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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

ARCHIE COMICS FOR JUNE

ARCHIE #598

Written by Barbara Slate and Mike Pellowski, art by Stan Goldberg.

"The Volunteer": Archie volunteers to spend time with an elderly man at the seniors' home, and learns he's not the only one caught in the middle of an eternal love triangle! "Tree's Company": Archie enjoys the tree in his backyard... until Reggie reminds him how much work it will bring come fall!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 24.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #132

Written by Arie Kaplan, art by Pat Kennedy.

"One Nation, Under Archie, Part 1 of 2": Archie and his friends head for Washington, D.C. to take part in a living history festival ­ where everyone dons costumes of their favorite historical figures! Does Archie have what it takes to portray a Revolutionary War hero? Will Betty and Veronica fight over who will wear the Medieval Princess gown? Can Jughead rustle up some grub as a wild west cowboy? What kind of scoundrel will Reggie dress as? It's a trip through history filled with laughter and learning, as only the Archie gang can deliver!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 10.

ARCHIE DIGEST #255

Written by Fernando Ruiz, George Gladir and various, art by Ruiz, Bob Bolling and various.

"Double ŚW' Date": When Mr. Weatherbee's away, the boys will play...and their game of choice is "who will ask Wendy Weatherbee out first?!" "Wave Rave": Archie rides the waves on a surftastic day...but will he keep his eyes on the foamy waves or wavy forms of the bikini babes watching? Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on June 24.

BETTY & VERONICA #242

Written by George Gladir and Mike Pellowski, art by Jeff Shultz.

"Fashion Detectives": When big-name designers seek someone to help them expose counterfeit merchandise in stores, they turn to a true expert: Veronica! She's recruited both Betty and Nancy to help her, but what they uncover is more than faux fashion! Don't miss the high-fashion fun and intrigue! "Scenery": The story that proves one person's (Mr. Lodge's) idea of a private, peaceful beach is another's (Veronica's) idea of an isolated, boring beach! "Pets Rule": The beach has gone to the dogs ­ literally ­ as the girls convince the town to reserve a special area of the beach for people's pooches!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 17.

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #195

Written by Dan Parent, Mike Pellowski and various, art by Dan Parent, Bob Bolling and various.

"Betty in Wonderland": Betty reads "Alice in Wonderland" to the kids she's babysitting and realizes the characters are just like her friends in Riverdale. Deciding to tell the story from her point of view, she casts Veronica as "The Queen of Hearts" and offers Archie readers a chance to watch the whole Archie gang "through the looking glass!" "Growing Pains": Betty and Veronica reminisce about how Veronica just had to have all the best, most expensive toys as a child...so what's changed?! Features "Little Archie" flashbacks from fan-favorite Bob Bolling. Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on June 17.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #172

Written by Melanie J. Morgan, art by Rick Burchett and Terry Austin.

"My Father's Betrayal, Part 3": The latest "New Look" saga has rocked Riverdale, with Veronica and her friends facing off against Mr. Lodge and his constituents as the teens try to keep a beloved nature preserve from becoming an industrial park! This issue, the debate rages on. Factory or forest? New jobs and low taxes or clear streams and tall trees? Now the protest hits the pavement as both sides hit the streets to march and counter-march. What will happen when both sides meet in front of Lodge industries? Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on June 24.

JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #33

Written by George Gladir and Mike Pellowski and various, art by Jeff Shultz, Fernando Ruiz and various.

"The Screen Test": Bow wows mean big box office, so when a film crew scouts Riverdale for pooches with personality, Jughead and Hot Dog make the "scene"...and plan to stay as long as craft services keeps dishing out yummy chow! "A Reel Pain": When a "reality" show crew comes to Riverdale, the gang learns that things aren't always as "real" as they look! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

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

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #151

Written by George Gladir, Mike Pellowski and various, art by Pat Kennedy, Bob Bolling and various.

