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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008



Written by Batton Lash, art by Bill Galvan.

The "Freshman Year" saga begins here. "The Summer Before": Travel back in time with this five-issue tale that takes Archie and his friends back to their very first year in high school. It all starts with this poignant prologue which finds the gang wondering just what that first year will be like, while reflecting fondly on the past as well. Along the way, the gang must deal with the pending departure of one of their closest friends, as well as their bickering parents. And while the kids count the days until they enter their new school home, someone else is joining Riverdale High, too: Principal Waldo Weatherbee! All this, plus allusions to Captain Pureheart, The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., Veronica's worldwide travels, and more!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 23.


Written by Alex Simmons, art by Fernando Ruiz.

"California Dreaming Part One": When news of Archie and his friends' worldwide, mystery-solving adventures spreads, it isn't long before Hollywood comes knocking. MGG Studios exec Perri DeLane is sure the gang will be a hit, and takes them to the Catalina Comic Con to unveil her latest franchise.

Later, the "Minute Men of Menace," a gang of thieves who pull off their crimes in lightning-fast fashion, crash a swank invitation-only party that the gang are attending... and promptly kidnap all the celebrity guests! Can Archie and his friends solve yet another mystery so hot on the heels of their European tour? Is the plot of their movie being written before their eyes? These questions and more will be answered (maybe) when you read this intriguing tale!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 9.


Written by Mike Pellowski and various, art by Tim Kennedy and various.

"Pool Player": Archie's job as a swimming pool cleaner leaves him "all wet!" "Soggy Story": The summer is a real "day at the beach" for Archie... except when that day is rainy! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Digest format, $2.49, in stores on July 30.


Written by Angelo DeCesare, George Gladir and various, art by Bob Bolling, Randy Elliott and various.

"Gull-ible": An adorable, charming story presented in the much-loved "silent pantomime" style of Archie stories past. Lovebirds Archie and Betty meet some real "love birds" as they spend a day at the beach. "Absence Minded": Feeling slighted by his friends, Archie can't help but see reminders of them along every mile of beach. "The Cupid Caper": Cupid thinks his assignment to bring Archie and Betty closer together is a cake-walk. He hasn't counted on Veronica showing up! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Digest format, $3.69, in stores on July 9.

BETTY #175

Written by George Gladir, Bill Golliher, Mike Pellwoski and George Gladir, art by Stan Goldberg.

"The Flub Club": Convinced Archie is stepping out with a harem of girls, Betty tosses all reminders of him away... but are things really as they seem? "Fast Food Friends": Betty "flips out" when she learns she's Archie's new boss at the burger joint! "Mentor Mismatch": Betty and the young girl she mentors have so much in common they're practically clones... but will their opinions on Archie match up? "The Big Search": Betty dreams of searching for a mystery object at a flea market... and the next morning goes to the flea market to seek it out, even though she has no idea what it is!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 30.


Written and art by Dan Parent.

"Get Up & Go": When Veronica finds herself perpetually late for school, her father insists she start riding the bus. Will she give up the creature comforts of her father's limo so easily, or come up with an alternate way to travel with style?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 23.


Written by Mike Pellowski, art by Tim Kennedy and Jeff Shultz.

"Party Game": Dragged to another high-society party by Veronica, Betty resigns herself to the fact that Veronica will once again get all the attention... or will she? "Picnic Panic": The girls are looking for something to do, so Jughead suggests a picnic... as long as he can come along!

Digest format, $2.49, in stores on Aug. 6.


Written by Dan Parent and Mike Pellowski, art by Parent and Tim Kennedy..

Part 3 of a 5-part, interactive story where the readers decide the outcome! "And the Winner Is... Part 3 of 5": 2008 is an election year, and Archie Comics is no exception as we present a special election of our own: your chance to vote for Cheryl Blossom's new boyfriend! Two issues ago, Reggie and Cheryl broke up, and Cheryl wound up on the TV show "The Lonely Hearts Club" in search of a new beau. Three hot contestants stepped up for the challenge, and you the reader will witness each of their dates with Cheryl and vote for who you think Cheryl should choose online at! This issue, Cheryl goes on a date with Brandon. He's a computer genius and entrepreneur, but even clumsier than Archie! That might be more than Cheryl can handle... unless your votes decide otherwise!

Also: "Pool Players": Tired of all the splashing kids at the public pool where she lifeguards, Betty can't wait to "relax" around Veronica's pool... or will she?

Digest format, $3.69, in stores on August 6.


Written by Craig Boldman, art by Jeff Shultz.

"Winging It": Jughead and his friends "shuffle off to Buffalo" for the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Along the way, they encounter many famous people and buffalo wing landmarks including festival organizer Drew Cerza and Mayor Brown - birthplace of buffalo wings and Dunn Tire Park, the home of the Buffalo Bisons and host of the Wing Festival. Jughead's entry is sure to be the favorite of the competition... unless a shifty saboteur sours the sauce! Will Jughead's dreams of winning the festival take flight, or will he be grounded? Find out for yourself ­ don't miss this special issue-length epic!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 30.


Wrtten by Melanie Morgan and various, art by Joe Staton and various.

