Archie Comics in October

Official Press Release

ARCHIE COMICS SOLICITS NOVEMBER 2011

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #224

Archie in The Big Ditch – Jughead has a science project due in a week but it’s not going to get done if his lab partner (and supposed best friend!) doesn’t stop ditching him. Will Archie stop putting off his his pal or will Jug end up with a failing grade thanks to his flaky friend?

In additon, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews are “Going Batty” when they discover a loose bat in the attic! Mr. Andrews decides to take matters into his own hands but he qualified to handle the flying rodent?

Those stories plus Archie in “Kiss Amiss!” in which Arch spreads holiday cheer throughout the halls of Riverdale High with his strategically placed mistletoe but not if the Bee has anything to say about it! Will Archie be the first to serve detention for puckering up?

Script: Paul Kupperberg, Mike Pellowski, Bill Golliher

Art: Pat Kennedy, Bob Bolling, Jim Amash, Tim Kennedy

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 11/23/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/7/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/13/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US

ARCHIE AND FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #11

“Archie as Captain Pureheart in the Knack of Time” – Veronica is in the clutches of the The Time Wizard and it’s Captain Pureheart to the rescue! Teaming up with Evilheart, the former foes do battle with the master of time while being transported from one century to the next! Journey along with our heroes through the ages as they attempt to save the damsel in distress while searching for a way back home.

Script: Frank Doyle

Art: Bill Vigoda, Mario Acquaviva

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 11/30/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/14/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/20/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US

BETTY #195

Betty and Me in “Mission Implausible” – Archie is in the clutches of the enemy (a.k.a. Veronica)! Betty’s mission, should she choose to accept it, is to lure him back using all her skills. Will Betty succeed in her quest, or will Archie manage to resist her charms? In “Pass Me By”, Mrs. Andrews plays cupid by inviting love sick Betty in for a chance meeting with her son, but will their paths cross as planned? And last but not least, our favorite teenage witch Sabrina does her best to prevent her aunt from transforming her boyfriend into a primate but you’re guaranteed to witness some monkey business in “An Uncle’s Monkey”!

Script: Al Hartley, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren, Joe Edwards

Art: Al Hartley, Dan DeCarlo, Joe Edwards, Jon Diagostino, Rudy Lapick

Cover by Dan DeCarlo

Shipping Date: 11/16/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/30/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/6/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #196

Betty and Veronica in “Then and Now” – With a little help from their friends, Betty and Veronica put on a show illustrating just how different life was for teenagers in the past in comparison to the modern conveniences teens take for granted in our modern society and just might learn something in the process.

And don’t miss Archie and the Gang in “It’s a Wrap!” where they set up a gift wrapping service in the mall during the holiday season. Archie can’t seem to catch a break as each gift is increasingly more difficult to wrap than the last! But hey, it’s for charity! Meanwhile Reggie might be spending Christmas in the hospital wrapped in bandages if he can’t keep his mitts to himself!

Script: George Gladir, Bill Golliher?
Art: Tim Kennedy, Stan Goldberg, Ken Selig, Jim Amash

Cover by Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 11/16/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/30/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/6/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #219

Betty and Veronica in “This Looks Like a Job For a Sugarplum!” – Christmas is fast approaching and as Betty and Veronica prepare for the merry occasion they are paid an unexpected visit from Sugarplum the fairy. Upset at having been recently fired by Santa himself, the girls attempt to help Sugarplum get back on her feet with a new job. However, her innate spirit of giving doesn’t exactly help matters!

The story continues in “For the Love of Archie” after the unemployed fairy decides to model herself after Veronica and begin a career in shopping! Things get heated when Sugarplum’s newfound desire to be like Veronica piques her interest in Archie.

In “Hello Dolly”, Sugarplum sees an opportunity to help out a poor family for Christmas but accidentally end up on the opposite end of the gift giving, literally!

