Okay, before we get into it, here are the basics. In the late '80s, Archie Comics published Betty's Diary for 40 issues, putting the spotlight on the kindhearted girl-next-door with a series of stories that were nominally intended to tell things from Betty's point of view in a way to balance out her status as Veronica's perpetual runner-up. Now, as part of the company's celebration of its 75th anniversary, Archie's putting out a digital collection of the best of the series, set to hit digital shelves this Friday.
Now the part that you actually need to know: We have a preview below, and you are about to see Archie Andrews screw up his relationship with Betty as badly as possible, and not even know it.
Uh-oh. Jughead has been expelled from school, and grounded from video games to boot, in the pages of Jughead #3 by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson. Archie Comics has released a six-page preview of the book, on sale Wednesday December 30.
The preview puts the focus on Jughead's father, Forsythe Pendleton Jones Jr, aka Jonesy. Mr. Jones attempts to fix Jughead's problems with the principal, and has a friendly encounter with Betty Cooper, in which he consistently fails to remember her name. This is the most we've seen of Jughead's dad since the reboot, and possibly the most personality he's ever displayed!
As we approach the end of 2015, I thought it would be a nice time to head back into the archives and find a good story about New Year's Eve and all the good tidings that go with it. There aren't as many as there are for Christmas or Halloween But there's a funny thing about going to look for holiday stories. Sometimes, you find a story about Auld Acquaintances, resolutions, countdowns and all that stuff.
And sometimes, you find a story that takes an inexplicable second act twist into mud-wrestling and then reveals that Cheryl Blossom exists in defiance of God Himself. Which, if we're being honest, wasn't actually all that surprising.
When it debuted in 2011, it didn't take long for Mega Man to become one of my favorite comics. The all-ages action of one of my favorite video game franchises was blended with storytelling that took the games' simple premise of a good robot battling against an evil scientist and used it to explore complicated questions of morality, forgiveness, and the nature of war. It never stopped being a fun, high action adventure, but it also never talked down to its audience, and that was a combination that made it great.
Now, after almost five years, the series is coming to an end this week with Mega Man #55. To mark the occasion, ComicsAlliance spoke to writer Ian Flynn about how his version of Mega Man came to be, and the influences he drew on to create those stories.
If you've been paying attention, then you already know that we are on the verge of finally getting to see Riverdale, a CW series about Archie getting buff, Betty on Adderal, and Veronica dealing with a scandal that finds her father in prison. If that show does make it to television, though, it won't be the first time that Archie and the gang have been on television. There was a time, my friends, when Riverdale ruled the airwaves, and to mark that era, the publisher launched Archie's TV Laugh-Out.
Despite its title, a bizarre parody of Laugh-In, Laugh-Out managed to run for a solid sixteen years with a focus on TV-friendly characters like Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and now, as part of Archie's 75th Anniversary celebrations, there's a digital-exclusive best-of collection coming next week. Check out a preview below for all the small-screen fun, including a weird little Star Wars parody that has some how become timely again!
With all the hubbub surrounding the recent relaunch of Archie and Jughead, one of the things that's flown under the radar is that brand new "Classic" style Archie stories are still being produced in the pages of the Digests, which feature a new lead story along with the usual reprints. And in those stories, young Mr. Andrews is still up to the familiar hijinx, which, at this time of year, take on a festive wintry theme.
Take, for instance, the story that we have in World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #55, "Take Your Cake And Beat It Too," in which Archie's attempt to find a date for Riverdale High's Winter Dance is blocked by viral videos and, amazingly enough, robots. Check out a preview, along with a quick look at this issue's reprinted stories, below!
If you've missed out on this year's Archie reboot, which saw Riverdale's favorite teenagers updated for a modern world of hashtags and selfies, then I'm going to assume you have your reasons. Sure, you've seen me talk about how much I like it here at ComicsAlliance, but maybe you have an overwhelming fear of change, or maybe Jughead's signature "crown" reminds you of your embarrassing history dabbling in monarchism in college. Or maybe, just maybe, you've been waiting for someone to collect the first three issues for your reading convenience.
I can't help you with the monarchist thing, but if it's that last one that's been holding you back, there's good news! Archie is collecting the first three smash-hit issues by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples in a "Collector's Edition" that will introduce new readers to the new versions of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica, and the new status quo of Riverdale.
Courtesy of Archie Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in March 2016 from the publisher’s Archie Action line featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.
This spring, Sonic and his friends finally get all the wheels in motion to attempt to save the world once and for all. Of course, even with all the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys, that doesn't mean things will ever go exactly as planned. Eggman is sure to stir up some trouble. That is if he can survive the final of "Eggman's Dozen," where Crystal Sonic is providing a bit more challenge than even the nefarious doctor might be able to handle. And if you're missing Sonic Boom, or missed out on in the first time around, the series' reprints can be found in Sonic Super Digest starting in March.
It's been a long time coming, but the temporary end of Archie's Mega Man comic is almost here. Over the last five years, we've been there through thick and thin with the Blue Bomber, and it's going to be strange not to have him around on a regular basis after Mega Man #55 hits. That said, the creative team is going all with this finale, introducing a host of new worlds for the first time in comic book form.
While Mega Man won't be gone forever (Archie Comics is promising this is just a temporary reprieve), there's no telling just when he'll return either. It's fitting then that this issue is dubbed "Everlasting Peace," as the original game's opening cheered the blue champion on to "fight for everlasting peace!" It seems that after 54 issues of tackling Dr. Wily's most nefarious plans, Rock has finally accomplished that goal.
The Christmas season is well and truly upon us, and that means that it's time once again for all of the usual traditions: Decorating the tree, hanging up the stockings, leaving your shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill up with candy, and, if you happen to be a teenager in the idyllic town of Riverdale, preparing for a casual visit from Jingles the Elf and the Sugarplum Fairy.
That's what I'm doing, anyway, and while I'm definitely a little more into the weirder side of Archie Comics than the average person, they're definitely a couple of characters that you should know about. If nothing else, it's always worth talking about how the fact that Archie and his friends regularly hang out with elves from Santa's workshop and no one seems to think this is even the slightest bit unusual is maybe the least weird thing about them.
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