Archie Uses Historic Titles for Five Superhero One-Shots

Michael Uslan, superhero movie producer and writer of the Archie Gets Married storyline due out later this month, will also be writing the upcoming Pureheart the Powerful relaunch.


Pureheart is Archie as a superhero, so the material’s right up his alley. The stories will appear in five one-shots that are titled after Archie series of the 1940s: Pep Comics (where Archie debuted in issue #22 in December 1941), Jackpot Comics, Blue Ribbon Comics, Zip Comics, and Top-Notch Laugh Comics. Man, those titles bring back a whole different world, don’t they? The middle three were MLJ’s superhero books before Archie took over and the publisher changed their name to reflect their most famous character.

We’ll also see Betty as Superteen and Jughead as Captain Hero, part of Pureheart’s Emergency Patrol. And “wait’ll you see the super-versions of Veronica, Dilton, and Moose!” says Uslan. In the old days, Veronica played victim to be rescued, so at least she gets her own costume this time around.

4 Responses to “Archie Uses Historic Titles for Five Superhero One-Shots”

  1. Kelson Says:

    Interesting timing, with DC’s relaunch of the Shield, Web, etc. hitting this summer.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Yes. The Red Circle: The Hangman #1 is out this week, but I’m not particularly interested, because the straight superhero characters are rather generic, I think, and I don’t care for much of J. Michael Straczynski’s work.

  3. Bill D. Says:

    Sounds cool. I remember reading about these versions of the characters years ago in Jeff Rovin’s “Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes” and have always been curious about them. Any idea if they’ll be reprinting some of the classic stories along with the new Uslan stuff?

  4. Johanna Says:

    I haven’t heard anything, so I’d be surprised if it happened.




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