Our story concludes with “It’s My Party and I’ll Fly if I Want To!” in which Sugarplum helps the girls pull off their Christmas party where a jolly visitor not on the guest list just might stop by!

Script: Kathleen Webb, Bill Yoshida?
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Barry Grossman, Jimmy DeCarlo

Cover by Dan DeCarlo

Shipping Date: 11/2/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/16/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 11/22/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US

JUGHEAD #210

“Jughead in Psyche-Out!” – Archie’s best pal continues his search for a place to call home… at least temporarily. After yet another living situation goes awry, Jughead finds shelter with Riverdale High’s resident pop psychologist, Trula Twyst! Jughead hopes to use the opportunity for Trula to analyze him and sort out his family issues before he over stays his welcome! However, Jug may not be the only one taking advantage of his stay…

Script: Craig Boldman

Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 11/2/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/16/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 11/22/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #176

“Jughead and Jellybean in The Choice and The Challenge!” – It’s time for the annual Riverdale Winter Carnival featuring rides, games and best of all, a Christmas cupcake eating contest! Delighted at the prospect of competing, Jughead declares this will be the best Christmas ever! In order to take on legendary competitive eater, Two-Fisted Toni, Jughead must prepare for the match and secure his victory. Only problem is Jug’s parents have saddled him with babysitting duties watching kid sister Jellybean! Can Jughead juggle his responsibility to his family as well as his appetite for winning?

“Jughead in A Season To Remember” – Jughead skipping breakfast? Archie arriving early for school? Pop’s Chok’lit Shop lacking customers? Jughead shares with the class memories of the previous winter when the cold was so bitter it had an unusual effect on the residents of Riverdale!

Script: Tom DeFalco?
Art: Ron Frenz

Cover by Ron Frenz

Shipping Date: 11/30/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/14/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/20/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US.

KEVIN KELLER #4

“Kevin in Taking the Lead!” – Kevin is flying high after having represented Riverdale High on “Witmasters” and coming out the winner! Now with class elections starting up, Veronica schemes to utilize Kevin’s momentum into a successful campaign for president! But not everyone is backing Kevin as his opponent’s prejudice results in dirty politics! Can Kevin rise above and prove he’s the man for the job?

Script: Dan Parent?

Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski

Cover by Dan Parent

Shipping Date: 11/30/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/14/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/20/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #15

“Archie Marries Veronica” – There’s trouble in paradise as Archie deals with the painful split from his wife Veronica who, to Archie’s horror, is making tabloid headlines with her romantic exploits! Archie’s not the only one with problems though as Jughead’s business may go up in smoke and something is amiss with Dilton’s amazing discovery!

Plus, in “Archie Marries Betty”, what do Archie’s day dreams have to do with Veronica’s mysterious disappearance and how will Dilton’s multiverse theory come into play? Another piece of the puzzle falls into place and you won’t want to miss it!

Script: Paul Kupperberg?
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Al Milgrom, Bob Smith

Cover by Glenn Whitmore

Shipping Date: 11/9/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/23/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 11/29/11

64-page, full color comic

$4.99 US

MEGA MAN #8

“Time Keeps Slipping” Part Four: The finale to Mega Man’s newest adventure! Dr. Wily has captured Roll and turned the eight Robot Masters against Mega Man! Can the blue bomber and Federal agent Jill Alomar turn the tides, save Roll, and bring down Dr. Wily for good? Don’t miss this thrilling conclusion! ?

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Chad Thomas

Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Shipping Date: 11/23/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/7/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/13/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #231

“Lost in the Moment”: The world is safe – but at a terrible cost. As Sonic tries to rally the Freedom Fighters, Dr. Eggman unleashes his Titan Metal Sonic on the city! Can our heroes salvage the fight, or is there just too much chaos to handle? Then, in “Haunted,” the effects of “Genesis” bring back some old problems for Ixis Naugus. ?

