America’s most squeaky-clean teens may start popping up in your mailbox: Archie, Betty, and Veronica of the beloved Archie Comics series are being honored with their very own postage stamp.
The Riverdale High trio will join fellow comic-strip legends Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace as part of the U.S. Postal Service’s new Sunday Funnies commemorative stamps. The stamps will debut July 16 with a first-day-of-issue ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.
Each of the stamps features the funny-page stars completely in character: lazy Private Beetle Bailey, who arrived on the scene in 1950, laughs as Sarge flips his lid; tot-and-tiger team Calvin and Hobbes, who premiered in 1985, make funny faces; 5-year-old Dennis the Menace, who has been stirring up trouble since 1951, runs off to wreak more havoc; and Garfield, born in 1978, stays true to his catty self by giving eager pooch Odie the cold shoulder.
As for Archie, the forever-17-year-old redhead who was created in 1941 and made his newspaper debut in 1946, is shown sharing a chocolate milkshake with his favorite blonde and brunette gal pals.
To coincide with the honor, issue #210 of the “Archie Double Digest" (which is now available), includes a story in which the Riverdale gang imagine what it would be like to be immortalized in stamp form.
Said Archie Comics publisher Jon Goldwater of the tribute, “The U.S. Postage Stamp signifies just how much Archie Comics and its fabled romantic and comedic adventures of Archie and friends continue to touch our hearts and make us all laugh out loud, not just on Sundays, but on each and every day."
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