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a585.jpgARCHIE #585

“A Yelp for Help”: Archie, Betty and Jughead decide to make extra money as personal aides, which only leads to romantic misunderstandings¸ canine chaos, and garage sale mania!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
“Par for the Course”: A golf outing with a potential business partner turns into a golf “ouching” when Archie comes along with club in hand!
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher. ART: Stan Goldberg. “Lucklorn”: Archie laments the fact that for someone who doesn’t believe in “luck,” Jughead sure has a lot of “good fortune!”
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman. ART: Stan Goldberg.
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

af119.jpgARCHIE & FRIENDS #119
“Archie World Tour Part 3 of 4”: Continuing their quest to see five cities in ten days, Archie and his friends barely have time to reminisce about London and Madrid before arriving in Nairobi, Kenya! Everyone is excited as they visit one local landmark after another, including the state museum and zoo. Of course, no trip would be complete without some suspenseful intrigue, and this one is no different as Archie and Jughead find themselves being trailed by two mysterious men. Who are they, and what are they up to? Acclaimed writer, children’s art advocate, and organizer of the world’s only “Kids Comics” convention, Alex Simmons returns to handle the script chores, while fan-favorite Rex Lindsey is back with some of the best art of his career. It all adds up to one world tour you won’t want to miss!
SCRIPT: Alex Simmons. ART: Rex Lindsey.
Shipping Date: May 7th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 14th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: May 27th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

ad244.jpgARCHIE DIGEST #244
“Feeling Feulish”: Mr. Lodge offers to buy and restore Grandpa Andrews’ classic “Model Z,” but can it survive the drive over with Dilton’s experimental fuel in the tank and Archie behind the wheel?
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
“Dog Tired”: Archie learns dog-sitting requires working like a dog – even if the dog you’re watching isn’t doing any work!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Bob Bolling.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 14th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 21st, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 3rd, 2008
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

add189.jpgARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #189,
“Gadgets Galore”: Archie learns that “geek is chic” when he dons glasses and offers to help all the technologically-challenged damsels in distress he can!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
“Mad Fad!”: Waking up in a sleepy haze leaves Archie a mismatched mess – and an unlikely fad-starter, much to Veronica’s chagrin!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Bob Bolling.
“Them’s Fighting Words”: When Archie finds himself in the middle of a feud between Jughead and Veronica, each person tries to convince Archie that the other is a bad influence on him. How will Archie decide between his best friend and his best girl?!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Randy Elliott.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 28th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: June 4th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 17th, 2008
Full color digest format,
$3.69 US.

b174.jpgBETTY #174
“Curious Color Choice”: Everyone has an opinion on what color Betty should paint her room, but does she really only have to choose only one spectrum of the rainbow?
SCRIPT:
Barbara Slate. ART: Stan Goldberg.
“The Late, Late Show”: Those lazy, hazy days of summer find Betty especially hazy – because she’s finding new ways to stay up later each night!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART:: Stan Goldberg.
“Weather Tether”: A inaccurate weather forecast leaves Archie and Betty with a whole beach to themselves… and enough sun rays to get a tan 10 times over!
SCRIPT:
George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
Shipping Date: May 28th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: June 4th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 17th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

bvs83.jpgBETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #83
IT’S A SPECIAL “SUMMY FUN” ISSUE WITH THOSE TEEN SCENE DREAMS, BETTY & VERONICA!
“The Battle for Riverdale Cove”: When both the boys and the girls claim the same exact spot in the cove as their exclusive place to hang out, they hold a multi-game contest to determine who has dibs. When they get to the “treasure hunt” portion of the competition, imagine their surprise when they stumble upon a bag of coins and jewels! Will the two teams put aside their rivalry long enough to team-up and solve this mystery?
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS!: Special features including “Betty & Veronica’s Favorite Summer Things,” “Top 10 Beach Tips,” “Good Summer Fashions” and more!
Shipping Date: May 14th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 21st, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 3rd, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

bvd184.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #184
“Down Memory Lane”: Betty faces that age-old question: to embrace all her childhood clutter, or sell her memories out to a garage sale!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
“Downsizing Dilemma”: Dilton’s plan to help the environment and tackle the world’s population explosion? Downsize the human race – literally – by shrinking everyone so they need less natural resources!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 7th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 14th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: May 27th, 2008
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

bv161.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #161
FEATURING PART 1 OF A 5-PART, INTERACTIVE STORY WHERE THE READERS DECIDE THE OUTCOME!
“And the Winner Is… Part 1 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! Ever since her return, Cheryl has been the bane of Betty and Veronica’s existence, complicating their “eternal love triangle” with Archie into an awkward quadrangle! Even though Cheryl has been seeing Reggie lately, the girls would love nothing more than to see Cheryl completely preoccupied with someone other than a Riverdale high hunk! They get their chance when Reggie takes a nonchalant attitude toward his relationship with Cheryl – prompting the red-headed vixen to seek a new boyfriend on the TV show, “The Lonely Hearts Club!” Wait until you see the hot contestants vying for the title! Best yet, over the next few months readers will have a chance to both witness each date in this digest series AND vote on who they think Cheryl should choose online at HYPERLINK “http://www.archiecomics.com” www.archiecomics.com! It’s the Archie Comics event of the summer, and you don’t want to miss it!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
Full color digest format,
$3.69 US.

