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Preview: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #46

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #46

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli,
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
288-page, Full Color
$6.99 U.S.

Archie and Jughead are spending their weekend at—school?! No, it’s not some kind of massive detention torture, they’ve been hired to do some repairs and paint the walls of Riverdale High School. They’re ready to do a job well done, but each crack and tear reminds them of a special memory they associate with it. Will they be too distracted to get the job done? Find out in “Between the Cracks,” the hilarious new lead story to this JUMBO comics digest!

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Review: Betty and Veronica Shopping Spree

band v shppp covSometimes I get the feeling from Archie Comics like there is some kind of great big inside joke, and that the people behind the comics are all kind of laughing at us.  Archie and his friends are after all an anachronism on numerous levels, both inside their stories and in popular culture.  They live inside of a world which is a mix of the modern with something from around the 1950s, and they are the last-romance-comic-standing from a time in comics when romance was big.  Despite all of that they find a way to be relevant and pertinent in a way that few of us would suspect.

This trade paperback featuring Betty and Veronica is an excellent example.  It is nothing more than a loosely tied together compendium of all the relevant stories from over the years about the two girls going to the mall (though focusing more on Veronica than on Betty, due to her in-story riches.)  While the volume might be labeled shopping spree, its name does not really relate to the stories inside.  Instead the stories deal with a variety of issues, some of them humorous, but others serious enough.  For instance, in one story Veronica sees a down-on-their-luck family that wants to buy a dress for their daughter’s birthday, but cannot due to the price.  After some surreptitious work with the clerk, Veronica manages to get the dress for the girl after.  Or in another, Betty uses saved-up babysitting money to go shopping, only to buy clothes for a down-on-her-luck friend, just as Veronica did.  So in a compendium where one might expect a series of goofball adventures fighting over deals and the last designer purse, instead we get a sequence of stories, half of them full of the morality of being generous and sharing, instead of being greedily interested in brand names.

The end result is a pretty fun experience.  Of course, those people that are irritated by the antics of the Riverdale gang are not going to enjoy this, but for those that look a little farther past the hijinks associated with this series, they will find a deeper message here.  And perhaps the inside joke of the Archie Comics comes out in the end in a different way after all, as a morality tale about shopping, highlighting friendship and generosity, comes out the same week as Black Friday, when we are told by corporations to act the opposite of what we see here.

Story: Dan Parent, Frank Doyle, George Gladir, Angelo DeCesare, Craig Boldman, Joe Edwards, Kathleen Webb, Mike Pellowski, Barbara Slate, Greg Cosby Art: Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo, Tim Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Doug Crane   

Story: 8.6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.6  Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Preview: Jughead and Archie Comics Annual #6

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #6

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña?
On Sale Date: 10/22
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

The Riverdale Fall Festival is here, and Jughead’s unable to partake in the one activity he loves most—enjoying his food! Falling leaves provide a scenic backdrop and who doesn’t love jumping into piles of them—but there’s one disadvantage—getting them in your food! Will autumn finally leave Jughead alone and let him eat in peace? Find out in “The Fall of Jughead and Archie,” the hilarious, NEW first story to this fall-flavored Comics Annual!

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Preview: Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #5

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #5

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/27
320-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

A day at the carnival is the perfect outing for good ol’ Jughead! Funnel cakes, cotton candy, giant lollipops, corn dogs, and … Ethel in a giant turtle suit? Ethel’s volunteered to run as mascot in the carnival fun run, and she’s challenged Jughead to compete! If she wins, Jughead has to take her out to the movies, and dinner, and a bunch of other things that Jughead wouldn’t be caught dead doing!

Well, no problem, right? Jughead can outrun a teen girl in a turtle suit … even if there is all kinds of free food being given away on the race track … Find out what happens in “The Old Shell Game,” the lead story in this Jumbo Comics Digest!

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Preview: Jughead & Archie Comics Digest #4

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #4

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/23
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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 digest!

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Preview: Jughead & Archie Comics Digest #3

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #3

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 6/25
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Jughead’s pining for the coveted “Steadiest Customer Award” spot at Pop’s until he finds out some unfortunate news—he’s NOT Pop’s VIP customer! The mysterious Mr. Milkweed has been visiting the Shoppe by one day more than ol’ Juggie. Now Jughead’s determined to win the top spot any way he can. What will he do? And just who is this Mr. Milkweed? The answers lie in “The Milkweed Lament,” the zany lead story to a hilarious digest!

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Preview: Jughead & Arche Comics Digest #2

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #2

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 5/28
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

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 digest!

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Preview: Jughead & Archie Double Digest #1

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #1

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 4/30
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Get ready for fun in this BRAND NEW double digest series! Could a goofy image of Archie in a not-so-flattering sweater from Veronica be the key to an opportunity of a lifetime for Jughead? That’s right—Jughead could be on the receiving end of free soda for a lifetime! If Jughead wins, will Archie be a sore loser (literally!) when Veronica sees the photo? Find out in “Label Fable,” this fun lead story to a hilarious NEW #1 double digest! Features a special first issue 5th ink-enhanced cover!

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Preview – Jughead Double Digest #186

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #186

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/31
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US

Christmas shopping is hard enough, especially when you’ve got a grinch like Reggie on your list. Jughead is determined to get the perennial trickster the perfect gift, but what do you get for the guy who puts the “bah” in “humbug”? Only way to find out is to read “The Christmas Turkeys!”

Preview – Jughead Double Digest #185

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #185

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
Shipping Date: 9/12
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 9/26
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Jughead has gone into the keychain business and he’s got a can’t-fail philosophy – don’t take “no” for an answer. As confident as Jughead is in his salesmanship, Reggie is even more-so about his ability to resist a sale. Can Jughead manage to fulfill his 100% sales goal or will Reggie be triumphant in remaining keychain-less? Find out in “Smooth Saleing!”

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