Archie And The Gang Head To India And Welcome A New Character

by Brendan M. Allen

Bollywood star Prasad Arora makes his debut in January’s The Archies In India graphic novel.

Following the announcement of The Archies, an upcoming feature film directed by Zoya Akhtar and set in India, Archie Comics continues to celebrate its longstanding connection to the country with a new member of its iconic cast of comic book characters. In The Archies In India graphic novel releasing in January, a Bollywood star catches the attention of Betty and Veronica, adding a fun new dynamic to Riverdale’s relationships. 

Bill Golliher and Dan Parent have a long history at Archie and always know how to bring a new face to the gang in the right way,” said Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief Mike Pellerito. “Prasad Arora has a great first appearance to build from, and I’m looking forward to more stories with him. Given Dan and Bill’s long track record of creating top notch stories and having enjoyed several trips to India themselves, this story really sings.”

Prasad will be an ongoing addition to new stories in the publisher’s comic books and digest magazines, and his first appearance was inspired by the creators’ experiences visiting the country to meet their many fans. 

“I visited India in 2019 after writing and illustrating an earlier Archie story set in India,” Golliher said. “I loved the country; the people were so warm and kind. It was also great to see the amount of interest that everyone has in the Archie characters and the creators. I have friends I made then that I am still in touch with on social media. I can’t wait to get another chance to visit.” 

“As much as India loves Archie, we love them right back!” Parent added. “The feature film from Zoya Akhtar will be another milestone, furthering the relationship between Riverdale and India for years to come!”

Prasad’s debut leads a collection of every story featuring the Archie characters in India over 80 years of publishing, making it both a collectible first and a retrospective for longtime fans. “Archie has been hugely successful in India for generations,” Pellerito said. “This book showcases a lot of what makes Archie such a hit and we’re really thrilled to have an exclusive new story and a new character for this collection.”

The Archies In India releases January 25 in comic shops nationwide and is available for pre-order now.

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