Archie Comics is digging into the archives to present some of their most famous cover gags, character introductions, and popular stories. They are introducing a line of faithful facsimile editions of some of their most memorable books beginning in August 2024. The program is starting with Betty & Me #16, featuring Dan DeCarlo’s risqué and regularly memed cover.

“We use the word ‘iconic’ a lot at Archie and it’s with good reason,” Archie Comics CEO & Publisher Jon Goldwater said. “We’re in our ninth decade of publishing the adventures of Archie and the gang, and that has naturally given us the runway to make a big impact. There have been so many touchstones through the years, whether it’s the debut of major new characters like Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina, or the smaller things fans have come to cherish, the quick gags and sweet scenes that over time have built such strong character personalities and a lasting legacy. The facsimile editions are a way for us to celebrate some of these iconic moments with our most dedicated readers in comics that instantly recall the past, while introducing new readers to what makes Archie special, as well.”

“The whole facsimile lineup is a real treat for collectors and fans; first appearances, all-timer cover gags, and important moments in Archie history, it’s all here,” Archie Comics Editor-in Chief Mike Pellerito said. “We’ve really gone deep to find the best of the best, not just in terms of great stories but genuinely classic issues that are works of art unto themselves as complete comic books, cover to cover.”

Betty and Me #16: Facsimile Edition will arrive in comic shops on August 7.