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Preview: Betty & Veronica #271

BETTY & VERONICA #271

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Marilyns Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz and Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Betty and Veronica jet off to fabulous New York City for a runway event hosted by an old friend of Mrs. Lodge’s. It promises to be the hottest fashion affair of the season… until a mysterious ailment befalls all of the models and threatens to doom the entire production! Betty and Veronica may end up as more than just purveyors of the show if it’s to go on! Featuring special guest appearances from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Katy Keene, Ginger Snapp, and more classic characters!

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Archie Comics in August 2014

ARCHIE #659

A Riverdale Zoo field trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem mis-casts a magical spell, turning Archie and the gang into animals! Not only that, but they’re turning everyone they meet into animals as well. Can the gang escape the zoo and reverse the spell before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in “It’s Zoo To You”!

Script:  Alex Segura
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: Mike Norton
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

Our favorite Riverdale guys, Archie, Jughead and Chuck are beating the end-of-summer blues! Chuck makes a plan to fit in as much drawing as he can in his spare time – and you won’t believe what happens to him at the art supply store! Find out in “Class Timing,” the lead story in this back-to-school digest!  (Formerly Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, Frank Gagliardo
Cover:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE‘S FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #8

Archie Andrews is a self-proclaimed  expert in body language, and he’s ready to teach everyone how to read the signs and signals that he’s so great at interpreting! With the track record Archie has for getting into difficult situations and misunderstandings, how could any of this possibly go wrong? Find out as hijinks ensue in “Archie’s Guide to Body Language,” the lead story in this laugh-packed digest! (Formerly Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest.)

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE GIANT COMICS DIGEST (TR)

Everyone loves Archie Comics! Now you’ve got EVEN MORE to love with this GIANT paperback comics collection! This fun-packed, laugh-a-minute volume collects 480 pages of the dating drama and classroom commotion that have made Archie comic stories popular for over 70 years!

Script:  Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-947-7
$7.99/$8.99CAN
4 7/8  x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

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ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #6

Sizzle up for summer in Riverdale! Archie Comic Super Special Magazine hits the stand in this summer spectacular-themed edition! With no school to worry about, Archie & Friends will be hitting the beach, hanging out at Pops, and having all kinds of fun, all while Jughead soaks up the sun in his favorite hammock! It’s classic summer fun and escapades from the Archie vault!

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

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THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 1 DELUXE EDITION (HC)

Attention Archie fans! Finally, it’s the book you’ve been waiting for your whole life — a full comic-book sized, hardcover, remastered, collector’s edition of Archie’s bestselling ‘The Best of Archie Comics’! Featuring over 50 iconic, hand-picked Archie stories from Archie’s 70 year history, this book is a sure thing with both die-hard Archie fans and those new to Riverdale!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Harry Lucey
978-1-61988-955-2
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
HC
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/8

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BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS VOL 4

The BEST-SELLING Best of Archie graphic novel series is back! This fun, full-color compilation that collects more all-time favorite Archie and friends stories, lovingly hand-selected and introduced by Archie creators, editors, and historians from 200,000 pages of material. It is a must-have for any Archie fan–for that matter, it’s a must-have for any fan of comic books!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Bob Montana
978-1-61988-942-2
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4  x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/20

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BETTY & VERONICA #272

Farewell … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #240

When Veronica receives a highly coveted society invite to a celebrity party, she’s delighted – and busy! She has an outfit to arrange, paparazzi to prepare for, and Betty to gloat in front of. Little does she know, she’s not the only Riverdale resident on the list – and won’t she be in for a surprise when she finds out how Jughead Jones got an invite to one of the most exclusive parties of the year!  Find out what she does in “The List!”, the lead story in this celebratory Comics Digest! (Formerly B&V Friends Double Digest.)

Script:  Barbara Slate
Art:  Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #226

Veronica Lodge is an heiress, a fashionista–-and now a game show contestant! When Veronica competes on her favorite game show, she’s prepared for all sorts of puzzles, but she’s not prepared for the surprise challenges in store for her! Veronica has to face off against Jughead-–in a pie eating contest! Find out what happens to her in “Let the Games Begin,” the competitive lead story in this packed summer read! (Formerly Betty & Veronica Double Digest.)
Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jon D’Agostino, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 (TR)

It’s the comic book event of the century—the death of Archie Andrews! Read the story the entire world is discussing in this heart-wrenching finale to the MARRIED LIFE graphic novel series, as Archie Andrews–-America’s most beloved character-–sacrifices his life heroically while saving the life of a close friend. Bringing to a close the acclaimed storyline that revealed the future of Archie and his friends, THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 is an essential addition to the library of any graphic novel fan, and features what is sure to be one of the most-discussed finales in the history of comics and entertainment.

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-945-3
$19.99/$23.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

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OFFERED AGAIN

THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 1-5

THE DEATH OF ARCHIE (Graphic Novel)

MEGA MAN #40

The PULSE-POUNDING CONCLUSION to the latest crossover MEGA-event from Archie comics is here! “DAWN OF X” Part Four: The time-traveling adventure reaches its explosive finale as the mystery of Mega Man’s confrontation with the rogue Wily robot is revealed!  X and the Maverick Hunters have their final showdown with the mechanical monsters!  And Xander Payne’s fate comes to a startling conclusion!  Don’t miss this crossover between iconic eras, with a SHOCKER-ENDING that will blow your mind! Featuring all-new cover art from Mega-artist supreme PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and a time-spanning variant cover by Colin Lawler!

Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
“Lost in Time” Variant Cover: Colin Lawler
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN 8: REDEMPTION (TR)

The FUTURE IS NOW in the next chapter in the Mega Man graphic novel saga! Mega Man took up his Mega Buster to stop the evil ambitions of Dr. Wily. That means Dr. Wily is his greatest enemy–-right? Not according to the Doctor! He says he was being used by the terrifying Ra Moon, and to prove it, he saves Mega Man’s life! What is the truth behind Dr. Wily? Is he plotting something sinister yet again, or has he really been the victim all along? Mega Man embarks on a mission that will test his courage as much as his skill to find out the truth! Featuring the first-ever look at the world of MEGA MAN X in comic book form, as drawn by Sonic legend PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Tyson Hesse, Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Powree, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-61988-944-6
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6  5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/3

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #12

Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! Also featured is a special look at the all-new SONIC BOOM games and TV show, with exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #264

A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control” Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald.  What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble!  Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point?  Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an “UNLEASHED” SEGA variant!

Script:  Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey
Art:   Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover:  Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Unleashed Variant Cover:  SEGA
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #67

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of “Shadow Fall” and “Chaos Caper” have clashed to collision in the epic new tale — “Total Eclipse” Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse.  But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality!  Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world!  Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special “PIXEL CUTSCENE” variant from Ryan Jampole!
Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Pixel Cut Scene Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #42

Pack your bags with Veronica, she’s tagging along on her father’s business trip to Paris! When a family friend introduces her to a handsome young French filmmaker who just so happens to share a name with Veronica’s favorite redhead back home, Veronica finds herself falling for him! When the Archie back in Riverdale hears what happened, he’s ready to take drastic action! Take an international ride with a new love triangle in “Archie or Archie?!”, the lead story in this exciting Comics Digest! (Formerly World of Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Kathleen Webb

Kathleen WebbIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 26th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Kathleen Webb is a writer and artist who has worked on Peanuts for BOOM! Studios imprint KaBOOM! as well as numerous books for Archie Comics!

