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Archie Comics, Metroid, and the nagging sensation of “What if…”

by Ron Duwell | June 4, 2017June 4, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

Archie Comics is already responsible for two of the most successful and well-received video game comics of all time. Its Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man books enjoy widespread love among both casual fans and hardcore fans of the games. With that in mind, you can imagine the reaction if it landed a third video game license that it reportedly tried to pursue: Metroid.

Comic artist Steven Butler claims on his Facebook page that Archie Comics once tossed around the idea of pitching a Metroid comic to Nintendo. The publisher went so far as to commission Butler to draw some sweet Metroid art that it could use to convince Nintendo of its quality. Butler recently shared these images on his Facebook page.

Dreaming of what could have been…

According to the Facebook post, the idea for the Metroid comic came about nearly six years ago, roughly about the same time Archie Comics started finding success with Mega Man. Obviously, it never came to fruition, and Metroid fans are still looking for an outlet to fill in the Samus-shaped void that remains in their hearts.

Don’t worry, we always have those sweet Valiant Comics from back when I was a kid. Check those out if you need a fix.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...