The thrilling conclusion to the epic saga of jughead's new love life... featuring Jughead's new, realistic look! "The MatchMakers Part 4": Having "set-up" Jughead and Sandy, matchmakers Archie, Betty, Reggie and Veronica now must face off against them in the couples' competition at the school picnic. The friends are surprised at how well Jughead and Sandy work together in the contest... especially for a "new couple!" Is their relationship the "real deal," or have they merely set up those who set them up? Find out for yourself in the thrilling conclusion to this intriguing 4-part tale! Last year's "Bad Boy Trouble" set the comics world on its ear as the teens were depicted in a realistic style. Comic book legends Joe Staton and Al Milgrom carry on that look, handling pencils and inks respectively, in what is sure to be one of the more intriguing Archie stories of the year!

Digest format, $3.69, in stores on July 23.


Written by Jesus Holguin, Bill Golliher, Angelo DeCesare and various, art by Fernando Ruiz, Bill Galvan, Jeff Shultz and various.

"Mexican Mix-Up": Introducing Tóno Diaz! Tóno's parents own an event planning business, and it's Tono's job to do the landscaping ­ with some help from mechanized robots his father created! When the Diaz family decides to handle a party at Mr. Lodge's, it doesn't take long for Archie to show up... and we all know how dangerous Archie is around mechanical devices! "Whose Car is it Anyway?": Breaking down on the side of the road proves serendipitous for Archie when he runs into his car's original order! "On the Job Starining": Movie grosses hit an all-time low when Archie gets a job at a cinema! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Digest format, $3.69, in stores on July 16.


Written nad art by Tania del Rio.

"Remembrance Part One": Thanks to Llandra and Batty Bartholomew, Sabrina has managed to snap out of the evil hold the dark duality wand has had upon her. However, she's still a long way from a full recovery. The only way for Sabrina to get back to normal is to use the healing wand a lot to balance out the other wand. Sabrina begins by restoring the memories of all those affected before her dark detour, including Batty Bartholomew and the members of the Four Blades movement. While this helps to fade the darkness from Sabrina, another problem arises: even though the original Four Blades have had their memories restored, they're not being very cooperative! Shinji tries getting them involved in his cause, but they remain defiant, keeping their mouths shut about what they remember from the original Four Blades Day. What are they hiding? It's another tale of magic and intrigue as only Sabrina can deliver!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 14.


Written by Ian Flynn, art by James Fry and Terry Austin, cover by Pat Spaziante.

"Cracking the Eggman": The city is being ransacked in a series of robberies perpetrated by cowboys, astronauts, pirates, ninjas, knights and more -- all who mysteriously look like Eggman! Is it really the work of Sonic's #1 nemesis, or is someone actually foolish enough to frame the infamous foe? Can Sonic and his friends stop this costumed crime-wave before the town is looted dry?

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 23.


Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley and Jim Amash, cover by Yardley and Josh Ray.

"A Bold New Mobeus Part 2: Duality": Worlds collide as Sonic and the heroic Freedom Fighters throw-down with the evil Scourge and the villainous Suppression Squad! Tensions run high as personal grudges come to light, and the fate of Freedom HQ hangs in the balance! Who will win this epic struggle? The answer may surprise you!

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on July 9.


Written by Mike Gallagher, Angelo DeCesare, Mike Kanterovich, Ken Penders and Paul Castiglia, art by Art Mawhinney, Dave Manak and Pat Spaziante, cover by Spaziante.

The thrilling new series that lets fans relive classic Sonic stories continues! Volume 8 presents issues #29 through #32 of Sonic's ongoing comic book series in a special 5 x 7 inch edition.

These stories mark the artistic change to a more "dramatic" tone, better aligning the series to the hit Saturday morning animated series then on the air. Each story is meticulously restored and printed on high-grade paper, so you can feel like you're zipping right alongside the cobalt champion as he saves New Mobotropolis! This action-packed edition features events like Sally's roboticization, the introduction of Dulcy the Dragon, the solo adventures of Knuckles which led to his regular comic book, and other historic occurrences.

Stories include:

"Steel-Belted Sally" (issue #29), "Growing Pains, Part II" (issue #29), "The Return of Uncle Chuck" (issue #30), "Who Keeps Stealing my Chaos Emeralds?!" (issue #30), "Knuckles' Chaotix Sneak Peak": (issue #30), "A Robot Rides the Rails" (issue #31), "Lost... and Found!" (issue #31), "Tundra Road, Part 1" (issue #31), "Blast from the Past" (issue #32), "Prisoners" (issue #32), and "Tundra Road, Part II" (issue #32).

112 pages, $7.95, in stores on July 30.


Written by Fernando Ruiz, Kathleen Webb and various, art by Ruiz, Bob Bolling and various.

Archie's rival Reggie takes the spotlight in two new tales! "Reg the Barbarian": Reggie's been accused of behaving like he's stuck in the dark ages before, but this is ridiculous: when the Medieval Fair comes to town, he gets a job dressed as a barbarian! "The Mediator": Reggie cracks wise to a passing motorist who turns out to be one of his father's biggest clients. When the offended party threatens to pull his advertising from Mr. Mantle's newspaper, Archie intervenes on his behalf... but who's going to get Reggie out of hot water with his dad?

Digest format, $2.49, in stores on July 16.

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