Flash Gordon Comes To Riverdale

I’m really hoping this means the Archies will cover Queen’s classic Flash Gordon theme. Archie Comics and King Features need to drop that track now!

As writer Jeff Parker enthuses, Archie Andrews can entertainingly team up with anyone anywhere. No crossover is too weird for Riverdale. As we all know, Emperor Ming of Planet Mongo likes to play with things a while… before annihilation, and somehow decides that Riverdale is the route to conquering Earth. It makes sense, I guess. Riverdale stands for all that’s good about humanity, Reggie Mantle notwithstanding.

The only thing that disappoints me about this book is that it’s a one-shot. The King of the Impossible and America’s Favorite Teenagers fit in 64 pages? I already smell sequel…

From Archie Comics:

The galaxy’s greatest hero saves Earth once again in June with the help of another band of iconic comics characters in ARCHIE MEETS FLASH GORDON! The one-shot comic book issue features all the heroes and villains of both worlds in a history making sci-fi comedy adventure.

Written by Jeff Parker (Flash Gordon, ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66) with art by Archie veterans Dan Parent (ARCHIE MEETS THE B52sARCHIE MEETS THE B52s) and Rich Koslowski, the action-packed crossover kicks off when classic Flash Gordon nemesis Ming the Merciless attempts a full-scale invasion of Earth via Riverdale. Flash is on the scene, but he’ll need help from Archie and the gang to set things right!

variant cover by Sandy Jarrell

“I’m now a pretty big believer that the Riverdale gang can fit with practically any other characters and genres,” Parker said, “but it’s best when they get to really flex and go way outside their zone like say, the planet Mongo with Flash Gordon, King of the Impossible. This of course coincides with the sad passing of cinema great Max Von Sydow who was the most memorable Ming the Merciless, and wait until you see our take on the Emperor of Mongo.”

The interplanetary crossover re-teams Parker with artist Dan Parent, who previously created another pop culture mash-up with ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66. Parker added, “I wanted to write more Archie and more Flash Gordon, so this really clicked for me, and I tried to laser in on tailoring this to be a story Dan Parent would enjoy drawing. He hasn’t yelled at me yet, so fingers crossed!”

“I was more than thrilled to work with Jeff again,” Parent said. “And what could be better than working with a classic character like Flash Gordon? The story has so much action and fun, it really jumps off every page! As a fan of the classic comics and movie serials (and the 1980 movie which I happened to watch again before I was approached with this project), I was excited to take part in another monumental Archie team up. I’m happy to work with my pal Rich Koslowski on this, too!”

For Archie Comics and King Features, this new adventure is a natural pairing of two global fan-favorites with deep roots in comics going back nearly a century. “Flash Gordon is an iconic, sci-fi/pulp hero, and in the long tradition of great, off-the-wall Archie crossovers, this seemed like a perfect next step,” said Archie Comics Co-President Alex Segura. “When we were thinking of creative for this, Jeff Parker, who did a bang-up job on ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66, was atop our list. And no one is better equipped to give this one-shot the classic, retro-but-modern vibe that it demands than Archie legend Dan Parent. This book will be fun, accessible, and just what people are looking for.”

“King Features and Archie Comics are a great team, so having our beloved characters, FLASH GORDON and the ARCHIE kids, team up, too, is an exciting moment for both of these classic brands” said Tea Fougner, editorial director, King Features Syndicate. “To top it off, to work with such amazing talent like Dan Parent and Jeff Parker is an honor. Their love for all of these characters shines through every page, and we’re thrilled to share this story with fans new and old.”

ARCHIE MEETS FLASH GORDON arrives in comic shops on June 3, 2020.

Fanboy Planet is an affiliate of Amazon — any purchases made through links or the search box on this site may generate revenue for us. That said… here are some other great Archie cross-overs to tide you over:

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica

Archie Meets KISS

Archie Vs. Predator

Archie Vs. Predator II

and just in case you’ve missed Dan Parent’s independent book…

Die Kitty Die Hollywood or Bust

About Derek McCaw 2010 Articles
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He has performed with ComedySportz and Silicon Valley Shakespeare, though relocated to Hollywood to... work in an office? If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.