"The Big Meltdown": Jughead pretends to date Ethel to keep himself stuffed with her delicious homemade cookies, but he's mortified when photos of Ethel feeding him spread across the internet. Will his pride lead to a "breakup," or are his cravings for sweets too strong? "The Flip is a Flop": When Archie asks Jughead how to choose between Betty and Veronica, Jughead suggests he flip a coin...and flip some burgers in exchange for the advice! "Fish Food": Jughead and his dad go on a fishing trip, and manage to catch a lot of snack food along the way! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.69, in stores on June 17.

PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #132

Written by George Gladir, Mike Pellowski, Dan Parent and various, art by Jeff Shultz, Parent and various.

"The Collectors": Dust off that knick-knack shelf -- the gang is "collecting" their thoughts on the things they like to collect! "Test of Characters": Chuck and Nancy set out on a nice, peaceful stroll where they can be all alone...if only their friends didn't turn up around every corner! "Pop Goes the Ringtone": Frankie, Maria and Brigitte record a catchy jingle for Pop's Chocklit Shoppe...and the burger biz has never been better! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on June 10.

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #103

Written by Ian Flynn, art and cover by Chad Thomas.

"Finders Keepers, Part Three": The Salem saga continues! Things have gone from bad to worse for young Salem and his scruffy Uncle Mort. The wizard Todicus has been restored, but that spells even more trouble for our heroes! It's a race against time as Salem and Mort try to escape the Lizarmyn army. The question is -- does everyone make it out? The answer may surprise you!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 17.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #201

Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley.

"Change in Management": Sonic and his friends are ready to relax after the series-shaking events of #200, but their plans soon change with the explosive arrival of an old villain! A villain who brings grim tidings of a new threat that's claimed the world! Who are the new faces of evil? Will Sonic rise to the occasion, or will he be busy fighting a mystery guest star? "Devotion": Espio the Chameleon gets a visitor of his own, and news that will change his standing in the Chaotix forever!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 10.

SONIC UNIVERSE #5

Written by Ian Flynn, art by Tracy Yardley.

The latest hit Sonic series returns with the beginning of an epic "Mobius: 30 Years Later" tale! "Five Years of Peace": By popular demand, we're going back to the future! It's now thirty years down the line and King Sonic is on the throne. He has his hands full with the tiny royal twins, but fan-favorite Lara-Su is there to help. As the world prepares to celebrate the new royal family, a deadly plot is hatched from the shadows...and you'll never guess who shows up at the end! It's the action and adventure you've come to expect from "Mobius: 25 Years Later" tales...not to mention all your favorite good guys and bad guys! The future has never been more frantic...and it's up to Sonic to make sure it's infinite!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on June 24.

VERONICA #195

Written and art by Dan Parent.

"Archie or Archie": Veronica jets off to Paris on a month-long trip and is reunited with Lady Smitty, a family friend who accompanied Veronica on several trips over the years. It isn't long before Veronica meets Lady Smitty's nephew who just happens to be a hunk named Archie! The French Archie shows Veronica all the sights ­ the shops along the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge, the Louvre museum and more! But what will happen when the Archie back in the U.S. finds out about Veronica's new friend? It's a tale of international love and adventure as only Veronica can get into, and the perfect lead-in to this month's Veronica's Passport trade paperback collection spotlighting Veronica's most famous trips with her friend Lady Smitty!

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

VERONICA'S PASSPORT VOLUME ONE

Written by Hal Smith, George Gladir, Kathleen Webb, Chris Allan and Mark Waid, art by Dan Parent.

Pack your bags and renew your passport ­ it's time to take a trip with Veronica! Several, in fact! Traveling is a way of life for this jet-setting rich girl, and now you can relive some of Veronica's most memorable journeys in this trade paperback collection. Just make sure you're ready for anything ­ in addition to seeing all the great historical sites and tourist attractions, Veronica's been known to get involved with mysteries and adventures...not to mention a local boy or two! It's worldwide romance and intrigue with Veronica, Mr. Lodge, family friend Lady Smitty and special guest stars. Thrill to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum in France! Marvel at the Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome! Tour a Bollywood studio and the city of Bombay in India! Scale the heights of the Empire State Building and cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City! These are just a few of the marvelous landmarks you'll learn about as you share hilarious travels with Veronica! Includes fabulous pin-ups of fashions from each destination!

96 pages, $9.95, in stores on June 24.



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