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From Mark Waid and Fiona Staples (Variant cover beneath is by Paolo Rivera)

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Edit - It has been pointed out that the second part of the scans I had posted were already posted here, so they have been removed and replaced with a sampling of the variant covers for issues #1 and #2 instead.

A brief History of Jughead (and how he got his name) )

If redhead blokes with freckles are your cup of tea, then rejoice! )
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'It's a tightrope that's tougher to walk than it might first appear. It would be so easy to turn this into such a straight up super-hero book that it may as well be Spider-Man. But, again, if that's the approach, then why not just write Spider-Man? Likewise, it would be equally easy to do nothing but street level crime stuff, but again, I'm not as good a crime writer as Bendis. I'm not as good a crime writer as Brubaker. Why go that route? From my point of view, this seems like the first time in 15 years that somebody has given me the keys to the car and said "do what you wanna do", and I have, and it's succeeded. Generally, I do what I think is best to reinvent a franchise and write for the non-hardcore audience, and the nerd rage is off the charts.' -- Mark Waid

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CBR: One response I've seen floated out there to this news is a bit of skepticism in Archie looking for a more modern, youthful take, and hiring a veteran comics writer to do so. How do you respond to observers who may question your ability to earnestly write a teenage cast?

Mark Waid: That's a fair question. I asked it myself. I'm not taking that part at all lightly. And my girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter is insanely helpful in keeping me honest. But while I'm in no way comparing my skills to the talents of these giants, I would offer that J.K. Rowling had already hit 30 when she wrote her first Harry Potter novel. Madeleine L'Engle was 42 when she wrote "A Wrinkle In Time." I'm younger than C.S. Lewis was when he was writing his Chronicles of Narnia, but not younger than S.E. Hinton when she penned "The Outsiders." And with all the respect in the world for a staggeringly gifted author, I'll never be as old as Bob Haney was.


(http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=58276)

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"I'm privileged to hold the record for most consecutive issues of DD from anyone ever, writer or artist. An honor." -- Mark Waid

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CBR: Following the announcement of the book, there was some response on social media expressing skepticism towards two white creators telling a story about the historical Black experience. How would you respond to that notion?

Mark Waid: That it's a fair point and a responsibility that we do not take moderately or without careful consideration and some measure of peer review. We'll have more to say about this as the release date nears, I'm sure -- although, ultimately, the story itself will have to stand or fall on its own...


-- Interview

Trigger Warning: Racism

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Archie #1

Jul. 8th, 2015 06:50 pm
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'We've no intention of going "dark" or serving an adults-only audience. That's cheap, that's easy, and anyone can do it. Literally, any chimpanzee with a keyboard can write, "Issue One, Page One, Panel One: Establishing shot, the fetid boys' room of Riverdale High. Jughead pukes into a toilet, a heroin needle still dangling from his vein." Not interested.' -- Mark Waid

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Newsarama: Marvel says this issue will incorporate a never before seen set of comics pages by Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko. Tell me about this, and how you're handling it.

Mark Waid:
I knew these pages existed--they were penciled by Kirby as his original pitch for what became S.H.I.E.L.D. and later inked by Jim Steranko as a try-out--and Tom Brevoort worked his magic to clear their use once I found a seamless way to work them into the narrative as a flashback. Now I get to say I worked “with” Jack and Jim. How cool is that? Neal Adams, you’re next.

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Flash #122

May. 28th, 2015 08:37 pm
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Mark Waid writes about a superhero in a red costume who leaves his hometown and moves to the West Coast.


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"Thanks to our Daredevil readers for the kind words about today's new issue. I told you not all was as it seemed. Did you see THAT coming?" -- Mark Waid

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'The mission statement from editor Tom Brevoort was, “We want this to be the TV show as if they had an unlimited budget.” No heroes or villains are off-limits.' -- Mark Waid

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