Valerie Brown, that cool tambourinist with Josie and the Pussycats, is moving back to town with her parents in Archie issue 631 (in comic shops March 28), and she’s aiming to get back together with her redheaded ex-boyfriend, Archie, in the first of a three-part story.
Val is my fav Pussycat, and in-part made me fall in love with Rosario Dawson when she played Val in the Josie and the Pussycats feature film from 2001; a film which will be ingrained in my brain until the day I expire. Way to go, Arch!
In a piece penciled by Archie artist Fernando Ruiz and sent to ComicsAlliance as a sterling example of the company’s new direction of jumping on cultural trends as they happen, the penciled piece sees the Two and a Half Men star invading Archie’s hometown in an effort to lure Betty and Veronica into his whirlwind of legitimate insanity, complete with a caricature that’s both wholly accurate and genuinely disturbing.
In issue No. 6 of “Life With Archie,” which will go on sale Dec. 29, Archie Andrews, the famous redhead from Riverdale, will deal with a death in the extended family. Geraldine Grundy, one of the gang’s high school teachers, will lose her battle with cancer.
The Hero Initiative (a charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need) and Archie Comics have teamed up for Archie Covers:50 Times An American Icon. I’ve always had a soft spot for Betty and Veronica, so this was a great way to scratch that itch and help out a great cause. I was curious what a high school garage band like The Archies might look like today, so here’s my hipster take on the band. Archie is totally straight-edge! The covers will be auctioned on eBay at a future date.