Those nostalgic for “Archie’s” classic art style may be happy to hear about fan-favorite artist Dan Parent’s new series. Titled “Your Pal Archie,” the comic will be written and inked by Ty Templeton and is slated for release on July 26.
While there are still several “Archie” comics that use the classic style, most of the publisher’s mainstream titles have embraced a different look in recent years. Initially, Parent wasn’t sure what would happen to the classic style, or whether he’d ever get an opportunity to draw another monthly print “Archie” series. “Well, I sort of wondered at first what might happen, but I’ve been busier than ever drawing in the classic style,” Parent told The Washington Post. “I had a feeling a classic monthly title might come back into the fold. So here it is.”
“When the reboot style was introduced, it was a big deal and garnered a lot of new fans. Fiona Staples has a huge following, deservedly so,” Parent continued. “But I always had faith in the classic style, and knew it would coexist with the new style. And it has.”
“Your Pal Archie” will use the classic style that Parent is known for, but he does plan to modernize the aesthetic, at least a little. “The influence from [“Riverdale”] is more of a fashion makeover for me. 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,” Parent said. “I hate over-rendering and too many lines, so I won’t go there. Less is more.”
Parent, now 52-years-old, started working for Archie comics after graduating from The Kubert School. He made headlines in 2012 when he introduced Kevin Keller — the first openly gay character in Archie Comics — in “Veronica” #202. Parent received a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Comic Book in 2013.