Jughead to take a short nap, awaken refreshed

Yesterday, Johanna Draper Carlson noted the subscription for the Jughead comic seems to have disappeared from the Archie Comics website, and some folks at Archiefans.com say they've received e-mails stating the title has been canceled.

I decided to go straight to the source and asked Archie's new director of publicity and marketing, Adam Tracey, what the deal is. Here's his reply:

As you're aware, Archie has been reinventing itself for the last three years. That reinvention process is most visible in books like Life With Archie, Kevin Keller, The Art of Betty & Veronica, the New Crusaders comic, the Sonic and Archie Super Specials, and much more. Because Jughead is a very important character to us, that reinvention process will also apply to him. So while we're putting together exactly how to do that, we've put the Jughead comic on hiatus until the relaunch happens. Fans of Jughead can rest assured that they'll definitely be seeing more of him in the future.

The Jughead comic has been running since 1949, making it one of Archie's oldest titles. It's a favorite of mine because it often features good writing and stories that break the Archie mold a bit, so I'll be watching to see what Jughead's new incarnation looks like.

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