‘American Idol’ and Simon Cowell face off … in Archie Comics?

Jan. 11, 2011 | 10:03 a.m.

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American Idol” and “The X Factor” will soon square off … in the pages of Archie Comics?

Jon Goldwater, the co-CEO of Archie Comics, says the July issue of the venerable comic book will feature some music-world star power: “Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez face off in Riverdale, as ‘X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ hold open auditions and compete against each other to collect the best and brightest musical talents from the town – including the Archies, Josie and the Pussycats and more. This one has it all – celebrities, comedy, music and plenty of surprises. Who better to become the next musical reality hit than the Archies?”

The story is still being worked on — and when I suggested that it might be funny if the irascible Cowell gave a snide critique of Jughead’s wardrobe, I heard back from Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito that he liked the idea so much that it will be one of the gags included in the issue. So that’s what they mean by interactive comics.

Archie No. 623 will be written by Dan Parent and feature art by Bill Galvan. You can see an exclusive sneak peek of the cover above.

Archie has become quite the barometer of pop culture with comics that incorporated “Glee:”, featured grinning versions of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in letter sweaters and spoofed “Jersey Shore”. That’s pretty of-the-moment for a character that made his debut way back in December 1941 — yes, the same month Pearl Harbor was bombed — but then, the redheaded teenager is pretty spry for a fellow coming up on his 70th birthday.

And just for old time’s sake, here’s a musical flashback dedicated to the ever-sweet Simon Cowell …

– Geoff Boucher

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