Script: Francis Bonnet, Tom DeFalco Art: Rex Lindsey, Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Rex Lindsey, Jack Morelli Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 2/1 192-page, full color digest $9.99 U.S.
TWO BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “Detective for a Day,” Archie and Jughead happen to walk right into the middle of a fight scene between Fu Chang and a gang of criminals. As Fu Chang takes them down, Archie and Jughead’s eyes widen with excitement and decide right then that they, too, want to be awesome crime-fighting detectives like him! Will they be able to learn from the master, or will they get under his skin before he can give them a taste of the detective life?
Then, in “The Ghost of Grimloch Island,” superheroes The Shield and Wizard have sent the Boy Buddies to investigate rumors of a ghost on Grimloch Island. Little Archie, who often goes fishing on the island, has made friends with its sole inhabitant—a hermit called Harry. Harry isn’t happy about these ghostly rumors. He doesn’t want his peaceful island overrun by tourists and ghost-hunters. Can Little Archie team up with Harry to scare the Boy Buddies away?
Script: Dan Parent, Ian Flynn, Tom DeFalco Art: Dan Parent, James Fry, Pat and Tim Kennedy Inks: Bob Smith, Jim Amash Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Jack Morelli Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/25 192-page, full color digest, $9.99
THREE BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “Be Your Valentine!” Veronica keeps getting valentines dropped into her locker from a secret admirer. They seem very romantic, and she’s intrigued. Then when she hides out to sneak a look at her admirer, she notices it’s someone she’d never expect! Who is it, and what does he really want?
Then, in “The Ultimate Test,” superhero Mr. Justice touches down in Pembrooke. And he’s tasked with something of supreme importance: being Cheryl Blossom’s life coach! But will the job of making sure Cheryl Blossom treats others with kindness be the toughest mission Mr. Justice has ever been on?
Finally, Betty and Veronica stumble upon a super-battle between Steel Sterling and the Blue Bison, a hulking brute who possesses even greater strength than Steel. Noting that Archie is a big fan of Steel, the girls compete with each other to get an autograph during the super-battle, causing even more visual chaos. Will they get in Steel’s way of victory?
Script: Bill Golliher Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent, Rosario “Tito” Peña 978-1-64576-872-2 $14.99 US / $18.99 CAN 6 x 9” 144 pp, Full Color Trade Paperback Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/25
Archie and his friends from Riverdale have been globetrotting for decades… but their favorite place to visit by far is India! This special collection includes every story where Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and yes, even Reggie, have travelled to the great country. And what would any great trip be without plenty of romance, special cameo appearances, and TONS of musical moments? Plus, a BRAND-NEW STORY! In “Stars in Their Eyes,” Bollywood star Amisha Mehta has a film lined up to shoot in India and manages to get Betty and Veronica a gig as extras. The girls arrive on the set and Amisha discovers one of the biggest teen heartthrobs, Prasad Arora, is now scheduled to be in the film as well. When she hears this, she’s hopeful she will be in a scene with her crush. Betty and Veronica decide to play matchmaker to get Prasad and Amisha introduced… but will they cause more harm than good?
Archie Milestones Digest #18: Jughead Guide to Life
Script: Craig Boldman Art: Rex Lindsey Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Rex Lindsey Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/18 192-page, full color digest, $9.99
Archie Milestones returns with a brand-new spotlight on everyone’s favorite burger-loving BFF: Jughead Jones! In the BRAND-NEW STORY “It’s A Jug, Jug, Jug, Jug World!” Archie and the gang haven’t seen much of Jughead lately. As it turns out, he’s been spending time in a VR facility which allows him to create his own virtual reality landscape. The others are able to plug themselves into this world that Jughead has created so they decide to sample it. What will they encounter on their virtual tour of Jughead’s ideal world? From time travel to life lessons and everything in-between, this digest highlights the best and brightest Jughead moments and stories—with plenty of snacks along the way!
Riverdale’s iconic BFFs Betty and Veronica are striking out on their own and forming a new band called Rock Candi in Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Rock ‘N’ Roll, a one-shot from Archie Comics releasing in March. In a story written and drawn by Holly G!, the duo quit The Archies band and team up with drummer Jola Kitt, also making her first appearance in the issue.
