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Archie Comics’ Releases in August 2020 Solicitations

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #311

BRAND NEW STORY: “It’s Who You Mow!” When Archie lands a summer gig mowing lawns, Reggie’s determined to steal his business away! But is the grass greener on Reggie’s side of the street?

Script: Bill Bettwy
Art: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/5
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #311

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: FOREVER (TR)

When Archie and his friends get together, there’s always an adventure to be had! From musical endeavors to epic beach parties, from school shenanigans to travelling the globe, there’s never a dull moment with Archie and his Riverdale pals ‘n’ gals!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bill Galvan, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-64576-942-2
$12.99 US/$15.99 CAN
6 x 9”
TR
120 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/5

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: FOREVER (TR)

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: ENDLESS SUMMER #1

Celebrate summer vacation with Archie & Friends! And this summer promises to be a wild one—complete with spooky island resorts, camp tales, a sunny Florida road trip, and a fun beach trip with a very unexpected guest!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE & FRIENDS: ENDLESS SUMMER #1 CVR A Reg: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/12
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: ENDLESS SUMMER #1

ARCHIE’S EXPLORERS OF THE UNKNOWN (TR)

Monsters! Giant robots! Maniacs and masterminds! When evil rears its ugly head, you can be sure that the Explorers of the Unknown will be there to save the day! Join the team of heroes, who look a lot like our favorite Riverdale teens, as they battle a rogue cyclops, a giant crab monster, and the diabolical Doctor Gloom! Will these soldiers of fortune be able to triumph over the forces of evil? Find out in over 160 pages of action and adventure!

Script: Rich Margopoulos
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jon D’Agostino, Barry Grossman, Mindy Eisman
Cover: Rex Lindsey
978-1-64576-971-2
$8.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
TR
168 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/5

ARCHIE’S EXPLORERS OF THE UNKNOWN (TR)

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285

BRAND NEW STORY: “What If Betty & Veronica Were Guys?” Meet Beau and Vernon—two very different best guy friends with something in common: their mutual love of the beautiful Archina! Who will win her heart—and be her date to the school dance?!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/12
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #282

BRAND NEW STORY: “Hansel and Gretel Incorporated” Hansel and Gretel are two home improvement business partners who hit the home renovation jackpot: improving a home made entirely out of sweets! This classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale gets a delicious Archie-style makeover!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/5
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #282

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #101

BRAND NEW STORY: “Burger Bonanza” When Pop’s holds its first-ever competitive burger eating contest, it’s a no-brainer that Jughead’s going to sign up. But can anyone really compete with the burger-loving teen?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/12
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #101

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #312

Check out the exciting adventures of Archie Andrews in this super-size book! With a blend of modern and classic stories, puzzles, games, and more special features, you can’t go wrong!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/19
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #312

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS SPARK (TR)

This collection of 1000 pages worth of classic and hilarious stories is sure to spark joy in every Archie fan’s life!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-64576-946-0
$14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On Sale Date: 8/12

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS SPARK (TR)

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #286

Nothing’s better than 100+ pages of laughs and love triangles! Read some of the best stories from BFFs Betty and Veronica!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/26
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #286

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #283

Being the most popular girls at Riverdale High means that Betty & Veronica have a lot of friends! Check out tons of stories, games, puzzles, and more!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/19
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #283

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #102

There’s a whole world of Archie comics out there, and you can find them all right here! Check out over 190 pages of fun, with special guest appearances from the extended Archie cast—this issue places a special focus on Archie’s BFF, the ever-hungry Jughead Jones!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/26
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #102

Archie Comics Reveals Its June Releases

Archie Comics has revealed that it will resume shipping new content to comic book stores beginning with new releases on sale Wednesday, May 20th.

The publisher is working to spread out the number of releases on our upcoming schedule to better manage the flow of new content to retailers.

The new release schedule is listed below along with revised final order cut-off dates so that retailers may make adjustments to their order numbers.

