In a first of its kind move for a major comics publisher, Archie Comics will be available day-and-date on newsstands and ComiXology Unlimited.
Archie Comics announced on Wednesday that it is making a bold move into the digital age. Beginning on Sept. 23, Archie Comics will be hitting shelves in the physical format while also arriving on the ComiXology Unlimited subscription service. The first title to launch under this new plan is Sabrina: Something Wicked #3.
Going forward, all new titles will appear on comiXology Unlimited the same day they are available in print. This new move will allow users to read the full Archie library including the critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Afterlife With Archie, Jughead’s Time Police, and tie-ins to the CW series, Riverdale.
This is a major move by a comics company, but not one we expect to be followed by the likes of Marvel and DC any time soon. Both companies have their own comic archive services, but neither seems anxious to undercut physical media sales just yet. DC Universe is moving up its gap between physical and digital, but it will still be a difference of six months.
The comic industry is definitely in a state of flux, but the death knell of monthly books has been happening for as long as we can remember. As moves go, however, this is one of the biggest yet.