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?  

Kathleen Webb: I wrote a fan letter to Dan DeCarlo that I drew like a comic book (as if I was talking to him), and he called me in May of 1985 and said he wanted to help get me on at Archie because he felt I had potential as both a writer and an artist. I did some pencilling work on Betty & Veronica fashion pages, then in September he suggested I submit a script. I sent one in, had it rejected, sent in another, it sold, and the rest was history. I worked for Archie primarily as a writer for almost twenty-five years.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

KW: Oh yeah.  As a small child, I read the comic strips in the newspapers–my favorites were Peanuts, Dick Tracy (I loved Moon Maid!), Brenda Starr, The Phantom and Blondie and Dagwood. My goal was to become a comic strip artist “just like Charles Schulz”–I wanted that as early as age 8. When I got older (around ten) I started reading more Archie titles, and other “teen” humor comics, like Millie the Model, Date With Debbie, Scooter, etc. In my high school years I got into superhero stuff–used to read Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.  Later on I got into manga, by watching Sailor Moon on television.  I still read manga–mostly girl’s titles, like Fruits Basket.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

KW: My friend, Jeff Schulz, who used to work with me at Archie, suggested I try out for KaBOOM! on their Peanuts title.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

KW:  I used to put the words in Betty and Veronica’s mouths!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

KW: Make sure you have a day job!  It’s not easy in this industry to make a living.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry?

KW: Dan DeCarlo of Archie Comics was my mentor. He and I would have long conversations on the phone (he was on the east coast, I’m on the west) about cartooning, drawing, etc. He was a big encouragement in my early years at Archie.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

KW: Hmm. I think it’s more difficult for a woman to make it in the comic industry if she wants to write what a friend of mine referred to as “talky girl comics.” Nowadays one would just refer to Japanese girl’s manga to make the point. The stories are more emotionally driven, and have less action and more character development. The American comic industry is geared more to male readers, if you’re referring to the stuff you find in the stores. As far as web comics go, there are more girl’s comics to be found, but they are more difficult to find in print. Now, with the advent of Kindle and the like, that may be a moot point. The other thing I’ve personally felt a lack of, is what I consider “all ages” material. Stuff that can appeal across the board, without be offensive. I’d like to see more of that, particularly from female writers/artists. As far as overcoming the obstacles to getting that kind of material out, I have no clue what can be done.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

KW: I personally have never had any kind of discrimination or harassment. Archie Comics treated me fairly (they were pleased just to have a woman on board as a writer!) and never acted like I was anything other than just a good writer that they wanted to make use of. I guess I never let my gender get in my way–it never occurred to me that a woman couldn’t be a writer or artist, since I was aware of females already in the industry (Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin come to mind). And the few conventions I’ve been to, I’ve never been harassed at. Maybe I just don’t travel in those circles?

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

KW: If you want to do it, keep at it. If you can’t get into the “big leagues,” put your work online, either on a blog or sites like Deviantart or create your own web site. Learn all you can about your craft–how to use your tools, how to make the best use of computer tools. Read other people’s work and think about what you like about it–learn from others. If you go to conventions, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the artists/writers there. Do what you love, not what you think will “sell.” And learn from the past! Go to the library and check out the comic strip compilations of stuff like Steve Canyon, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Prince Valient, Little Nemo, etc. Read Asterix. Find out why these strips were so popular and enduring. And don’t give up!

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Preview: Betty & Veronica #270

BETTY & VERONICA #270

Script: Angelo DeCesare, George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Pena
Chibi Tea Party Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 4/23
32-page, full-color comic
$2.99 US.

Excited for a new Betty & Veronica story? How about FOUR new B&V tales? First, in “The Minds of Betty and Veronica,” we get an inside look at what the two BFFs REALLY think of each other—and their thoughts may surprise you! Then in “The Wish,” find out what happens when Betty FINALLY gets Archie all to herself! Next in “The Shopping Scene,” can Veronica turn her shopping haul into profit? This time her spending spree may just help Daddykins’ wallet! Finally, in “The Winning Float,” it’s girls vs. boys! Find out if the gals of Riverdale have what it takes to make the best float at the Homecoming game!

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Archie Comics in June 2014

ARCHIE #657

Veronica’s falling in love – with windsurfing! Jealous Archie is determined to learn the sport as well, but given that he might possibly be the clumsiest person that ever walked the face of the planet, things don’t go very well. Desperate to learn, he takes lessons from the only expert in town: Cheryl Blossom! With variant cover art by Art Baltazar & Franco of Tiny Titans fame, this book will fly off the shelves!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
“Little Archie & his Pals”  Variant Cover:  Art Baltazar & Franco
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #252

Grab your surfboard and hang ten with Archie and the gang! Well, at very least watch Archie try to hang ten! But he’s not the only Riverdale teen who’s having some tough luck on sand and in surf! See what happens in “The Usual Crowd,” the hilarious lead story to another great fun-filled double digest.

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA: SHOPPING SPREE (TR)

What could Betty & Veronica possibly love more than Archie? That’s easy – shopping! Available for the first time ever as a Graphic Novel, get ready to hit the mall for the shopping spree of the century with America’s favorite BFFs Betty & Veronica! Begin your very own shopping spree with this newest addition  to the Archie graphic novel library, collecting some of the funniest stories in Archie Comics history featuring Riverdale’s  resident super-shoppers! Shop ‘till you drop in this hilarious new collection!

Script: Dan Parent, George Gladir
Art:  Dan Parent, Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan
978-1-619889-05-7
$9.99/$10.99CAN
6  x 9”
Trade Paperback
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 6/25

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BETTY & VERONICA #272

Goodbye … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say farewell to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S

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BETTY AND VERONICA COMICS ANNUAL #224

A day at the beach brings no fun in the sun for Veronica! Will her beach bumming antics cause her to get burned in more ways than one? Find out in “Top Executive,” the fun lead story in this perfect beach read!

Script: Barbara Slate
Art:  Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Vickie Williams, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/11
On Sale Date: 6/25
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #239

Girl’s best friend (when it isn’t another girl) is her pet, of course! But what kind of fun can be had when you can’t even bring your best friend to the beach? Betty and Veronica have a big job ahead of them: find out how they can get their pets onto the beach without breaking any rules! Find out if they can pull it off in “Pet’s Rule,” the awesome lead story to this fun-filled double digest!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY (HC)

We are very excited to present Archie Comics’ debut title in the cartoon diary genre!

Betty Cooper is embarking on her first year of high school. It’s sure to be filled with ups and downs, but with her trusty diary by her side, she’ll be able to get through it all. She’s a smart girl with a kind heart, so her freshman year should be easy-peasy, right? Well, throw in some major BFF drama with her longtime pal Veronica Lodge and things get off to a rocky start. Veronica’s rich, ruthless and snobby—the total opposite of Betty. And in high school where social status means EVERYTHING, Betty and Veronica can’t be the same besties they once were. Everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is diving head first into her high school career and extracurricular activities—from dog training to peer mediation to BMX competitions, Betty Cooper can do it all—but can she get by WITHOUT a little help from her friend? Find out in this heartwarming tale of the scariness that is starting high school in Archie’s first-ever venture into the hugely popular journal series, with DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY.

