Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA horror series, is marking their 75th anniversary in 2016. And to help ring in this monumental occasion, IDW Publishing is celebrating their publishing partner in the form of Archie tribute covers throughout the month of December. Eight different IDW titles will feature variant Archie tribute covers, many of which are illustrated by fan-favorite Archie artists.
“We have a long-standing and wonderful partnership with the great people at IDW,” said Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater. “It makes perfect sense to team with them to celebrate this epic anniversary and invite so many beloved, timeless properties to the party.”
“Archie Comics’ contribution to the world of pop culture is staggering,” said IDW President, Greg Goldstein. “They publish one of the most important and iconic brands in history and they do it in a way that makes EVERYONE smile. IDW is pleased and proud to celebrate this milestone with these classic characters with covers that pay tribute to Archie’s special history.”
Look for these very special IDW December releases featuring the commemorative IDW/Archie Comics mash-up covers:
BACK TO THE FUTURE #3 by Fernando Ruiz
EMPIRE: UPRISING #7 by Barry Kitson
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #10 by Tania del Rio
JUDGE DREDD: MEGA-CITY ZERO #1 by Francesco Francavilla
STAR TREK #52 by Dan Parent
TRANSFORMERS #48 by Andrew Pepoy
THE X-FILES: SEASON 11 #5 by Robert Hack
ANGRY BIRDS: SUPER ANGRY BIRDS #4 by Dan Parent
IDW Publishing would like to wish Archie, Betty, Veronica and everyone at Archie Comics a very Happy 75th Birthday!
ABOUT ARCHIE COMICS
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher 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, Afterlife With Archie, the Dark Circle Comics superhero characters (The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield and more), Cosmo the Merry Martian and many more. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music. Follow Archie Comics on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Archie Comics Store.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs. Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.
IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally and to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. Three projects are set up: “Wynonna Earp,” a property distributed globally by IDW Entertainment and licensed to Syfy in the U.S.; “Brooklyn Animal Control”, a property created by JT Petty and produced by David Goyer, has a pilot order at USA; and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis at BBC America. IDW Entertainment’s development slate of properties includes the chilling vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best-Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter,” “Smallville”); political conspiracy series, Cobb, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (“Chicago Fire,” “Covert Affairs”); supernatural action series, Pantheon, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); Wormwood by Ben Templesmith with writer David M Stern (“The Simpsons, Ugly Americans); among others.
IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film; and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.