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NYT: Co-Archie Comic CEOs causing rift in company

The New York Times has a fascinating story about a major rift in the Archie Comics leadership over the future of the property.

At this, the last of the privately run Mom-and-Pop comic book dynasties, Ms. Silberkleit, 59, the daughter-in-law of a company founder, Louis H. Silberkleit, is deadlocked in a court battle for control of the company with Jonathan Goldwater, 52, a son of another founder, John L. Goldwater. Like Betty and Veronica, the two are feuding over Archie?s future, but there is nothing comic ? or friendly ? about their rivalry. Each accuses the other of endangering the family legacy, Mr. Goldwater by wanting to expand Archie into a megabrand with help from outside investors and the Hollywood uber-agent Ari Emanuel, Ms. Silberkleit by vowing to keep the company?s traditions intact and preserve family ownership, ostensibly leading to stagnation.

Well written – lots of historical information on the comic and how it got to where it is today and what’s at a stake for the competing CEOs and their visions.

Community Comments

#1 Darryl Heine
April/17/2012
@ 4:15 pm

But what if Archie comics get outsourced to anotther comic company like Dark Horse, Image, Marvel, DC, or Boom Studios?

Archie Comics even owns the rights to the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man and Stan Lee Mighty 7 titles!

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