Script: Tania Del Rio
Art:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith,  Jack Morelli
Cover: Gisele Lagace
978-1-936975-37-2
$13.99/$14.99CAN
5 ½  x 8”
HC
224 pp, Black & White
Direct Market On-sale: 7/16

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JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #4

The gang has created a masterpiece: the ULTIMATE sand sculpture to put all boring old sandcastles to shame! Unfortunately, what—or WHO—they discover buried underneath their sculpture threatens to ruin their chances of winning the grand prize in the sand sculpture contest. Find out if they can be the kings and queens of their sandcastle in “Sand Man,” the zany first story in this hilarious double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art:  Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/25
On Sale Date: 7/9
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.
MEGA MAN #38

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Mega Man #38

THE EPIC MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X CROSSOVER EVENT CONTINUES in DAWN OF X pt2! We travel one hundred years into Mega Man’s future, where an ancient Wily weapon threatens all defenseless humans!  It’s up to X and Zero to combat the lumbering metal monstrosity!  Meanwhile, Emerald Spears terrorist-on-the-run Xander Payne tumbles through time—and sees something that will change him forever! Don’t miss the event that everyone will be talking about, featuring brand new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an extra special character-packed variant cover from BEN BATES!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Character-Packed Variant Cover: Ben Bates
Shipping Date:  6/4
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #12

Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Plus an interview with Sonic inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 6/18
On Sale Date: 7/2
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #262

Catch some sun and ride the wave as the aquatic adventure continues in “Waves of Change” Part Three!  Sonic faces a city invasion by the ominous Dark Gaia Monsters!  To make it even worse, the invasion is underwater—and Sonic can’t swim!  As the struggle turns desperate, will it be Amy’s mission to find the key to saving them all, or will Sonic be left to drown?  Then, in “The Light in the Dark” Part Two, the Freedom Fighters find what they’re looking for—but will their own divisions bring them down? Featuring new cover art from Ben Bates and an extra-special “monster movie” variant from artist T.REX!

Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Jennifer Hernandez, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Allen Passalaqua
Cover by Ben Bates
Monster Movie Variant Cover by T.REX
Shipping Date: 6/25
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

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SONIC UNIVERSE #65

Bust out your detective hats and hop on the case in “The Great Chaos Caper” Part Three: Knuckles and the Chaotix are in the heart of the Aquatic Mines—where their only two options are to get crushed by a cave-in, or to drown!  How on earth (and below earth!) can they make it out alive?! And once they do, they’ve got to chase down the unlikely Chaos Emerald thief before Nack’s team of Hooligans beat them to it!  Add in ravenous Dark Gaia Monsters, and there may be too much for our heroes to handle! Featuring new cover art from Sonic comic guru Tracy Yardley and an awesome SEGA game art variant starring the Chaotix!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Variant Cover art provided by SEGA
Shipping Date:   6/11
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/25
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

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WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #41

Archie’s weekend trip away has Veronica in bad shape—how will she ever get on without her dear Archiekins? Well, maybe if she has someone to get her mind off him it won’t be too bad! Can she keep her date a secret from her true love, or will she be left completely date-less? Find out in “Foul Bawl,” the fun lead story to a jam-packed double double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Vince DeCarlo, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
Ship Date: 6/4
On Sale Date: 6/18
320-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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Offered Again:

SONIC GENESIS: HC & TR
It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis! Cash in by selling your customers this gorgeous trade, designed as a loving tribute to the original Sonic the Hedgehog game packaging and jam-packed with beautiful modern comic book art!

Script” Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, John Workman
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

GENESIS HC:  978-1-879794-89-4, 6 5/8 X 10 3/16, $24.99 US/$27.99 CAN, 144pp, Full Color
GENESIS TR: 978-1-936975-08-2, 6 5/8 X 10 3/16, $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN, 144pp, Full Color

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOKS 1 – 4  (TR)
The Eisner Award-nominated series The Married Life series is the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie’s more than 70-year publishing history. The series explores Archie Andrews’ life down two paths–if he had married girl-next-door Betty Cooper or wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge, with our favorite characters from Riverdale dealing with more realistic, mature circumstances with the humor and heart Archie fans expect. These four volumes collect Life With Archie magazine issues # 1 – 24.

Script: Paul Kupperberg, Michael Uslan
Art: Norm Breyfogle, Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Tim Levins, Andrew Pepoy, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore
Covers: Norm Breyfogle, Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore

VOLUME 1:  978-1-936975-01-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 2:  978-1-879794-99-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $22.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 3:  978-1-936975-35-8, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 320 pp, Full Color
VOLUME 4:  978-1-936975-69-3, 6 5/8 x 10 3/16, $19.99 US/ $23.99 CAN, 272 pp, Full Color

Archie Comics in April 2014

alwa6alwa6vAFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6

“The Nether-Realm”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues! Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy
Ship Date: 4/23 On Sale Date: 5/7
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Offered Again: 2nd printing of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 and 2nd printing of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #2

alwa-gn1AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE (TR)

When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first storyline “Escape from Riverdale” from the new ongoing TEEN+ comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
978-1-619889-08-8
$17.99/$19.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
160 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 4/23

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An unexpected day off from school turns into the adventure of a lifetime! When a flying saucer crash-lands in Riverdale, Archie and Jughead come face-to-face with the one and only Cosmo the Merry Martian! His now-damaged space ship is threatening to make him late for a very important meeting at the Diner at the Center of the Universe—and without Cosmo there, the fate of the entire galaxy could be at risk! Archie is prepared to save the day, and you can bet that if a diner’s involved, Jughead’s on board! Get ready for intergalactic adventure and classic Archie Comics characters galore in an out-of-this-world story by comics great Tom DeFalco!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Cosmo the Merry Martian Variant Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/16 On Sale Date: 4/30
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

ass6ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #6

Something amazing is happening in Riverdale! The quarterly Archie Comic Super Special Magazine rolls on with this spring fling edition! Spring is in the air, flowers are in bloom, and Archie’s probably missing all of it because he’s stuck in detention! It’s classic fun from the Archie vault. All this plus creator spotlights, the latest Archie news, a brand new multi-color foil-enhanced cover and much, much more in this jam-packed magazine!

Script: George Gladir, Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 4/30
On Sale Date: 5/14
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

a1000b1ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS BONANZA (TR)

Didn’t think we could manage 1000 MORE pages of classic fun from Archie & the gang? Guess again! From classroom calamities to dating disasters, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the pals ‘n’ gals of Riverdale know how to make everyone laugh—and they’ve been doing a spectacular job of it for over seven decades! Celebrate everything Archie with the largest Archie collection series EVER offered at an incredible value price!

Script: George Gladir, Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo
Cover: Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Fernando Ruiz
978-1-619889-03-3
$14.99/$15.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
Trade Paperback
192 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 5/7

afdd5ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #5

When Reggie selflessly gives Archie two gift certificates to a fancy restaurant, Archie’s not convinced that Reggie’s not up to something. Could it be possible that Riverdale’s infamous trickster is genuinely being kind, or is it part of a thicker plot? Find out in “Eat, Drink and Be Crazy” the hilarious lead story to a fun-filled double digest!

