Official Press Release
Just in time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, Archie Comic Publications is proud to
announce the return of one of its classic characters: Katy Keene!
Katy begins her 60th anniversary celebration in style, as she returns to
Riverdale in the BETTY AND VERONICA FCBD EDITION by writer/artist Dan
Parent. The story, “Model Citizen,” sees Katy return as Riverdale regular
Ginger’s assistant at Dazzle Magazine. An aspiring model, Katy is hoping to
learn the rules of the fashion world, and when Archie’s gal pals get in the
mix, you know hilarity will ensue! Along the way, reader fashions will be
worked into the story as a tip of the hat to past Katy Keene tales.
The chance to bring Katy back was a no-brainer, according to Parent.
“When the idea to bring Katy back was first floated, I jumped at the
chance,” Parent explained. “Simply put, she’s a classic character. And what
better time to bring her back than Free Comic Book Day?”
Katy debuted in Wilbur Comics #5 and quickly became the queen of glamorous
comic book women. Unlike other pinup ladies from the past, Katy brought a
new level of interactivity to her fans. Every page of every Katy story
featured designs created by fans and also credited them! A tradition Archie
Comic Publications continues to this day in the fashion pages of the
newly-revamped BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR.
“This was the ideal moment to put the spotlight on Katy again,” said Michael
I. Silberkleit, Chairman and Co-Publisher for ACP. “We’ve made a commitment
to create content geared toward all-ages, and Betty and Veronica have lead
the way in connecting with a younger, female fanbase. It was time for Katy
to be a part of that as well.”
As for future plans involving the rejuvenated supermodel, plans are still in
the formative stages.
“We hope to have more Katy news to announce in the coming months,” hinted
Richard H. Goldwater, President and Co-Publisher for ACP. “It’s an
exciting time for Archie Comics and their readers!”
The BETTY AND VERONICA FCBD EDITION will be available on May 7 to coincide
with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2005 at all participating comic book stores. To
learn more about FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and to find the comic book store
nearest you, please visit their website: http://www.freecomicbookday.com.
ABOUT ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS, INC.
Archie Comic Publications, Inc. has been publishing America¹s leading line
of teenage humor comic books for more than 60 years. The Archie titles
appear at check-outs in most supermarkets and mass merchandisers as well as
in bookstores, drug chains, convenience stores and comic shops. Visit Archie
online at: www.archiecomics.com.
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