Oh man, it’s getting dark and edgy at Archie Comics! They’ve been planning a reboot of their superhero line for a while, with SVP and respected mystery novelist Alex Segura helping out with the editorial side, and now it’s getting a new name: Formerly known as Red Circle, the reboot will now be known as Dark Circle — maybe giving it a bit of a horror edge and playing off the massive success of Afterlife with Archie, the zombies in Riverdale epic.
LIFE WITH ARCHIE, the imaginary time line showing a grown up Archie married to Betty and Veronica in rival imaginary storylines, will end in issue #36 (magazine style) and #36 and #37 in the comic. And as long as you’re ending an imaginary story you might was well have an imaginary death, too, right? According to a press release, Archie will die heroically saving another, as this death of Captain America-type bloodied cover shows. The bereaved memories will take place in the second part of the story.
Archie Comics continues its march to diversity, naming playwright/screenwriter/comics scripter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to the post of Chief Creative Officer. Aguirre-Sacasa’s hire was announced in this NY Times profile. The lone-time Archie fan—whose credits include many Marvel titles and script doctor on the Spider-man musical—has been scripting some major Archie series for a while, including the […]
Just to give you something nice to get into the weekend with, here’s the cover for the second printing of issue #3 of the red hot Afterlife with Archie mini series by the great Francesco Francavilla. The SOLD-OUT @AfterlifeArchie #3 is going back to print to meet the growing demand: here's new 2nd printing cover! […]
Archie Comics complaint against co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit for sexual harassment has been going around for a while. New information includes recent filings in which Silberkleit asked to dismiss the case because the white men she was accused of harassing aren’t members of a “protected class.” Archie lawyers affidavited back with claims that…this motion to dismiss […]
Today is Black Friday, when America celebrates their foundations through the buying of heavily discounted goods. The Beat, being a comics blog, strongly endorses the existence of sales and things being affordable, and in the spirit of that: here’s a list of the various comic book sales being held today.
Archie Comics and Warner Bros are teaming for a a live-action Archie. The PR claims it’s the first feature film starring Archie which is true although there was a cartoon and at least one TV movie. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct; the script is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (MGM’s Carrie, The Town that Dreaded Sundown), […]
The heat wave that scorched the streets of Philadelphia on the weekend of the show did nothing to stop the stampede of comic universe fans from coming out to Wizard World Philadelphia, an annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. As we entered the cool oasis of the sales floor, we saw people, many of […]
Archie’s ongoing Kevin Keller comic won Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Media Awards, presented Saturday evening in San Francisco. The book beat out Astonishing X-Men, Batwoman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Earth 2 for the honor, which recognizes ” fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.” It was […]
Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel are joining Archie’s Red Circle superhero line with THE FOX, a new series. Waid has been tearing things up of late with his Thrillbent comics and Daredevil for Marvel, while Haspiel has been spearheading his Trip City website and various projects, so this chould be right up both their alleys.
The co-creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Gladir passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88. The winner of the 2007 Bill Finger Award, Gladir wrote countless classic Archie stories in a career that went back to the 50s. Even in the last decade, he was still creating comics and attending Comic-Con to promote them, as recounted in this touching memorial by friend Batton Lash:
Having met KISS, Glee, and Nick Cannon, the Archie gang is now going undead in a new ongoing series called AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE that’s set after the zombie apocalypse has hit Riverdale. Yes, it’s The Walking Jughead. The surprise here? The series is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has worked on such things as the […]
In the past cosmetics giant M.A.C. has had great success with a DC-inspired line, and last summer a collaboration with Archie Comics was announced. Well, the product shots are in, and girls, you will look as stunning as Veronica and radiant as Betty in these shades. Put us down for Daddy’s Little Girl lipstick and Double Trouble nail polish! And that tote! Totes to die for!