To say that last year's reboot was a success for Archie comics might be underselling things a little. Not only was it a surprising move that grabbed headlines right from the first announcement --- and ended Archie's reign as the longest-running American monthly comic that hadn't been rebooted, at 666 issues (an honor that has now passed to another Archie title, Sonic the Hedgehog) --- but the stories themselves were a breath of fresh air that showed exactly how to twist these familiar characters to get a whole new wave of drama out of them.
With that first arc set to be released in paperback soon, ComicsAlliance talked to writer Mark Waid about the difficulties of rebooting characters whose major appeal was their timelessness, why Jughead had the biggest changes (and the most murderous impulses), and whether or not we'll ever see Jingles the Christmas Elf again. Spoiler warning, but it's not lookin' good for ol' Jingles.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, in celebration of Valentine's Day, we're dreaming up an Archie movie... of a sort.
I love Archie Comics, and I've wanted to put them in this column for a long time, but because I can't exactly audition unknowns who haven't had screen roles before, casting more than a couple of teenagers is really hard to do (that's also why you haven't seen Young Avengers, Runaways, or Lumberjanes in this space). But then it hit me—what if the movie was about Archie's 20 year high school reunion?
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so naturally, our thoughts have turned to comics' most infamous hotbed of love triangles: Riverdale, USA! For over 75 years, that idyllic town has been built around the eternal question of who makes the best couple, but we here at ComicsAlliance are not content to merely debate. We're here to settle this once and for all.
So today, join us as we turn things over to you, the readers, to help us decide the biggest, most romantic question of all: Who will reign supreme as Riverdale's One True Power Couple?
Since its relaunch last year with a new direction and a rebooted continuity, Archie has boasted a pretty incredible roster of talented artists tasked with bringing Riverdale's favorite teenager to life. Now, after debuting on the title in its latest issue, Veronica Fish has been named the regular ongoing artist of Archie Comics' flagship title.
Fish will be joining writer Mark Waid, following Fiona Staples, who drew the initial three-issue arc, and Annie Wu, who filled in with #4's "Lipstick Incident."
The CW has had itself a banner year between superheroes and Golden Globes, but there’s always a new class on the horizon. To wit, some of the network’s newest pilot offerings include CW-ized Archie drama Riverdale, a Frequency reboot, and more.
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.
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.
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