A new racer tears up the road in Riverdale!

Archie, Reggie and Jughead lead a drag race in Archie's customized jalopy, with new character Daisy Thunder following a close second. She is a slim white woman with pink hair wearing a helmet and a blue jumpsuit. Cheryl and Jason Blossom follow in third place.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: HOT ROD RACING cover art by Steven and Lily Butler with colors by Rosario “Tito” Peña, concept by Vincent Lovallo

Hard-driving Daisy Thunder of the Southside Serpents makes her turbo-charged debut in a new one-shot comic book this April!

Riverdale’s teens push the pedal to the metal in April when Archie Comics welcomes new character Daisy Thunder to town! Daisy, an ace racer from the rival gang Southside Serpents, gives Archie a run for his money in a new story by writer Craig Boldman and artist Steven Butler that kicks off ARCHIE & FRIENDS: HOT ROD RACING, a one-shot comic book collecting racing stories from throughout Archie history.


“Racing and cool cars are such a big part of childhood fantasies and part of Archie lore, and we wanted a new character who evoked that feeling with a little bit of danger,” said Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief Mike Pellerito.

In Daisy’s debut, she challenges the core Archie cast to a race which Archie hopes to win with his famously run-down jalopy, now rebuilt as a hot rod for the job. And in true Archie Comics style, there’s drama off the track, as well, as the story hints at a complicated history between the characters.

“I had a rough idea of what we wanted with an invented history of the Southside Serpents going back to the ‘Little Archie’ days,” Pellerito continued, “and a look that took inspiration from Evel Knievel, Pinky Tuscadero, and Penelope Pitstop, which Steven Butler perfectly brought to visual life. But I wanted a name before Craig Boldman put it all together. My right-hand man [Archie Comics Production Manager/Associate Editor] Stephen Oswald started listing off cool racing movies with a twist, and we had Daisy Thunder! Craig turned it into something great and Steven went above and beyond. Another amazing character added to the Archie sandbox, and I can’t wait for more.”

Development art for Daisy Thunder, an Archie Comics character. Daisy is selnder with short pink hair, wearing a blue stunt racing jumjpsuit with star-spangled black stripes down the sides, and knee-high pink boots with high heels. Three different versions of Stacy with slightly different clothing and hair styles stand in front of a decorative blue field with white daisy flowers.

Daisy Thunder development art by Steven Butler and Lily Butler

That in-universe backstory will give Archie fans something to chew on as Daisy revs the engine in HOT ROD RACING and future appearances, adding a foil and rival for Archie much in the same way Cheryl Blossom stirred up the dynamic between Betty and Veronica when she was reintroduced in 1994’s “Love Showdown” storyline.

“Daisy Thunder is a childhood friend of the Riverdale gang — or should we say frenemy? — who moved away when they were very young. Now she’s back!” said Boldman, offering some insight into that fictional backdrop. “In the intervening years, she’s had an amazing life, owing to her father’s career as a globe-hopping professional racecar driver. He’s ready to settle down and enjoy a slower pace, but it turns out Daisy’s not wired that way.”

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: HOT ROD RACING releases April 3 in comic shops nationwide, with inks by Lily Butler, colors by Glenn Whitmore, lettering by Jack Morelli, and a cover by Steven & Lily Butler with colors by Rosario “Tito” Peña. It’s available for pre-order at comic shops nationwide now.


A BRAND-NEW STORY kicks off this NEED FOR SPEED issue! In “The Race to Save Face,” the first appearance of Daisy Thunder of the Southside Serpents, Daisy challenges Archie and his crew to a charity race throughout Riverdale. Can Archie’s souped-up jalopy best Daisy’s hot wheels? All that plus more racing fun!

Script: Craig Boldman
Pencils: Steven Butler
Inks: Lily Butler
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Vincent Lovallo, Steven Butler, Lily Butler, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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