Archie Meets Kiss — Too Retro?

Archie #627

Archie Comics has announced that Archie #627, due in November, will be the first part of a four-part storyline guest-starring the 70s rock band Kiss. It’s written by “Archie’s own Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing Alex Segura”; art is by mainstay Dan Parent. The story involves Sabrina the Teenage Witch messing up a spell. Kiss helps the Archie gang save the town from the monsters that result.

Archie #627

While Archie may be hoping for the “I can’t believe they did that” interest that made the 1994 Archie Meets the Punisher an instant classic, I found myself wondering just who the audience for this is. Will preteens even know what Kiss is? Or is this aimed at much older buyers as instant kitsch? The band, which once was edgy for flirting with the idea of “Satan worship”, now is a fondly nostalgic memory. I suppose the 40-and-over adults who were young fans of the band might get a kick out of this, but overall, it seems like an oddly mismatched project.

Gotta love Betty in that Cat makeup, though!


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