This fall, there will be an amazing battle of the bands, where writers Alex Segura & Matthew Rosenberg and artist Gisele Lagace will have The Archies (consisting of Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica) travel through time to the 1970s to meet the legendary punk band, The Ramones. This might seem like an outlandish idea for a crossover, but it’s very much in keeping with the history of Archie Comics.
As a brand, Archie Comics are impressively adaptable. Over the years, Archie and the gang have been spies, superheroes, time travelers, and even (oddly enough) Explorers of the Unknown (in a short-lived 1990 series where the Archie characters were parodies of DC Comics’ “Challengers of the Unknown.” Yes, a 1990 comic book series parodying “Challengers of the Unknown” — we said “oddly enough,” after all). This makes the characters particularly well-designed to cross over with famous characters and celebrities, and Archie Comics has done a number of them over the years. Here are ten of the oddest ones, presented in chronological order.
For a number of years, Archie Comics handled the “kid” version of the, for the young viewers of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated series who wanted to buy a comic book that was like the TV show. After a few years at Archie, we suppose it just made sense for them to have the Turtles and the Archie gang actually crossover, so 1991’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet Archie” did just that. In a story by Ryan Brown and Dean Clarrain, with Ken Mitchroney, Marlene Becker and Ryan Brown handling the artwork for the Turtles characters and Stan Goldberg and Rudy Lapick handling the artwork for the Archie characters, the Turtles found themselves deposited on an alternate Earth by Cudley the Cowlick (one of the odder characters ever to grace the pages of a comic book). They interrupted Archie and Betty making out and the two teens tried to warn everyone of what they presumed was an alien invasion. Later, at a concert, Veronica was kidnapped by some goons. The Turtles offered to help and they teamed up with Archie to save Veronica from the kidnappers. The Turtles then went back to their own universe.
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