Comic Book: Archie Meets the Punisher
After dealing twice with DC Comics' Batman, the next logical Intercontinuity Crossover for Marvel Comics' no-nonsense vigilante The Punisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion Archie Andrews. Wait... what?Frank Castle, the vigilante known as The Punisher, is working together with the FBI to bring the up-and-coming drug dealer known as Red Fever to justice. Red tries to evade him by going to idyllic Riverdale, where he tries to establish a new criminal enterprise. However, Punisher follows and stops him with the help of Red's lookalike Archie and his friends.The Marvel-published edition of this book is titled The Punisher Meets Archie.
- Bald of Evil: Red is actually bald, a fact that he hides with a red-haired toupee.
- ...But This Is Ridiculous!: Right on the cover,◊ Archie says on seeing the Punisher, "I knew there'd be a chaperone, but this is ridiculous!"
- The Cameo:
- Cassandra Truth: Archie tries to tell the local cops about the danger he is in due to the Punisher and the criminals after the Red Fever, but they don't believe him due to various calls he made in past, that turned up to be mistakes and misunderstandings from his part.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Red Fever looks exactly like Archie, but luckily for him, everyone, including Punisher, is quick to realize that he just looks like Fever. The ending also implies that Jughead has one as well, an Eastern European dictator.
- Hostage Situation: Red takes Archie's possible girlfriend Veronica hostage after Punisher catches up to him. Rest of the comic's drama comes from unravelling of the situtaion.
- I Have Many Names: Red Fever is also known as Czar, Mel Jay, Montana Bob, and Freckles.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When Archie and the gang spot Punisher in the dance, everyone is quick to do something about it, and to avoid trouble, Reggie announces that he'll check the bleachers. This a bad choice in a hindsight, since Punisher's gunplay with the gangsters who are after Red takes him there.
- Lighter and Softer: Deliberately invoked in-story, even Lampshaded by Microchip. Its implied to be because Riverdale's innocence reminds Frank of what could have been... he even spares Red Fever in an uncharacteristic move, because he doesnt want to expose Archie and the other residents of the town to the bloodshed and cruelty that he lives with every day.
- Motif Merger: The comic has Punisher's skull-logo crossed with Archie's features.
- Pie in the Face: A mook mistaking Archie for Red has him on knifepoint. Punisher, currently unarmed, deals with him with a cake to the face just as the guy realizes that he has the wrong man.
- Sequel Hook: The comic ends with a suggestion that Archie's pal Jughead is going to meet up with another popular Marvel Comics character; Wolverine.
- The list for possible destinations in the train station that Red escapes from Punisher to includes such destinations as Gotham, Ivy Town and Happy Harbor.
- Red takes his hostage Veronica to a building which stores giant balloon versions of Spider-Man, Archie Comics' own Captain Patriotic The Shield, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
- One of Red Fever's aliases is stated to be "Montana Bob". Bob Montana was the original creator of Archie.
- In a throw-away line, Sabrina says to a friend, "So I asked the Doctor if the Hosts of Hoggoth were really hoary."
- "That Wilkin Boy" is mentioned as being at the dance.
- Story-Breaker Team-Up: This comic, thanks to the setting being primarily Archie's, puts much less of an emphasis on Frank's common traits involving death and mayhem.
- Sue Donym: In Riverdale, Castle works under the name Castiglione.
- Unwilling Suspension: Red Fever ends up foiled when his leg ends up tangled in the rope for a parade balloon, and is lifted high up in the air.
- Versus Title: Of oldschool Universal Horror variety.