35 Facts About Archie Comics


Archie Comics Comic Publications, Inc, is an American comic book publisher headquartered in Pelham, New York.

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Archie Comics is known for its long-running Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, which it published from 1992 until 2016.

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The initial Archie characters were created in 1941 by publisher John L Goldwater and artist Bob Montana, in collaboration with writer Vic Bloom.

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Archie Comics was the title of the company's longest-running publication, the first issue appearing with a cover date of Winter 1942.

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Archie Comics name was derived from the initials of the partners' first names.

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Archie Comics's efforts were focused on the business, printing, separating, distribution and financial ends of the company.

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In November 1939, Pep Archie Comics debuted with the Shield, the first USA patriotic comic book hero, created by writer and managing editor Harry Shorten and designed by artist Irv Novick.

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Archie Comics found their appearance still too close to its copyrighted properties, and threatened another lawsuit.

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Archie Comics held onto the copyright and refused to allow the story to be republished.

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Archie Comics revived that imprint in the 1980s for its brief line of superheroes comics.

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Later in the 1980s, Archie planned to publish superheroes again with the Spectrum Comics imprint, featuring a number of high-profile talents, but it cancelled this attempt before publishing a single issue.

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In 1992, Archie Comics partnered with Sega to create a four-part Sonic the Hedgehog comic book miniseries based on the video game series of the same name.

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The day before the play was scheduled to open, Archie Comics issued a cease and desist order, threatening litigation if the play proceeded as written.

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Archie Comics thought if Archie was portrayed as being gay, that would dilute and tarnish his image.

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Archie Comics sued music duo The Veronicas for trademark infringement in 2005 over the band's name, which Archie Comics alleges was taken from the comic book character.

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Archie Comics sued Silberkleit in July 2011, and Goldwater filed another lawsuit against her in January 2012, alleging she was making bad business decisions and alienating staff; she in turn sued him for defamation.

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Archie Comics saw its graphic novel and collected edition output increase from 11 book titles that year to 33 in 2012, and 40 in 2013.

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The series featured two different storylines exploring two possible futures — a world where Archie Comics marries Betty and a world where he marries Veronica.

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At the New York Comic Con in October 2011, Archie Comics announced that its superheroes would return as an all-digital line under the Red Circle imprint, a subscription model with back-issue archive access.

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In October 2013, Archie Comics launched its first horror title, Afterlife with Archie, depicting Archie and the gang dealing with a zombie apocalypse that begins in their hometown of Riverdale.

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Success of Afterlife with Archie Comics led to a second horror series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which launched in October 2014 from Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack.

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In July 2014, Archie Comics announced that its superhero imprint Red Circle Comics would be rebranded as Dark Circle Comics in 2015.

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Archie Comics stated that the three titles would still be published at a later time.

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In December 2014, Archie Comics announced that its flagship series Archie would relaunch with a new first issue in July 2015.

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Archie Comics characters landed a live-action TV series, Riverdale, at Fox with a script deal plus penalty in October 2014.

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In February 2017, Marvel had licensed Archie Comics to publish Marvel Digests collections for the newsstand market starting in November 2017.

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In January 1940, Pep Archie Comics debuted featuring the Shield, America's first patriotic comic book hero, by writer and managing editor Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick.

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Ultimately, Archie cancelled Spectrum Comics before publishing a single issue.

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In 2012, Archie Comics relaunched its superhero imprint, Red Circle Comics, as an all-digital line under a subscription model with back issues archive access starting with New Crusader.

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In 2015, Archie Comics rebranded its superhero imprint under the new title Dark Circle Comics.

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In 2007, Archie Comics launched a "new look" series of stories, featuring Archie characters drawn in an updated, less cartoony style similar to the characters' first appearance.

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The Archie Comics stamp featured Veronica, Archie Comics, and Betty sharing a chocolate milkshake.

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In 1970, another Archie Comics property received the Saturday morning cartoon treatment: Josie and the Pussycats.

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The Archie Comics Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, and several of the spin-off shows including Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space are currently available on DVD in complete series boxed sets.

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In 2015, Archie Comics announced that they would be bringing Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the Riverdale gang to Broadway with an all-new musical.

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