Cosmo Returns To Archie Comics
Nov 24, 2017
Cosmo #1 (NOV171231) is Archie Comics’ latest offering in their Action-Adventure line, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it as an entirely new IP. But the truth of the matter is Cosmo the Merry Martian debuted as a mini-series in 1958! During the original six-issue run (which lasted into 1959), Cosmo and his crew of misfits traveled the planets in a series of tales where nothing was too weird or wacky to get by.
That spirit lives on in today’s Cosmo, debuting in early 2018. Cosmo and his friends venture into the stars with a human astronaut on exploits as outlandish as they are thrilling, and as funny as they are adventurous. In trademark Archie fashion, anyone will be able to pick up Cosmo and enjoy it — no matter your age, no matter your background.
At the helm of this space odyssey is writer Ian Flynn with artists Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms. All three are veterans of Archie Comics’ Action-Adventure line with ten years of experience in bringing delightful all-ages excitement to the comic stands. Now with an in-house property in their hands, you can be sure Cosmo and its creative team will deliver high-flying fun!
Tuning into the frequency that matches this month’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy theme, we pointed our radio telescopes toward the Archie Comics homeworld, and made contact with Cosmo’s imperious leader, Ian Flynn.
PREVIEWSworld: Who decided to resurrect this little-known character, who really hadn’t been seen since 1959 until he was once again featured in 2014’s Archie #655?
Ian Flynn: Cosmo’s revival has been in the works for a long time. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in the process for quite while now. It’s taken a bit, sure, but everyone involved wanted to make sure we got this right.
PREVIEWSworld: Cosmo appeared very “Shmoo”-like back in the day. Who was responsible for his 21st century redesign?
Ian Flynn: Editor Vincent Lovallo spearheaded the update to the style, alongside interior artist Tracy Yardley.
PREVIEWSworld: Will the series ever address why Cosmo and his ilk look so different from their first appearance? Kind of like Star Trek’s Klingons, who also changed drastically between appearances.
Ian Flynn:This is a whole new approach to Cosmo. We’re certainly taking inspiration from the original six-issue run, but we’re going in a whole new direction with it. Think of this as “Cosmo 2.0!”
PREVIEWSworld: How far out have Cosmo and Company’s adventures been scripted at this point? What kind of adventures can we look forward to?
Ian Flynn:We’re humming along with the first four issues plotted out and being written. Beyond that it’s too early to say, but the potential adventures for Cosmo and his crew are endless!
PREVIEWSworld: Are there any other classic Archie Comics concepts or characters that we can look forward to seeing return in the near future? We’d love to see monster-centric Archie’s Mad House come back as a companion title to Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
Ian Flynn: Right now, Archie has me busy with reviving Cosmo and Mighty Crusaders. You never know what else they’ve got cooking up behind closed doors, though!