Official Press Release
Get ready for a summer of fun! Starting in May 2010, IDW Publishing will begin its extraordinary series of important Archie collections, offering fans an incredible range of must-have hard covers and trade paperbacks. Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo Volume One kicks things off in May by gathering the very best of this seminal Archie artist in one book, followed by Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume One, a hardcover collection of strips from the 1940's, in June. In July, true Archie fans will be delighted by a trade paperback of Archie: Pureheart the Powerful.
"Archie is one of the most influential comics on popular culture and we are really looking forward to starting our collections by offering these new books to fans," said Greg Goldstein, IDW's chief operating officer. "Each book offers a new and different way for fans to enjoy or even rediscover this classic comic, with many more to come."
Coming of age in post-World War II America, Archie captured the hearts of generations of children and adults. Archie and his friends remain hugely popular today, appealing to comic fans new and old with a blend of timeless stories and classic Americana style.
The dean of Archie artists, Dan DeCarlo spent nearly 50 years with the characters of Riverdale High, drawing every character at one time or another. Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo Volume One contains dozens of stories handpicked by DeCarlo connoisseurs, all shot from original art and recolored to match the flavor of the original publishing. The Best of Dan DeCarlo is the first in IDW's Archie "Best Of" series, which will grow to include collections for Bob Montana and Stan Goldberg, among others.
Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume One will be published under IDW's Library of American Comics imprint and designed by Eisner Award-winner Dean Mullaney. Volume One reprints the earliest strips starting from 1946-48, many strips for the first time, and showcases the unheralded genius of Montana as he developed the lovable characters.
Archie: Pureheart the Powerful collects, at long last, the short-lived yet much-loved Archie superhero parody stories that first appeared during the "camp craze" of the mid 1960's. With the coming Archie Comics new Pureheart the Powerful, IDW's reprint collection is the perfect way for fans to rediscover the original characters.
Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo, Volume One will be available in stores in May 2010.
Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume One will be available in stores in June 2010.
Archie: Pureheart the Powerful will be available in stores in July 2010.
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 and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.
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About Archie Comics
The Archie Comics brand is one of the most successful and longest running comic book lines in the history of the industry. Archie Comics is the NUMBER ONE producer of English language humor comics in the world. Archie comics are published in dozens of different foreign languages and distributed all over the world. Archie Digital Comics launched in 2009 and within four months, Archie Comics' "FRESHMAN YEAR" #1 became the most downloaded comic in iTunes history. The characters of Archie Comics have found success on the Internet at www.archiecomics.com. Archie Comics will launch a new website in November to make sure it continues to use the most cutting edge technology to interact with its fans. In addition, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie and their pals at Riverdale High are developing feature film, television, music, interactive media, direct-to-video and theatrical animation projects. The best is yet to come as Archie Comics are cooler than ever.