Script: Greg Ehrbar
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Barry Grossman and Bill Yoshida
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/23
On Sale Date: 5/7
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

bv271bv271vBETTY & VERONICA #271

Betty and Veronica jet off to fabulous New York City for a runway event hosted by an old friend of Mrs. Lodge’s. It promises to be the hottest fashion affair of the season… until a mysterious ailment befalls all of the models and threatens to doom the entire production! Betty and Veronica may end up as more than just purveyors of the show if it’s to go on! Featuring special guest appearances from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Katy Keene, Ginger Snapp, and more classic characters!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Marilyns Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz and Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/2
On Sale Date: 4/16
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

bvdd223BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #223

It’s time for Archie to make one of the most important decisions in his teenage life: who should he take to prom? With Betty, Veronica AND Cheryl Blossom all clamoring to be his date, the decision won’t be an easy one!  When he makes the bold choice to take all of them—all bets are off! Find out who wins the “Prom Showdown,” the lead story to a fun and fashionable double double digest, featuring a fancy fifth ink cover!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/16
On Sale Date: 4/30
320-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

bvfdd238B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #238

Betty and Veronica are two beautiful brides—but wait, brides? In high school?! And who exactly are they marrying? Get an early look at the married lives of our two favorite BFFs before Life With Archie and see what happens when Archie’s faced with the decision of a lifetime in “Archie’s Choice,” the 4-part story that leads the way in this jam-packed double digest!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Jimmy DeCarlo, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/9
On Sale Date: 4/23
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

stw1THE COMPLETE SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: 1962 – 1971

Get ready to be spellbound by the one and only SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH in this classic compendium of supernatural stories! The Complete Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a black and white chronological collection of the history of the magical teen, starting with her first appearance in Archie’s Madhouse in 1962. It’s the perfect book for comic collectors, pop culture aficionados and fans of comic book history.

Script: George Gladir
Art:  Dan DeCarlo
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
978-1-936975-94-5
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
Trade Paperback
512 pp, Black and White
Direct Market On-sale: 5/14

jadd2JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #2

A trip to the mall turns what would be the best day of Jughead’s life into a day of turmoil! And it’s all because of corn dogs and teddy bears! Sounds weird? You couldn’t even begin to imagine it! Find out what the “Wrong Stuff” is in this fun lead story to a hilarious double digest!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/30
On Sale Date: 5/14
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

lwa35 lwa35vLIFE WITH ARCHIE #35

Archie Marries Veronica—Life has been rather tumultuous in Riverdale as of late, and everyone has plenty on their minds! Big things are about to happen to some of our favorite pals ‘n’ gals, but it seems as though everyone’s own personal problems might cause them to neglect the ones they love. Will Veronica’s legal issues continue to pull her away from her friends and family, or will super-detective Sam Hill save the day and allow her to be free from the shackles of house arrest? Can Archie finally put an end to his unemployment streak? Can these issues be solved in the days leading up to two good friends’ big day? No matter what the circumstances, through the good and the bad, the people of Riverdale always manage to stand together as a community—find out if that remains true in “Dearly Beloved” Part 1!

Archie Marries Betty— The dramedy continues in the Archie Marries Betty universe. After a long and stressful nine months (for Jughead, at least!), could Midge finally be ready to bring the newest member of the Jones family to Riverdale? Meanwhile, Archie and Betty haven’t been on the best of terms lately—will they be together to celebrate this happy occasion? And in the midst of impending birth and marital woes, another relationship is ready to enter a new stage. Guess who’s tying the knot next in “And Baby Makes Three” Part 1!

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Pena
Burger Beast Variant Cover: Chad Thomas, Rosario “Tito” Pena
Ship Date: 4/16
On Sale Date: 4/30
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

mm-gn7MEGA MAN 7: BLACKOUT – THE CURSE OF RA MOON (TR)

Fresh from the history-making crossover with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man is back with an all-new adventure! The world has gone dark. Robots have collapsed in the streets. Mega Man awakes to a world without electricity—and a crumbling civilization! With the help of the brilliant Dr. Light, Mega Man and a handful of Robot Masters are sent to the Amazon to stop the source of the world’s power failure. But their mission is not an easy one. The malevolent Ra Moon has awoken, and it’s out to destroy the world. At its command is the unwitting Dr. Wily and his army of Wily-bots and Robot Masters. Can Mega Man and his friends overcome the odds and save the world? Or is this the end of an era? MEGA MAN VOL. 7 collects MEGA MAN #29-32 plus exclusive bonus features!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Mike Cavallaro, Gary Martin, Matt Herms, John Workman
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-936975-95-2
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 4/30

mm36mm36vMEGA MAN #36

On the eve of the MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X Crossover comes the TWISTED tale that could only be called “A Chance at Redemption”! Dr. Wily is a free man, cleared of wrongdoing, and it’s all thanks to–Mega Man?! Can even an evil villain like himself live with a lie of that magnitude? Can he enjoy a life of robotics research next to his “frenemy” Dr. Light?  Will the promise of power in Gamma be far too tempting? The answer to all your burning questions lie in this mega-fun issue! Plus, be sure to pick up both regular and variant editions to read both SHOCKING “post-credits” alternate endings! Includes cover art by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and a stunning “TRIAL OF DR. WILY” variant cover from rising MEGA-star Brent McCarthy!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Trial of Dr. Wily Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy
Shipping Date:  4/2 On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/16
32-page, full color comic

wc-gn3SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE 3 (TR)

The BIGGEST video game crossover event of all time ends here with the stunning conclusion to SONIC/MEGA MAN: Worlds Collide! Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily are locked inside their flying fortress–the Wily Egg! Inside are all manner of powerful defenses, including Metal Sonic and Bass! Outside is an army–almost every Robot Master ever made! Dr. Light’s life is on the line, and two worlds teeter on the edge of destruction! Enter Sonic, Mega Man and an army of their own! Sonic’s friends join Proto Man, Rush and Duo in an epic all-out battle to break through to the evil doctors, rewrite two realities, and save their home worlds! Don’t miss the third and final act of this epic 12-part Sonic the Hedgehog / Mega Man crossover event–“CHAOS CLASH!” WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE VOLUME THREE collects: Mega Man #27, Sonic the Hedgehog #250-251, and Sonic Universe #54 plus exclusive bonus features you won’t find anywhere else!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, Steve Downer, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and Ben Hunzeker
978-1-936975-97-6
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 4/23

sth260sth260vSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #260

Journey under the sea with Sonic the Hedgehog in the first chapter of an EPIC new SAGA! “Waves of Change”: Part One – What could be worse than a world shattered to pieces?  How about dark monsters rising from the abyss?!  While Sonic and the Freedom Fighters race to find the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples, Sonic ends up discovering a whole new world of adventure deep beneath the waves! But will those he encounters prove to be friend or foe? Then, in “Light in the Dark: Part one”, Sally, Nicole, Tails and Antoine venture into the Eggman’s latest grab for power to retrieve a desperatly-needed Chaos Emerald! Featuring all-new cover art from superstar Ben Bates and a special SONIC VERSUS variant cover from Sonic artist Evan Stanley!

Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Evan Stanley, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates
“SONIC VERSUS” Variant Cover by Evan Stanley and Jack Morelli
Shipping Date: 4/30
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/14
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PRESENTS KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES 5 (TR)ka5

Knuckles, Sonic’s original “friendly nemesis” and the last guardian of the Floating Island, finds himself embroiled in a political thriller, all the while continuing his quest to uncover his family’s secret origin! Featuring the team of detective heroes known as the Chaotix in some of their earliest adventures, and tying directly into the top-selling Sonic Archives series, Knuckles Archives 5 is full of the action, intrigue and adventure that Sonic and Knuckles fans have come to expect from the Archives series! Knuckles Archives Volume 5 collects issues #22-27 of the Knuckles the Echidna comic book.

Script: Ken Penders
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Jim Valentino, Manny Galan, Chris Allan, Andrew Pepoy, Harvo, Barry Grossman, Mark Bernardo, Vickie Williams
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-936975-96-9
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
Trade Paperback
160 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 5/7

su63su63vSONIC UNIVERSE #63

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! Fly high above the clouds with Knuckles and the Chaotix in “THE GREAT CHAOS CAPER: Part One”! Knuckles the Echidna has been tasked by a mysterious force to fix the shattered planet – but when the Dark Gaia monsters emerge from the word’s core, our hero finds himself in a fight for his very life! Luckily the ever-adventuring Chaotix are around to lend a hand, hired by Princess Sally to gather the all-important Chaos Emeralds. But wait, who’s that lurking in the dark? New characters, new lands, and the return of some familiar faces await you in this new storyline with interior and cover art from Sonic artist supreme Tracy Yardley! Plus a special CHIBI variant cover from Ryan Jampole!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover:  Tracy Yardley!
Chibi Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Shipping Date:  4/9
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/23
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

Offered Again: 2nd printing of THE FOX #1

woadd39WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #39

Archie and Dilton are embarking on a new business venture—aerial photography! The boys are ready to make history, but what happens when their new invention lands in a no-fly zone? Find out in “In Plane View,” the lead story to an entertaining double digest!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Al Nickerson, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/2
On Sale Date: 4/16
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie Comics in February 2014

THE FOX #5

The fantastically-foxy finale IS HERE in Freak Magnet pt 5: “Future’s End”! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) is joined by acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) to conclude the “Freak Magnet” saga of the pulp-style hero The Fox! Our hero has won the day and defeated his evil adversaries, so why does he now find himself trapped 70 years in the past, side-by-side with the legendary hero of WW2 known as THE SHIELD?! And what does the Shield’s arctic battle-royale have to do with the diamond realm?! And will SOMEONE please tell The Fox, aka Paul Patton Jr., why he can’t just have the simple, freak-free life he wants?? Don’t miss the finale to end-em-all, and don’t miss out on collecting all five “FOX FIVE” Variant Covers to this issue! With art from Dean Haspiel, Howard Chaykin, Mike Cavallaro, Mike Norton and a special ALEX TOTH throwback edition!

Art: Dean Haspiel
Plot/Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
FOX 5 Variant Cover 1: Dean Haspiel
FOX 5 Variant Cover 2: Howard Chaykin
FOX 5 Variant Cover 3: Mike Norton
FOX 5 Variant Cover 4: Mike Cavallaro
FOX5 Variant Cover 5: Alex Toth Throwback
Shipping Date: 2/19
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

ARCHIE #653

The Archies’ Rocking World Tour pt 4 – “Close to the Borderline”—The Archies, Bingos, Pussycats and Madhouse Glads’ tour concludes in the great white north, Canada! The bands enjoy the end of their time together as they trek across the country from Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  What will happen to the bands once the tour is over? Will the Bingos and the Glads use their newfound fame from the Archies tour, or will they go the smaller, indie route?  What will become of Archie’s relationship with Valerie? And his relationship with Amisha? And, of course, his relationship with Betty and Veronica? There’s still a few surprises left as Archie and the gang return to school… Riverdale High, watch out!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski and Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
Sugar, Sugar Spectacular Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/5
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: SPORTS TIME (TPB) 

It’s Sports Time at Riverdale High, and that can mean only one thing—slapstick cartoon sports comedy galore featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends, all in a great pocket-size edition! This collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite stories about the romantic ups and downs of Riverdale, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover!

Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-936975-84-6
$5.99/$6.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
Trade Paperback
128 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 2/26

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #249

There’s something strange about Archie’s Uncle Albert! What is it about him that’s bugging both Archie and his dad? It could be that he’s a little bit crooked… See what we mean in “On the Level,” the wacky lead story to this fun-filled double digest!

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Shipping Date: 2/19
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/5
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #3

Meet Ultra-Teen: Chuck’s new superhero creation. He’s super fast, super strong, and he’s got x-ray vision! He only uses his powers for good—but can too much good be a bad thing? Find out if Ultra-Teen’s goody two shoes behavior can save the day—and save his friendships—in this super lead story!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Al Nickerson, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Shipping Date: 2/26
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date:: 3/12
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US

THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: BETTY & VERONICA (TPB)

In the tradition of the smash hits Best of Archie Comics vol. 1, 2 and 3 comes another great full-color volume jam-packed with over 400 pages of the funniest and most iconic stories of the past 70 years featuring Archie’s girl friends Betty and Veronica, hand-selected by Archie creators, editors, fans and historians from 200,000 pages of material. A must-have edition for anyone who has ever enjoyed the Betty and Veronica comics as well as a great introduction to the history of Archie and his gals!

Script: Various!
Art:  Various
Cover: Norm Breyfogle
978-1-936975-88-4
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
Trade Paperback
416 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 3/12

BETTY & VERONICA #270

Excited for a new Betty & Veronica story? How about FOUR new B&V tales? First, in “The Minds of Betty and Veronica,” we get an inside look at what the two BFFs REALLY think of each other—and their thoughts may surprise you! Then in “The Wish,” find out what happens when Betty FINALLY gets Archie all to herself! Next in “The Shopping Scene,” can Veronica turn her shopping haul into profit? This time her spending spree may just help Daddykins’ wallet! Finally, in “The Winning Float,” it’s girls vs. boys! Find out if the gals of Riverdale have what it takes to make the best float at the Homecoming game!

Script: Angelo DeCesare, George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Pena
Chibi Tea Party Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 2/19
32-page, full-color comic
$2.99 US

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #221

Betty and Veronica are always in competition with one another—but that gets kicked into high gear when the two enter the Miss Riverdale Teen Contest! But there’s another contestant that really steams things up. Enter: Cheryl Blossom! May the best woman win in “She’s a Beauty” !

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 2/26
160-page, full color comic
$3.99

MEGA MAN #34

This is it! The issue every Mega-fan has been demanding! The debut of MEGA MAN X! But first, in “Shadow of the Moon” Part One: Mega Man joins a research team seeking the truth behind Dr. Wily and Ra Moon.  But how far will they get when Shadow Man goes on the attack?! Then, in “The X Factor” Part One – jump 100 years into the future as Dr. Cain discovers Dr. Light’s final, greatest creation – Mega Man X! Featuring pencils by the returning Mega Man art legend PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE! The road to the next big mega-crossover starts here, featuring an exclusive MEGA MAN X variant cover by superstar artist Ben Bates!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Tyson Hesse, Patrick Spaziante, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover by PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE
“Mega Man X” Variant cover by Ben Bates
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 2/19
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2: VILLAINS (TPB) 

Sonic’s ultimate comic collection is BACK with Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Villains paperback edition! This deluxe new installment to the smash-hit “Best of Sonic” series celebrates twenty years of comics, specials and mini-series with the baddest baddies the Sonic comics have to offer! Heroes are only as good as their villains, and Sonic’s world hosts some of the most fearsome and loathsome characters you love to hate!  Root for the bad guy (just this once) in this Best of Villains collection featuring DR. EGGMAN, IXIS NAUGUS, the BABYLON ROUGES and many more in a must-have for any Sonic fan! Plus all-new cover art from Ben Bates with acclaimed painter Dave DeVries, and insights from the Sonic creative team!

