Welcome to the Archie Comics Pubwatch for the month of December! 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, there’s much Christmas merch and one of my favorite modern Archie series ever hits Archie Unlimited!
Archie Comics Launches Online Gift Guide
Are you still looking for gifts for the holiday season? Archie Comics has posted a gift guide, set up to look like a catalog, with discounts aplenty on a variety of merch.
New Holiday Designs and Retro Logo Shirts up on Archieverse Threadless Shop.
Add some retro vibes to your wardrobe with these new designs featuring classic Archie Comics logos!
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) November 8, 2020
You can also buy sweatshirts with ugly Christmas sweater design on them at the Threadless shop. The holiday designs are limited to run through the end of January only.
Stadium Comics Offers Exclusive Archieverse Pop Art Variant Covers for Betty and Veronica Winterfest #1
Much like Stadium’s GI Joe Figure Variant and Christmas variant covers, Nuno Pereira has drawn the first of what promises to be a series of pop art covers for various Archieverse comics. The cover has a run of 250 copies, and has already sold out, as has a virgin variant.
Archie Comics Twitter Tweet of the Month
Reggie Mantle is incredibly generous and thoughtful! A truly humble person.
ⓘ 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) November 17, 2020
A good Reggie joke always gets me right in the gigglebone.
Sugar Sugar of the Month
Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #289
Dan Parent (writing, art, cover); Jack Morelli, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore (art)
December 2nd, 2020
Why not wrap up this (very long, oh, so long) year with a visit to the lady-centric side of the Archieverse? This volume has my favorite digest stories of the month so far. Betty and Veronica compete for glory in a gingerbread house contest at Pop’s. As previously established, Betty is a wiz in the kitchen; Veronica not so much. Cue chicanery as Veronica tries to get Betty’s goat. There’s also a fresh Sabrina tale in this volume, with Parent’s usual smooth writing and able art assists from Whitemore, Morelli and Smith.
Hotdogs and Hotshots
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, featuring tales from the ’50s through the ’80s. The way they have collected and correlated the stories here has been a perfectly wonderful treat to behold.
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, with bouts of romantic fervor, fashion follies and a lot of fun.
Archie Unlimited Picks of The Month
If you have Archie Unlimited, here are a few highlights from this month’s offerings!
The Archie Wedding: 10 Years Later: This was a fun sliding doors take on Riverdale’s future. In one universe, Archie proposes to Veronica: they have money and a set of twins but nine years later Archie deals with bubbling discontentment as his friends and rockstar dreams are pushed further and further away from tangibility. In another universe, he marries Betty and they, too, have twins, but they must make a life balanced between Riverdale and New York as they chase after their dreams. It’s one of my favorite modern miniseries.
Archie 80th Presents: Artist Spotlight – Dan Parent: The pen of Archie gets a spotlight release.
Picks From The Timecops
Riverdale Presents: South Side Serpents #1 (of One)
David Barnett (writer); Tyler Boss (Cover); Matt Herms (Art); Jack Morelli (Art); Richard Ortiz (Art and Cover)
January 27, 2021
Do you like Riverdale? Do you like Archie’s Riverdale comics line, even if you aren’t that big on the epic highs and lows of high school football? Then this issue—a one-shot about F.P. Jones’ attempt at recruiting his son, Jughead, into the South Side Serpents Motorcycle gang—will probably appeal to you!
Archie Modern Classics Vol 3 (TR)
Dan Parent (cover); Various (art and Writing)
January 13th, 2020
Did you miss out on any of Archie’s 2020 digest stories? This TR gathers some of the best of the year!
Betty And Veronica: Friends Forever Winterfest #1
Various (Art and Writing); Dan Parent (Cover)
January 13th, 2021
Another new Betty and Veronica series brings along winter frolics and high-octane competitions.
Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comic Digest #290
Jim Amash (Art); Bill Golliher and Rosario “Tito” (cover); Peña; Jack Morelli (Art); Dan Parent (Art And Writing); Glenn Whitmore
January 21st, 2021
A Josie and the Pussycats/Archie crossover highlights this issue…which might just see Archie wearing ears and a tail!
World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comic Digest #1
Jack Morelli (art); Dan Parent (Cover); Jamie L. Rotante (Writing); Glenn Whitmore (art); Brittney Williams (art)
January 6th, 2021
A fresh digest that will highlight the talents of the team behind Betty and Veronica: The Bond of Friendship. The lead story takes on the Archieverse versions of TikTok and BTS!