The Archie Comics characters have been around for almost 80 years and in that time we have seen all kinds of interpretations of them. We’ve seen them as superheroes, supernatural investigators, Game of Thrones parodies, and much more. In recent years we’ve seen a brand new interpretation that has been popular enough to warrant it’s own imprint in the form of Archie Horror.
The Archie Horror imprint publishes comics that throws their their classic characters – including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and others – into horror situations. How do they fair in a zombie outbreak? What-if Jughead was a werewolf? These comics go out in these far out directions to find out these answers and many more.
Read on to find out all about the Archie Horror comics, including which comics are involved, where to find them, and much more.
Do I Need To Read Archie Comics To Understand Archie Horror?
It’s not essential to read any Archie Comics to understand the Archie Horror comics. There is no prerequisite reading required. Although, some familiarity of the characters and their basic traits might improve your enjoyment of these horror versions.
Are The Comics Suitable For Children?
No! Unlike the majority of Archie Comics’ output, which is made for an all-ages audience, Archie Horror is not for children.
Due to the horror elements, comics part of the Archie Horror line are rated TEEN+. This is intended for readers 15 years and older and can cover moderate violence and much more. Check out our guide on comic book age ratings to find out more.
Where Can I Find Archie Horror Comics?
Which Comics Are Part of Archie Horror?
Take a look below at the comics that are part of the Archie Horror imprint. Come back every few months as I will add new series when they’re announced.
Afterlife With Archie
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Art by Francisco Francavilla.
After being inspired by a cover Fancesco Francavilla did for Life with Archie: The Married Life, the artist paired up with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to explore the possibilities of the idea.
Thanks to a Pet Semetery situation, the town of Riverdale have been overrun by the living dead. How will Archie and his friends survive this ordeal and will all of them make it out alive?
In total, there has been 10 issues of this series. There was supposed to be more but due to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s commitments as show-runner for the Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Katy Keen this comic has been long delayed.
Afterlife With Archie Volume 1
Collects: Afterlife With Archie #1-5
If you want to read more then you’ll need to track down issues #6 onwards in single issues.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Art by Robert Hack.
This dark reimaginging of the classic character is a coming-of-age struggle between juggling two worlds. On her sixteenth, Sabrina needs to choose between her dark magic destiny or the human world. To make things worse, a deadly foe from her family’s past has come to town with a dark agenda.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina inspired the Netflix series of the same name. If you’re a fan of the Netflix series then check out the comic.
Similar to Afterlife With Archie, this comic has suffered from long delays. There has been 9 issues released, but there was originally plans for more.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1
Collects: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-6
If you want to read more then you’ll need to track down issues #6 onwards in single issues or the special reprint which collected issues #7-9 together.
Jughead: The Hunger
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Michael Walsh, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, and Joe Eisma.
Jughead is known for his bottomless appetite, being able to put away copious amounts of food with ease. But what if this was because he was actually a werewolf? Jughead is now on a feeding frenzy and it’s up to Archie and Betty to stop him.
Jughead: The Hunger Volume 1
Collects: Jughead: The Hunger #0-3
Jughead: The Hunger Volume 2
Collects: Jughead: The Hunger #4-8
Jughead: The Hunger Volume 3
Collects: Jughead: The Hunger #9-13
Written by Greg Smallwood and Meg Smallwood. Art by Greg Smallwood and Greg Scott.
Have you ever wandered what it would be like if Veronica Lodge was a vampire? Well wonder no more as Vampironica explores this what-if scenario. Will she give into the her lust for blood or will she use her vampiric gifts for a different cause? You’ll have to read to find out!
Vampironica Volume 1
Collects: Vampironica #1-5
Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Laura Braga.
This miniseries five-part miniseries focused on the blossom twins, Cheryl and Jason. They both seem like normal teenagers until they discover that they’re both the Anti-Christ. Now they’re bitter enemies as they war with each other to claim the tittle.
Collects: Blossoms 666 #1-5.
Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, and Joe Eisma.
We’ve had Freddy vs Jason, Alien vs Predator, now it’s time for Jughead: The Hunger vs Vampironica. This five-issue miniseries sees the two worlds collide, with ancient rivalries fired up. Who will win? Read to find out.
Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica
Collects: Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica #1-5
Vampironica: New Blood
Written by Michael Moreci and Frank Tieri. Art by Matt Helms and Audrey Mok.
Set after Jughead: The Hunger Vs Vampironica, Riverdale’s favourite vampire is back in her own universe. When she returns that something is off and will go digging into her dark family history to find answers. But will she like what she finds?
Vampironica: New Blood is a five-issue miniseries which will be completed in July. A trade paperback collection has not been announced yet but I will update this section when it has.
Will There Be More Archie Horror Titles?
While no additional titles have been announced recently, it is likely that more will be on their way. I suspect that we should see more of them sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.
This guide will be updated when any new titles are announced.
Are All The Archie Horror Comics Set In The Same Universe?
Yes and no. Most of the Archie Horror series are set in their own universe. This allows for the creators to do whatever they want without worrying about sharing characters. It also allows for different interpretations of characters based on classic horror tropes.
Although, there is an exception to this with Jughead: The Hunger and Vampironica crossing over in the Jughead: The Hunger vs Vampironica miniseries.
While they’re technically not part of the Archie Horror line, the comics I suggest capture a lot of the same essence as the ones above. If you enjoy the Archie Horror imprint then you’ll dig Archie Vs Predator and it’s sequel Archie Vs Predator II.
Published in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, these two miniseries pit the Archie Comics characters against The Predator. The result are fun horror comics that are as crazy as they sound.
Archie Vs Predator
Written by Alex de Campi. Art by Fernando Ruiz.
Collects: Archie Vs Predator #1-4
Archie Vs Predator II
Written by Alex de Campi. Art by Robert Hack.
Collects: Archie Vs Predator II #1-5