The Ramones are to appear in a crossover with Archie Comics.
Archie Meets Ramones is due for publication next year.
The comic book series – first published in 1942 – features the exploits of Archie Andrews and his teenager friends who live in the fictional American town of Riverdale.
The Ramones themselves are no strangers to comic books themselves. The band’s story was immortalised in a comic book included in their 2005 Weird Tales Of The Ramones box set.
In recent years, Archie Comics have organised crossovers with other unexpected characters, ranging from KISS to a Predator.
Speaking about the meeting between the hip teens of Riverdale and CBGBs finest, co-writer Matthew Rosenberg told Comics Alliance: “It might seem strange to some people to combine these things, but there’s really no divide for me… Archie is what got me into comics, the Ramones are what got me into punk rock, and those two things have always been connected for me. The Ramones are my punk rock heroes, they’re really very comic booky, and Archie has a long history of being connected to music, and being willing to try new things and do cool new stuff, so to me, this makes perfect sense.”
Co-write Alex Segura said: “Matt got in touch with the Ramones’ people, and they were super into it. We’re all huge Ramones fans, and though it took a while to work out the details, once things started moving, it actually went pretty quick. It’s gonna be a super-fun oversized one-shot, with covers by some truly amazing artists (whom I can’t announce just yet), and it syncs up nicely because it’ll be the 75th Anniversary of Archie, and the 40th Anniversary of the Ramones… It’s really kinda like a dream come true to be doing this.”
Continued artist Gisele Lagace: “I draw comics today for a living, but I’ve also played in bands; many of those punk rock. We’d often cover songs by The Ramones. Getting to draw Archie Meets Ramones has me fangirling in excitement. I will draw with the energy and passion of a Ramone to ensure my beloved Riverdale gets a Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.”
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