Archie Pubwatch: November 2020

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Welcome to the Archie Comics Pubwatch for the month of November! I’m Lisa, reporting from a corner booth at Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, and here’s this month’s news! In this month’s Archie Comics Pubwatch, two new digests are announced, along with start dates for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale!

Cover Photos of World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Digest and Archie's 80th anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest. The former features Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, a young blonde teenager and her brunette friend, standing back to back, Betty dressed as a tomboy and Veronica in a glamorous purple gown. The Archie digest features a close-up on redheaded teenager Archie Andrews ,who smiles at the reader from before a a blue-lined image of the number 80.

Archie Announces Two New Digests To Begin Publishing in 2021

As announced during the Beyond Riverdale panel, Archie comics will begin publishing two new digests in 2021.

The first, World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics, will naturally center on Archie’s two main squeezes and will launch on January 6th. It will feature double-length lead stories – in the first issue, this means Betty and Veronica teaming up to make a viral video that will get the attention of BTX, who’s holding a contest ahead of their Riverdale appearance.

The second, Archie 80th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest, will launch in February. A limited collectors series to celebrate Archie’s 80th anniversary, it will combine reprints of old stories and new ones.

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

Archie Comics Partners with WebToon to Create Online Comic Content.

As announced exclusively by Polygon, Archie Comics will become one of the first mainstream comic imprints to debut their content on the webcomic platform Webtoon. The Webtoon format will mean an interesting shift in layout for the comic company, which usually traffics in horizontal panels; the main output for Webtoon is vertical.

“The Webtoon platform and audience is perfectly suited for the Archie brand, and we’re excited to partner with them to create new stories that expand and build on the tales we’ve been sharing with fans for almost 80 years,” said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura told Polygon. “Archie’s goal is always to be accessible and everywhere, and this is another step in that direction. We’ll be sharing more details about the story….soon, and we can’t wait to hear what fans think about this major digital partnership.”

“We are thrilled to add [an] Archie series to our program as we are constantly looking to broaden our offerings on the platform for the US audience,” said David Lee, head of content for Webtoon, also to Polygon. “This story will provide an opportunity for Archie fans to experience the vertical scroll format on Webtoon and we appreciate Archie Comics for allowing us to be creative with our pitch.”

The new series is set to debut sometime in 2021.

Main cover art for South Side Serpents #1 Features Jughead - a moody brunet teenager in a blue fool's cap and black leather jacket and jeans - sits on a motorcycle. Behind him is Toni Topaz - a Black teenager with purple hair, black leather jacket and plaid skirt - and behind them both in the background is FP Jones, a white man with a jar haircut, who watches them warily. The sky is a smoggy orange-yellow, and directly behind them is a green Welcome to Riverdale highway sign

South Side Serpents One-Shot to Be Released in January

For fans of Archie’s Riverdale imprint or just of the CW show itself, the South Side Serpents—a biker gang comprised of  Toni Topaz, F.P. Jones and others—will receive their own one-shot comic in January.

In a Sons of Anarchy-esque plot, F.P., worried about the future of the Serpents, tries to recruit his son, Jughead, into helming the gang.

South Side Serpents will sport writing by David Barnett, with art by Richard Ortiz, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli. The main cover was drawn by Richard Ortiz, with a variant version by Tyler Boss.

The issue will street on January 27th.

Archie Comics Opens Holiday Spotlight Section On Website

A colorful Christmas drawing on a green backdrop shows Josie and the Pussycats - three teenage singers, a redhead, Black girl and blonde - singing in the center of a Christmas wreathe. Dilton and Cheryl Blossom - a redhead and a dark-haired nerd - hold the wreath in place. Front and center are Betty Cooper, Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge - a blonde teenager, a redheaded teenager and a brunette - all in christmas finery holding gifts. They are flanked by Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones, who bear food.

Looking for holiday gifts for Archie-loving family members? Archie Comics’ official website has opened a holiday shop, and in addition to two limited edition prints signed by Archie artist Dan Parent—one an 80th anniversary print, the other a holiday-themed print—you can buy custom art from Parent, either a custom portrait or a personalized Archie drawing. The cost runs from $49.99 to $149.99, and those seeking holiday gifts are encouraged to order early.

