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MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009

ARCHIE COMICS FOR APRIL

ARCHIE #596

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

"The Big Flip": After nearly 70 years of being indecisive over Betty and Veronica, Jughead offers Archie a simple solution: merely flip a coin! "Teller I Love Her!": The new bank teller steals Archie's heart... but that's not all she pilfers! "Gory Story": Archie takes on a project he can really sink his "fangs" into -- making a documentary about vampires! Features the "Monster Museum" last seen in Archie & Friends #106. "Changing Times": Mr. Weatherbee shows the class of '84 how much things have changed... but for Archie and Jughead, the more things change, the more they stay the same!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 29.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #130

Written by Stephen Oswald, art by Bill Galvan.

"Zero to Rock Hero Part One": It's a battle of the bands unlike any seen before, when The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats compete against one another playing the hottest new videogame, Legendary Rock Heroes at Veronica's swank party! Can the real rockers excel in the virtual world as well as they rock out in the real world? And what will happen when the media... specifically a reality show producer friend of Mr. Lodge... and the whole world takes notice?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 8.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #131

Written by Stephen Oswald, art by Bill Galvan.

"Zero to Rock Hero Part Two": The video game battle of the bands from the previous issue rages on... but now the event is broadcast on TV! Last issue, The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats challenged one another to the hottest new videogame, Legendary Rock Heroes! Now their competition is a reality show sensation, complete with all the trappings. Can the rockers stay true to their creative roots, or will instant success turn them into an assembly line of pre-fab pop?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 6.

ARCHIE DIGEST #253

Written by Mike Pellowski, Bill Golliher and various, art by Jeff Shultz, Pat Kennedy and various.

"Class Act": Happy days are here again as the gang takes readers on a trip through the fabulous 50s, staging a musical set in the days of greasers, bobby sox and sock hops! "A Model Teen": A teen products marketing company decides to study the "typical teen" and end up in Riverdale, naturally! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on April 15.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #198

Written by John Rose, Mike Pellowski and various, art by Jeff Shultz, Bob Bolling, Tim Kennedy and various.

"All Wet": Archie has a "big fish" story to tell... all about the big mess he made at the new seafood restaurant! "Roll the Dice": Waiters on wheels are back in style... but when Archie's your server you might want to take insurance on your meal! "Name Games": A tree by any other name would still rain chestnuts down all over town! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on April 29.

BETTY & VERONICA #241

Written by Kathleen Webb, George Gladir and Craig Boldman, art by Jeff Shultz.

"What's it All About?" Even as a wedding guest, Veronica manages to make someone else's special day all about herself! "Shoe Coup": While Veronica breaks the bank for her fancy footwear, Betty's bargain shoes help usher in a new era for vintage designs. "The Smell Test": Archie decides to give both Betty and Veronica wildflowers to show how much he appreciates them... but allergies and buzzing bees may send a different message! "Video Game Gambit": Tired of countless action-packed video games turning their boyfriends into joystick zombies, Betty and Veronica come up with ideas for video games that will appeal to girls.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 15.

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #193

Written by Hal Lifson, Bill Golliher and various, art by Rex Lindsey, Pat Kennedy and various.

"Palm Springs Weekend": Join Betty and Veronica as they embark upon the jet-settingest weekend trip of their lives. Destination: the ultra-ritzy Riviera Resort and Spa in Palm Springs. It's all brought to you by famed Hollywood columnist Hal Lifson. Just like his column, this comic book travelogue is loaded with sizzling celebrities, magnificent homes, breathtaking scenery, and total trendsetters. Lifson also has a fondness for the sensational 60s, on full display here as the Riviera's design is based on architecture of the decade. So pack your bags and buy your tix it's the hippest trip you'll ever take! "New Clowns in Town": Betty's Uncle Clarence is in town doing his clown act at the circus, but when his two assistants catch colds, Betty and Veronica are enlisted to don makeup they've never worn before! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on April 8.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #170

Written by Melanie J. Morgan, Mike Pellowski, Bill Golliher and various, art by Rick Burchett, Terry Austin, Tim Kennedy and various.