May 2020

On Sale 5/20 (5/4 FOC)
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #282 (FEB201515)

On Sale 5/27 (5/11 FOC)
Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5 (FEB201505-FEB201507)
The New Archies GN (FEB201513)

June 2020

On Sale 6/03 (5/18 FOC)
Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (FEB201496-FEB201500)

On Sale 6/10 (5/18 FOC)
Archie vs. Predator II GN (FEB201508)
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #98 (FEB201516)
Archie Milestones Jumbo Comics Digest #8 (FEB201517)

On Sale 6/17 (5/25 FOC)
Vampironica New Blood #4 (FEB201509-FEB201511)
B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #280 (FEB201518)

On Sale 6/24 (6/01 FOC)
Life with Archie Vol. 2 GN (FEB201514)
Archie & Friends Geeks & Games (FEB201512)
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #309 (FEB201519)

Release dates for product shipping in July will be revealed soon.

All Archie Comics releases originally scheduled with on-sale dates in March – June 2020 will be fully returnable.

Preview: Archie & Friends: Geeks & Games #1

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: GEEKS & GAMES #1

Script: Francis Bonnet, Angelo DeCesare
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Bob Smith Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Vincent Lovallo
Digital On Sale Date: 4/29
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Get ready for some hi-tech hijinks in this issue of ARCHIE & FRIENDS! Get hooked on the latest video game craze Forknite, meet Archie’s new, unusual pet, try to find something that was gone in a flash and hunt down some hamburgers with your very own phone in these tech-savvy stories!

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: GEEKS & GAMES #1

Preview: Sabrina: Something WIcked #2 (of 5)

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #2 (of 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Sweeney Boo, Rian Gonzales
Digital On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sabrina has long felt the pull her two worlds, witch and mortal, but she’s always had her devoted aunts Hilda and Zelda on her side to help guide her through that gauntlet. But when a spell suggests she can no longer trust even them, where will Sabrina turn as a series of supernatural murders fall upon the town of Greendale?

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #2 (of 5)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #4 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri and Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Vic Malhotra, Lisa Sterle
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The clock is ticking on Veronica Lodge as she learns the terrible secrets hidden deep in her family’s history—and comes to understand that her horrifying past isn’t as distant as she’d like. Now, if she wants to keeps her family and friends safe, Veronica will face her most chilling challenge yet.

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Preview: Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5 (of 5)

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (OF 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Eva Cabrera, Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Martian crew has been captured by the Venusian Queen Hesper and her Battle Princesses! Cosmo is faced with a difficult choice when Hesper offers him a position of power as her loyal King in exchange for the release of his friends! Will Cosmo prove himself to be the mightiest Martian?! The confrontation on Venus ends here!

COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #5 (OF 5)

Preview: Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (of 5)

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Sweeney Boo, Rebekah Isaacs, Marguerite Sauvage, Cameron Stewart
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day—saved her friends, her family—the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?!

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)

Archie Will Release Some April Titles But Delay Future Titles and Offers Returnability

Archie Comics

Comic publishers are scrambling as to what to do with releases with COVID-19 spreading. Some have stopped releases while others are offering returnability as well. Archie Comics has released the below statement to retailers.

In it, the publisher has three titles that are too far in release to stop and will be done so physically and digitally. Other titles will be delayed into the future. The publisher is also offering returnability for a limited time.

You can read the full statement to retailers below:

It is an understatement to say that these are challenging and uncertain times for everyone. We want to be as transparent and communicative as possible in regards to what we plan to do with our products over the coming weeks and months.

As noted in an earlier statement, we do not want to put an undue burden on retailers already facing shutdowns and limited-to-no distribution from Diamond. Some of the early steps we’ve taken to accomplish this include, but are not limited to, offering returnability on all of our products originally scheduled for release in March & April. We are now extending that to cover releases in the month of May.

We are also indefinitely delaying all of our planned releases for new direct-market focused comic book projects originally scheduled to launch in late-April through July. This includes our recently announced Betty Cooper: Superteen and Archie Meets Flash Gordon one-shots as well as future issues of Archie & Katy Keene, Sabrina: Something Wicked, Super Duck, and the Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship OGN, as well as other, yet-to-be announced titles. The release schedules for these titles are fluid and will be re-evaluated at a later date.

