EXCLUSIVE: "Archie" Ends Its 70-Plus Year Run with Issue #666

Tue, February 17th, 2015 at 12:55pm PST | Updated: February 17th, 2015 at 12:56pm

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Albert Ching, Managing Editor

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"Archie" #666 cover by Dan Parent.

A new age for Archie Comics is set to dawn with the relaunched "Archie" #1, an ongoing series debuting sometime this summer with an arc by the high-profile creative team of writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples. The series is set to provide a new look and fresh start for Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the Riverdale gang -- but before that happens, the previous volume comes to a close with June's somewhat-ominously numbered "Archie" #666, and CBR has the exclusive first details of the issue, which caps a run that started in 1942.

"Archie" #666 will be written by comics veteran and former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom DeFalco -- who has contributed multiple stories to Archie in recent years -- and illustrated by Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz and Pat and Tim Kennedy; illustrators who have defined the more traditional Archie art style in the modern era. As of the relaunched "Archie" #1, the classic Archie look will remain in original stories released in the digest format, but Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater has indicated that a new approach, as represented by artists like Staples, will be dominant in single-issue stories.

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Plot details are light at this time on "Archie" #666, but it definitely appears to be of a retrospective theme, described as a "dazzling journey through the world of Archie with plenty of winks and nods to what's come before." Additionally, the six covers of "Archie" #666, all by Parent, will connect to showcase a wide range of Archie main players and supporting characters, anchored by Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Kevin Keller and Reggie. CBR has the first look at both the solicitation text for "Archie" #666, and not-final versions of the six covers.

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EXCLUSIVE: Early black-and-white versions of Dan Parent's covers for "Archie" #666.

On the eve of the game-changing ARCHIE #1, an all-star cast of Riverdale's finest creators join forces to celebrate one of the longest-running comic series ever in the much-loved Archie style! Take a look back at Archie's wonderful life and the many lives he's lived in a zany, heartfelt and hilarious adventure that will be a must-have for fans old and new—and a can't-miss, one-of-a-kind collector's item. A dazzling journey through the world of Archie with plenty of winks and nods to what's come before, ARCHIE #666 caps off a legendary run of comic excellence while opening the door to the next thrilling chapter—featuring six covers celebrating Archie’s vibrant history.

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 1 (Betty): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 2 (Veronica): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 3 (Jughead): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 4 (Kevin): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 5 (Reggie): Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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