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Monday, April 1, 2002

ARCHIE COMICS FOR JULY

Following are Archie Comics' solicitations for July, with information coming from the company.

ARCHIE #525

Written by Craig Boldman, Mike Pellowski and George Gladir, art by Stan Goldberg.

"The Thinker." Archie decides to turn over a new leaf by thinking things through to their logical conclusions, but one man's logic has other conclusions in store for him. "Imagination." Archie finds out inventing toys isn't child's play. "Old Story." Archie takes a sudden interest in antiques - no surprise when the antique dealer's daughter is a teenage beauty. "Sausage Saga." A story illustrating how Riverdale has gone to the dogs - hot-dogs, that is.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 3.

ARCHIE #526

Written by Kathleen Webb, art by Stan Goldberg.

"If At First You Don't Succeed." According to Reggie, all is fair in love and war - even if it means keeping the other guy from cleaning his car for a big date. But when he finds out the "big date" is really Archie's parents' anniversary, he slams on the brakes.

32 pages, ships on July 31.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #60

Written and art by Holly Golightly.

"Hollywood Purrscription." Can it be so? Are the Pussycats really hanging up their tails and tambourines for Tinseltown? It looks that way, but they'll have to get over the speed bumps in their way: namely, a lot of awful screenplays. Will their movie careers fade out before they ever fade in?

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 10.

ARCHIE'S WEIRD MYSTERIES #23

Written by Paul Castiglia, art by Fernando Ruiz.

"The Galloping Ghost of Mystery Gulch." Everyone is delighted when plans for an "Ultra-Leisure-Plex" are unveiled at Riverdale's town festival - everyone, that is, except the spooky ghost horse who gallops through the proceedings. Who is the ghost horse, and why does it want the entertainment complex stopped?

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 17.

ARCHIE DIGEST #191

By various.

New stories and reprints.

Digest format, $2.19, ships on July 3.

BETTY #115

Written by Kathleen Webb, art by Stan Goldberg.

"Singin' the Blues." Accidentally brushing her hair with sister Polly's wild friend Brandy's brush leaves more than a blue streak in Betty's hair. Deciding she likes the look, she dyes her hair completely blue - but after all the trouble it causes, realizes that blondes really do have more fun.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 10.

BETTY & VERONICA #178

Written by Angelo DeCesare and Kathleen Webb, art by Jeff Shultz.

"Ron's Big Plan." A summer job at the zoo puts Betty and Veronica in charge of a cute elephant named Cuddles - and leads to a scheme that has them riding her to TV stardom (or so Ron hopes). "Let it Rain." Ronnie's disposition gets sunnier when Betty shows her how much fun they can have on a rainy day. "The Tryout." Veronica's agile and athletic attempts to avoid trying out for the girls' football team makes here a natural. "Picture Perfect." Veronica gets a first-hand lesson in "truth in advertising" when she and Betty pose for magazine ads.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 24.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #108

By various.

Reprints and new stories.

Digest format, $3.29, ships on July 10.

JUGHEAD #146

Written by Craig Boldman, art by Rex Lindsey.

"The Unkindest Cuts." When Jughead gets a job as an "extra" on a movie set, he doesn't grasp the concept that it doesn't mean "extra" dialogue. Hoping to silence him with food, the producers end up with a new problem: crunching and slurping. How long before silent movies make a comeback? "I Rate." If anyone knows the score, it's Jughead - and he's out to prove it by awarding ratings for everyday events like Archie's pratfalls and Pop Tate's sundaes. "Kissin' Impossible." Ethel decides mistletoes is good any time of the year, and that's anything but tidings of joy for Jughead.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 17.

JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE DIGEST #177

By various.

Reprints and new stories.

Digest format, $2.19, ships on July 31.

LAUGH DIGEST #177

By various.

Reprints and new stories.

Digest format, $2.19, ships on July 17.

PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #69

By various.

Reprints and new stories.

Digest format, $3.29, ships on July 31.

SABRINA #35

Written by Mike Gallagher, art by Dave Manak.

Based on the animated series from DIC airing on ABC and UPN networks.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 17.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #113

Written by Jay Oliveras and Karl Bollers, art by M. Hands.

"Cry of the Wolf." Last month readers said goodbye to Lupe and the Wolfpack. This month, witness how they first met and teamed up with the Freedom Fighters. Adapted from a classic episode of DIC's Saturday morning Sonic animated series, "Cry of the Wolf" is an issue-length epic which finds the classic incarnation of Sonic and his friends up against the original Dr. Robotnik and Snively, out to unleash their secret weapon.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 24.

VERONICA #129

Written and art by Dan Parent.

"The Idol of Adventure Island, Part One." If readers think Veronica erupts when she gets mad, get a load of the volcano at the end of this issue. Veronica gets more than she bargained for when she finds a jeweled doll on an island her father hopes to develop. Namely, she comes down with a severe case of bad luck. Advised to return the idol to the ancient burial ground where she found it, Veronica hopes this will end the curse. But she and her friends will have to survive the erupting volcano first.

32 pages, $1.99, ships on July 3.

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