Exclusive: Archie Reveals Seven Variant Covers For July’s ‘Archie’ #1
As you may have heard, Archie is relaunching their flagship title in July, bringing an end to what has been the longest continuously published American comic that has never been rebooted, after 666 issues. In addition to a new direction from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the relaunch is getting a whole slew of variant covers focusing on the revamped design for everyone's favorite two-timing redheaded high schooler, from artists like J. Scott Campbell, Dean Haspiel, and more.
Now we've got seven of those variant covers to reveal, bringing the total number of Archie #1 variants to approximately one hundred million (and all of them awesome). Check them out below, from Tania Del Rio, Genevieve F.T., legendary Superman and Shazam artist Jerry Ordway, and more!
There is also a blank sketch cover, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that you know what that looks like already. If not, picture a blank rectangle. You've got it!
All told, this brings the total number of known Archie #1 variants to a whopping 22 different covers, with many of them indicating that Mr. Andrews has swapped out his traditional Riverdale High sweater for a letter jacket as his "default" look --- which make sense, as he has played virtually every sport for the school, up to and including RC racing and Weird Mysteries. I'm pretty sure that's a sport, anyway.
You can check out the other variant covers at ComicBookResources, ComicBook.com and MTV. Here's the solicitation for the issue:
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie's new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you'd think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America's favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!
Editor's Note: Greg Scott's cover was colored by Steve Downer, who has worked with Chris Sims on a previous project.