Archie to Release Classic Comics Digitally

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Multiple 80th-anniversary editions will debut starting April 22.

Archie Comics is launching a series of special digital releases celebrating the history of Archie Andrews and his assorted pals and gals. The series comes ahead of the official 80th anniversary of the Riverdale gang’s debut in 1941’s Pep Comics No. 22.

The new line of Archie Comics 80th Anniversary Presents titles will feature classic material intended for an all-ages audience, available on multiple digital platforms including ComiXology, the official Archie app, and library service Hoopla. The series launches April 22 with ArchieJosie and the Pussycats and Veronica Lodge as Powerteen With BlackJack. A subsequent schedule of three releases per week will follow.

As the Powerteen collection might suggest, Archie Comics is digging deep for its anthologies. Alongside such obvious choices as Betty & Veronica and Jughead, the first nine titles announced also include the superhero revival series New Crusaders and Young Salem — yes, the cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who used to be human.

Releases will vary in price between 99 cents and $1.99.

The launch of the new line comes as the English-language print comics market has temporarily shut down after distributor Diamond Comics Distributors shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some publishers, including Archie and DC, have continued to offer collected editions and digital releases during this publishing pause. 

The second week’s releases, available April 29, will be Jughead, Cheryl Blossom and New Crusaders, while May 6 will see the release of Betty & Veronica, Katy Keene and Young Salem.

More releases will be announced in coming weeks.