Marvel Comics today announced that much of its December line-up will sport variant covers with the characters in their ’90s incarnations and drawn by artists who arguably are best known for work in that era.
The iconic Archie Andrews is getting a relaunch after 75 — yes, 75! — years, courtesy of Mark Waid (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist).
Issue #1 hits stores on July 8, and features not only multiple cover options by Staples (pictured above), but 20 additional covers by guest artists — our four favorites of which are posted below (all images courtesy of Archie Comics). There is also slated to be a “Blank Sketch” cover, for those of you who want to pretend you are iconic Archie Artist Dan Parent.
While the art on the “official” cover and the variants point to an Archie that incorporates more modern design and sensibilities, Archie Comics’ Publisher & CEO Jon Goldwater was clear in an AMA on Reddit a few months back:
For decades thousands of voices have cried out, and Marvel has felt the imbalance in the force.