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J. Torres Breaks New Ground with Archie's "Jinx: Little Miss Steps"

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Li'l Jinx started out as a carefree little girl who tortured her father in Archie Comics gag strips. Under the guidance of writer J. Torres, her teenage incarnation is a lot more complicated - and a lot more interesting.

Jinx Holliday entered the world in Archie Comics' Pep Comics in 1947 as Li'l Jinx, a mischievous little girl who drove her parents crazy. As the comic progressed, Jinx's mother, Mery, faded into the background, and the stories -- still short, still funny -- focused on Jinx and her father, Hap. There never was an explanation given for Mery's disappearance, but she wasn't really needed; the father-daughter dynamic gave writers plenty of material for the short gag comic.

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Over the past few years, the Archie editors have revisited many forgotten corners of their intellectual property vault, and last year they brought Jinx back as a teenager in a graphic novel written by J. Torres ("Alison Dare," "Teen Titans Go!") and penciled by Eisner-winning artist Rick Burchett ("She-Hulk," "The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold"). As they did with the "Life With Archie" series, the editors aged the characters up in ways that, while occasionally surprising, fit perfectly with the earlier incarnations. Hap is a single dad, Jinx is a feisty, tomboyish teenager, her good friend Greg is an awkward teenage boy, and her best girl friends Gigi and Roz are glamorous and down-to-earth, respectively. That first volume was a solid, if not terribly remarkable, high-school story.

CBR News: When you sat down to write this story, what did you have in mind? Was this storyline your idea, or did the editors hand you a fully plotted outline?

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