Archie Comics Announces One Shot ‘Happy Horrordays’ (Pre-Order Now)

September 25, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Archie Comics is wishing everyone a very scary holiday season with an all-new one-shot comic, HAPPY HORRORDAYS, hitting store shelves (and stockings) in December! The horror anthology features a return to the world of the hit Archie Horror series JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER bycreatorsFrank Tieri(Deadpool) andJoe Eisma (Morning Glories), along with two more tales of yuletide terror bound to keep you up at night hoping that sound on the roof is who you think it is.


Setting up his offering, Tieri said, “In ‘‘Twasthe Night Before the Hunger,’ X-Mas turns into an X-Massacre when Jughead finds himself up against none other than a pissed-off Krampus one fine Christmas morn. It’s a nice little tale of ho-ho-horror where we may see more than just Christmas cookies and hamburgers getting eaten.”


In Tieri’s JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER series, Jughead is a werewolf, and we were treated to another trip back to that fan-favorite universe in CHILLING ADVENTURESPRESENTS… WEIRDER MYSTERIES, a sci-fi horror one-shot released in September. In the second story, inspired by Icelandic folklore by writer Joanne Starer(Sirens of the City)and artistButch Mapa(Star Wars), a terrifying cryptid teams up with Sheila Wu, a character introduced in the now-classic “New Kids Off the Wall” storyline by Alex Simmons and Dan Parentin in 2010.


Starer said,”Outcast fashionista Sheila Wu has one friend in the world. It just happens to be a terrifying, gigantic cat–the Yule Cat of Icelandic folklore, known to hunt children who don’t get new clothing for Christmas. When bullies Veronica and Cheryl Blossom mock her clothes and reject her gifts, well, they get aChristmas present they’ll never forget!” Rounding out the special holiday issue is a terrifying twist on a staple Archie Christmas character,SugarPlum, Santa’s fairy helper, by writerJoe Corallo (She Said Destroy) and artist Patrick Piazzalunga (ProjectPatron).


“In my last Archie comic, JINX GRIM FAIRY TALES, I had the opportunity to take the previouslyheroic character of Kardak the Mysticand reintroduce him as a villain that needed to be overcome,”Corallo said. “This time, I got to give the same treatment to Sugar Plum. I won’t reveal much more as Iwant to avoid spoilers, but I hope people are pulled in from the first page and shocked bywhere thestory goes!


HAPPY HORRORDAYS, with colors by Matt Hermsand lettering by Jack Morelli, releases December 14, 2022, in comic shops nationwide and is available for pre-order now. It will feature a cover by Adam Gorhamandan open-to-order variant cover by Archie Horror legend Robert Hack.



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