Archie announces 80th anniversary digital-exclusive one-shots

Archie announces 80th anniversary digital-exclusive one-shots

Archie Comics has been one of the few publishers to continue to release new titles digitally since Diamond announced they would cease shipment of new weekly comics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The few titles Archie has released were ones that were, according to the publisher, too far along in the physical production schedule to halt entirely. With the last of those books, Vampironica: New Blood #4 out today, the publisher has announced a line of 80th anniversary reprint titles that will be released digitally over the coming weeks so that fans can continue to get a fix of their favorite Riverdale denizens.

The Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents series will feature nine one-shots spotlighting different Archie Comics characters from the publisher’s decades of history, including some little-seen, more off-beat iterations. The stories appear to include reprints from both classic Archie titles and from the ongoing digest series that are regularly available in supermarkets and comic shops.

The reprint one-shots are a smart way for Archie to continue to put out books digitally without potentially angering direct market retailers, who have historically balked at not getting a crack at selling material that’s available exclusively anywhere that’s not a comic shop. The price point, between 99 cents and $1.99, is also attractive for readers who might have been kept away from digital for cost reasons, or for readers who may be feeling a financial strain due to the pandemic.

Check out the full list of titles, along with cover images, below. The Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents series begins next Wednesday, April 22nd.

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: ARCHIE
Our inaugural issue stars the one and only Archie Andrews himself! Watch as everyone’s favorite red-headed teen gets into hijinks and hilarity with his best friends. This issue is full of lighthearted fun stories for everyone!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: George Frese
On Sale Date: 4/22
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS
Archie Comics is home to some world-famous teenagers–as well as the biggest band in the world: Josie & the Pussycats! Rock out with Josie, Valerie and Melody as they get into music-filled mayhem!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 4/22
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: VERONICA LODGE AS POWERTEEN WITH BLACKJACK
Look in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… Powerteen? And one that looks A LOT like a raven-haired teen we all know and love. See what happens when Veronica Lodge dons a costume to become Powerteen and teams up with one of Riverdale’s most well-known masked crusaders, Blackjack!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz
On Sale Date: 4/22
$0.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: JUGHEAD
Everyone’s favorite burger-lover Jughead Jones steals the spotlight in these stories that showcase what Archie’s best pal does best: takin’ it easy!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Harry Lucey
On Sale Date: 4/29
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: CHERYL BLOSSOM
Meet Cheryl Blossom–she’s got money, attitude and charm, and when she wants something, she gets it–even if that something is Archie Andrews himself!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 4/29
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: NEW CRUSADERS
The Mighty Crusaders were a team of superheroes created by Archie Comics in the Golden Age of comics. After many iterations, the team returned to comics with fresh new faces. The New Crusaders follows the sons and daughters of the original Mighty Crusaders as they acquire their own powers and attempt to become superheroes.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 4/29
$0.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: BETTY & VERONICA
Say hello to America’s Sweethearts, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge! When the two best friends aren’t fighting over their mutual love interest, Archie Andrews, they’re busy getting into shenanigans! Check out these stories filled with all kinds of dating drama and friendly fiascos!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 5/6
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: KATY KEENE
Katy Keene is America’s Pin-Up Queen! Get acquainted with the stylish supermodel, her friends and her family, in this sampling of her earliest comic stories!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Woggon
On Sale Date: 5/6
$1.99

ARCHIE COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS: YOUNG SALEM
Sabrina’s furry familiar gets top billing in these fun action-adventure stories! Before he was a magical cat, Salem was an actual boy wizard! You’ll also meet his mother, Felicia, and scruffy Uncle Mort. Plus, a few classic tales of Salem’s cat adventures!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Chad Thomas, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Chad Thomas
On Sale Date: 5/6
$0.99

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