Script: Ian Flynn & various
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley!, Steven Butler, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Jim Amash, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates and Dave DeVries
978-1-936975-87-7
$14.99/$17.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
144 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 3/5

SONIC SUPER-SIZED SUPER DIGEST #6

It’s a special super-sized edition of the Sonic Super digest! Sonic the Hedgehog’s adventures are now available in the popular digest format – but that’s just not enough Sonic for all you hungry Sonic fans out there! By popular demand, get ready for a SUPER-SIZED issue filled with even more Sonic the Hedgehog goodness, stretching back to the beginning of the comics’ 20 year history! Blast through to your local comic store at SONIC SPEED to find out the origins of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog! Can Sonic and the heroic Freedom Fighters save the world from the evils of Dr. Robtnik? Discover all the thrills, chills and spills for yourself with classic Sonic comics as only Sonic Super Digest can provide! Featuring a special FOIL CARDSTOCK cover with all-new CGI cover art from Rafa Knight inspired by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante!
SCRIPT and ART: Various
Cover by Rafa Knight
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 2/19
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 US.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #258

The SHATTERED WORLD CRISIS continues! “The Chase” Part One: Uncle Chuck and Professor Pickle–CAPTURED by the nefarious Dr. Eggman! It’s up to Sonic and the Freedom Fighters to secure the precious kidnapped cargo from the Egg Train! But they’re going to be in for the surprise of their lives when they discover that there are more than just badniks guarding it! Featuring a special CGI “Return of Princess Sally” variant cover by Rafa Knight!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman and Steve Downer
Cover: Tyson Hesse
Return of Princess Sally Variant cover: Rafa Knight
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/12
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #61

“Shadow Fall” Part Three: Shadow – agent of the brutal Black Arms?! It’s up to Rouge and Omega to bring their former friend to his senses – if he doesn’t destroy them all first! Meanwhile, the vicious alien race have stolen G.U.N.’s tactical nuclear device for – and that can only spell trouble! Will Team Dark survive the mission with the deadly and devious ECLIPSE lurking in the shadows? Find out in the penultimate chapter to this expansive space epic, featuring cover art from Tracy Yardley! and a special SEGA variant cover!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover by Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Shadow Variant cover art provided by SEGA
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 2/26
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #37

It’s time for the student-faculty bowling night! It’s teachers vs. students and, while the teachers may be older and have plenty of years of bowling experience on their side, some changes to the game might lean in the kids’ favor!  Find out who gets the most strikes in “For Whom the Bowl Tolls” !

Script: George Gladir
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 2/19
160-page, full color comic
$3.99

Archie Comics in December 2013

THE FOX #3

NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) continue the saga of the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox in FREAK MAGNET Part Three: “Hell’s Half Acre”! The Fox is stuck in a nightmarish, fantastical land rife with underground dungeons, medieval traps, and enslaved Red Circle heroes! When he finally reaches his ultimate destination, will he encounter heroes or villains—or both? Meanwhile, in “The Face of Hate pt2: The Enemy of my Enemy,” the Shield’s battle against arch-rivals Hachiman and Master Race continues in the icy tundra! But what monster from the depths has these hated rivals all shaking in their boots? And what connection does it have to the FOX and his misadventures in the Diamond Realm?? All will be revealed as the adventure continues! Featuring all-new variant cover art from acclaimed artists Mike Allred and Laura Allred (FF, iZOMBIE)

Fox Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Fox Script: Mark Waid
Fox Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Shield Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Shield Art: Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, and Steve Downer
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Get-FREAKY Variant: Mike Allred and Laura Allred
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES! Escape from Riverdale, Part 4 [of 5]: With two more members of our beloved gang infected by the dreadful zombie-virus, Riverdale’s one sanctuary—Lodge Mansion—has been compromised. The kids are left to make a significant decision—do they stay and fight or flee the only town they’ve ever known? Meanwhile, Archie makes a horrific discovery in his own home, one that may cost him his life! It’s red-headed teen versus gruesomely undead canine in the latest chapter of this ground-breaking TEEN + series! Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Jughead’s Beanie Variant Cover: Tim Seeley
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE #651

“Rockin’ the World, part 2—Love on the Road” The next leg of The Archies’ World Tour continues in China! Raj Patel gets more Oscar-worthy footage of the romance between Archie and Valerie, but some other footage of Archie and new gal pal Amisha is sure to stir up some drama! Meanwhile, the Pussycats get a few new members: Betty and Veronica! And when it looks like their concert may not go as planned, it’s going to take a special guest to save the day! Find out who in Part 2 of The Archies’ World Tour! Featuring a rockin’ new variant cover by Renae De Liz (New York Times Best Seller The Last Unicorn, Womanthology) and Ray Dillon (HBO’s Game of Thrones).

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Battle of the Bands Variant Cover: Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #247

That dreaded time of year is here: the day of Archie’s annual physical! Archie is less than thrilled to accompany his father to the doctor’s office, but maybe a cute nurse will change his attitude! Find out the diagnosis in “Doctor Dread,” the lead story to a hilarious double digest!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #1

BRAND NEW #1! When the gang takes a trip to the Lodge’s Lodge in the North Woods, they discover a nearby cozy cabin with a lot of personality—so much personality that it seems to even have a life of its own! When each trip to the cabin comes with a new historic surprise, Archie & his friends get a little uneasy. Is the cabin haunted, or is someone playing a clever trick? The answer may surprise you in “Fun House,” the crazy first story to this FUN NEW double digest series!

Script: John Workman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Vickie Williams, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Gisele, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE’S VALENTINE: A ROCK & ROLL ROMANCE (TPB)

It’s the greatest rock ‘n’ roll romance in history! Betty and Veronica have some competition when Valerie, the bassist for Josie & the Pussycats, moves to Riverdale! Take a stroll down Riverdale’s now-famous Memory Lane along with Valerie and see what life would be like if she married Archie! Their future is sure to be full of surprises, challenges, and musical interludes as they deal with rock band drama, reality TV and their respective careers. Will Archie and Valerie make beautiful music together? PLUS: Valerie’s not the only musician in her family! Meet Trev, her older brother who sings his way right into Betty’s heart! It all happens in the critically acclaimed Archie Marries Valerie storyline, available for the first time ever in graphic novel.

