It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Riverdale in the Archie’s Holiday Magic Special anthology one-shot, arriving December 8th, 2021, and that can only mean one thing: DRAMA! The annual Snow Ball is rolling up fast, and Archie can’t choose whether to bring Betty or Veronica.

Erksine variant!

But when Archie’s visited by a spirit who promises to help him better understand the meaning behind the season, Archie will end up examining Christmases Past (Little Archie) and Christmases Yet to Come (Life with Archie)!

Lusky main cover!

Another Anthology!

Last month, Archie Comics announced the Chilling Adventures in Sorcery one-shot anthology, arriving at your local comic shop on November 3rd, 2021. That news was accompanied by the promise of additional seasonal one-shot anthologies, spearheaded by Archie Comics Senior Director of Editorial, Jamie L. Rotante.

Now, thanks to the Archie’s Holiday Magic Special, that promise has begun to be fulfilled!

This issue promises to blend the singular world of Riverdale with the saccharine sentimentality of a Hallmark Christmas movie… But remember, kids: always offset your sweetness with a nice cheeseburger from Pop’s Chock’Lit Shoppe!

Archie’s Holiday Magic Special

Christmas Past: Lusky concept art.

The all-new Archie’s Holiday Magic Special will feature the talents of writers Micol Ostow, Michael Northrop, and J. Torres, artists Gretel Lusky, Arielle Jovellanos, and Dan Schoening, with colors by Matt Herms, lettering by Jack Morelli, a main cover by Lusky, and a variant cover by Gary Erskine.

Christmas Present: Jovellanos concept art.

The anthology will include 32 full color pages, and it will arrive at your local comic shop on December 8th, 2021, with a F.O.C. of November 15th, 2021.

Christmas Yet To Come: Schoening concept art.


Will you be picking up a copy of Archie’s Holiday Magic Special when it arrives at your LCS this December? Will a Christmas Ghost also be visiting Jughead to help him decide which condiments he should put on his holiday meal?

Christmas Yet To Come: Schoening concept art.

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