Archie Comics, the leading children’s comic book publisher in the world and home to some of the most recognizable pop culture characters, including Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, announced plans with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products for ARCHIE MEETS GLEE, a four-part comic book storyline that brings the cast of the hit FOX television series face to face with Archie and the gang. The story is expected to kick off in 2013.
The storyline, which will run as part of the ARCHIE title, will be written by GLEE writer, comic book scribe and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and illustrated by artist Dan Parent, known for his work on KEVIN KELLER and ARCHIE MEETS KISS.
“I’ve been wanting to write something for Archie Comics forever and my favorite Archie stories have always been those weird crossovers like ‘Archie meets the Punisher,’ and ‘Archie meets KISS,’” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “I thought, Archie meets GLEE would be a great crossover since they’re both set in high schools, they’re both optimistic, they both involve singing… My boss Ryan [Murphy, co-creator of GLEE] loved the idea and that started the process.”
When Dilton discovers a parallel universe that’s strikingly similar to Riverdale, the members of the Archie gang find themselves face to face with another, new group of teens who often break out into song. Heartfelt, energetic and full of the charm that makes GLEE a hit, ARCHIE MEETS GLEE promises to be bring the best of both properties to comic book readers around the world in print and digitally.
“Everyone at Archie is a huge GLEE fan, and I’m a huge fan of Roberto’s work. This just spun out of a conversation we were having and it seemed like such a natural, that we had to pursue it,” said Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “The Archie characters fit in perfectly with the GLEE cast, and this promises to be a fun story that’ll have people talking for quite some time. Roberto and Dan are the perfect superstar team to do this crossover justice.”
“The GLEE collaboration with Archie opens up new avenues to explore with these characters,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products. “Roberto’s involvement coming directly from the show ensures for the loyal GLEE fans that the storylines will be authentic but with a new twist.”
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX CONSUMER PRODUCTS:
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Since its debut, GLEE has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including Golden Globe and Peabody Awards, covered music ranging from Adele to “West Side Story,” sold over 40 million songs, 12 million albums, 2.5 million DVDs and single-handedly made glee clubs cool again. The series remains a Top 10-selling TV franchise. GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers. Become a fan of GLEE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glee. Follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gleeonfox and join the conversation at #Glee.
ABOUT ARCHIE COMICS:
Archie Comics is one of the leading mass market comic book publishers in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the New Crusaders, Super Duck, Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold almost 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition tocomics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music in various popular incarnations.