j189.jpgJUGHEAD #189
“The Sound and the Fury”: Dilton invents a device to help Archie locate his car with an audio signal… and Jughead promptly swallows it, mistaking it for a mint! Worse, Reggie has made off with the remote that controls the audio signal, making sure Jughead “goes off” at the most inappropriate moments! “The House-Warming”: A nice, quiet, comfy new doghouse for Hot Dog is tempting to Jughead as a new napping spot! “Jughead Stuck in the Doggie Door”: With a title like that, need we say more… other than don’t miss one of the funniest Jughead stories yet!
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Rex Lindsey.
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

jf28.jpgJUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #28
“Riverdale Jones and the Temple of Food”: While rummaging through Jughead’s attic searching for sleeping bags, Archie finds something else instead: the hat, jacket and journal of Jughead’s archeologist-adventurer ancestor Riverdale Jones! Food was his specialty, so when the boys also find a map to the legendary “Temple of Food,” the quest is on to find this fabled land of food and fortune!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
Full color digest format
$2.49 US.

jdd140.jpgJUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #140
CONTINUING THE FOLLOW-UP TO LAST YEAR’S MOST TALKED-ABOUT BETTY & VERONICA STORY, “BAD BOY TROUBLE” – FEATURING RIVERDALE’S FAMOUS TEENS IN A REALISTIC STYLE!
“The Match Makers Part 2”: Picking up where last issue left off, Archie, Betty, Reggie and Veronica carry out their plan to play “matchmaker” for Jughead and break him free of his “fifth wheel” status! The boys bring Jughead to the movies and the girls bring Sandy Sanchez in an elaborate scheme to have them “accidentally” run into one another! When Jughead and Sandy catch on to the scheme, they decide to turn the tables and pretend to be in love… or are they?! It’s another intriguing chapter in this 4-part epic! 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!
SCRIPT: Melanie Morgan. ART: Joe Staton.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: May 7th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 14th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: May 27th, 2008
Full color digest format,
$3.69 US.

stw94.jpgSABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #94
“Salem’s Secret Part 2”: In one of the most intriguing Sabrina stories yet, the secret of Salem’s past life is given the spotlight. Witness as Salem and Nocturna quest for the fallen unicorn horn on the Island of Elves. With selfish intent, Salem uses Queen Seles’ magic to find the horn, and once in possession of the great power the wand brings, his motives come to light, leaving Nocturna only one choice, and lives that are changed forever!
SCRIPT: Tania Del Rio. ART: Chad Thomas (pencils) & Jim Amash (inks).
Star-crossed cover by Tania Del Rio & Jim Amash!
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

sth188.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #188
“Beating the House Part 1”: Sonic is ambushed and captured by the Destructix, and it’s up to the Freedom Fighters to find and rescue him! The trail leads to a dingy dungeon beneath a flashy casino owned by Mammoth Mogul – but just how real a threat faces our heroes this time? The con is on in this tale of twists, turns, takes and double-takes!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn. ART: Tracy Yardley (pencils) & Jim Amash (inks).
Jumpin’ jackpot cover by Tracy Yardley & Jason Jensen.
Shipping Date: May 7th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 14th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: May 27th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

sa7.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES #7
The thrilling new series that lets fans relive classic Sonic stories continues! Volume 7 presents issues #25 through #28 of Sonic’s ongoing comic book series in a special 5 x 7 & ½ inch edition. 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 Knothole Village! This action-packed edition features the first comic book appearances of Metal Sonic, Amy Rose, Sonic’s betrayal of the Freedom Fighters and the solo story that led to Tails’ own mini-series! Stories include:
“Go Ahead, Mecha My Day” (issue #25): Robotnik
kidnaps Amy Rose so he can lure Sonic into a duel with his newest
creation, Metal Sonic! First appearance of both Amy and Metal!
“Way, Way, Way Past Cool!” (issue #26): Robotnik attempts to put Knothole into a deep freeze, but luckily the Arctic Freedom Fighters arrive to thaw… and thwart… his chilling scheme!
“Fortified” (issue #26): A twisted ankle for the blue blur leads Sonic and the Freedom Fighters to refuge in an abandoned fort. Will it be enough to protect them from Robotnik’s rampaging onslaught?
“Scrambled Hedgehog” (issue #27): A case of amnesia makes Sonic an easy mark for Robotnik, who convinces our hero to almost give away Knothole’s secret location! Will Sonic’s memory return, or will his betrayal be permanent?
“Saturday Night’s All Right for a Fight” (issue #28): Sonic continues his traitorous ways due to his memory loss, and the Freedom Fighters need all the firepower they can muster to defeat their once-great champion!
“Growing Pains Part 1” (issue #28): In the aftermath of Sonic’s betrayal, Tails sets course in his Sea Fox for an uncharted island. There he meets and must save Fiona Fox, who the dastardly Robonik
kidnapped, in this prelude to Tails’ mini-series.
SCRIPTS: Mike Gallagher, Angelo DeCesare, Mike Kanterovich & Ken Penders.
ART: Dave Manak, Jon D’agostino, Harvey Mercadoocasio, Rich Koslowksi & Art Mawhinney. Colossal cover by Spaz!
Shipping Date: May 28th, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: June 4th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 17th, 2008
112-page, full color paperback
$7.49 US.

sx33.jpgSONIC X #33
“Meteor Madness”: For once, the heroes of Knothill Village have a chance to relax and enjoy a nice quiet picnic together… yeah, right! Things go from picnic to panic when Chuck spots a meteor hurtling toward earth – and it has an Chaos Emerald embedded inside! Now the heroes must travel to the South Pole and keep Eggman from getting his hands on it. To make things more interesting, they decide make it a competition and split up into teams. Before they’re through, readers will witness more action, romance, and inter-squad squabbling to rival a certain fantastic foursome!
SCRIPT: Joe Edkin. ART: David Hutchison and Terry Austin. Asteroid-blastin’
cover by Pat “Spaz” Spaziante!
Shipping Date: May 21st, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: May 28th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: June 10th, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

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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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