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-936975-33-4
$10.99/$12.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 1/1

BETTY & VERONICA #269

“Just Another Day” – This issue presents a first for an Archie Comic: An entire story happening in real time (well, comic book real time that is)! Find out what a typical day is like for Betty, Veronica and Archie! Do they go about their day like every other teenager? Of course not! Follow along with the infamous love triangle as we get a peek into the typical day of a Riverdale teen—with not so typical outcomes! Featuring story and art by fan favorite Archie artist Dan Parent and another installment of the classic art-inspired variant cover series by Jeff Shultz!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith
Rosie the Riveter Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #219

When a rambunctious young boy threatens to ruin Betty & Veronica’s casual walks through town with his snowball attacks, the girls must find a way to deal with the snowy situation. Do they remind him of the err of his ways, give him the cold shoulder, or stoop down to his level and exact revenge? Find out in “The Snowball Effect”!

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/31
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #237

We know a lot about Betty’s Diary, but what about Veronica’s? If all goes according to Veronica’s plan—we’ll never know! She keeps her cutting edge journal locked away for max secrecy, so when it somehow manages to end up in the hands of the worst person imaginable (Reggie Mantle!) how will Veronica rebound from her guffaw? And what will her friends think of her when they find out all of her secret thoughts about them? Find out in “Veronica’s Diary,” the uproarious lead story to a digest filled with double the fun, double the laughs, and double the page count, featuring an awesome 5th color cover!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Gisele, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/31
320-page, full color comic, 5th color cover
$5.99 US.

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #199

Ever wonder how a small town like Riverdale manages to stay local and keep big name chain stores away? Well, it’s a bit of an odd story—and Jughead has everything to do with it! Find out how Jughead shaped the financial model of the town in “Give Me a Sign”!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

MEGA MAN 6: BREAKING POINT (TPB)

The 25th anniversary celebration of Mega Man continues with the exciting next chapter in the Mega Man mythology! And this latest graphic novel volume is a cause for celebration indeed—there are parties, love, and… revenge?! From a New Year’s terror attack by the vengeful Emerald Spears, to a devastating showdown with the mysterious Break Man, Mega Man just can’t catch a break! This volume also ties-into the biggest comic book crossover event of the year: SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE! See how Mega Man’s world was rocked by Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily’s evil schemes! Witness the startling aftermath of the crossover as the mysterious RA MOON begins its bid for world domination! It’s mega-madness, and with our heroic blue hero stretched so thin, there’s only so much evil a bot can take before he reaches his BREAKING POINT! Featuring art from Harvey Award-nominated penciller Ryan Jampole, MEGA MAN VOL. 6 collects MEGA MAN #21–23 and 28.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, and Matt Herms
978-1-936975-78-5
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 1/1

MEGA MAN #33

The critically acclaimed Mega Man series continues with the dramatic, action-packed epilogue to the “BLACKOUT: THE CURSE OF RA MOON” storyline in, “Unplugged”! The battle against the sinister alien being known as Ra Moon has ended, and Mega Man’s final fate remains in doubt! With major repairs looming, and Rock’s future as a super fighting robot in question, Dr. Light must work to restore our hero to his former glory. This may be a job that even Dr. Light can’t handle, but at least he’s got some help from his trusty pal Dr. Wily. WAIT A MINUTE—DR. WILY?! Why on earth is the evil scientist helping to save the Blue Bomber? And how far will Dr. Wily go to remain free? Featuring cover art from Brent McCarthy and a special “BOX ART MEGA MAN” variant cover from Mega Man artist supreme Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Brent McCarthy, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Brent McCarthy
“BOX ART MEGA MAN” Variant cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 12/25
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #256

It’s the dramatic conclusion to the epic “Countdown to Chaos” SAGA! In Part Four, it’s a race against time as the countdown reaches its thrilling end! Metal Sonic is out to kill Sally and the Death Egg II has launched—things are not going well for our true blue hero! Can he and Tails get to the Aquatic Ruins Zone in time to save the day? And what horrifying discovery awaits Dr. Eggman? You definitely won’t want to miss this earth-shattering climax of the storyline that shook the Sonic comic books to the core! Featuring the final adjoining cover in the series from artist Ben Bates, and a special “end of the world” variant cover from Tracy Yardley!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jerry Gaylord, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Steve Downer
Cover: Ben Bates
End of the World Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Phyllis Novin and Dustin Evans
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #59

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! Jump aboard the action as we begin the “Shadow Fall” saga! Team Dark is sent into the deep, dark depths of space to stop the approach of – the Black Comet?! It hasn’t even been fifty years! The Black Comet is home to an evil, violent race of aliens known as The Black Arms, but the Black Arms were defeated months ago—so who are these new alien invaders inhabiting the comet sent to consume the earth? And what sinister new villain awaits Shadow in its depths? You cannot miss this gritty, alien-blasting new storyline with art from Jamal Peppers, and cover art from Tracy Yardley! Plus a killer SHADOW variant cover from T. REX!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley! and Steve Downer
SHADOW Variant Cover: T.Rex
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #35

Is Archie a man or a mouse? He’ll let you know after he asks Veronica! Feeling annoyed at everyone’s assumption that he’s “henpecked” by his spoiled sweetheart, Archie’s determined to show that he can do things on his own. Can he prove himself an independent man? Or will he be walking on thin ice? Find out in “Deep Freeze”!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Archie Comics First Look: Betty & Veronica #257

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BETTY & VERONICA #257
Betty and Veronica in “Taking Care of Business!” – On the road home from Veronica’s winter lodge, a car accident leaves the girls stranded in the middle of a snowstorm with no reception and limited provisions! With Betty recovering from a concussion, Veronica takes it upon herself to ensure their survival until they can be rescued by applying her business knowhow to the wilderness. Will Ronnie’s knowledge of how to make it in the world of business be enough to withstand the harsh elements?

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Jeff Schultz, Jim Amash
Cover by Jeff Schultz
Shipping Date: 12/7/2011
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011
On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

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Archie Comics Solicitations for December 2011

Official Press Release

ARCHIE COMICS DECEMBER 2011 SOLICITATIONS

ARCHIE #628

“ARCHIE MEETS KISS PART 2 – Creatures of the Night” – A crew of uninvited monsters have invaded Riverdale, and they’re close to taking over the town! Can the mysterious members of KISS stop them with some help from the Archie gang? What will they order at the Chok’lit Shoppe? Featuring guest star Sabrina, the Teenage Witch!

Script: Alex Segura

Art & Cover by Dan Parent

Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #159

A.R.C.H.I.E. as The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. in “The Thought Control Caper!” – P.O.P. agents A.R.C.H.I.E., V.E.R.O.N.I.C.A. and R.E.G.G.I.E. take on the devious Controller of C.R.U.S.H. in this rousing spy adventure of intrigue and narrow escapes! Using mind control, The Controller lures our heroes into his clutches but will they have enough tricks up their sleeve to thwart the evildoer and bring him to justice?

The spy extravaganza continues with B.E.T.T.Y. as The Girl From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. in “Flame of Fear!” where B.E.T.T.Y. and A.R.C.H.I.E. team up against hot-headed villain The Flamethrower! After the daring duo discover the pyromaniac’s next target is Mr. Lodge’s plant, they must extinguish his scheme before they go up in flames!

Rounding out the issue is Li’l Jinx in “Big Shot!”

Script: Frank Doyle, Joe Edwards

Art: Bob White, Bill Vigoda, Joe Edwards, Jon D’Agostino

Cover by Bob White

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #225

Archie in “Picture Perfect” – Archie is just one stray hair away from publishing the perfect photo of Jughead for the school paper! With Dilton’s technical wizardry, they manage to spruce up the photo beyond the initial blemish but will Jughead factor in to their various improvements?