With that said, we have three titles already in the pipeline that are too far down the path to pull back completely. This small selection of titles has already been printed, with copies mailed to our subscribers as well as select direct market retailers who have ordered custom variant covers. This includes Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (on sale 4/1), Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5 (on sale 4/1, final issue) and Vampironica: New Blood #4 (on sale 4/15, also a final issue).

As such, we will be releasing our full slate of 4/1 titles via our direct sale channels and digitally. These books are returnable via Diamond and we are able to service your backlist needs as well as provide limited front-list ordering directly from our warehouse if you wish to offer them to your customers. Please reach out directly to us via the usual communication channels and we can coordinate any orders as time and stock allows. Vampironica: New Blood #4, the final issue in the series, will be the last of our direct market-focused titles available digitally when it releases on 4/15.

While we will have already hit pause on all new direct-market focused titles, we will continue to publish our newsstand & subscriber-focused Classic Archie titles such as Archie Jumbo Comics Digest, Archie Milestones Jumbo Comics Digest, Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest, B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest, and World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest as long as this option remains available to us. Our graphic novels and book market releases such as Archie Comics Presents, our Giant Comics Series, and reprint titles such as Archie & Friends and Betty & Veronica: Friends Forever will continue as digital titles, with print releases depending on printer and distribution channel availability. These are titles that primarily serve channels outside of the direct market, which are currently still operating, just at a reduced capacity.

We are aiming to strike a delicate balance between meeting the needs of our subscriber and digital customers while also reducing the burden on our partners in the direct market. Our goal here is to make sure that the direct market is not left out of our core titles while also maintaining a steady stream of content and material for our other audiences – as well as keeping our own business needs and operational requirements in mind.

As many of you know, Archie is a unique publisher in that we serve a number of channels. We will update our comic shop partners each week with any new information and are taking a close look at what we can move into the later part of the year to lessen the stress on comic shops during the pandemic, and to ensure notable releases for when things return to some semblance of normal.

Please be safe and stay healthy. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions on how we can help you through these difficult times. This is a conversation and we want to remain in contact with you.

Preview: Super Duck #1 (of 4)

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Ryan Jampole
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Andy Fish, Adam Gorham, Erica Henderson
On Sale Date: 3/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Supe has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!

SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4)

A classic Archie superhero returns to duty in Betty Cooper: Superteen #1 by Danielle Paige and Brittney Williams!

Riverdale’s favorite girl-next-door is upgrading her already impressive power set this June as she takes the lead in a super-fun, super-exciting, super-powered one-shot comic book, Betty Cooper: Superteen!

Based on the classic superpowered versions of the Riverdale gang dating back to 1965, known as “Archie’s Super Teens,” this modern update of Betty’s super alter ego is written by YA fantasy phenom Danielle Paige, and features an updated stylistic look by artist Brittney WilliamsBetty’s modernized costume was redesigned by Robbi Rodriguez of Spider-Gwen fame.

In this fresh starting point for new Superteen fans, Betty is gifted with superpowers and takes the opportunity to level up her constant efforts to help people. But a new villain is on the scene, as well, and it looks like it might be her BFF, Veronica!

Betty Cooper is always trying her best. To be the best student. The best friend. The best person she can be. She’s not perfect – but she’s always willing to help. But when she finds herself gifted with out-of-this-world powers can Betty still do good without it affecting the low-key life she’s come to love? Also, what’s up with that villain looking a lot like . . . Veronica? BETTY COOPER: SUPERTEEN is a fun, action-adventure exploration of what it means to be a hero, set firmly in the familiar and modern world of Archie Comics.

Written by Daniel Paige, the comic features art by Brittney Williams, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli. It features a main cover by Williams with variants by Michael Allred, Emanuela Luppacchino, Marguerite Sauvage, and Michael Walsh. Betty Cooper: Superteen arrives in comic shops on June 10, 2020.

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