Archie in 2010: Eliminated Single Digests, Took Some Titles Bi-Monthly

I took a look back at the list of publications Archie Comics released over the entire year of 2010 and noticed some interesting facts.

First, Archie has eliminated the standard single digest, the 80-pager priced at $2.69. Archie Digest became World of Archie Double Digest in October; Betty & Veronica Digest became Betty & Veronica Friends Double Digest in November; I’m assuming the quarterly Tales From Riverdale Digest became Archie & Friends Double Digest in December; and Jughead and Friends Digest just ended with #38 in June. That leaves Archie with this ongoing list of seven Double Digests (at $3.99 each):

  • Archie Double Digest – 10 issues released last year (skipped May, November)
  • Betty & Veronica Double Digest – 10 issues (skipped July, December)
  • Betty & Veronica Friends Double Digest – 10 issues (skipped February, August — but that’s including the previous single-size publication schedule)
  • Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals Double Digest – 9 issues (skipped April, October, December)
  • Jughead’s Double Digest – 10 issues (skipped February, September)
  • World of Archie Double Digest – monthly
  • Archie & Friends Double Digest – don’t know yet, started in December from previous quarterly digest

Note that everything’s been renamed such that the titles feature the company’s most famous characters, and most use “Archie”. Also, I didn’t realize so many of them weren’t quite monthly. Once I looked at the single-issue publications, I found the same thing. Aside from Sonic (which I will address below), Archie only has seven comic periodicals. The magazine-sized Life With Archie has released six issues since its debut in July, which argues for monthly. The others are as follows:

  • Archie – monthly
  • Archie & Friends – monthly
  • Betty – 6 issues in 2010
  • Betty & Veronica – 6 issues in 2010
  • Veronica – 7 issues in 2010
  • Jughead – 6 issues in 2010

If you’re not Archie, you’re bi-monthly. I hadn’t realized that they’d cut back the publication schedule to that extent. Sonic Universe is monthly, though, and Sonic the Hedgehog put out 13 issues in 2010, as well as three Archives reprint books.

In addition, the company released ten collections. The Archie & Friends imprint had six releases, plus an Archie Wedding story was collected in March; there were two new Archie Americana volumes; and a left-over New Look reprint came out. If they’re still planning to put out 24 graphic novels for their Book Club in 2011, then there’s some stepping up to do here.


17 Responses to “Archie in 2010: Eliminated Single Digests, Took Some Titles Bi-Monthly”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Actually, Archie & Friends Double Digest replaced the Pals ‘n’ Gals DD. I’m wondering if it was to match it up with the Archie & Friends floppy comic name-wise and/or the name “Pals ‘n’ Gals” sounding dated (as the last of the old-time anthology title names, a la Pep/Laugh).

    I imagine World of Archie covers the same ground as Tales From Riverdale and the old Archie Digest…

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, thanks for that correction. Those sound like sensible suppositions.

  3. Mark Moore Says:

    Archie has just cancelled “Archie & Friends” and “Betty”.

    I just started a Facebook group to keep “Betty” going (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_173982339305371&ap=1), because, really, it just seems so wrong that Betty, one of the core characters (and arguably the oldest, since she appeared to Archie’s left in the first Archie story in Pep #22), won’t have her own monthly title.

  4. Johanna Says:

    What’s the source on that, please? That does seem quite drastic. I’d like to be certain of the facts.

  5. Anthony Says:

    Only source I could find was A) this fansite thread (http://www.archiefans.com/all-about-archie/archie-and-friends-betty-maybe-cancelled/) and B) that they’ve pulled “Archie & Friends” and “Betty” from their subscriptions page (http://archiecomics.stores.yahoo.net/subscribetoday.html).

    If these cancellations are true, I wonder why they’d axe these two titles (unless sales were poor/to make room for upcoming new books). Looks odd to just have “Veronica” as a solo title without a “Betty” one, plus “Archie & Friends” just got its own Digest (along with being the only anthology floppy comic left). Then again, the attention (and maybe sales) for the past year’s been on Veronica’s book (Obama, Kevin Keller), and maybe Ronnie being flasher than Betty might go with the newer image they’re going for?

  6. James Schee Says:

    Seems to be from this page where the two titles are no longer listed for subscriptions:

    http://archiecomics.stores.yahoo.net/subscribetoday.html

    Mark’s FB page he created, says he called Mr. Goldwater and confirmed this.

  7. Johanna Says:

    If it is based on sales, then looking at last year’s figures, I’d expect Jughead to be next on the block. (As you point out, Veronica, which sold about the same, got a lot of attention and boost from the Kevin Keller storyline.) Maybe they’re just not as interested in the periodicals any more — although I wonder where they’re going to get the material for their collected reprints from in that case. Or perhaps they’re working up to a new stunt?

  8. Kiki Says:

    Aren’t both “Betty” and “Archie & Friends” part of Archie’s new digital program – digital download same day as the print issue comes out? I could have sworn I just saw that announced somewhere.

  9. Mark Moore Says:

    I asked Mr. Goldwater if it’s because of sales. He didn’t directly answer that but instead said it’s part of an “overall restructuring” of the line.

  10. Mark Says:

    I’ll be mightily pissed off if Betty is cancelled and not brough back in some form. It is the one Archie title I look to get, even moreseo than the main Archie title.

  11. Mark Says:

    You know, if Betty has been cancelled, then it is not gone straight away, as the april solicits for Veronica mention the story continuing “next month” in Betty 192.

  12. Mark Moore Says:

    Yeah, Mr. Goldwater said it won’t be for a while. Someone else that called him mentioned to me that Mr. Goldwater said it will be “up in the air” after that. That’s why I feel that we still have a chance to save “Betty”.

    I created a petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/bettycom/petition.html

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    I hope that the mad house tales from the archie comics be eliminated. They’re consuming lots of pages in the archie comics, almost half of the double digest and digest.

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