Kids Meet

News came on Friday that comics giants DC and Archie will release their very first actual crossover in October when the Little Archie gang meets the cast of Tiny Titans.

Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Supergirl, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Bumblebee, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Streaky the Supercat with Little Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose, and Hot Dog

I don’t usually blog about press releases or topical stuff, but this announcement is
way cool. The 3-issue project is the work of Tiny Titans regulars Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, whose consistently delightful efforts have won the title an Eisner Award in the category Best Publication for Kids.

As I’ve been meaning to write here for ages, Tiny Titans is in fact one of the best publications on the market for anyone with a sense of humor and a basic knowledge of DC superheroes. The Teen Titans debuted in 1964 as a crimefighting club formed by junior partners of Justice League members, finding great success in the 1980s revival New Teen Titans — some of my favorite comics — and then in the 2000s in animated form on Cartoon Network. Of course the more you’re aware of previous, “proper” Titans history the more in-jokes you’ll get, but there are plenty of smiles to be had just based on the premise of costumed tykes with all their trappings attending Sidekick City Elementary. My nieces love the series to pieces.

Little Archie, meanwhile, began in 1956 and carved out a popular niche with a style and continuity all its own featuring younger versions of the familiar Archie characters — my favorite iterations of them growing up.

Also on Friday, Comic-Book Resources posted an interview with Art & Franco on how the project came about.

Related: March with Archie 40 Favorites: #1-3 Betty’s Here; Veronica, Too

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