Other comic book publishers may currently be focusing on "fresh starts," but one publisher still cares about "legacy." Heading in the opposite direction from the current grim and gritty Archie comicsverse, Archie plans to publish a new mini-series set during World War II by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Jack Morelli. Archie 1941, due out in September, is set in the titular year in which the Archie cast originally debuted.
In a press release, Waid said:
Deep-diving into the characters and their parents from a whole new perspective, Brian Augustyn and I have been able to find a new, rich vein of stories to be told as America edges into World War II and what it'll mean to the kids.It's been an exciting project made only more thrilling by the chance to be able to work alongside my longtime co-conspirator on Irredeemable and Insufferable, Peter Krause!
While Krause added:
How would Archie and the gang look in 1941? That is my responsibility, and my honor. I've had great fun going through reprints of Sears catalogs and diving into online photo troves. Along with great colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick and wonderful lettering by Jack Morelli, we've done our darnedest to make it all look good.
And Augustyn said:
Seeing these always lovable characters through the lens of time in a historical era of turmoil and tragedy places the Riverdale folk in different costume, but essentially the same people we've always known.
Look for Archie 1941 #1 in stores September 12th, 2018, with variant covers by Sanya Anwar, Francesco Francavilla, Dave Johnson, and Aaron Lopresti.