Archie Comics Pubwatch: October 2021

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Welcome to the Archie Comics Pubwatch for the month of October! 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, we have New York Comic Con news, a full review of Big Ethel Energy, Riverdale announces some major casting news, and much more!

New Valentine’s Day Anthology Special Hinted at During Archie Comics New York Comic Con Panel

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

Via ComicsBeat, it appears that fans who like their Archie romantic will soon be treated to a special Valentine’s Day issue. Archie Senior Director of Editorial Jamie L. Rotante said that “People like shipping characters, and I think they’ll enjoy this.” Great news for the die-hard romantics among us!

Read our review of Big Ethel Energy

Archie Comics Big Ethel Energy Webtoon Logo Feature Image

WWAC staff member Adrienne Resha recently published a review of the first editions of Archie Comics’ brand new series with WebToons, Big Ethel Energy. Click here to read Adrienne’s review and you can read the first strip for free here.

Sabrina Spellman’s Back, and Riverdale’s got Her

Kiernan shipka, a young thin blonde woman in her 20, sits sideways in a black director's chair. Her light blonde hair is held back by a black headband and she wears red lipstick and a black lace top. The chair reads "Riverdale" in blue collegiate-style letters and then Sabrina Spellman in yellow letters above it.

It’s been one heck of a year for everyone’s favorite blonde witch, Sabrina Spellman. With Chilling Adventures of Sabrina going back into production this month and The Occult World of Sabrina set to hit print sometime in 2022 through the Archie Horror imprint, there’s been a lot of buzz attached to Miss Spellman.

Season 6 of Riverdale will be similarly blessed as, per a press release on the official Archie Comics website, Kiernan Shipka will reprise her role as Sabrina on the CW show. Fans of the Archie TV franchises expressed confusion about this bit of casting news, as when we last saw Sabrina on her own show, she sacrificed her own life to protect others. Since the timelines between Riverdale, Katy Keene, and CAoS never did line up correctly, it’s possible Sabrina’s Riverdale trip takes place before the CAoS series finale.

You can watch the trailer for Riverdale’s sixth season below.

Dan Parent Kevin Keller Kickstarter Reaches Funding Goal

Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale by Dan Parent. Cover courtesy Comixology

The Kickstarter ultimately pulled in $72,783, over $30,000 more than its original goal.

Archie Comics to Print New “Throwback” Stories

Archie Andrews, a red-haired teenager wearing a black tux with blue highlights, sits between white brunette teenager veronica lodge, who wears a pale blue dress, and Betty cooper, who wears a teal dress with a peter pan collar, her blond hair done up in a ponytail. They share a coke float together

Not only will the Archie Milestone Digest series be returning in 2022, but they will also begin featuring new stories. The first issue will be set in the 1960s, and contain a story by Tom DeFalco and Jeff Shultz in which the Archies are booked to play Woodstock but get lost along the way.

The first digest will go on sale on January 26. Further issues celebrating the 1990s (April 6), 1970s (June 16), 2000s (August 24) and 1980s (November 2) will be released throughout the year.

Archie Comics Joins TikTok

Betty and Veronica, Archie Comics

You can find their profile here!

New Variant covers from Stadium Comics, Tardy’s Collectors Corner, Fan Expo Comics, Sanctum Sanctorum Comics, and VA Comics

We have a plethora of exclusive covers to tackle this month! First up is a Maria Sanapo exclusive cover for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9, available only at Tardy’s Collector’s Corner. It’s limited to 250 copies, retails for $12.50 each, and will ship on October 20.

Next up is a Nuno Pereira homage to Venom Lethal Protector available only at Stadium Comics. Featuring Madame Satan, the art covers Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1  and will have an exclusive run of 250 copies. There will also be 50 covers stamped in ruby foil,  25  covers stamped on gold metal, 20 variants with a black printing error, and 10 white printing error variants. You may also buy the original variant as part of three cover package including the issue’s mainline Robert Hack cover and one by Franco Francavilla.

All are guaranteed to be in VF/NM condition or better. The variant on its own costs $14.99, the three-cover pack $21.99. the ruby foil for $29.99, the gold metal for $49.99, the black printing error for $39.99, and the white printing error for $69.99, and the three-cover pack for $29.99. Only the regular variant and the three-cover packs remain in stock, and you can pre-order them here.

Stadium also offers one more cover for Pereira’s ongoing series of Pop Art Comics. Betty Cooper covers Archie’s Christmas Calamity #1. There was a limited metal-stamped cover offered as part of a two-pack, but it has already sold out.

All are guaranteed to be in VF/NM condition or better. The variant on its own costs $14.99, the three-cover pack $49.99. the two-cover pack is $29.99. Only the regular variant and the two-cover packs remain in stock, and you can pre-order them here.

