The NY Times reported yesterday that the award-winning creative “dream team” of Mark Waid (Daredevil) and Fiona Staples (Saga) are to work together on a revamped Archie Comics series in 2015.
This announcement serves as the latest in a series of sweeping changes brought in by Jon Goldwater, who took over as Chief Executive of Archie Comics in 1999 following the death of his father, John. L Goldwater, one of the founders of company back in 1939. Previous changes include the introduction of Afterlife With Archie, which saw Riverdale overrun with zombies, and a upcoming projects including a planned TV series on Fox and apparel line from fashion designed Marc Ecko.
Explaining the changes, Goldwater told the NY Times “We want to keep the lighthearted and family-friendly tone, but we have to do it in the present times, and that forces us to change.”
Waid Added that he planned to help “return Archie to a modern audience”, and that “Over the years, some of the sharp edges have been sanded off. They are kids, and they should act as kids.”
Following the announcement Staples clarified via Twitter that her work on Archie wouldn’t impact her work on Saga, saying “For those asking, I’m just penciling the first 3 issues – ‘Saga’s’ schedule won’t change”, which has to come as something of a relief to fans of the critically acclaimed Image Comics series.
Somewhat sadly, in the age of the reboot and the rebrand, this marks the end of one of the longest-running numbers series’ on the shelves right now, with Archie Comics recently recently releasing issue #662 and the series stretching all the way back to 1942.