It's true -- Dark Horse is going to reprint early Archie Comics, beginning with Pep Comics
#22 from 1941. This is one of the last major parts of comics history that isn't collected and available for research or reading, and I'm pretty jazzed about it! Here's the press release:
ARCHIE COMICS AND DARK HORSE JOIN FORCES ON ARCHIVE EDITION
Archie Andrews, America’s typical teenager was presented for the first time in PEP COMICS #22 in December 1941. Since then, Archie and his friends have entertained eight generations of readers. The opportunity has now arrived for both old and new Archie fans to experience Archie’s fun-filled journey to become the world’s most popular teen. Archie Comics is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Dark Horse Comics as Archie and the kids from Riverdale will be joining the Dark Horse line of classic comic reprints.
The Archie Archives will consist of hardcover volumes, in Dark Horse’s archive format, featuring Archie Comics mainstay characters of “Archie”, “Betty”, “Jughead”, “Veronica” and the other characters in the Riverdale Universe. Each individual title will begin with the earliest published issue and move forward in chronological order. Each volume will be approximately 200-250 pages, feature embossed printing, a dust-jacket and carry both Archie Comics and Dark Horse names and logos. The initial plan is to release three volumes of each individual title per calendar year, with each volume retailing for $49.95. According to Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, the series will run indefinitely.
Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater stated, “We have seen the quality and care Dark Horse has put in to restoring and collecting material for their archival series, and we are looking forward to making our early MLJ library of classic material available to a new generation of kids and collectors.”