"My Father's Betrayal Part 1": The latest "new look" saga is the most poignant yet, as Veronica and her friends vow to save a nature preserve from being turned into an industrial park. The issue isn't as black and white as the teens may think: not only will the industrial park bring much-needed jobs to the out-of-work residents of Riverdale, it will also help lower property taxes. But the biggest conflict of all: the industrial park is being funded by Veronica's father! What will life in Riverdale be like when its richest businessman and his debutant daughter disagree on an issue that can affect the whole community? "Sitting Downer": It's "Friendship Day" at the local library, and Betty has volunteered to read the children a story all about the topic. But when Veronica and Archie show up, the kids get a lesson in jealously instead! "Taking Stock": Betty wows Mr. Lodge with her stock market knowledge and wins all of his attention in the process, leaving Veronica's self-esteem in decline. Can Betty help her friend make gains once more? Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on April 22.

THE HIGH SCHOOL CHRONICLES VOLUME ONE: FRESHMAN YEAR

Written by Batton Lash, art by Bill Galvan.

Archie and his friends have forever been stuck in the latter portion of high school, but now, after many long years, the story of how "the gang" all met up is finally being told in this, the first edition of "The High School Chronicles!" This pioneering storyline, captured in Archie #587-591 and now again in this graphic novel reprint, brings the beginning of the "eternal love triangle," the introduction of Mr. Weatherbee as principal of Riverdale High, the formation of Moose and Midge's relationship (and Reggie's subsequent schemes to split them up), and other Archie staples!

112 pages, $10.95, in stores on April 29.

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #149

Written by George Gladir, Bill Golliher and various, art by Bill Galvan, Tim Kennedy, Stan Goldberg and various.

"The Gourmet Glutton": To help boost Pop Tate's sales, Jughead starts an internet-only show starring himself as a food expert... and the first eatery he reviews is Pop's, of course! "Physical Activity": Jughead goes for a check up, but he's so nervous he's liable to check out before the doctor arrives! "Girl Guile": With more and more boys coming up with creative ways to ask their prom dates out, Ethel decides to follow suit with a clever ploy to get Jughead to ask her to the prom! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on April 8.

PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #131

Written by Stephen Oswald, Dan Parent, Bill Golliher and various, art by Pat Kennedy, Dan Parent, Bob Bolling and various.

"7-10 Slip": When Pop Tate breaks his arm in a fall, the kids rally together to raise money for his medical bills. They get some help from real-life bowling champions Chris and Lynda Barnes. This husband-and-wife team is noted for winning the most prestigious titles in bowling: Chris is the PBA player of the year and Lynda the 2008 USBC Queens champion. Now they'll "bowl" you over Archie Comics style, in the most "striking" story yet! "Music to my Ears": Frankie Valdez decides to cut a singing demo, but when Maria discovers all of Frankie's backup singers are female, their love song hits a sour note! "Bypass the Gas": At Miss Grundy's urging, the teens decide to use alternate methods of transportation to save fuel. Will the idea take off, or will it "run out of gas?" Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on May 6.

SONIC UNIVERSE #3

Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley.

"Old Soldiers": Shadow is sent into the remote mountains to find E-102 Gamma. At the same time, Dr. Robotnik launches the over-powered E-123 Omega to hunt down and destroy the rogue robot! It's a race against time to see if Shadow can save Gamma and offer him asylum if Gamma even wants to be saved! It's the latest installment of this exciting new series presenting unifying continuity while spotlighting the many characters from Sonic's various video games and animated series.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 29.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #199

Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley.

"Knocking on Eggman's Door": Sonic leads the combined might of the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a final push against Dr. Robotnik and his Eggman Empire! In this climactic battle old friendships and rivalries are revisited, family confronts family, and a treacherous plot is revealed!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on April 8.

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #33

Written by George Gladir, Fernando Ruiz and various, art by Pat Kennedy, Ruiz and various.

"A Gig for All Seasons": When The Archies last-minute gig conflicts with Betty and Veronica's salon appointment, the group becomes an all-male power trio -- which isn't so bad when the audience consists primarily of teen girls! "Goalie Oriented": Raj Patel takes center stage as Riverdale High's latest soccer Goalie. But it's going to take more than one player to turn their record around. Can Dilton's virtual gaming simulator help the team "kick" their losing habit? Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on May 6.

VERONICA #194

Written and art by Dan Parent.

"The Prom Crashers Part 1": Ever since Archie's debut in the 1940s, the school prom has been a source of drama and mayhem for that eternal love triangle of Veronica, Archie and Betty! This issue starts a special story that has the gang relive some of their most memorable proms, while also creating new memories. Chief among them: Spurred by memories of Cheryl Blossom crashing the Riverdale prom, Betty and Veronica decide to return the favor by showing up at Pembroke's prom... and their sights are set on Cheryl's new man, George! Will Archie intervene in time?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on May 6.



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