Here’s what’s of interest from Archie Comics for June 2013. Full solicitations are available here.
- 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
- Legacy of the Crusaders, on sale July 10, $17
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.