FanExpo, meanwhile, offers three exclusive variant covers for Archie’s Halloween Spectacular #1. The first has Betty Cooper as the Marvel character Ironheart. the second Cheryl Blossom as DC Comics’ Poison Ivy, and the last features Veronica Lodge cosplaying as DC Comics’ Punchline. The Veronica cover is exclusive to the Detroit Comic-Con, the Cheryl cover to Toronto Comic-Con, and the Betty cover to FanExpo itself. Each cover is limited to 400 copies, and all are currently available as of press time.

Sanctum Sanctorum Comics also offers an exclusive, virgin variant cover for Archie’s Halloween Spectacular #1. It features Archie, Veronica, and Betty in Halloween costumes. Drawn by Elias Chatzoudis, it’s a New York Comic Con exclusive and retails for $24.99 each. A signed variant has already sold out.

Finally, Dan Parent has drawn a variant cover for Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1 Which features Betty Cooper. The cover is supposed to be a VA Comic-Con Exclusive, but no ordering information for it has been posted yet.

Spooky new Designs Up in The Archie Threadless Shop

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 include Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina-related shirts. Click here to view and purchase them!

Bite-Sized Archie Holiday Print Now Available for Pre-Order

Archie Andrews - a white red-haired teenager - stands on a snowy backdrop dressed like Santa Claus in a fur-trimmed red costume. Veronica Lodge - a white brunette teenager - and reggie mantle - stand to his left. Blonde white betty cooper stands to his right, and at the far left is jughead jones - also white and brunette. All the gang is dresse dup in santa outfits - Reggie is carrying a sack, and Jughead is eyeing a burger. Snowflakes fall in the background, and a red ribbon legend with white letters reading happy holidays printed on it hover over the team
This Archie Store exclusive print – available signed or unsigned by Bite-Sized Archie creator Vincent Lovallo – is a limited edition of unstated size. The unsigned print is $24.99 and the signed print is $34.99.

Archie Comics Tweet(s) of the Month

A group of greatest hits tweets and the Archie Comics mailing list being on fire.

Sugar Sugar of the Month

Sabrina Spellman - a white-haired white-skinned teenager with her hair cut short in a bob, sits upon a tombstone, her hands tucked contemplatively beneath her chin, and her knees resting upon her elbows, eyes upon the viewer. She's wearing a white peter-pan collared shirt, a red sweater with a black collar, and grey slacks rolled up at the ankles, with black and white saddle shoes on her feet. The background is rusty brown colored.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9
Robert Hack (Cover and Art); Jack Morelli (Letters); Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Writing)
October 13th, 2021

All eyes are deservedly on the belle of the ball this month as the infamous Archie Horror title Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reenters print. The series’ ninth issue continues to ramp up the gore factor (what happens to Harvey’s mother shouldn’t happen to a clump of dirt on the floor) and the moral dodginess (Sabrina’s father has a sexual encounter that goes from phantasmagorical to horrifying in short order), so it’s fully in step with the series’ previous offerings. It’s some heady, dark stuff and always captivating to read and Hack’s art is gorgeous as always. The end result is a must-buy issue.


White teenagers Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge and Jughead jones poke their heads through the eye and mouth holes of a giant Jack O'Lantern

Archie’s Halloween Spectacular #1
Jim Amash (Art); Bill Galvan (Art); Bill Golliher (Writing);  Jack Morelli (Letters); Dan Parent (Art and Cover); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
October 6th, 2021

Look, I can’t lie to y’all – I knew I had to recommend this one the second I read the blurb. In the main story, Archie upsets Sabrina’s friend and wakes to find his head has been transformed into a jack o’lantern. Everyone just thinks he’s being a jerk who won’t remove his mask and only Sabrina realizes he’s really been made half-pumpkin. She’s forced to go confront her friend and talk her into turning Archie back into his regular self.

The epic combination of body horror weirdness, sassy Sabrina, and Archie being totally flummoxed wins the day here.

Hotdogs and Hotshots

Archie Andrews - a redheaded teenager in a blue turtleneck drives a red convertible down a peaceful suburban street lined with trees. Beside him is blonde, ponytail wearing Betty Cooper sits beside him in a pink sweater. They react in amusement to their friend Jughead jones, who is wearing a fool's cap and a purple sweater and jeans, and is eating one of the many apples which spill over the sides and into the front seat of the car. There's a yellow sign with blue and red letters behind them at a distance that advertises apple picking

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #324
Jim Amash (Art); Francis Bonnet (Writing and Cover); Pat and Tim Kennedy (Cover); Jack Morelli (Letters); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Jeff Shultz (Art); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
October 10th, 2021

In a tale that’s just as wacky as the whole Pumpkinhead adventure, Archie passes out apple seeds to his neighbors, and years later there’s a bumper crop of apples infesting Riverdale. What’s a town to do with too many apples? Pie for everyone!


