A New Archie Comic Will Draw Inspiration From Riverdale, a Show Based on the Archie Comics

Image: Dan Parent/Archie Comics
Image: Dan Parent/Archie Comics

Artist Dan Parent and writer-inker Ty Templeton are working together on the just-announced Your Pal Archie, which is an “all-ages” book that will modernize the looks of the characters by taking inspiration from Riverdale. If they want to keep the book all-ages, the fashion will have to be all they take from the show.

Your Pal Archie will hit shelves on July 26, with an art style that’s a sort of mash-up between the classic Archie look and the CW look. “The influence from the show is more of a fashion makeover for me,” Parent said in a press release. “I’ve changed the hairstyles a bit, and the clothes. And the faces are a little more detailed, but the line work is still the simple classic lines I’ve always used.”

Image: Dan Parent/Archie Comics
Image: Dan Parent/Archie Comics
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You can sort of see the influence from the show in the few bits of art we’ve gotten. It’s especially evident in Betty’s hairstyle, which is the same high-up, controlled-curl pony tail that TV Betty wears constantly.

Sadly, we have no confirmation yet if Your Pal Archie will spend nearly as much time with shirtless, ripped Archie as the TV show does. I honestly don’t know if I want that or not. Probably not. I think.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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Sadly, we have no confirmation yet if Your Pal Archie will spend nearly as much time with shirtless, ripped Archie as the TV show does. I honestly don’t know if I want that or not. Probably not. I think.

No one wants that. This is an Archie show where the least interesting character is Archie.

The latest episode was him forcing a friend to attend a house party and then having a go at him for not enjoying it.