Archie Comics, already experiencing success with its new Afterlife With Archie series, is doubling down on the horror genre. The company announced Tuesday that its classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch character would be getting a horrific makeover in a new ongoing series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The new series will be written by Afterlife With Archie scribe and company chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also a TV writer with credits including Glee. Art duties are set to be performed by Robert Hack, who is well known for his cover art on various Dr. Who comics at IDW.
Sabrina is a character that’s enjoyed a good amount of mainstream success. Proof:
- She’s appeared in comics for 52 (!) years.
- Starred in an animated series for three years in the 1970s (which also introduced and featured the Groovie Goolies — “everybody shout!”).
- Proved able to sustain a television sitcom on ABC for seven seasons (with the help from human actors, including Melissa Joan Hart).
- A subsequent animated series that lasted 65 episodes, Sabrina, the Animated Series
- A slew of paperback books,
- A current cartoon, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, airing on the Hub Network.
- Primary responsibility for the big ol’ mess the whole Riverdale gang is in within the pages of Afterlife With Archie.
The announcement indicates that the series will “show fan-favorite character Sabrina in a way fans have never seen her.” Aguirre-Sacasa teased the new Sabrina series a few months ago in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying it would be an “homage to Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, Carrie and The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane.” So, to extrapolate, the new Sabrina series’ spiritual inspirations include devil children, demonic possession, psychic misfits, and a potentially murderous, scheming teen. Hoot and a half, y’all.
Art by Robert Hack, courtesy Archie Comics.