Abrams ComicsArts is teaming with Archie Comics topublish Archie Marries, a specialdeluxe hardcover collection of the Archiemini-series focused on which of Archie's longtime female interests-beautifulheiress Veronica Lodge or Betty Cooper, the cute girl next door-will landRiverdale's famous redheaded teenager. Abrams will release a 100,000 copy first printing of the book in October. It is written by Michael Uslan and illustrated by longtime Archie artist StanGoldberg.
The seven-part mini-series on the Archie, Betty andVeronica love-triangle was published between August 2009 and February 2010 incommemoration of the 600thissue of Archie Comics. Charles Kochman, executiveeditor, Abrams ComicsArt, said the "the reaction to the Archie wedding storyreminds us that comic book characters hold a special place in our collectivememory. We follow their lives and their decisions as we do those of our friendsand family."
Archie Marrieswill also feature new material created specifically for the hardcover edition;including new front and back cover art by Goldberg, script excerpts, sketches,annotations and vintage cover art. In addition there's an exclusive interviewwith Uslan, Goldberg, inker Bob Smith and the rest of the creative team that producedthe series. And finally the hardcover edition will also include a facsimilereprint of a classic Archie comic.
Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater, said, "We areabsolutely thrilled with the designs for the special edition and know thatArchie fans the world over will be thrilled as well."