets Flash Gordon from Jeff Parker, Rich Koslowski, and Dan Parent

The galaxy’s greatest hero saves Earth once again in June with the help of another band of iconic comics characters in Archie Meets Flash Gordon! The one-shot comic book issue features all the heroes and villains of both worlds in a history making sci-fi comedy adventure. 

Written by Jeff Parker with art by Archie veterans Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski, the action-packed crossover kicks off when classic Flash Gordon nemesis Ming the Merciless attempts a full-scale invasion of Earth via Riverdale. Flash is on the scene, but he’ll need help from Archie and the gang to set things right!

Archie Meets Flash Gordon arrives in comic shops on June 3, 2020.

Preview: Archie #712

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #3)

Script: Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Paul Renaud, Marley Zarcone
On Sale Date: 3/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Katy Keene is headed to NEW YORK CITY! …Along with Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and Sabrina. But is Katy ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? And will Archie finally find musical recognition in the city that never sleeps?

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #3)

Preview: Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: It’s All Relative #1

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: IT’S ALL RELATIVE #1

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 3/11
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

Get to know the siblings and relatives of Betty, Veronica and other notable figures in Riverdale! Meet Veronica’s mischievous cousin Leroy, Smithers’ debonair nephew Liam, Mr. Weatherbee’s charming niece Wendy and Betty’s cunning cousin Jessica! It’s a full-on family affair!

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: IT’S ALL RELATIVE #1

Cosmo faces a final challenge in this early preview of Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5!

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (of 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Eva Cabrera, Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Martian crew has been captured by the Venusian Queen Hesper and her Battle Princesses! Cosmo is faced with a difficult choice when Hesper offers him a position of power as her loyal King in exchange for the release of his friends! Will Cosmo prove himself to be the mightiest Martian?! The confrontation on Venus ends here!

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (of 5)
COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (of 5)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #3 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 3/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Who is Sir Francis Lodge? And how did Vampironica’s ancestor play such a pivotal role in the emergence of vampirism in America? Join us for a journey through time as the one-time pirate leaves a trail of blood from the old world to the new— all the way up to the very creation of Riverdale itself!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)
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