Veteran Archie Comics artist Dan Parent to appear on NBC's The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link and Archie Meets Glee mash-up
The Weakest Link and Archie Meets Glee mash-up (Image credit: Realand Production/ Dan Parent (Archie Comics))

Archie Comics' defacto flagship artist Dan Parent will be a contestant in an upcoming episode of NBC's The Weakest Link hosted by Jane Lynch, and it'll actually be a rare return - as he appeared on the show two decades ago and was told 'goodbye' by original host Anne Robinson.

"I'm not allowed to talk about the gameplay or outcome, but I can tell you it was a lot of fun," Parent tells Newsarama. "When I brought up to the producers that I had been on 20 years ago, and that I worked on the Archie meets Glee comic featuring Jane Lynch, they found that interesting."

Dan Parent at C2E2 2021

Dan Parent at C2E2 2021 (Image credit: Chris Arrant)

Parent not only appeared on the original US incarnation of The Weakest Link back in the early '00s, but he also appeared on the other big TV gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, coming away with $4000 during 'Celebrity Scoop Week' in 2004.

The artist/writer will appear in an episode of NBC's The Weakest Link in its second season, which is scheduled to begin airing on March 6.

Parent is currently in Alaska for February 19 and 20's Alaska ComiCon, promoting the upcoming Kevin Keller Celebration!, a collection of stories for his breakout Archie character. Parent has been drawing and writing Archie Comics adventures since 1988, joining the company just months after graduating from the Kubert School. 

During his 34-year stint with Archie, he has drawn a number of the company's biggest events such as including crossovers with Sharknado and the aforementioned Archie vs. Glee.

You can find Parent's Archie (and non-Archie comics) at your local comic shop. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)