It's hard to believe that Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics, debuted nearly three years ago. It simultaneously seems like the character first appeared yesterday, but it also kind of feels like he's always been around. Archie acknowledged the impact Kevin has made over the past 34 months by declaring July 9 "Kevin Keller Day" and releasing a video about his creation as part of the "It Gets Better" series.
I've been a pretty big fan of Archie Comics for quite a while now, but it's always bugged me that I've been relegated to the role of a passive observer. No matter how many comics I read, I can't warn Archie of the folly of making two dates at once, or encourage Jughead to maybe mix things up with a salad now and then. Now, however, that is all about to change, as the Archie: Betty or Veronica? game for iOS will give me absolute, godlike control of Riverdale itself!
Over the past few years, Archie Comics has gotten into the variant cover game, and they're doing it better than just about anyone else in comics. The results have been great pieces that we never would've expected to see ten years ago, including stuff like Francesco Francavilla doing zombie-inspired "Afterlife With Archie" covers that led to him actually drawing their upcoming zombie book. Truly, we live in strange times.
As two heroes who live to fight robots built by bald, mustachioed mad scientists, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man are hardly an odd couple in their respective battles for the fate of their worlds. Sure, they've had some differences in their current "When Worlds Collide" Archie Comics crossover spanning the ongoing Sonic and Mega Man titles, but they've been able to work as a solid team so far. Unfortunately, so have their foes. In this week's Mega Man #26 by Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley!, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli, Thomas Mason and cover artist Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, the blue duo comes face to face with not one, but two Shadow Men to fight. It's just what happens when roboticizers are running wild and Shadow the Hedgehog winds up getting sucked into the fray.
Despite various incarnations over the years (including two separate versions published by DC Comics) and the involvement of creators like Carmine Infantino and Alex Toth, Archie's superhero characters have always been the weirder branch of the Riverdale family tree. Over
Over the past few years, I've been completely thrilled by the new approach that Archie Comics has taken with their characters. The Life With Archie series, the introduction of Kevin Keller, crossovers with Glee and KISS, it's all been interesting to see, and pretty entertaining to read. But it's not the
This year's most anticipated crossover -- by fans of blue video game characters, at least -- is unquestionably Archie's Worlds Collide, in which Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Capcom's Mega Man team up for the first time ever. We've been pretty excited about this story around here ever sinc
As much as I love Archie Comics, I've always had a problem with their publishing schedule, in that there's just not enough of them to meet my demand. I mean really, how am I supposed to keep up with everyone's favorite polyamorous teen when I'm limited to Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Betty & Veronica, Betty & Veronica Digest, Betty & Veronica Double Digest, Archie Digest, World of Archie Digest, Jughead Digest, Life With Archie, Kevin Keller, and back issues of Jughead's Time Police?
Fortunately, the publisher has stepped up to meet my demand with the upcoming release of Archie Double Double Digest, a special issue brings readers 320 pages of comics for $5.99. Check out a preview of this massive tome below!Here's the official solicitation:
For a company that only recently got around to doing variant covers, Archie sure has caught on quick to how to do them in a fun way. Case in point: Kevin Keller. Over the last nine months, Riverdale High's newest student has been featured in a series of "Retro Variants," with veteran Archie artist Dan Parent dropping Kevin into homages to stuff like Pureheart the Powerful, and even Superman's first appearance in Action Comics #1.
This June, though, Kevin's kicking it
MAC Cosmetics will be launching their Archie Comics collection just in time for Valentine's Day, featuring makeup products inspired by Riverdale's own Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Known for their critically accla