The upheaval caused by Rock Candi marks a rare status quo change in Riverdale’s music scene, which has remained steady since The Archies debuted in Life With Archie #60 in 1967. The fictional band was part of a wave of multimedia pop music acts at the time, and the concept took off with a tie-in animated television series and original music releases, most notably “Sugar, Sugar” in 1969.
Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Rock ‘N’ Roll, which also includes reprints of rock-themed stories from throughout Archie history, releases March 8 in comic shops nationwide and is available for pre-order now. Inker Bob Smith and colorist Glenn Whitmore join Holly on art, and the story is lettered by Jack Morelli.
Script: Bill Golliher, Ian Flynn, Tom DeFalco Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Steven Butler, Lily Butler, Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Jack Morelli Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/11 192-page, full color digest $9.99 U.S.
THREE BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “Frigid Frolic,” Jughead convinces Archie and Toni to join in a Frigid Frolic Fundraiser activity at the beach, (that’s an ocean swim in the dead of winter!) mainly because he hears there’s going to be great snacks afterwards. This gets Toni’s attention and Archie’s draw is the chance to meet some new girls. Reggie and Veronica overhear and plan to join in as well to show how tough they can be. Who will be able to withstand the cold and come out the chilly champion?
Then, in “Friendship is Magic,” superhero Darla Lang, aka DARKLING, comes face-to-face with another magically-powered teen: Sabrina the Teenage Witch! Sabrina’s got a problem; a portal has opened up in her aunts’ house and she has to get rid of it before she lets evil in. Will their combined power do the trick?
Finally, in “Vs the Sorceress Suprema,” Pureheart the Powerful and Steel Sterling team up to stop the beautiful sorceress SUPREMA, whose been stealing jewels all throughout Riverdale! But will their strength be a match against her cunning charm and beauty?
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña 978-1-64576-905-7 $11.99 US / $15.99 CAN 5 1/4 x 8” 224 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/28
One of the first anthology showcases of the Riverdale gang, Laugh Comics ran for over 400 issues from 1946 into the ’90s, and featured some of the best Archie stories ever told! Now we proudly present stories from various eras of this title for a new generation to enjoy in a snappily designed bookshelf-worthy paperback!
Script: Dan Parent, Ian Flynn Art: Dan Parent, Steven Butler, Bob Smith, Ben Galvan, Lily Butler Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Jack Morelli Cover: Francis Bonnet, Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/14 192-page, full color comic $8.99 U.S.
THREE BRAND NEW STORIES! First, in “Snow Way!“ when Betty and Veronica make snowmen in front of Veronica’s mansion, Veronica decides to outdo Betty and make a high-fashion snow-woman. Even though it’s done mostly as a joke, it catches the eye of a holiday blogger and goes viral. Suddenly Veronica’s on Fashion TV with a whole runway of fashionable snow-people! But can she keep her cool enough to maintain this level of cold-weather celebrity?
Then, in “Expensive Stuffing,” Betty’s volunteering at the local animal rehabilitation center, when she’s tasked with a very special case—the superhero Captain Flag’s beloved pet eagle is sick! Does Betty have the know-how to bring this special super-powered animal back to health?
And last, Darkling returns in “She’s Goth What It Takes!” The new girl at Riverdale High has turned Archie’s head, but Darla Lang is no ordinary student – she’s got a host of magical powers and otherworldly monsters are hot on her trail. But can Darkling handle these frights without some down-to-earth help?
Script: Tom DeFalco Art: Holly G, Bob Smith Colors: Glenn Whitmore Letters: Jack Morelli Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/7 32-page, full color comic $2.99 U.S.
We’re celebrating Christmas with a BRAND-NEW story to kick off this collection of festive tales! In “Christmas Pie Guy,” our story begins as an irate Ms. Beazly, who’s just had one of her famous Christmas pies stolen! The thief? Beazly believes it to be Jughead and wants to make sure he pays. Seeing her rage, Mr. Svenson tries to spark the Christmas spirit back in his friend—but can it be done?
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/7 192-page, full color comic $8.99 U.S.
Archie Showcase Digest returns with another collection of ho-ho-hilarious and festively fun stories, puzzles, and much, much more! Grab a copy or ten and fill the stockings of the Archie fans in your life!