How I Created My ARCHIE #1 Variant, by MIKE NORTON

EXCLUSIVE ART! Battlepug‘s Mike Norton joins us in our weeklong series featuring some of the best Archie #1 variants coming in July.

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We dig the art of the variant here, so when Archie Comics took a Star Wars-sized splash in the pool for their historic 7/8 relaunch by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, we decided to get in on the Riverdale action. We asked a number of top artists in the business how they came up with their image. Today: Mike Norton.

Part 1: Colleen Coover

Part 2: David Mack

Part 3: Joe Eisma


When I was given the chance to do the NEW Archie, I immediately thought of my time in high school and the hours I spent in my room learning to play guitar. I thought at one point I was surely going to become a musician when I got out of school, but I draw better than I play. I figured Archie does the same thing.

The fun part was adding all the ties to the old and the new. I put a poster of the old version of Hot Dog in the background, as well as the Fiona Staples version of Josie and the Pussycats. I thought it would be cool that in this version, Archie is inspired by them. And who doesn’t love Fiona Staples‘ art?

— Mike Norton



Author: Dan Greenfield

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