Archie Comics Pubwatch: July 2021

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Welcome to the Archie Comics Pubwatch for the month of July! 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, classic stories will be added to new comic digest releases, we have some Riverdale return dates, and much more!

Archie Comics to Add New Lead Stories to its Classic Reprint Series Starting in September; Announcement Covering Publishing Line’s Future Anticipated in August

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

Via a June 15 press release, each classic comic reprint series will now include a new five-page story in every issue. This will not affect the price of these comics  (They will stay at $2.99), but it will add collectability value to the issues.

The press release adds that announcements regarding the future of the Archie Horror imprint and the line’s general future in light of  Jamie L. Rotante’s promotion to Senior Director of Editorial, will be detailed in an announcement sometime this month.

Another Exclusive Cover Announced For Stadium Comics 

Redheaded Cheryl Blossom, wearing a 40s style white and yellow polka-dotted halter top, crouches against a yellow backdrop while wearing a pair of white rollerskates

Nuno Pereira adds another cover to his series of Pop Art variants. This time, Cheryl Blossom – done up like a roller derby queen against a yellow backdrop  – covers Archie and Friends Summer Vacation #1.

The variant is limited to 250 copies each. As with their previous exclusive pre-order, Stadium guarantees that the comics will be in VF/NM condition upon arrival.

The exclusive will run you $14.99 each. You can also buy the comic in a set with the standard cover, drawn by Dan Parent.

The issue will ship by August 4. The variant can be pre-ordered here.

Riverdale Season 6 Return Date announced

The CW sudser will return on November 16th at 9 PM EST. The show will have a late start date due to the back half of its fifth season returning on August 11th.

More Merch in the Archie Threadless Store

Graphic for the Archie Comics Threadless shop - green background, blue cursive threadless logo. Sprinkled about the graphic are various designs availible at the shop - such as a red white and blue Archie for President logo and a red-back graphic of Archie, Betty and Veronica sharing a soda

New designs have been added to the Archie Comics Threadless shop in celebration of the summer months.

Fred Van Lente and Paul Kupperberg Interviews

Click here to read an interview with Everything’s Archie author Fred Van Lente on the issue and writing Archie in Comics Beat.

Paul Kupperberg, meanwhile, listed his favorite kid-friendly stories which he’s written for 13th Dimension. Some of his Archie stories, naturally, made the list.

Archie Comics Twitter Tweet of the Month

Pour a little sugar on this Tweet.

Sugar Sugar of the Month

White brunette teenager Veronica Lodge and white blond teenager Betty cooper are pictured as Mermaids, sitting at the bottom of the ocean and wearing a purple and a golden clamshell bra, respectively. Surrounded by hearts and fish, they moon over a pin-up of white, redheaded teenager archie andrews, who stands before a yellow backdrop.

Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #295
Bill Golliher (Cover); Jack Morelli (Letters); Dan Parent (Art);  Rosario “Tito” Peña; Jamie L. Rotante (Writing); Jeff Shultz (Cover); Bob Smith; (Art); Glenn Whitmore (colors)
July 14, 2021

Some Archie fans love it when Betty and Veronica fight; I like it when they’re forced to get along together. And so they do in the lead story for this issue. Betty and Veronica learn to talk like pirates when they take part in Riverdale’s Mermaid Day celebration. They’re such a success that they annoy Cheryl Blossom, who’d hoped to take center stage with her own talents. But all three of the girls are stunned when a mysterious voice begins to sing enchantingly and grab all the attention from all three of them. They find themselves teaming up to unmask the mysterious songstress. Who’s behind it? The answer is surprising, and you’ll have to read to find out!

Hotdogs and Hotshots

Redheaded white teenager Archie Andrews wears a yellow shirt with a blue collar and white sleeves and looks bewildered into the camera as jughead Jones sits on a park bench, white brunette Veronica Lodge and blonde Betty cooper. Betty wears a pink sweatshirt and jeans and Veronica wears purple sweater and skirt set. They're surrounded by hearts as they make out.

Betty and Veronica: Friends Forever: What If..? (GN)
Various (Art, Colors, Letter, Writing); Dan Parent (Cover)  
July 21, 2021

I get a huge kick out of the “What If…?” stories in the Betty And Veronica: Friends Forever series, and every time I pick up the series I look forward to seeing what sort of alternate world Betty and Veronica are beaming in from.  This GN attempts to collect the best of the series’ recent tales of this nature, from Betty and Veronica meeting at a different point in their lives to the notion of one of them being an alien.


Redheaded white teenager Archie Andrews wears a blue shirt with a black sweater. On his right is white blonde teenager betty cooper, to the left brunette white teenager Veronica Lodge. Veronica wears a green dress and jewelry, Betty a short-sleeved purple teeshirt. They three of them are sharing an ice cream soda at Pop's Chok'lit shop, and sitting across from them is white brunet teen Jughead Jones, wearing a fool's cap and a red football jersey with a 0 on it. "Hey Arch," he says, "I can't decide which one I Love the most, either!" he says, while downing three milkshakes at the same time with a divided straw.

Archie Showcase Digest #4: A Jughead in the Family
Craig Boldman (Writing); Digikore Studios (Art); Rex Lindsey (Art and Cover); Jack Morelli (Letters); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover)  
July 28th, 2021

For the first time ever, Archie Comics reprints the “A Jughead in the Family” arc. Jughead finds himself bouncing all around Riverdale after a fight with his dad causes him to move out of his family home. Cue all the infighting as he crowd surfs at his friends’ houses!

Picks From The Timecops

veronica lodge and betty cooper lounge on the beach and talk amongst themselves. Buried up to his neck in the sand is Archie Andrews, who is upset about them using him as a bookrest

Archie Jumbo Comic Digest #32
Jim Amash (Art); Bill Golliher (Writing and Cover); Pat and Tim Kennedy (Art); Jack Morelli (Letters and Cover); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Jeff Shultz (Cover); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
August 11th, 2021

Archie, Veronica, and Betty end up trapped at sea on a giant inflatable air mattress, without a single luxury. Will the end result be a “Gilligan”-like catastrophe or will it be every part of the triangle for themselves?

Archie Andrews (a redheaded white teenager in a black sweater vest and white shirt), brunette teenager Veronica Lodge and blonde teenager betty cooper emerge from various parts of the number 80 against an orange backdrop

The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories (TR)
Harry Lucey (Cover); Various (Art And Writing)
August 25th, 2021

The continuing celebration marking Archie’s 80th anniversary continues with this TR collecting landmark stories from the comic series.

Veronica Lodge, a teenage brunette white girl in a golden bikini, waterskis beside her blonde, blue-eyed white best friend Betty Cooper. They're on an ocean with purple mountains in the background

The World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #7
Bill Golliher (Cover);  Jack Morelli (Letters); Dan Parent (Art and Cover); Ron Robbins (Writing); Bob Smith (Art); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
August 4, 2021

Oh comic, you had me at ‘what if Betty and Veronica were mad scientists?’

Second Looks

Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #296

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