Archie Comics says they're bringing back "Classic Archie" with the new series Your Pal Archie by writer/inker Ty Templeton and penciler Dan Parent - but with a fashion makeover drawing on the styles seen in CW's Riverdale.
“This made me a hero to my children,” said Templeton. “I consider it an honor to write Archie’s latest adventures and a big responsibility that I take very seriously until I remember that it's my job to dump Archie in a bucket of squid now and then or it won't be fun. Speaking of fun, I get to work with the legendary Dan Parent! He's given the characters a new updated look, but they still feel like group we've all grown up with. I could not be happier for this opportunity and I hope the fans are as happy with the result.”
“I've been fortunate enough to be drawing in the classic style for so long, that I eventually formed my own style based on the Dan DeCarlo/Bob Montana model,” explained Parent. "The influence from the show is more of a fashion makeover for me. I've changed the hairstyles a bit, and the clothes. And the faces are a little more detailed, but the line work is still the simple classic lines I've always used."
Your Pal Archie #1 is due out on shelves July 26. Issues 1-5 will carry interlocking covers that form a large picture of Pop's Soda Shop with most of the cast of the Archie universe present.