EXCLUSIVE ART: Staples Brings A Battle of the Bands to "Archie" #650

For her latest Archie Comics variant cover, artist Fiona Staples is turning it up to eleven.

Coming December 4, the publisher's anchor series "Archie" hits its 650th issue with the start of a new story by cartoonist Dan Parent featuring all the rock bands of Archie history. The four-part "Archies World Tour" arc takes the redhead's band of friends across the globe where they'll battle it out with Josie & The Pussycats and a few more obscure rock outfits.

After earning raves for her punked up "Life With Archie" cover, Staples blows out a four-band showdown with the likes of The Madhouse Glads (from Archie's '60s mod comic "Madhouse") and The Bingos (from the recently reprinted in digest form "That Wilkin Boy") for "Archie" #650. CBR scored an exclusive first look at the fan-favorite "Saga" artist's cover and the solicit text revealing Parent's Bollywood-esque story.

Check out both below and stay tuned for more from Archie on CBR next week.


"The Archies World Tour Part One- Bollywood Love!": Celebrate the 650th issue of Archie with this star-studded 4-part series, featuring all of your favorite faces from the Archie universe! Raj Patel films the event of the year-The Archies on world tour! Joining the tour are Josie and the Pussycats, the Bingoes, and the Madhouse Glads! But Archie is thrown for a loop on the first leg of the tour in India, where he romances Bollywood superstar Amisha Mehta! Archie's going to have some explaining to do to Valerie... and Betty... and Veronica... Features variant cover art by the amazingly talented Fiona Staples (Saga)!

Script: Dan Parent

Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios

Cover: Dan Parent

World Tour Variant Cover: Fiona Staples

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/4

48-page, full color comic

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