Archie Sale & Interview

Archie Comics are having a sale on their iPhone app – thanks to Robot 6 for this one!

Verizon users will get their long-awaited iPhones beginning on Feb. 10, and the Archie folks want to make sure they get a piece of the action from the get-go, so they will be marking down all their digital comics to 99 cents as a way to say hello. The sale applies only to comics bought through Archie’s iVerse app, and prices go back up again at midnight on Feb. 14.

This chiefly affects newer titles, as 99 cents seems to be the default price for older comics on the Archie app anyway. They also have a dozen free comics, including the first issues of the Archie: Freshman Year series and Chuck Clayton’s Cartoon Life. But the sale would be a good time to snap up Veronica #202, which marks the first appearance of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first openly gay character, and the Life with Archie magazines, which follow the dual Archie-marries-Veronica and Archie-marries-Betty storylines, for short money.

Also, for those who truly cannot have enough Archie in their lives, theArchie News blog is now updating daily with vintage panels and covers from days of Riverdale past, as well as their usual barrage of information about new releases (including generous previews).

Also Archie’s Jon Goldwater discusses digital comics among other things over at

The Archie Comics app on the iPad.

The Archie Comics app on the iPad. Archie was one of the first comic book publishers to fully embrace digital comics. Why is that?

Jon Goldwater: I’ve been with Archie for almost two years, and previous to Archie, I was in the music business for more than 20 years. I was on the frontlines, not literally, but as part of the music business, of the battle between old technology and new technology that went on between the music business and Napster, and I saw the disaster that was created and how horribly that was handled by the powers-that-be at the record labels. And I vowed, coming into Archie, that we’d take every opportunity to embrace new technology–and digital may not be “new,” but to put it in a comic book format is rather new.

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