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EXCLUSIVE: Archie Unveils Comic-Con Releases, Including New Fiona Staples Cover

This year's installment of the always-massive annual Comic-Con International in San Diego is now less than a month away, and CBR has the exclusive first look at a new Fiona Staples-illustrated variant cover to the upcoming "Archie" #1, which will be offered as one of Archie Comics' convention-exclusive offerings.

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Staples -- the Eisner Award-winning artist of hit Image Comics series "Saga" -- is set to illustrate the first three issues of the July-debuting "Archie" relaunch, alongside regular series writer Mark Waid. Here's the official details, direct from Archie:

ARCHIE #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant A

Get in on the ground floor of this summer's most-talked about comic book relaunch from the superstar creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples with this Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusive ARCHIE #1 variant cover! Featuring brand-new cover artwork from series artist Fiona Staples depicting Archie, Betty, and Jughead enjoying the outdoors, this variant is extremely limited and a must-have for all attendees!Price: $20.00

A con-exclusive variant based on Staples' early promotional art for the "Archie" relaunch will also be available at the show. Details:

ARCHIE #1 SDCC Exclusive Variant B

Get in on the ground floor of this summer's most-talked about comic book relaunch from the superstar creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples with this additional Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusive ARCHIE #1 variant cover! Featuring cover artwork from series artist Fiona Staples depicting the gang outside of Riverdale High, this variant is extremely limited and a must-have for all attendees!Price: $20.00

Archie is also commemorating its Archie Action line at Comic-Con, with a "Mega Man" #50 sketch variant featuring art by Patrick Spaziante. Here's the official information:

MEGA MAN #50 "Worlds Unite" SDCC Exclusive Sketch Variant

Celebrate 50 issues of Mega Man with the latest chapter in the globe-smashing Sonic/Mega Man crossover event featuring a Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusive cover! This special edition anniversary comic showcases in-progress cover artwork by Archie Action Legend Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante! Don't miss out on this limited edition comic featuring everyone's favorite super fighting robot!Price: $10.00

Another Archie line, the noir-themed sueprhero imprint Dark Circle Comics, is represented by a poster illustrated by "The Shield" artist Drew Johnson featuring the line's main characters, The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield and The Hangman.

This year's Comic-Con International in San Diego will take place July 9-July 12, with its annual Preview Night on July 8. Archie Comics will be located at Booth #1829.

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