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Yes, it is Thursday, and that means it’s time for a look at Archie Comics titles arriving in stores next week.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #123
“A Tune in Tinsel Town”: Now that the smoke has cleared and all the bad guys have been dispatched, Archie and his friends can finally concentrate on the film deal that brought them to Hollywood in the first place.  Citing the Archie’s popularity and the high profile of their adventures in Europe and Africa, a big-time Hollywood producer is certain the teens’ notoriety will translate to box office gold and plans to star them in a series of movies called “Mayhem Musical High.”  Now that they’ve saved half of Hollywood’s biggest stars (see issue 122), the kids are even hotter properties!  Along with that red-hotness comes offers of solo contracts for the players.  Will visions of individual fame and fortune strike a sour chord with the band, or can the Archies’ love of music and friendship ultimately overcome ego and greed?
SCRIPT: Alex Simmons.
ART/COVER: Fernando Ruiz (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).
Shipping Date: September 3rd, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: September 10th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: September 23rd, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

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BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #164
PART 4 OF A 5-PART, INTERACTIVE STORY WHERE THE READERS DECIDE THE OUTCOME!

“And the Winner Is… Part 4 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!  Three issues ago, Reggie and Cheryl broke up, and Cheryl wound up on the TV show, “The Lonely Hearts Club” in search of a new beau.  Three hot contestants stepped up for the challenge, and you the reader will witness each of their dates with Cheryl and vote for who you think Cheryl should choose online at www.archiecomics.com!  This issue, Cheryl goes on her final date with master chef George.  George really knows how to heat things up, both in and out of the kitchen.  Can Cheryl handle the competition from all the culinary school cuties lining up for cooking lessons?  Not to mention Jughead, who wants to monopolize her man for endless meals?  Your vote decides whether George is the main entrée or merely an appetizer.  Don’t miss this pivotal issue leading up to the final chapter where your votes… and Cheryl’s final choice for new leading man… will be revealed!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
“Tired & Re-Tired”: Betty and Veronica’s day is full of activities, but they refuse to be tired until they’re REALLY tired!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“Bionic Babes”: Betty and Veronica fantasize about what it would be like to be stronger… faster… better than before!
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: September 3rd, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: September 10th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: September 23rd, 2008
Full color digest format
$3.69 US.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #192
“Metal and Mettle, Part Two”: You’re not just seeing double, you’re seeing quadruple when Sonic and Scourge fight for their lives against the sleek killer robots Metal Sonic and Metal Scourge!  Why isn’t Scourge’s Suppression Squad doing anything to help?  And what is the sinister secret Dr. Eggman is using to keep the Dark Egg Legion under his control?
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Tracy Yardley! (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).
Dimension-hopping cover by Tracy Yardley! & Josh Ray!
Shipping Date: September 3rd, 2008
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: September 10th, 2008
On Sale on Newsstands: September 23rd, 2008
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.
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BACKLIST: SONIC KICKS SOME ‘BOT IN THIS THRILLING MINI-SERIES!
SONIC QUEST: THE DEATH EGG SAGA #1-3

IT’S GIANT-SIZED THRILLS GALORE WITH SONIC SUPER SPECIALS!
Archie is proud to make these action-packed, 48-page specials available once more:

KNUCKLES’ CHAOTIX #1
Relive the thrilling origin of Knuckles’ super-team!

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #4: RETURN OF THE KING
It’s King Acorn vs. Uncle Chuck – which side will Sonic & the Freedom Fighters choose?

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #5: SONIC KIDS
Giant-sized thrills from pint-sized heroes!

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #6: SONIC 50 – DIRECTOR’S CUT
Special expanded edition of the landmark “Endgame” finale

via Archie Comics

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Stephen Schleicher

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