Archie's Mega Man: Coming in...

"The epic adventure starts here!" proclaims what may or may not be the final cover design for the first issue of Archie's Mega Man comic book series. But while we know that the book will make its debut in 2011, well, that is still pretty vague. With 365 days, 52 weeks, and 12 months, the question remains: when does the adventure start? Well, thanks to an interview conducted by Sequential Tart with co-Chief Executive Officer Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator and Founder John L. Goldwater), the time of release has been narrowed down considerably:

ST: You also have Sonic the Hedgehog, which is a property from outside. How does that fit with Archie Comics right now, and is there room for more of this kind of arrangement?

JG: It's a great question because we not only have a tremendous and terrific and long-term relationship with Sega — they're the most marvelous partners for us, and we've been very successful with the Sonic comic book — but we just entered into a relationship with Capcom. We're going to create a Mega Man comic book for them, and we're looking at a May 2011 launch.

So there you have it. Given the timing, one must wonder if perhaps Capcom will have any plans to utilize the book in some form or fashion at their E3 booth. Could you imagine that place decked out with Mega Man art fashioned by Patrick Spaziante? It would certainly be a sight to see-- and copies of the first issue would make some pretty cool swag, too.

Of course, that's all just speculation-- to say nothing of a non-too subtle hint-- on our part. Whatever happens, here's to hoping that May 2011 marks the start of a long, fruitful relationship between the two companies.

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