The new “verismo” era of Archie kicks off on July 8th with the first issue of Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. And to mark the occasion, Archie is making sure the numbers are up with 17 retailer exclusive variants. And it’s quite an array of styles from Dave Dorman’s Brad Pitt-esque version to Jae Lee’s typically surreal take.

While I’m eager to read the new #1, the more I see of the “real” Archie the more I wonder how such a abstracted cartoon of a character will adapt to a new treatment? I hope Scott McCloud and Bart Beatty are standing by.

What do y’all think?

Archie#1Midtown

ARCHIE #1 Midtown Comics Variant Cover by Cameron Stewart

Archie#1Acme

ARCHIE #1 Acme Comics Variant by Dan dos Santos

Archie#1Amazing

ARCHIE #1 Amazing Stories Variant by Tom Grummett (Rosario “Tito” Peña on colors)

Archie#1AtlantisFntsyWrld

ARCHIE #1 Atlantis Fantasyworld Variant by Scott Shaw (Rosario “Tito” Peña on colors)

Archie#1AwYeah_Downtown

ARCHIE #1 Aw Yeah Comics! / Downtown Comics Variant by Art Baltazar

Archie#1Bedrock

ARCHIE #1 Bedrock Comics Variant by Terry Moore (Brian Miller of Hi-Fi on Colors)

Archie#1BksMillion

ARCHIE #1 Books-A-Million / 2nd & Charles Variant by Kate Leth

Archie#1Curious

ARCHIE #1 Curious Comics Variant by Dan Schoening (Luis Delgado on Colors)

Archie#1DynForcesColor

ARCHIE #1 Dynamic Forces Variant by Jae Lee

Archie#1DynForcesBW

ARCHIE #1 Dynamic Forces B&W Variant by Jae Lee

Archie#1FourGrail

ARCHIE #1 Four Color Grails Variant by Jamie Tyndall

Archie#1Hastings

ARCHIE #1 Hastings Variant by Brent Peeples

Archie#1M&M1

ARCHIE #1 M&M Comic Service #1 Variant by Chris Foreman (Kris Asbeck on colors)

Archie#1M&M2

ARCHIE #1 M&M Comic Service #2 Variant by Dave Dorman

Archie#1MileHigh

ARCHIE #1 Mile High Comics Variant by Rich Koslowski

Archie#1Newbury

ARCHIE #1 Newbury Comics Variant by Peter Bagge

Archie#1RoyalColl

ARCHIE #1 Royal Collectibles Variant by Rafael Albuquerque

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