Why Archie 1941? What’s so special about that year and era?
For over 75-years, Archie and his band of pals have been entertaining comic book, radio and television audiences of all ages. Recently, we’ve even read about Archie in the afterlife and watched his more mature, teen-angst exploits in the weekly series, Riverdale.
It’s high time, then, that the character was taken back to his conscription-era origins of America circa 1941. And unless you were born before the Second World War, the Archie of Archie 1941 is an Archie like you’ve never seen before!
Written by longtime fan favourites and award-winning writers Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight) and Brian Augustyn (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, Crimson, The Flash), and partnered with artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable, The Power of Shazam, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Archie 1941 is a five-issue monthly series that explores the world-renowned characters in an era that is unfamiliar to most modern fans.
Originally created in, fancy that, 1941 by publisher John L. Goldwater and artist Bob Montana and writer Vic Bloom, Archie has seen his fair share of world-changing events over the decades. But it’s the return to his pre-World War II roots that allows for new stories for a new audience.
Sure, girlfriends, boyfriends, high school parties, ice cream sodas, the ’41 Buick Special, Betty, Veronica and Jughead are all here – but they’re given an artistic sheen that’s just as compelling as the Art Deco styled title on the cover of Archie 1941 #1.
Amidst the teenage backdrop of being called to war, this is an important and realistic slice of life that only pop culture and comic books can tell. Archie 1941 is story that speaks across the ages.
Grab your high school jacket and make the run to your local comic book stand (err, shop) and pick up the absorbing and thoroughly entertaining first issue of Archie 1941 today!