In this episode, worlds collide as Curt and Kevin take aim at Marvel’s the Punisher and the hit CW series Riverdale with a discussion of the epic 1994 crossover Archie Meets the Punisher (or The Punisher Meets Archie), published by Archie Comics and Marvel Comics!
Written by Batton Lash (Supernatural Law) with art by comics legends John Buscema and Stan Goldberg, this most unlikely of mashups finds Marvel’s mass-murdering vigilante in the idyllic small town of Riverdale on the trail of drug dealer “Red” Fever – who just happens to bear a striking resemblance to Riverdale’s most popular teenager, Archie Andrews!
After their first meeting almost ends in disaster, our dubious duo tracks Archie’s deadly double to Riverdale High’s 1950s dance! But the Punisher’s not the only one after Archie’s dastardly dopplegänger – and these homicidal hitmen don’t care if Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang get caught in the crossfire!
Can America’s favorite teenager and the Marvel Universe’s avenging antihero join forces to thwart the mob and rescue Veronica from Archie’s lethal lookalike? And can they win election to that homecoming court known as … The Comics Canon?
Things Discussed in This Episode:
- Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man: The Battle of the Century
- Superman vs. Muhammed Ali
- Rorschach vs. Casper the Friendly Ghost
- A kinder, gentler Punisher
- Archie Meets KISS
- Crisis on Infinite Earths
- “Flutesnoot here!”
- Wolverine vs. Jughead
- Everyone’s favorite Legion of Super-Heroes member!
- Some thoughts on Riverdale
- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
- Archie’s Weird Fantasy
- Ambush Bug: A precursor to Deadpool?
- Afterlife With Archie Vol. 1: Escape From Riverdale
Join us in two weeks for a look back at the current landscape of comics-related TV and film adaptations, including Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Runaways, Inhumans and much more!