Category Archives: Archie Comics



Afterlife With Archie #8

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an issue of Afterlife With Archie, the zombies-attack-Riverdale title that contains “mature content” and only sells in direct market comic stores. Issue #7 came out in December, and that kind of delay pretty much kills the suspense — although since it’s mostly “who’s going to get eaten next?” it’s not a fatal blow to the series. (The original timing is also alluded to in this issue’s mentions of it being Christmastime.) Most of […]

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The Fox #1

written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid; art by Haspiel The Fox first appeared as a character in 1940, so it takes a certain amount of guts to make your first story in his relaunch be about the need to let go of nostalgia for objects from one’s past. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good story, as I’d expect from two such talented and experienced creators. I just found the theme somewhat surprising. (To be fair, Haspiel and Waid […]

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Afterlife With Archie #1

I wasn’t encouraged when Afterlife With Archie was first announced, since I’m not a fan of zombies, and blending that type of monster with teenage hijinks seemed to indicate the publisher was a bit desperate for attention. Now that the first issue is out, though, I have to say, it’s a pretty good read. Mostly because the kids shown here feel more like teens than the usual Archie stereotypes. Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Meets Glee, the planned Archie movie) knows […]

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Archie #641: Archie Meets Glee

written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; pencils by Dan Parent; inks by Rich Koslowski I wasn’t sure what to expect when the Archie/Glee crossover was announced last summer, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this worked out. Dilton, science guy, is the plot device character, of course — he’s invented a device to open portals to parallel universes. This lets him meet and talk with Brittany, who thinks he’s her “imaginary friend who lives in her locker”. This structure […]

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Archie’s Christian Comics

America’s Teenager Preaches for Spire Comics (This article originally appeared in Hogan’s Alley #16, March 2009.) Most of the larger American comic publishers are willing to create licensed publications for various organizations that aren’t sold through the usual markets. DC Comics, for example, has done free Superman giveaways for the United Nations, warning children in war areas of the dangers of land mines, and for the Doris Day Animal Foundation, telling kids not to torture pets. Marvel Comics created a […]

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Archie Gets Drafted

I was stunned when I found this story, cover-featured in Everything’s Archie #16, dated October 1971. I had no idea that Archie had tackled anything so timely. It didn’t turn out as all as I expected, either. And look, there’s more than one black guy in Riverdale! The splash page repeats the cover with the addition of this caption: The story you are about to read, is a story with a message for everyone! It is about the feelings and […]

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