By Andrea Towers
Updated September 10, 2015 at 01:08 PM EDT

How do you celebrate the anniversary of a company who has produced some of the most influential characters in comics? By allowing your characters to encroach on some other comic properties, of course. To celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of Archie Comics, the company will partner with IDW to produce eight variant tribute covers. Illustrated by fan-favorite Archie artists, the designs will pair Archie and his friends with some of IDW’s most iconic and popular properties.

“We have a long-standing and wonderful partnership with the great people at IDW,” Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater said in a press release. “It makes perfect sense to team with them to celebrate this epic anniversary and invite so many beloved, timeless properties to the party.”

“Archie Comics’ contribution to the world of pop culture is staggering,” added IDW President Greg Goldstein. “They publish one of the most important and iconic brands in history and they do it in a way that makes EVERYONE smile. IDW is pleased and proud to celebrate this milestone with these classic characters with covers that pay tribute to Archie’s special history.”

Scheduled to be released in December, the mash-up covers will be featured on the following issues: Back to the Future #3 (Fernando Ruiz), Empire: Uprising #7 (Barry Kitson), Jem & The Holograms #10 (Tania del Rio), Judge Dredd: Mega-City Zero #1 (Francesco Francavilla), Star Trek #52 (Dan Parent), Transformers #48 (Andrew Pepoy), The X-Files: Season 11 #5 (Robert Hack) and Angry Birds: Super Angry Birds #4 (Dan Parent). EW has your exclusive first look below:


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