When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
For the Archie fan in your life, there's a brand new book that makes a dandy gift this year: The Art of Archie: The Covers, collecting some of the best covers of Archie's long history, from the early days right up to now.
I like to think that I have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of minor Archie Comics characters. Cricket O'Dell, Veronica's cousin who can smell money, Chic Cooper, Betty's older brother who is actually a full-on, licensed-to-kill secret agent, even the breakdancers from the '90s, Claude and Raoul, these are all characters that I can and will talk about at length if you give me half the chance. And yet, I was somehow completely unaware of Sassy Thrasher, a violent, skateboarding love interest for Jughead Jones.
I know, I was surprised too. That's basically everything I want in the world. Fortunately, it's time to get reacquainted, as Archie #649 has reintroduced Sassy to a world that desperately needs her. Check out a preview of the issue -- which includes a cover by Jeff Shultz, Rosario 'Tito' Peña inspired by the classic painting, The Nighthawks below!
The last few years have seen a contentious legal battle take place between Archie Comics and embattled Archie co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit. And in the latest development, six employees -- including Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick -- have filed a $32.5 million lawsuit against Silberkleit, accusing her of "destructive, dangerous and at times deranged behavior."
The Mega Man who fights evil robots that all have "Man" in their names has been holding strong in its Archie Comics series for nearly 30 issues, but what about Mega Man X, the slightly different version of the character who fights robot animals?
Don't worry, fans: X is coming to the regular Mega Man series in a series of backups starting next February with issue 34.
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're heading to Riverdale for costumes based on Archie!
If you had asked me six months ago whether we, as a culture, ever needed another story that took a familiar story and added zombies to create wacky supernatural hijinx, my answer would've been a quick and definite no. It's a premise that's been done to death, shambling resurrection and death again, and when October rolls around, you can't swing a dead cat that feasts for the flesh of the living without hitting some bold new reworking of the zombie formula.
If, however, you then asked me if I wanted to see a zombie story about Archie and the gang written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, I would've probably done some pretty quick backpedaling. That is exactly what I want to see, and now that Afterlife With Archie is finally on its way for a spoooooky Halloween debut, I can confirm that it's every bit as fun as you want it to be.
I'm not exactly an Archie Comicsexpert, but I'm a big enough fan of Riverdale's favorite teenagers that I like to think I know about the more obscure bits of Archie media out there. I know about the Riverdale and Back Again movie where Lauren Holly plays a grown-up Betty Cooper and I've even seen the obscure Archie sitcom pilot from the '60s, but every now and then, I run across something I've never even heard of. Case in point: The 1978 Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show special that aired on TV before being lost to the sands of time.
Fortunately, comic book media historian Derek Crabbe has unearthed a copy, and is here to tell you all about how we almost got David Caruso as Archie and explain a bit where Archie and Betty are very eager to lose their virginity. Check it out below!
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been on the Life With Archie train since day one, owing largely to our love of Archie and mind-bogglingly intense drama that may or may not involve parallel universes. Some of you, however, may be lagging behind on the saga of Archie's grown-up life and marriage to Betty and/or Veronica. "Oh, that's not my bag, man" you might say to yourself, if you happen to be a teenager on an episode of Dragnet.
If this is you, consider this: Life With Archie #32, hitting shelves on September 25, features Veronica Lodge trying to match a designer dress with her court-ordered ankle monitor, in a story called "Love Me, Love My Burger." How are you not reading this comic?
For those of you whose lives have been suffering from a deficiency of magical hijinx, we have some good news: That Sabrina the Teenage Witchcartoon that was announced by Archie Comics and the Hub in 2011 is finally set to debut next month, just in time for Halloween. Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, which stars High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale as Sabrina and My Little Pony's Tabitha St. Germain as Aunt Hilda -- making it just one dirtbike and half a Bulbasaur away from being my Platonic ideal of television -- will kick off on Saturday, October 12.
And from the looks of things, it seems like it actually will be pretty heavily influenced by Tania Del Rio's manga-inspired 70-issue run on the Sabrina comic.
A few weeks back, we covered the announcement of Archie: Betty or Veronica, a new mobile game for iOS in which everyone's favorite crosshatch-haired teen was tasked with rebuilding his hometown, piece by piece and tap by tap. Last week, the game was finally released, and now, I've had some time to play around with it.
The verdict? It's definitely one of those mobile games where you send people off to do tasks for hours on end and then come back later when it's done unless you want to pay to speed things up... but it's also one that does a pretty great job of capturing what's great about Archie Comics.
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