This from Vaneta Rogers at The Archie characters have survived a lot in their more than 70 years of publication, but things in Riverdale are sure to get interesting in November. KISS is coming to town.

“It’s the biggest band in rock history crossing paths with Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Sabrina,” said Alex Segura, who’s writing the four-issue story with art by Dan Parent. “Two major pieces of Americana joining forces for the first time.”

It may seem like an odd pairing, to put the milkshake-sipping teens from Archie with a hard-rocking band like KISS. But the story, which begins in Archie #627, sees Riverdale invaded by monsters from another dimension. Their presence makes the town ripe for a visit by the KISS personas: Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman.

“The Riverdale gang are looking to cast a protection spell to protect the town before Halloween,” Segura said. “Of course, that means Sabrina is coordinating things. But when the spell goes awry and a cabal of dangerous monsters appear, who’s going to stop them? Enter KISS. Can the Archies team up with the rock legends in time to save the town from the legion of monsters? Stay tuned. Oh, and zombies. There’ll be zombies.”

The story will also introduce a gang of four monsters that Segura said will “simultaneously frighten and amuse, and fans of pop culture stuffs will get a kick of them.”

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“KISS has a comic book history that spans almost four decades…but it was time to do things better than ever before,” said KISS founder Gene Simmons. “What’s bigger than two different companies sharing the KISS license? Archie and IDW will tell two unique and in-your-face tales of KISS, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on these projects.”


Here’s a radio commercial for the 5th Anniversary part of the KISS Coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach, with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer making an appearance: