It’s ho-ho-horror from Archie this yuletide.
Archie Comics looks to stuff your holiday stocking this year with a new horror one-shot, Happy Horrordays, that will land in comic book shops Dec. 14. Check out all the preview artwork for the comic on this page.
The horror anthology features a return of the Archie Horror series Jughead: The Hunger from creators Frank Tieri and Joe Eisma–along with two more tales of seasonal terror. In ‘Twas the Night Before the Hunger, Tieri said Jughead “finds himself up against an angry Krampus on Christmas morning. We may see more than just Christmas cookies and hamburgers getting eaten.”
In the second story, from writer Joanne Starer and artist Butch Mapa, a “terrifying cryptid teams up with Sheila Wu, a character introduced in 2010’s New Kids Off the Wall.” Starer said, “outcast fashionista Sheila Wu has one friend in the world–a terrifying, gigantic cat–the Yule Cat of Icelandic folklore, known to hunt children who don’t get new clothing for Christmas. When Veronica and Cherry Blossom mock her clothes and reject her gifts, they get a Christmas present they’ll never forget.”
Rounding out the holiday issue–that features colors by Matt Hermsand and letters by Jack Morelli–is a terrifying twist on the familiar Archie Christmas character Sugar Plum by writer Joe Corallo and artist Patrick Piazzalunga. “I won’t reveal too much as I want to avoid spoilers,” Corallo said, “but I hope readers are pulled in from the first page and shocked by where the story goes.”
Archie Comics art director Vincent Lovallo said artists Mapa and Piazzalunga “entered into the Archie Horror world with confidence and grace, capturing the familiar and warm holiday atmosphere and changing it into a Hallmark Channel holiday special’s worst nightmare. They delivered on all moments–from adorable to blood-curdling.”
Piazzalunga said he “loves the horror genre and loves drawing it. My favorite element was the splatter and gore, but I can’t say more right now.” Mapa added that, for him, “it’s such an honor to be part of the long list of talented creators who have worked on Archie and the gang. Joanne wrote a banger of a story, and I creeped myself out drawing the last panel.”
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