Picks From The Timecops

A white adult woman with white bangs and long nails, black horns sprouting from her head stands before a glowing orange and red crystal ball which shows terrifying images of screaming skulls and werewolves within it. Behind her orange and red flames flare up and in the foreground a satanic brown leather tome sits

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1
Derek Charm (Art), Amy Chu (Writing), Vincenzo Federici (Art), Francesco Francavilla (Cover)Matt Herms (Art), Pat and Tim Kennedy (Art), Jack Morelli (Letters), Julius Ohta (Cover); Eliot Rahal (Writing), Evan Stanley (Art and Writing)
3rd, 2021

Madame Satan returns in this Archie Horror anthology one-shot in which some scary things happen to our favorite Riverdale characters, all done up in different art and writing styles.

Archie Andrews - a redheaded white teenager wearing a black letter vest with a white R on it, a white shirt and tan slacks, stands beside his friend white black-haired teenager Jughead Jones. to Archie's left is Melody of The Pussycats, a white haired white teenager wearing a red headband on her platinum-colored head and a red dress with a slit up the thigh. To Jughead's left is a black teenager named Valerie - also of the Pussycats. Valerie wears a leopard-print jumpsuit complete with ears and holds a tamborine. Jughead and Archie each hold up one large, red numeral - 8 in archie's case, 0 in Jughead's. There are red and blue stars over their heads, and the background is bright yellow


Archie 80th Anniversary Jumbo Comic Digest #5
Jim Amash (Art); Francis Bonnet (Writing and Cover); Bill Golliher  (Cover), Pat and Tim Kennedy (Art);  Vincent Lovallo (Cover); Jack Morelli (Letters); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
November 10th, 2021

Archie manages to cause a rift in the space-time continuum due to his own clumsiness when he accidentally interrupts his 1940s self’s first appearance in print back in the ’40. The 2020s and the 1940s collide and melt together and Archie must put it all right.  Sounds fun!

Archie Andrews, a redhaired white teenager, sits on a snowy rooftop. To his left is Betty cooper, a white blonde teenager with her hair done up in a ponytail. Archie's dog, vegas, a golden lab, sits beside her. Archie and Betty are done up in colorful sweaters and scarves and wear snow bots and jeans. The eves are decorated with christmas lights and wreathed in pine garlands. Archie and Betty excitedly watch as Santa Claus and his reindeer fly across a pale white moon. the navy colored night sky is filled with stars

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #325
Jim Amash (Art); Francis Bonnet (Cover); Ben Galvan (Cover); Bill Galvan (Cover); Bill Golliher (Writing);  Jack Morelli (Letters); Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Jeff Shultz (Art); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
November 24th, 2021

This sounds as if it’s likely to be the most charming of the many Christmas-centered issues Archie Comics is coming out with in November. Archie and Betty camp out together on the roof of Betty’s house in the hope of seeing Santa Claus in the flesh (Hey, it’s not as far-fetched as you’d think – Betty and Veronica are friends with his daughter in several different versions of the Archieverse continuity. See below).  Will they stay awake for long enough to see the jolliest fat man?


Archie Andrews - a white, red-headed teenager - helps his friend Betty, Vernoica and Jughead decorate a large and lush Christmas tree. Archie's dog, Vegas, a golden lab, jumps upon him, nearly sending archie spilling across the floor. Archie is wearing a red sweater with a green tree on the chest and tan slacks; Veronica's wearing a red pencil skirt and a green sweater; Betty's wearing a green and red striped blouse and a black miniskirt and jughead wears a blue sweater and tan slacks. The floor is a chaos of broken ornaments and spilled tinsel

World of Archie Jumbo Comics #114
Francis Bonnet (Cover); Pat and Tim Kennedy (Cover); Jack Morelli (Letters); Dan Parent (Script and Art) Rosario “Tito” Peña (Cover); Bob Smith (Art); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
November 3rd, 2021

The theme of this month’s set of Archie Comics releases seems to be “Archie messes up big time and is forced to save the day.” So it goes in this digest’s lead story, in which he has to find an emergency replacement pine after he forgets to water the family Christmas tree repeatedly while his folks are out of town. Bonus: a new Midville story.

Betty Cooper, a blonde teenager with white skin, sits beside Santa Claus, who sports his traditional white beard and fur-trimmed red cap. Betty wears a green winter cap and a dark green coat, as well as a pale green turtleneck. To Santa's left is Veronica Lodge, a white brunette teenager wearing red earmuffs and wearing a purple turtleneck. They contentedly sip on a mug of coca via three red-striped straw

World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #10
Bill Galvan (art); Jack Morelli (Letters); Dan Parent (Art and Writing and Cover); Jamie L. Rotante (Writing); Bob Smith (Art); Glenn Whitmore (Colors)
November 17th, 2021

Santa Claus’ daughter, Noelle, returns and she’s got an eye on Reggie – who happens to scope Santa’s naughty list when Noelle leaves her laptop open. Will Reggie resort to nefarious matters to get a bribe from Noelle to protect this info? Will Betty and Veronica find out if they’re naughty or nice?

Second Looks

Archie And Friends: Christmas Calamity #1

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