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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

ARCHIE COMICS FOR DECEMBER

ARCHIE #604

Written by Michael Uslan, art by Stan Goldberg. The aftermath of the Archie story of the century continues! What could possibly happen next? The answers may astound!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 23.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #138

Written and art by Fernando Ruiz.

The thrilling conclusion to a two-part story reintroducing some of the most memorable characters Archie ever published! "Cosmic Cosmosis Part Two": The comic book characters unleashed through the inter-dimensional portal in the previous issue have moved out of the Pep Comics shop and into Archie's world! It's up to Chuck, Archie and their friends to retrieve the characters before they cause too much havoc... but it's not easy to contain a comic book character! However, the comic characters soon realize they aren't a perfect fit for the world of Riverdale. Cubby the Bear finds that the bears of Riverdale are kept in a zoo and don't talk. Cosmo and Orbi discover that most people either don't believe in life on Mars or fear the idea of extraterrestrials. The various monsters of Mad House cause a panic. Captain Sprocket gets in trouble for interfering in police business. And on and on it goes... Will these classic characters from comics' past ever go home, or will they lay down permanent roots in Riverdale? Will Archie and his friends manage to control the four color frenzy, or find themselves trapped in another dimension as well? The answers await in this thrilling conclusion! And remember: anything can happen in a comic book... especially a comic book about comic books!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 2.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS ALL-STARS VOLUME 2: BETTY'S DIARY

Written by Kathleen Webb, Frank Doyle and Rod Ollerenshaw, art by Stan Goldberg, Bob Bolling and Dan DeCarlo.

Originally appearing as a feature in Archie's Jokebook, then later in its own series as well as in the pages of Betty, the "Betty's Diary" stories are among the most fondly remembered of all Archie tales, with a tremendous following that exists to this day. Told with first person narrative by Betty herself, the stories focused on the day to day events in her life as she truthfully related them in her diary. Warm, funny, touching, thought provoking, occasionally heartrending, but always told with a down to earth realness, Betty's "diary entries" made fans smile, cheer and think about life. Now readers can relive these oft-requested tales in this upscale edition!

96 pages, $9.95, in stores on Dec. 31.

ARCHIE DIGEST #260

Written by John Rose, Bill Golliher and various, art by Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy and various.

"The Snow Ball": Archie is determined to take Betty to the big dance, and he won't let little things like inclement weather, a car in need of repair and lack of funds get in the way... or will he? "The Joke's on Who?": When Reggie unleashes a practical joke spree, the teachers enlist the other students to fight -- er, prank -- back! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on Dec. 31.

BETTY & VERONICA #245

Written by Kathleen Webb and Mike Pellowski, art by Jeff Shultz.

"Now That Was a Mistake": When Archie wins not one, not two, but five bouquets of roses from the local florist, he has to send them somewhere... and Betty and Veronica sure aren't happy about the other three! "Eat Those Words": Veronica enters a world she doesn't understand: the supermarket, where items marked "cheap" are desirable, you have to pick a number and wait in line for cold cuts, and you scan and bag your own items! "Good Old Days": A senior from the retirement home tells Betty and Veronica what it was like to be in the middle of a "love triangle" in an age without cell phones, texting and the internet! "Snow Daze": The girls would never be so immature as to participate in the boys' snowball brawl... unless they got hit, of course!

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 16.

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #200

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

Milestone 200th issue celebration! In honor of the 200th issue of Betty & Veronica Digest, intrepid reporter Ginger Lopez makes Betty & Veronica relive all their past dates in game show setting, just like "This is Your Life" complete with silhouettes of ex-boyfriends behind dark screens! And just who are these exes? The answers will astound you... they include a few hunks making surprise guest-appearances! "Friendly Competition": When Betty and Veronica volunteer to help out with the grammar school after-school program; they encounter a trio of kids embroiled in a pint-sized love triangle of their own! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on Dec. 23.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #177

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

"Not Second Best" Veronica is unfazed that Betty is better at winter sports as long as there's a line of cute boys willing to help her at the ski lodge, she doesn't mind at all! "Going Around in Circles": Mr. Weatherbee introduces the new teacher to all the various circles of friends that populate Riverdale High, not to mention its famous triangle of love! "It's Shoe Time": If the shoe fits, wear it... but whatever you do, don't go shoe shopping with Betty & Veronica! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 7.

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #156

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

"Spaced Out": Reggie imagines that Jughead is an alien from another planet... at least he thinks he's imagining it! "Horseplay": Ethel visits her cowgirl cousin Claudine in Oklahoma and has a rip-roaring good time at the rodeo especially when a cute cowboy offers to show her around! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on Dec. 16.

PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #137

Written by Melanie J. Morgan and various, art by Tod Smith, Al Milgrom and various.

"A Funny Kind of Love Part Three": The gorgeous new girl in town has Reggie's eye... but for how long? Bernadette Brownlee is beautiful and bright, and finds Reggie amusing despite her dislike of comedians. She promises to go to Reggie's performance as he competes in a major stand-up comic search... if he promises to try out for the debate team in return! No one is surprised at how Reggie's comedy act goes over... but are they prepared for seriously effective debating from the master prankster? It all leads to a dramatic turning point... and a decision that's neither a laughing matter nor up for debate, as far as Reggie is concerned! It's the most unexpected "New Look" story yet , rendered in the "realistic" art style that made Betty and Veronica's "Bad Boy Trouble" and "My Father's Betrayal," Jughead's "The Matchmakers," Moose and Midge's "Break-up Blues," and Archie and his friends' "Goodbye Forever" some of the most talked-about Archie stories in recent years!

176 pages, $3.99, in stores on Dec. 9.

SONIC UNIVERSE #11

Written by Ian Flynn, art and cover by Trady Yardley.

"Echoes of the Past Part 3": New mysteries arise, along with new faces both good and evil! But is everyone really who they say they are? It's up to Knuckles to figure it all out and rescue Angel Island before it's too late! This issue also features the long-awaited return of the Downunda Freedom Fighters and Knuckles' most unlikely ally Dr. Finitevus?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 23.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #208

Written by Ian Flynn, art by Steven Butler, cover by Patrick Spaziante.

"Iron Dominion Part One": The unthinkable happens as the Iron Queen finds a way around New Mobotropolis's defenses! It's a full-scale invasion by the forces of evil, and it's up to Sonic and Tails to save the day! But what hope do they have when yet another of their friends falls prey to the Iron Queen's powers?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Jan. 7.

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #36

Written by Bill Golliher, Tim Kennedy and various, art by Fernando Ruiz, Kennedy and various.

"No Time for History": The new exchange student is out of this world... way out! Summer Madison has been sent from the future to witness 21st century life first-hand... and to meet Archie Andrews, who apparently is quite the hero in the history books of the future! But when Riverdale's teens grow suspicious of her, it could lead to full-blown space-time continuum chaos! You haven't got "time" to waste reserve this issue today! "What's in a Name": Rotten Reggie excels at calling people names especially when an unusually named family moves into Riverdale! Plus: Other new and classic tales! Bonus: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

88 pages, $2.69, in stores on Dec. 16.

VERONICA #198

Written and art by Dan Parent.

"Show me the Monet": An art student decides to make Veronica his muse... but is the world ready for Veronica to show up in every classical painting he does? "Your Space or Mine": When Veronica introduces her father to the "Spacebook" social networking website, she ends up running "interference" between her dad and her friends! "Star Treatment": A sci-fi star from the past uses Marcy to get close to Veronica... how long before he's "seeing stars"?

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Dec. 31.





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