Archie Comics will Be Released Simultaneously in Print and Digital Versions


PHILADELPHIA (AP).- The company behind Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica is expanding its reach by making its comic-book titles available for digital download the same day their printed counterparts go on sale. Archie Comics said Wednesday that starting in April, several of its titles featuring the gang from Riverdale will be released simultaneously in print and digital versions, including “Archie & Friends,” ”Jughead” and “Betty & Veronica.” That decision makes the privately held Archie Comics Publications Inc. one of the first major comic book publishers to do that and reflects what co-chief executive Jon Goldwater called the goal of making Archie stories available to everyone everywhere. “Digital provides us with the tools to reach out to a whole new readership, and we’re excited and emboldened by