Ten years ago, Archie #600 saw the red-headed teenager imagine alternate universes in which he married both Betty and Veronica. Now Archie Comics has announced Archie: The Married Life 10th Anniversary, by writer Michael Uslan and artists Dan Parent and J. Bone. The six-issue miniseries will continue the tales of both Archie and Veronica and Archie and Betty, as they celebrate ten years of wedded bliss in their respective timelines.
Additionally, Archie Comics has announced a forthcoming contest, to be run on Twitter, where fans will have the opportunity to vote on the names for Archie’s children in the miniseries.
The “Archie Marries Betty/Archie Marries Veronica” storyline ran from Archie #600 through #606 before spinning off into an ongoing series, Life with Archie: The Married Life. That title ran for 37 issues and culminated in 2004’s “Death of Archie” storyline. It sounds like Archie: The Married Life 10th Anniversary will be a sequel to “Archie Marries Betty/Archie Marries Veronica,” and not a continuation of Life with Archie: The Married Life (which makes sense, since in that series Archie, you know, died).
Check out some preview art for the new miniseries, as well as the full announcement release from the publisher below. Archie: The Married Life 10th Anniversary #1 (of 6) lands in stores in August.
10 years later, a landmark moment in Archie Comics history is being revisited! ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE 10th ANNIVERSARY, a sequel to the headline-making 2009 “Archie Wedding” storyline, launches this August.
The original storyline written by Michael Uslan answered Riverdale’s longest-running question: will Archie marry Betty or Veronica? Fans were treated to two alternate worlds that explored each possibility and Uslan’s sequel picks up both stories ten years later in a new six issue mini-series so readers can see how much life has changed for Archie, his family, and the rest of Riverdale.
“My hat is off to Michael Uslan,” said Archie Comics Co-President/Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick. “He is boldly taking readers down two different roads, two different futures. It’s 10 years later and down the first path, Archie is married to Veronica. Down the second path, Archie is married to Betty. Will any of these marriages survive? Or, is there a third road?”
Uslan will be joined by veteran Archie artist Dan Parent with inker J. Bone,colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letterer Jack Morelli.
“Now is the right time for new stories taking a look at where the former newlyweds, Archie & Veronica, and Archie & Betty, have wound up ten years later,” Uslan said. “We’ll see how they’re struggling with, among many current and relevant things, a widening generation gap with their own children and much more.”
Archie Comics will soon launch a contest on Twitter (@archiecomics) that will allow fans to vote on the names of Archie’s children in this story.
ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE 10TH ANNIVERSARY #1 arrives in comic shops on August 7, 2019. Subscriptions are now available from the Archie Comics Website.