Madam Satan Sells Out Its First Printing; Second Reprint to Feature Recolored Cover

Madame Satan - a red-headed older woman with grey highlights and grey horns - stands before a cool blue smoke background. She wears a tight leather minidress and elbow-length black gloves.

As announced by Archie Comics, this one-shot from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina universe has sold out of it first printing at Diamond Comic Distributors. The second version will receive a cool-toned recolor job from Julius Ohta. Those who desire to read the comic immediately will have to check their local shop or buy it digitally.

Stadium Comics Offers Exclusive Archieverse Ultimate Fallout #4 Homage Covers for Archie Christmas Spectacular #1

Archie, Veronica and Betty are assembled in Christmas outfits around Archie Andrews, who thoughtfully holds a Santa hat in his hand, head bowed. Santa Claus is seen in the background, and Archie, Betty and Veronica are all wearing clothing resembling Claus' or his elves. Archie, Veronica and Betty are assembled in Christmas outfits around Archie Andrews, who thoughtfully holds a Santa hat in his hand, head bowed. Santa Claus is seen in the background, and Archie, Betty and Veronica are all wearing clothing resembling Claus' or his elves. In this version, Archie's face is obscured.

Much like Stadium’s GI Joe Figure Variant covers, Nuno Pereira has drawn these two Christmas-themed covers, which pay tribute to Ultimate Fallout #4.  The original version has a run of 250 copies, and the variant 200.  You may pre-order both books here.

 

An advertising banner fo the Archie Comics BEyond Riverdale Virtual Panel

Archie Comics New York Virtual Comic Con 2020 Panel Now Available.

For those who missed it, you can watch official video of the panel here!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sets Season 4 Debut

Netflix has announced that the fourth (and final) season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on the service on December 31st.

The show was cancelled this past July, which means this will be the last time viewers will get to watch the Spellman coven go wild.

Riverdale Announces Season 5 Premiere Date

Via the above Tweet on October 29th, it was announced that CW’s Riverdale will return on January 20th, 2021 for its fifth season.

Archie Comics Twitter Tweet of the Month

I admit that this one made me chuckle (And really, who doesn’t keep the TPBs somewhere handy like this?)

 

Sugar Sugar of the Month

 

Jughead Jones, a tall and rangy black haired teenager in a fool's cap and a green bowling shirt menacingly holds a red bowling ball. He stands before a snout-nosed purple shirted short and balding dark-haired man holdiing a blue ball. Behidn them various 50sish drawn characters loom. The cover is blue, and over them looms the pink and yellow and black Jughead's diner logo

Jughead’s Diner (TR)
Bill Golliher (art and writing); Dan Parent (art, cover and writing); Pat Kennedy (art); Pat Brosseau (art)
November 25, 2020

Look, I grew up on pure, unadulterated Archie-based cheese. And if you thought Archie Comics’ penchant for weirdness started with its Horror imprint, you don’t remember the 90’s, when the Ninja Turtles roamed Riverdale. In this particular case, Jughead ends up getting sucked into a food-centered alternate dimension (called Dinerville, natch) where he has to defend the populace against scummy real estate agent Sal Monella.  Sal wants to buy up the property of every single person in town and control the local economy, but Jughead immediately puts up a fight. The fate of the place is decided in a bowling tournament between Jughead and Sal. Parent, the Pen of Archie, does his usual good job here, and the inventive plot by Golliher is very Saturday morning cartoons, in a good way. If you’re in the mood for ’90’s cheese, there’s no better title this month.

Hotdogs and Hotshots

Archie is horrified as Jughead uses Hot Dog - his dog - to deliver presents via sled. He's done up like a reindeer and Jughead's done up like Santa Claus. Betty Cooper looks on approvingly.

