Here’s my choices for what’s coming out from Archie Comics in January 2011. As usual, the dates are listed in the order of comic shop availability/newsstand availability.
What I’ll be buying
- Archie #617, on sale Jan. 26/Feb. 8, $3
- Archie & Friends #151, on sale Jan. 12/Jan. 25, $3
- Life With Archie #7 (March 2011 issue), on sale Jan. 26/Feb. 8, $4
What I’ll consider buying
- Betty #190, on sale Feb. 2/Feb. 15, $3
- Jughead #205, on sale Jan. 19/Feb. 1, $3
- World of Archie Double Digest #4, on sale Feb. 2/Feb. 15, $4
“Archie” #617 wraps up the two-part President Obama/Sarah Palin/Archie story. (I know, I can’t believe I typed that, either. But the above cover is no lie…)
“Archie and Friends” wraps up the sequel to its “old MLJ/Archie characters return from comic-book limbo” story, which of course sees resident cartoonist Chuck get involved. Archie plans on bringing back some more of its old characters in the near future, particularly Sam Hill (a short-lived private eye series from the early 50s) and Lil’ Jinx (see below), so maybe this is one way of gauging reader reaction to characters Archie doesn’t make much use of anymore, as well as the required trademark renewal.
“Life With Archie” offers a new backup feature, the return of Lil’ Jinx (a series of Archie backup stories about the hijnks of a young girl named Jinx and her friends), now as a teenager named plain old “Jinx.”
In other news, several trade paperbacks/digests are being offered of some stories, including the recent “Archie dates Valerie of ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ fame” story. “Betty” sees Chuck team up with Betty to create a new female superhero, while “Jughead” wraps up its private-eye-themed storyline.
Finally, “World of Archie” offers stories about: clones, Mr. Weatherbee at Riverdale High, another Chuck Clayton story, and reprints of their 60s MAD Magazine-like title “Mad House.” This title seems to be acting as a replacement for the recently-canceled “Tales From Riverdale” digest (which carried a similar tone, including some “Mad House” reprints appearing).