It probably won't surprise anyone if I say that Archie Comics has published a lot of Christmas stories over the past 60 years, but you have to understand that when I say "a lot of Christmas comics," I mean a truly ridiculous amount. Just to give you an idea, there are two separate characters in the Archie universe -- Jingles and Sugarplum -- who are magical Christmas imps who use their powers to give the gang a hard time during the holidays. They have done stories like that so many times that they actually needed a spare.
And as you might imagine from the fact that I just used the phrase "magical Christmas imps," Archie's holiday stories tend to be a little weird. But none of them -- and I say this as someone with two paperbacks' worth of Archie Christmas comics -- skew quite as far into madness as the one where Little Archie meets the alien Santa Claus from Planet Peewee.
Over the past few years, Archie Comics has taken a lot of inspiration from the world of superheroes. We've seen inter-company crossovers, high-profile creators, the launch of a Mature Readers line and a couple of superhero imprints, and now, they're embracing the superhero comic's most time-honored tradition: For the first time since 1942, the Archie title is getting relaunched with a new #1.
That's kind of a big deal in and of itself -- with 661 issues as of this December, I'm pretty sure that Archie is currently the longest-running monthly comic on the stands that has never been rebooted or renumbered -- but the bigger news comes from the announcement of the new creative team handling Archie's biggest new direction yet: Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.
It was just the other day that I was writing about how I never really understood why comics were always crossing over with the Predator, but today, I have officially been convinced that it's all worth it. Archie Comics and Dark Horse have announced Archie Meets Predator, coming next spring from writer Alex De Campi and artist Fernando Ruiz.
The Predator, an alien from space who comes to Earth in order to hunt the deadliest and most skilled humans alive, will join The Punisher, KISS and the cast of Glee in the illustrious and growing roster of unlikely Archie crossovers, and while Frank Castle took a few shots at our redheaded hero, it seems like the Predator is the one most bent on doing violence to our Riverdale pals.
Over the past few years, Archie Comics has been making a pretty concerted effort to add a little diversity to what has traditionally been a pretty homogenous setting. Characters like Chuck Clayton and Ginger Lopez have been around for a while, but over the past few years Riverdale has added more than a handful of new students to Riverdale High, with the most notable by far being Kevin Keller.
Now, in next month's Archie #656, writer/artist Dan Parent is taking the next step in what CEO Jon Goldwater describes as an effort "to make Riverdale feel like a city in today’s world" by introducing Riverdales newest resident, Veronica's cousin Harper, a "spunky fashionista" with hot pink streaks in her hair and a matching wheelchair.
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!
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?
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