World of Archie Jumbo Comics #104
Pat and Tim Kennedy (cover); Jack Morelli (art); Dan Parent (writing and art); Rosario “Tito” Peña (cover); Bob Smith (cover and art); Glenn Whitmore (art),
November 4, 2020

In Riverdale, it’s already time to ring in the holidays, and thus WOA’s Jumbo Comics for the month of November gives us a very Christmasy tale. The very charming umbrella story centering the issue is an ornament found at Pop’s while the gang is decorating. No one can figure out how it was crafted, but everyone has a special memory centering on it. It’s very, very charming and very, very sweet.

 

Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Judghead Jones sit out on an open field near a farm and silo, propped up against bales of hay with pumpkins scattered about. Archie has his guitar and appears to be serenading the group.

Archie and Friends Fall Festival #1
Jeff Shultz and  Rosario “Tito” Peña (cover); Various (art and writing)
November 11, 2020

Or maybe you’re not quite in the mood for something Christmassy yet. If you’re still thinking of pumpkin pies, hay rides, crunchy fall leaves and warm apple cider instead of snowmen, hot cocoa and icicles, Archie Comics still has you covered. In this issue, the gang gets lost in a corn maze, tries to bake pumpkin pies, and in a highlight, tries to creep each other out with ghost stories.

Archie Andrews, a teenager wearing blue pants, a red sweater, yellow gloves and a red hat, skis enthusiastically against a blue and white backdrop. He has red hair and white skin, as well as freckles.

Archie Milestones Jumbo Comic Digest #11
Various (art and writing); Stan Goldberg (cover)
November 11, 2020

The Archie Milestones series does an excellent job of encapsulating some of Mr. Andrews’ best moments from the eight (!) decades during which his adventures have been published. This volume promises a phalanx of winter and holiday tales.

Archie Unlimited Picks of The Month

If you have Archie Unlimited,  here are a few highlights from this month’s offerings!

Archie Vs Predator II: This incredibly unexpected, gory and horror-filled crossover combines a touch of Beronica with a whole lot of human-hating gore.  Spine-tingling, but not for the weak of stomach.

Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents Josie and the Pussycats:   Are you looking for an entrée into the world of Josie McCoy and her pals as they search for their big break?  This is a great place to start.

Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents Betty & Veronica: A fun and quick starter kit for those interested in the adventures of Archie’s best girls.

Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents Katy Keene: And for those who like New York sophistication, discover Katy Keene’s not-so-humble roots.

Picks From The Timecops

Archie Andrews, a redheaded teenager with black eyebrows and freckles wearing a purple sweater, sits at a yellow desk composing a love letter. Against an aqua background and behind him, Veronica Lodge -a brunette teenager in a yellow sweater, and Betty cooper - a blonde teenager in a purple sweater with a blue hairtie - simultaneously sniff at the same note, and Archie's melodramatic words, related in a yellow bubble. The rest of the cover is pale pink, with a blue header and purple writing

Betty and Veronica Spectacular Vol. 3                                                                                                                          Various (art and writing) ; Dan DeCarlo,  Rosario “Tito” Peña and Henry Scarpelli (cover)                      December 30th, 2020

This ’90s series continues to get its proper due with a handsome softcover volume. Lots of Betty and Veronica antics are to be had between its covers ’90s style.

Betty Cooper, a blonde teenager in a white scoop-neck sweater and red tights hula hoops a Christmas wreath as she wears a green santa claus hat. Beside her is Veronica Lodge, a brunette wearing a red sweater, red santa hat and green tights with black boots, also hula hooping. Behind them is a pink Christmas tree.

Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #289                                                                                                          Dan Parent (writing, art, cover);  Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore (art)                                        December 2nd, 2020

Betty and Veronica’s adventures continue as they try to compete for glory in a gingerbread house contest at Pop’s.

Archie Andrews, a teenager in a black jacket and red and white polka-dot bow tie alone with a white shirt, stares at something flirtatiously off-center of camera view in front of a yellow and red background. He has red hair and white skin, as well as freckles.

Archie Milestones Jumbo Classics #12                                                                                                                             Harry Lucey (cover); Various (art and writing)                                                                                                          December 16th, 2020

The final volume of the Archie Milestones series winds up its long journey through Mr. Andrews’ adventures.

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