Archie in “Remote Possibility” – It’s Mr. Andrews’ birthday and knowing his love of movies, Archie took the liberty of upgrading his father’s TV service to include movies-on-demand! His intentions are good, however Archie’s gift may cause more stress than joy when the tech challenged Mr. Andrews gets a load of the new remote!

Script: Craig Boldman, Mike Pellowski

Art: Stan Goldberg, Bob Bolling, Bob Smith, Jim Amash

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 12/28/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/11/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/17/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

BETTY & VERONICA #257

Betty and Veronica in “Taking Care of Business!” – On the road home from Veronica’s winter lodge, a car accident leaves the girls stranded in the middle of a snowstorm with no reception and limited provisions! With Betty recovering from a concussion, Veronica takes it upon herself to ensure their survival until they can be rescued by applying her business knowhow to the wilderness. Will Ronnie’s knowledge of how to make it in the world of business be enough to withstand the harsh elements?

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Jeff Schultz, Jim Amash

Cover by Jeff Schultz

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #197

Betty and Veronica in “Text Evasion!” – Mr. Lodge is determined to put a stop to Veronica and Betty’s texting addiction by taking them on vacation and banning the use of their cell phones. It would have been the perfect plan had Mr. Lodge realized there’s more than one way to text!

Betty in “Word Weary” chronicles Betty volunteering at the library for story time with her unique brand of story telling. As nice as it is for Betty to offer her services, you’ll see why it also saves her a trip to the gym!

Script: Angelo DeCesare, Mike Pellowski

Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Bolling, Ken Selig, Jim Amash

Cover by Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 12/21/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/4/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/10/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

BETTY & VERONICA: BATTLE OF THE BFFS

Betty & Veronica’s very first full-length graphic novel story is a follow-up to the successful Betty & Veronica: Storybook graphic novel collection of fun fairy-tale sendups – Best Friends Forever should continue to gain ground with girl readers in bookstores and libraries.

Betty and Veronica, the most famous BFFs in all of comics, team up for a Battle of the BFFs realisty show to prove that their friendship will survive under any hardship. Betty & Veronica: Best Friends Forever is a fun and engaging full-color story celebrating the power of friendship.

Also includes fun bonus trivia quiz pages. Full color.

Script & Art: Dan Parent

Cover by Dan Parent

Direct Market On-sale: 1/4/2012

978-1-879794-76-1

128-pages, 6 x 9″ Trade Paperback

$9.99/$10.99CAN

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #220

Betty and Veronica in “The Dream Team!” – Best gal pals Betty and Veronica have shopping for clothes down to a science. When it comes to sales, fashion, and timing, these seasoned fashionistas are on top of their game with their stellar teamwork! But what could possibly spilt up the dream team?

Script: George Gladir

Art: Dan Parent

Cover by Dan DeCarlo

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16

“Archie Marries Veronica” – Kevin returns from battle a war hero and the whole gang have assembled to watch him tie the knot! However it’s not wedded bliss for all in attendance as the sting of separation from Veronica continues to pain Archie. Working class couple Reggie and Betty field an offer to star in a reality program showcasing their entrepreneurial nature while Dilton hatches a scheme with Mr. Lodge!

“Archie Marries Betty” – Kevin’s wedding is upon us and you’re on the guest list! But how exactly did Kevin meet his significant other? Discover how right in these pages… Meanwhile Archie juggles teaching responsibilities with his marriage to Betty. Don’t miss out on the wedding event of the year that everyone’s talking about!

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Al Milgrom, Bob Smith

Cover by Norm Breyfogle

Shipping Date: 12/21/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/4/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/10/2012

64-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

LITTLE ARCHIE & THE POWER PETS

As Archie and the gang enter their pets in the Power Pet Pageant, how will they fare against some stiff competition, including Sabrina’s cat Salem? And if you ever wondered what animals thought, thanks to some of Salem’s magic tricks, you’ll find out! Featuring pop sensation Justin Beaver!

This Little Archie collection is Archie’s first full-color $4.99 value-priced digest-sized paperback. This delightfully exuberant spoof of kids’ pop idols has been well-reviewed as an exciting and funny new adventure where the world’s coolest pets become the unlikeliest musical stars, including Lady Arf Arf and the Jonas Barkers! Also feature bonus behind-the-scenes features and comic stories!

Script: Angelo DeCesare

Art: Fernando Ruiz

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Direct Market On-sale: 12/28/2011

978-1-879794-77-1

80-pages, 5 x 7″ Trade Paperback

$4.99/$5.99CAN

MEGA MAN #9

“Dr. Wily Returns” Part One: With the villainous Dr. Wily gone and no Robot Masters for him to steal, the world seems safe! Mega Man prepares to return to the quiet life of Rock the Helper Robot – until the lightning-fast Quick Man attacks Light Labs! Dr. Wily is back, and this time he’s brought his own Robot Masters in his new bid to conquer the world!

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms

Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Sketch Variant Cover by Ben Bates

Shipping Date: 12/28/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/11/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/17/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

SONIC ARCHIVES VOL.17

Sonic Archives, Archie Comics’ most successful graphic novel series ever, is back! Join Sonic and Tails as they travel the world and hunt for the evil wizard Ixis Naugus! As the epic confrontation escalates, Sonic gets more than he bargain for, discovering the original creator of the power rings – Nate Morgan! As an added bonus, this volume also includes the black-and-white noir parody “Sonic Spin City” from Sonic Super Special #15! Blast into the past at Sonic speed with this all-new volume!

Script & Art: Various

Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Direct Market On-sale: 1/18/2012

978-1-879794-90-0

112-pages, 5 x 7″ Trade Paperback

$7.99/$8.99CAN

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #232

“Dark Tidings”: In the fallout of the Death Egg II’s assault, Sonic and Knuckles compare notes. Sally has fallen, Ixis Naugus is king, and more! Answers to old question and new surprises abound in an issue primed for new and old fans alike! Then, in “From the Shadows,” a defiant Elias seeks out his last hope. Who is Harvey Who? And what does he have planned?

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms

Cover by Ben Bates

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #35

“Babylon” Part Three: The Babylon Rogues and the Battle Bird Armada – united?! And why is this fowl allegiance moving in to attack New Mobotropolis when they’re really searching for the fabled Babylon Garden? The skies erupt in battle as Sonic and Jet finally have their rematch! The surprises keep coming right through to the shocking final assault!

Script: Tracy Yardley!

Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Phil Felix and Stephen Downer

Cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms

Shipping Date: 12/7/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/21/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/27/2011

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #13

Jughead in “Bot Fever” – Another rousing season of robotic basketball is underway with Riverdale facing last year’s rival Tech High! Coming off an embarrassing defeat, Jughead, Dilton, and self-proclaimed brainy dweeb Roz, need a secret weapon in order to get their robots to perform to peak performance in the championship game rematch and win the title!

After that, Reggie asks the new girl out but her mixed signals throw the would-be suave suitor for a loop in “Date Debate”!

Script: George Gladir, Fernando Ruiz

Art: Stan Goldberg, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jon D’Agostino

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 12/14/2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/28/2011

On Sale on Newsstands: 1/3/2012

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

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