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Preview: Archie 75 Series: Archie Giant Series

ARCHIE 75 SERIES: ARCHIE GIANT SERIES

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script/Art: Harry Lucey, Terry Szenics, Frank Doyle, Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Vince DeCarlo, Joe Sinnott, Stan Goldberg, Barry Grossman, George Gladir, Mike Pellowski, Bill Yoshida, Jim DeCarlo, Joe Edwards & Bill Vigoda
On Sale Date: 3/4
75-page, digital exclusive comic
$2.99

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Starting out as a seasonal magazine, Archie Giant Series evolved into a wide branding for one-shot specials — a little bit like Pep Digital. Archie Giant Series is a bit of a mysterious entry in the Archie Library — the numbering goes up to #632, but there are only 332 issues! In this collection, we’ll look through the series history and show you some of the highlights.

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Preview: Archie 75 Series: Ginger, Sweetheart of a Nation

ARCHIE 75 SERIES: GINGER, SWEETHEART OF A NATION

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Script/Art: George Frese, Harry Lucey, Joe Edwards
Cover: Harry Lucey
On Sale Date: 2/5
75-page digital comic
$2.99 U.S.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Making her debut WAY back in 1943, Ginger got her own 10-issue series in 1952 after making several guest-star appearances in Zip and Suzie Comics. A fascinating snapshot of the 1950s, Ginger’s wacky antics involve her on-and-off boyfriend Ickky, her grumpy dad, and more! Join us as we present some of the funniest stories from the series, from crazy clothing to school dance disasters!

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Preview: Pep Digital Vol. 179: Archie’s Touchdown Tales

PEP DIGITAL VOL. 179: ARCHIE’S TOUCHDOWN TALES

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script/Art: George Gladir, Stan Goldberg, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Kathleen Webb, Bob Smith, Mike Pellowski, Pat Kennedy, Vickie Williams, Dan DeCarlo Jr., Jim DeCarlo, Rex Lindsey, Joe Edwards, Jon D’Agostino, Ken Selig & Mike Esposito
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/5
62-page digital comic
$2.99 U.S.

It’s time to hit the football field once again with Archie and friends! We’ve collected some of our favorite football stories for you in this issue of Pep Digital. Can Archie score the winning touchdown? Will Reggie be a team player? Will Moose crush the entire rival team single-handedly? Find out inside!

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Preview: Archie 75 Series: Archie’s TV Laugh-Out

ARCHIE 75 SERIES: ARCHIE’S TV LAUGH-OUT

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Joe Edwards
On Sale Date: 12/25
100-page, digital exclusive
$6.99 U.S.

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Inspired by some of the wackiest TV shows of the ’60s and ’70s, Archie’s TV Laugh-Out featured an all-star cast of Archie and friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Li’l Jinx and more. Serving as a tie-in to the popular Archie Comics cartoons at the time, Archie’s TV Laugh-Out was home to some of the funniest stories of the era. In this collection, we’ll take a look at the series’ 106-issue run and spotlight some of the best stories and one-page gags ever!

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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.

Archie Comics First Look: Archie & Friends #159

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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.
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com
Don’t forget to read some of your favorite Archie comics digitally – download the Archie app!

Archie Comics First Look: Archie & Friends #159

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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.
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com
Don’t forget to read some of your favorite Archie comics digitally – download the Archie app!

Archie Comics First Look: Betty #195

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

Archie Comics First Look: Archie And Friends #158

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ARCHIE AND FRIENDS #158

“The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. in Undercurrent!”: In the middle of a top secret mission, P.O.P. spies A.r.c.h.i.e. and V.e.r.o.n.i.c.a. are apprehended at the hands of C.R.U.S.H. Agents and taken to Super Spy’s lair! Can B.e.t.t.y. and R.e.g.g.i.e. rescue their friends before Super Spy extracts all of P.O.P.’s secrets from his captives? And in “Who Screams Last… Screams Best!”, it’s B.e.t.t.y.’s turn to get taken hostage by Super Spy but he wasn’t counting on her secret weapon… All that and Li’l Jinx in “Fight Sight”!

Script: Frank Doyle.

Art: Bob White, Mario Acquaviva, Joe Edwards

Cover by Bill Vigoda

Shipping Date: 10/5/11

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/19/11

On Sale on Newsstands: 10/26/11

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 US.
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com
Don’t forget to read some of your favorite Archie comics digitally – download the Archie app!

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