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Archie Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in December 2007. Take the jump for the coming adventures of those kids from Riverdale.

af115.jpgARCHIE & FRIENDS #115
“From the Ground Up”: Inspired by TV’s home makeover shows, Archie and his friends endeavor to restore historic Pickens General Store and turn it into a museum. But can they overcome their lack of construction experience, not to mention opportunistic politicians who want to exploit the situation for their own gain and fame? Don’t miss the first story written by longtime Archie collector/historian Jeffrey C. Branch – a poignant addition to the fabled canon of Riverdale lore!
SCRIPT: Jeffrey C. Branch. ART: Rex Lindsey.
Shipping Date: December 19th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 26th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: January 8th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

ad240.jpgARCHIE DIGEST #240
“Arrow Talk”: The new cupid in town gets a lesson from the retiring one – when it comes to love, there’s no more star-crossed place than Riverdale! How else to explain one boy who just can’t seem to choose a girl, another who prefers hamburgers to honies, and a third who finds no more stunning beauty than that which stares back at him from the mirror?!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: December 12th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 19th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: January 1st, 2008
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

bv232.jpgBETTY & VERONICA #232
“Pairing Off”: With Archie’s car problems making him perpetually late and in danger of detention after detention, the girls present alternatives: Betty urges Archie to take the bus in with her, but Veronica offers to pick Archie up in her sports car!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Jeff Shultz.
“Lost”: Some folks get lost the moment they get behind the wheel of a car, but Veronica doesn’t even get that far – she’s still working our way out of her labyrinthine closet!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Jeff Shultz.
“Backstage Pass”: When the girls get backstage passes to the “Tumbling Boulders” concert, they’re surprised to learn that offstage the band is more “mild” than “wild!”
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Jeff Shultz.
Shipping Date: December 12th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 19th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: January 1st, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

bvd180.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #180
“Love Can Be Nasty”: Cheryl Blossom is tired of competing with Betty and Veronica for Archie’s affections. Likewise, Reggie is tired of competing with Archie for dates with Betty and Veronica. Guess it’s time for Reggie and Cheryl to form an alliance to solve this once and for all! But will putting their heads together result in their hearts coming together, too? It’s the romantic jigsaw puzzle of the year, as only the matchmakers (and breakers) at Archie Comics could conceive it!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales, including the “animated” Sabrina!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: December 5th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 12th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: December 26th, 2007
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

bvdd157.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #157
“You Ain’t Got No Elegance”: Both Betty and Archie are abuzz when they learn Veronica’s got a hot date with a high class gentleman! Is this finally the answer to Betty’s prayers, or merely the beginning of Archie’s nightmares? The answer will melt your heart!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: December 19th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 26th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: January 8th, 2008
Full color digest format
$3.69 US.

j186.jpgJUGHEAD #186
“The Big Sleep”: The annual ice shuffleboard championship is on, but Riverdale’s star player Jughead is in deep hibernation! Will his teammates be able to revive him before they’re “iced?!” “To Beach His Own”: Jughead discovers how to beat the crowds at the beach – go in the dead of winter! “Chilly Reception”: When a girl gets tangled in Hot Dog’s chain, Jughead untangles her and treats her at Pop’s. The question is, will their hearts get tangled, too?
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Rex Lindsey.
Shipping Date: December 5th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 12th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: December 26th, 2007
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

jdd136.jpgJUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #136
“His Hidden Talent”: Jughead discovers a hidden talent – although he hates to work himself, he devises a way to find work for others… a way that results in free snow removal AND free pizzas! Just what is Jughead’s marvelous new method for avoiding work? Be sure to read this issue to find out!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: December 5th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 12th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: December 26th, 2007
Full color digest format
$3.69 US.

stw90.jpgSABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #90
“Hidden Worlds, Forbidden Power”: After discovering the “Duality Wands,” Sabrina finds once forbidden powers and abilities are opening up to her. While attempting to grasp this new, unbelievable power, she discovers one of her new powers is the ability to create portals into hidden worlds – worlds filled with magical treasures! Entering these hidden worlds results in at least two consequences: separated from her boyfriend and other loved ones, Sabrina is left to face the unknown alone; and with nothing else to do but continue trying to control the power of the ”Duality Wands,” she doesn’t realize that it is the power that is controlling her!
SCRIPT: Tania del Rio. ART: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash.
COVER: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash.
Shipping Date: December 5th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 12th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: December 26th, 2007
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

sx28.jpgSONIC X #28
“Green Eyed Monster!”: The world is embracing “green” energy to reduce cost and help the environment, and Sonic’s adopted city, Station Square, is no different. But some choose to use eco-friendly means toward eco-unfriendly ends! Namely the evil Dr. Eggman, who uses his new ‘bots powered by the sun, wind and water to devastate the city and leave Sonic and friends on the defensive! Now Eggman is free to pursue the biggest natural energies ever, the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald. With these power sources in hand, Eggman will be in control of more power than the world has ever seen. Will Sonic be literally powerless to stop Eggman this time?!
SCRIPT: Tracy Yardley! ART: Steven Butler.
Green ‘n Mean cover by eco-friendly Spaz!
Shipping Date: December 26th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 2nd, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: January 15th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

sth183.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #183
“Desperate Times”: Sonic and Julie-Su have been abducted by Knuckles’ father, Locke, who wants them to find the one weapon that will destroy Enerjak. But why don’t our heroes want to use it? And can they even get a shot in edgewise as Enerjak and Dr. Eggman’s army square off? It’s a clash of the villainous titans that’s sure to rock Sonic’s world! “Ashes and Dust”: This is it, the answers you’ve been waiting for! Learn the dark secrets behind Enerjak, Angel Island, the Guardians, the Dark Legion… and more!
SCRIPTS: Ian Flynn. ART: Tracy Yardley! & Jim Amash.
Total chaos cover by Tracy Yardley! & Ben Hunzeker!
Shipping Date: December 12th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: December 19th, 2007
On Sale on Newsstands: January 1st, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

tfrd26.jpgTALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #26
“A Warming Effect”: Reggie gives a “chilly reception” to his eco-friendly pals’ concerns over global warming, but an even more “chilling” dream soon “cools” his objections!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: December 26th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 2nd, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: January 15th, 2008
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

v186.jpgVERONICA #186
“Isn’t It Romantic?”: Betty and Veronica become enraptured by the latest “hot” romance story, but due to a clever pseudonym, little do they realize the author is really someone they know quite well! Is it one of their classmates? A parent? One of the faculty? The answer to this intriguing question will astound you!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
Shipping Date: December 26th, 2007
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 2nd, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: January 15th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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2 Comments

  1. September 19, 2007 at 8:02 am — Reply

    Sweet!
    Nice to see that not every site ignores the Archie line. My wife collects the double digest and I actually end up reading them as well. It’s amazing how they can still come up with ideas and rearely repeat themselves after all these years.
    Now, if only they could do a decent relaunch of their superhero line…

  2. September 19, 2007 at 3:09 pm — Reply

    You know, considering the Right Wing forces behind Archie Comics these days, its a surprise that they didn’t more carefully vet the previews copy. “Veronica doesn’t even get that far – she’s still working [her] way out of her labyrinthine closet” gives a whole new spin of potential to the title “Betty and Veronica”. ; )

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