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ben Bates, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin

Cover by Ben Bates

Shipping Date: 11/16/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/30/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 12/6/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #1

Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary celebration kicks into high gear this fall with the all-new SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Get your need-for-speed on with non-stop action and tons of heroes and villains from the SONIC THE HEDGEHOG games and cartoons! This magazine-sized, quarterly collection takes new readers on a journey into GENESIS, a bombastic birthday bash with Shadow the Hedgehog, and the incredible assault on Eggman’s Empire! Sonic super-fans will also be treated with part one of the SONIC TIME LINE, featuring new art from fan-favorite artist Jamal Peppers, as well as tons of bonus features!

Script: Ian Flynn.

Art: Patrick Spaziante, Tracy Yardley!, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jason Jensen and Matt Herms

Enhanced Cover by Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

Shipping Date: October 12th, 2011

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: October 26th, 2011

On Sale on Newsstands: November 1st, 2011

128-page, full color magazine

$9.99 US

SONIC UNIVERSE #34

“Babylon” Part Two: The Babylon Rogues have found the way to revive the long-lost city of Babylon Garden! The only thing standing in their way is the entire Battle Bird Armada. Feathers fly as the feuding factions finally throw down for the first time! Rogues vs. Armada! Jet vs. Speedy! The Battle Lord in action! You cannot miss this intense installment!?

Script: Tracy Yardley!

Art: Tracy Yardley!

Cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms

Shipping Date: 11/9/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/23/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 11/29/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #12

First up is “The Challenge” where budget cuts to Riverdale High have the students pitching ideas on how to save the school money. With the school in financial crisis how will Betty manage to write a comedy about school life? Or is her class project the key solution?

After that, Archie attempts to beat the holiday rush in “Holiday Hassle” by getting a jump start on his Christmas shopping but will planning in advance pay off?

Finally, it’s the last day of school before winter break and Ms. Beazly has whipped up a Christmas feast for the students of Riverdale but with no one to cook for at home Ms. Beazly is a regular Scrooge. Wanting to do something special for the lonely chef, Jughead will attempt to return the favor in “Now You’re Cooking!”

Script: George Gladir, Mike Pellowski

Art: Stan Goldberg, Randy Elliott, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Rich Koslowski, Ken Selig

Cover by Fernando Ruiz

Shipping Date: 11/9/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/23/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 11/29/11

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 US

GRAPHIC NOVELS

ARCHIE CYBER ADVENTURES

Archie Cyber Adventures picks up where the real world leaves off. Dive right into a new gaming universe filled with danger and excitement. When Dilton Doiley’s newest invention goes awry, Archie’s pals ‘n’ gals are trapped inside the game! Now it’s up to Archie to save the day! Will he make it in time or will it be “Game Over”?

Artist Joe Staton teams up with writer Stephen Oswald to take you on a wild new adventure full of pixelated peril! Jam-packed with nods to iconic videogames and witty pop-culture references, think of this as where the world of Archie meets Tron!

Ideal for adult and children’s graphic novel sections.

Script: Stephen Oswald

Art: Joe Staton

978-1-8797-9483-2

$9.95/$10.95CAN

6 x 9”

Trade Paperback

128 pp

Direct Market On-sale: 12/7/2011

SONIC SELECT VOL. 4: ZONE WARS

This fourth volume of the popular Sonic Select series collects for the first time the alternate-reality madness of the Zone Wars saga from the Sonic the Hedgehog Super Special comic books plus the entire island adventure from the Sonic Blast Special.

Sonic’s in for more than a world of trouble as he tackles the biggest baddies the multiverse has to offer. It’s a case of mistaken identity as the devious Dr. Eggman and Dimitri swap the minds of Sonic and Knuckles… a “Crisis of Infinite Sonics!”

Script: Dan Slott,

Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante

978-1-8797-9482-5

$11.95/$12.95CAN

6 x 9”

Trade Paperback

128 pp

Direct Market On-sale: 11/23/2011