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  • Archie Comics Launches Facsimile Line

    Press release!

    ICONIC ARCHIE COMICS RETURN TO PRINT WITH NEW FACSIMILE LINE!
    Archie Comics launches a hotly anticipated program of key reprints with BETTY & ME #16 in August

    Over more than 80 years of publishing and pop culture history, Archie Comics has built a vast library of memorable cover gags, first character appearances, and fan-favorite stories. Many of these sought-after collector's items will be returning to print in a new line of faithful reproductions known as "facsimile editions," launching in August. The program kicks off with a reprint of 1968's BETTY & ME #16, sporting a world-famous widely memed cover by Archie legend Dan DeCarlo.

    "We use the word 'iconic' a lot at Archie and it's with good reason," said Archie Comics CEO & Publisher Jon Goldwater. "We're in our ninth decade of publishing the adventures of Archie and the gang, and that has naturally given us the runway to make a big impact. There have been so many touchstones through the years, whether it's the debut of major new characters like Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina, or the smaller things fans have come to cherish, the quick gags and sweet scenes that over time have built such strong character personalities and a lasting legacy. The Facsimile Editions are a way for us to celebrate some of these iconic moments with our most dedicated readers in comics that instantly recall the past, while introducing new readers to what makes Archie special, as well."

    Facsimiles are a soaring trend in comics, giving today's readers a chance to own affordable versions of valuable issues without breaking the bank. And though many of these stories are available in trade paperback collections, facsimiles are printed in the original single-issue format, including all the vintage ads, editorial pages, and letter columns that fans enjoyed when they picked up the first printings decades ago, a reading experience that's like going back in time.

    "The whole Facsimile lineup is a real treat for collectors and fans; first appearances, all-timer cover gags, and important moments in Archie history, it's all here," said Archie Comics Editor-in Chief Mike Pellerito. "We've really gone deep to find the best of the best, not just in terms of great stories but genuinely classic issues that are works of art unto themselves as complete comic books, cover-to-cover."

    BETTY AND ME #16: FACSIMILE EDITION releases August 7 in comic shops nationwide, with stories by Joe Edwards, Frank Doyle, Dan DeCarlo, and many other legendary Archie Comics creators. It will be available for pre-order on May 24.

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    BETTY AND ME #16 FACSIMILE EDITION

    It's the cover that snuck past the Comics Code Authority and would go on to spawn a million memes! Archie Comics is proud to present this highly sought after issue of BETTY AND ME #16 faithfully reprinted in a full-facsimile edition!

    Script: Various
    Art: Various
    Cover: Dan DeCarlo
    On Sale Date: 8/7
    32-page, full color comic
    $3.99 U.S.

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  • #2
    Yes, good. Hilarious that this is the issue they start with.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Marshall Crist View Post
      Yes, good. Hilarious that this is the issue they start with.
      The pearl necklace issue can't be far behind.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Marshall Crist View Post
        Yes, good. Hilarious that this is the issue they start with.
        They know it’ll sell just from the meme popularity of the cover. Smart marketing.

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        • #5
          I've never boughten a facsimile edition of any comic, just the regular editions. But this one looks fun. Hopefully they'll do some reprints of Josie and Sabrina stories, such as "She's Josie" #5, with this page. (Found on the internet.)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by James Reed View Post
            I've never boughten a facsimile edition of any comic, just the regular editions. But this one looks fun. Hopefully they'll do some reprints of Josie and Sabrina stories, such as "She's Josie" #5, with this page. (Found on the internet.)

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            To be fair, nobody has ever “boughten” anything, since that’s not a word.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Darcy Parker View Post

              To be fair, nobody has ever “boughten” anything, since that’s not a word.
              Merriam-Webster disagrees.

              https://www.merriam-webster.com/gram...oughten-a-word
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              • #8
                That page from "She's Josie" is fantastic! This has me curious about that cover now, when I first saw it years ago, I assumed it was an unintentional thing. I feel naive for thinking that now.

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