Good news — it looks like the Riverdale gang survived World War 2! Even better, none of them have aged! Following the Archie: 1941 mini-series, the creative team of Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn reunite, joined by artist Tom Grummett, inket Bob Smith, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letterer Jack Morelli for a new series set in the age of Rock N’ Roll, Archie: 1955. The series “imagines what life would be like for Archie Andrews and the gang if they were real teens in 1955, and it follows him on a quest for success in the fledgling rock ‘n’ roll scene. When Archie proves to a local DJ that he’s got the talent for hip-shaking stardom, he begins an ascent to fame that will carry with it both triumph and tragedy.”
“As a boy who grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, I’ve been a rock-origins aficionado my entire life,” said Waid in the press release. “ARCHIE: 1955 is my chance to visit that era I so love, and do it with an Archie spin. As with ARCHIE: 1941, we’re very true to the time while telling a story in a modern way that’s exciting and dramatic. Using Archie as a lens through which to really examine the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll is a blast.”
“As a teen in high school, I had two ambitions: comic book artist and rock star,” Grummett said. “My guitar skills being what they were, rock star was pretty much off the table. It’s going to be a kick to explore what might have been through Archie and his friends, at the very birth of rock ‘n roll.”
“This sweeping story will feature laughs and tears, music and drama, and all the pals and gals. Get with it, hep-cats!” added Augustyn, doing his best impression of Mark Waid’s Champions dialog.
Archie: 1955 #1 arrives in comic shops on September 18, 2019.