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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: 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: World of Archie: Xtreme Winter

WORLD OF ARCHIE: XTREME WINTER

Archie Digital Exclusive!
Script: Mike Pellowski and more!
Art: Fernando Ruiz and more!
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
On Sale Date: 1/23

It’s time to shred! Bust out your coolest tricks on the slopes with Archie and friends! The gang are strapping on their snowboards and giving you X-TREME winter action in this new digital exclusive collection! Will the gang make it down the mountain in one piece?

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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: Archie Comics Digest #254

ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

Script:  Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, Frank Gagliardo
Cover:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/17
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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!

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Preview: Archie’s Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #6

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #6

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Barry Grossman and Bill Yoshida
Cover: Gisele, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 6/18
320-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

The warm weather’s finally here and Archie and Reggie are looking for some fun in the sun! They’re ready to hit the beach for surfing and some very special sights! However when the girls suggest attending their fashion show instead the boys have to choose whether they want to be outdoors digging the new summer sights or stuck inside at a boring fashion show! Can they choose without hurting anyone’s feelings? Or will they get burned—and not just from the sun? See what happens in “Sea View!” the fun first story in this jam-packed JUMBO digest!

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Preview: Archie Double Digest #249

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #249

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

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!

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Preview: Archie Double Digest #248

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #248

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/29
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Get ready for a wild ride filled with action and adventure! Journey along with Archie as he embarks on the dangerous task of… watering the plants?! Leave it to Archie to make household chores exciting! Find out if it’s a job well done in “Green Thumb Dumb,” the lead story to a hilarious double digest!

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Preview – Archie and Friends Double Digest #21

ARCHIE AND FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #21

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jon D’Agostino
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/31
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Tis the season to be jolly, that is unless Mr. Weatherbee has anything to say about it! After a ban on holiday decorations is enforced at Riverdale High, the school halls just aren’t very festive. Archie and the gang intend to do something about it, but without breaking any of the school rules in “Decoration Daze!”

Archie Comics First Look: Betty And Veronica Double Digest #197

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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.
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