Anthony’s Archie Comics picks for June 2013

Life With Archie #30Here’s what’s of interest from Archie Comics for June 2013. Full solicitations are available here.

Comics

  • Archie & Friends Double Digest #29, on sale July 10, $4
  • Betty & Veronica Double Digest #213, on sale June 26, $4
  • Jughead Double Digest #193, on sale June 5, $4
  • Jughead Double Digest #194, on sale July 10, $4
  • Life With Archie #30, on sale June 19, $4

Trade paperbacks

  • Legacy of the Crusaders, on sale July 10, $17

Comments

This month’s “Archie” comic is, for some odd reason, an extra-sized issue, with a price hike to match ($4 instead of $3). Given the declining sales of the pamphlet size comics for Archie, maybe this is a way to either try to shore up sales figures, see if the $4 price point for “floppy” comics will work for Archie like it’s worked(?) for DC and Marvel, and/or to make it more attractive to newsstands.

Speaking of extra-sized comics, there’s more such books also coming out, including (a bit early) a back-to-school-themed special plus another “Double Double Digest,” this time for “World of Archie.”

Nice variant covers for “Betty & Veronica” and “Life With Archie.” The latter, by Phil Jimenez and Tito Peña, has a George Perez-like feel to it.

On the trade paperback side, “Legacy of the Crusaders” reprints some new and old material, expanding on the world of the Mighty Crusaders.

(Updated 6/2/13)

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