First Look: Annie Wu reveals the truth behind Archie’s “Lipstick Incident”

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Oh and speaking of Annie Wu, she’s the artist on issue #4 of the all-nu Archie comics, (Veronica Fish takes over on issues #5-6) and in issue #4 of the Mark Waid reboot we finally learn about #LipstickIncident, the secret that has been haunting the halls of Riverdale High and crimping Archie’s dating style.

Review: The Black Hood #6 Introduces Howard Chaykin to the Dark Circle

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Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburto, Rachel Deering THE ACCLAIMED DARK CIRCLE SERIES RETURNS! “Flor de Muerto” After the soul-crushing events of “Bullet’s Kiss,” disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly and checks into a Southern California rehab clinic. But a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. A fellow patient believes her […]

PREVIEW: Love is War in BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #238!

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The Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest is nearing the completion of its 28th year.  Since the start of its run in 1987, the Archie Comics series has featured stories centered around Riverdale’s eponymous leading ladies.  In the latest issue, which comes out this Wednesday, cartoonist Dan Parent brings some holiday cheer to the Archie universe, breaking out […]

Review: “THE SHIELD #1” is Dark Circle’s “Most Intriguing Endeavor Yet”

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By Harper W. Harris The Shield is a character that few probably recognize, and most will probably see the new series that debuts this Wednesday and see a feeble attempt at a Captain America ripoff. The fact of the matter, however, is that The Shield predates Captain America by fourteen months, debuting in January of […]

NYCC ’15: Archie signings and Jughead Triumphant

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JUGHEAD #1 Cover by Erica Henderson Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) and rising star artist Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). NYCC variant cover edition of JUGHEAD #1 by Francesco Francavilla. Limited to 1000 copies, this convention exclusive cover will be available for $10 at the Archie Comics Booth #1836 while supplies last!   Archie […]

INTERVIEW: Chip Zdarsky on Creating the New “Jughead,” Turning Down the Harvey, and Crafting the A-1 Burger

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Calling all miscreants!  All slackers and gamers!  All those who would banish terrible cafeteria food to the secret tenth circle of hell (located in a specific unmentionable location on Satan’s person).  Archie’s Jughead is back with a new ongoing series written by none other than Sex Criminals’ Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl‘s artist Erica Henderson. […]

Retailer Summit ’15; The Script for Afterlife with Archie #9 is in

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Although there has been much discussion lately about Afterlife with Archie, the script for issue #9 by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa has been turned in and editor Mike Pellerito was showing it off to retailers at the Diamond Retailers Summit being held today in Baltimore. He stressed that there was date for when artist Francesco Francavilla […]

INTERVIEW: Artist Drew Johnson on Reinventing Patriotic Superhero “The Shield” for Contemporary America

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Yesterday, The Beat brought you an exclusive interview with Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, co-writers of the new Dark Circle Comics series The Shield.  In this new take on a classic character originally introduced in 1940, The Shield is a spirit that defends truth, justice, and the American way by inhabiting the body of an everyday […]

INTERVIEW: Writers Chuck Wendig and Adam Christopher on Revitalizing the Spirit of America in Dark Circle’s “The Shield”

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Archie Comics is out to change the way you think of the stars and stripes. Although many identify Marvel’s Captain America as the premiere patriotic superhero, the truth is that Jersey boy turned hero Steve Rogers’ debut in 1941 was preempted by The Shield by more than a year! Debuting in the now-defunct MLJ Comics’ Pep […]

Layoffs at Archie Comics

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The Beat has learned that last week Archie Comics laid off five employees from their 30 person staff. Archie did not respond to enquiries. Earlier this year Archie launched a Kickstarter that sought $350,000 to help fund it’s updated Archie line that includes Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. After a a firestorm […]