This summer, Archie Andrews will crossover with Batman '66 in a six-issue mini-series written by Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci, with art from Dan Parent, J. Bone, and Kelly Fitzpatrick.
The story is the second such DC/Archie crossover in recent years. Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica was published in 2017.
“We considered many different combinations for this next pairing between DC Universe and Archie characters, and Batman ’66 and Archie Andrews really stood out as the perfect choice,” said Hank Kanalz, DC SVP of Editorial Strategy and Administration. “What DC and Archie started with Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica last year continues with this off-the-wall pairing of Archie and The Caped Crusader; we believe fans of the classic TV shows and their modern interpretations will be excited about this new series.”
"Jeff Parker has a wonderful history with Batman '66 and is a writer I've wanted to work with since I got to Archie, and pairing him with Michael Moreci, someone who has a great track record and the right sensibility for this book, made a lot of sense," added Archie Comics co-president Alex Segura. "On the art side, there's no one else we'd rather see drawing this than Dan Parent — who's a superstar artist and an Archie legend. Watching his work with finisher J. Bone come in has been a highlight for everyone. This is going to be a memorable book."
“Look, we all want to know what Jughead and the Joker make of each other, and we want to see the romance dynamics of Riverdale High thrown completely out of gear by bringing in Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon," said Parker. "And will Pop Tate get ahead of this and start selling Bat Burgers? It’s very cool to work with a heavy hitting team of top talent. Michael and I synched up immediately with plotting, and Dan and J. Bone are the exact right cartoonists to make a mash-up like this really work. We are all wearing matching R letterman jackets while working on this, by the way.”
"It's rare that you get a call to work with character/property that you love, but to do two at the same time? That's more than I can ask for,” added co-writer Michael Moreci. “And to work with such an amazing team - this is one of those rare dream projects, and I can't wait to bring all this love to the series."
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a career drawing characters I love from my childhood. But the first show I ever got excited about (and my mom can verify this) was the original Batman series!" said Parent. "So, the chance to combine these two big influences in my life into one project is a total thrill. And to work on it with Jeff and Michael, as well as my friend and colleague J. Bone, makes it even that much sweeter!”
Archie Meets Batman '66 #1 is due out on shelves July 18.