Perennial comics favorite Archie will reach its 700th issue this fall, with a new creative team and a slightly more Riverdale-inspired storyline. Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) will write, with art by Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells United, Immortal Hulk).
Speaking to The New York Times, Spencer said fans can expect the comic to lean into a more soap operatic story, one that “the Riverdale audience can appreciate and enjoy.” He was, however, quick to point out that longtime fans of the family-friendly comic shouldn’t fret: There won’t be any teacher-student relationships, or intimations of possible incest between the Blossom siblings.
“Archie Comics has a long, proud history,” the writer explained. “I don’t want to blow things up or do anything that would upset the long-term audience. It’s more like finding some conflicts that have some stakes, upping the drama level a little bit.”
“There is no mature reader’s label on this book,” Spencer continued. “I have a pretty decent sense of what I can get away with.”
The first run of Archie began in 1942 and ended in 2015 with Issue 666. Shortly thereafter, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples relaunched the series with a new #1, which will end this month at Issue 32. Archie #699, a recap issue, will be released in October and sell for $1.
Jon Goldwater, publisher and co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications, explained the return to the comic’s original numbering as “a way to bring attention to the book again and have a good time.”
The landmark Archie #700 hits stores in November.