Archie and the gang seek rock and roll stardom in "Archie: 1955” from Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Tom Grummett
Archie: 1941 was definitely a sleeper book. Written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, with line art from Peter Krause, the miniseries was a surprisingly somber meditation on life during wartime in the early ‘40s. Since it was so focused, it was also a great book to jump on without much prior Archie knowledge, if any.
Today, Archie have announced a brand new miniseries in the same vein: Archie: 1955. Jumping forward a decade and a half, the book will reunite Waid and Augustyn and bring on legendary artist Tom Grummett to tell a story of triumph, tragedy, and rock and roll. Check out the details below.
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 (of 5)
BRAND NEW SERIES from the writing team that brought you ARCHIE: 1941! Can a rocking teenager from a small, sleepy town find fame and fortune through this new phenomenon called "rock and roll"? When Archie Andrews proves to a local DJ that he's got the makings of a hip-shaking stardom, he begins an ascent to fame that will carry with it both triumph and tragedy.
Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Tom Grummett, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Jinky Coronado, Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Lopresti, Pete Woods
On Sale Date: 9/18
32-page, full color comic
"As a boy who grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, I've been a rock-origins aficionado my entire life. Doing ARCHIE 1955 is my chance to visit that era I so love, and do it with an Archie spin. As with ARCHIE 1941, we're very true to the time while telling a story in a modern way that's exciting and dramatic. Using Archie as a lens through which to really examine the beginnings of rock 'n' roll is a blast."
"As a teen in high school, I had two ambitions: comic book artist and rock star. My guitar skills being what they were, rock star was pretty much off the table. It's going to be a kick to explore what might have been through Archie and his friends, at the very birth of rock 'n roll."
"For as long as I can remember, rock and roll music has been the soundtrack of my life--almost as big to me as were comic books. And I have long been very interested in the 'overnight sensations' such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, and other legends. So, ARCHIE 1955 comes from a sweet spot of my lifelong fascinations. Working with Mark is always the best time, and as he is even more into the early days of rock, this project is steeped in the lore of the music and its superstars."
"Archie is the perfect analog for the budding star; small-town guitarist and singer dying to crack show business and suddenly finding the rainbow bridge to the bigtime! What naive 19-year-old is ready for the onrush of fame and all its joys and heartbreaks? The story will chart Archie's arc from meteoric rise to the stratosphere and back again. To be the Prince of Rock and Roll and the biggest star of all time is a lot at that age. More heartbreaks may come, and life will demand that he grow up fast--and keep on singing."
"Artist Tom Grummett joins us for this behind-the-music exploration, and with inker Bob Smith, creates the perfect vision for our vintage rock yarn."
"The sweeping story will feature laughs and tears, music and drama, and all the pals and gals. Get with it, hep-cats!"
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR B Var: Jinky Coronado
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR D Var: Aaron Lopresti
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR E Var: Pete Woods
Archie: 1955 #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on September 18.