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Archie Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in February 2009. Take the jump for a peek at all the antics from those kids in Riverdale, check out how Betty and Veronica deal with their new friend Kumi, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch hits #100.

a594.jpgARCHIE #594
“Running in the Fast Lane”: Betty convinces Archie to do a marathon with her, but can Archie keep from “running on empty”?!
SCRIPT: Hal Lifson.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“An Egg-Cellent Assignment”: The “yolks” on Archie when Professor Flutesnoot has the students take care of eggs to learn about responsibility.
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“The Replacement”: Don’t get him wrong – Archie’s not the paranoid type – he’s just absolutely certain Veronica has replaced him!
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
Shipping Date: February 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 10th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

af128.jpgARCHIE & FRIENDS #128
“The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton, Part 3: Waaay Back in the Day”: A history teacher at Riverdale Middle School wants to do something new and exciting for her next lesson, so she decides to bring Chuck’s comic book workshop in for her class. At first Chuck is overwhelmed, and not just by the kids. Can Chuck overcome his own academic weakness and make history come alive? It’s fast-paced sketching, wacky role-playing, and a few trips through time in this third comical tale of “The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton.”
SCRIPT: Alex Simmons.
ART: Fernando Ruiz.
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

add196.jpgARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #196
“Big, Big Sleep”: Feeling sleep-deprived, Archie turns to the one person who’s a model of rest and relaxation – Jughead!  Will Archie ever wake up now?
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“The Past Was a Blast”: An 80th birthday party for Archie’s grandfather makes the kids reconsider their attitude that older folks “missed out” on all their modern-day fun.
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“On the Spot”: Feeling self-conscious over the freckles on his ears, Archie takes to wearing earmuffs… all the time!
SCRIPT AND ART: Tim Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: February 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 18th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 3rd, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.69 US.

bv240.jpgBETTY & VERONICA #240
“The Face in the Mirror”: A poignant tale that asks the question, does Veronica have a conscience after all?
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
“She Just Can’t Win”: Veronica simply cannot… will not… believe her brand new designer dress was designed by… Betty!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
“Economizing”: When it comes to saving money, it’s all a matter of perspective… and in Veronica’s case, the amount of “zeros” in the final figure!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
“It Takes a Thief”: Mr. Lodge gives Veronica an ultimatum: improve her grades or kiss her social life and credit cards goodbye!  Will Betty agree to tutor her even after Veronica’s stolen yet another date with Archie from her?
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

bvd192.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #192
ANOTHER STORY FEATURING RIVERDALE’S LATEST SUPERSTAR, KUMI!
“Culture Shock”: Archie, Betty and Jughead get a crash course in Japanese culture at Kumi’s house… and we do mean “crash!”
SCRIPT: Misako Rocks.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
“Fizzed”: Veronica and her friends are “bubbling” over with excitement when Mr. Lodge has them taste-test his new “Fizzy Fresh” soda!
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: February 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 4th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 17th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US.

bvdd168.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #168
“Cool Rule”: A mall owner with dwindling sales hopes the Archies will be pied pipers… but instead of mice, he’s hoping the rockers lure teens with cash to spend!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
“Calendar Gal”: Little Veronica’s vanity remains constant from day-to-day… especially when she ends up the subject of her very own photo calendar!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dexter Taylor.
“A Battle Royal”: To get Jughead’s mind off of food and onto her, Ethel takes a job as a chili dog vendor’s mascot – complete with hot dog costume!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.69 US.

jdd148.jpgJUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #148
“A Tip of the Hat”: Jughead begins to think his trademark crown cap may be too recognizable and decides he’d like a change of pace in his headwear.  Will Jughead’s look be changed forever, or is this merely a detour for Riverdale’s “crown” prince of mirth?
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“The Fame Game”: Despite advice from the famous snowboarder known as “the Zooming Carrot,” Archie continues to be “the Klutzy Carrot!”
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“Problems and Solutions”: Jughead offers solutions to some of the problems faced today… but the biggest problem may be getting people to take him seriously!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Jeff Shultz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: February 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 4th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 17th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US.

pngdd129.jpgPALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #129
“The High Cost of GAS”: Archie’s feeling the gas crisis where it hurts – now taking the girls out on dates is even MORE expensive!  Dilton’s solutions aren’t cost-effective and Chuck’s cartoon gag didn’t lift Archie’s spirits, so he turns to Jughead to help… and the fun begins!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Fernando Ruiz.
“Who’s Watching Who?”: “Big Bee is watching” when Mr. Weatherbee installs monitors throughout the school… but how long before the watcher is watched himself?
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher.
ART: Bill Galvan.
“The Big 70”: A local reporter covering the Chocklit Shoppe’s 70th anniversary gets an earful from Pop Tate about the town teens’ mouthfuls of goodies downed through the years!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: February 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 10th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.69 US.

stw100.jpgSABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #100
SPECTACULAR 100th ISSUE!

“The Final Battle, Part 3 of 3”: This is the issue you just can’t miss: the exciting conclusion to the Sabrina manga series!  The carefully hidden signs and secrets of the past 42 issues are finally explained and revealed in this dramatic issue.  Don’t miss the suspense as sides are picked in the ultimate battle against Vosblanc when old friends and enemies return to join the fight!  In the thick of it all, Sabrina exhibits her most astounding feat of magic yet, finally uncovering the secret of her amazing power.   Still, the battle won’t be easy—someone on Sabrina’s side won’t survive… but who will it be? Will Vosblanc be defeated? Will Sabrina end up with Harvey or Shinji? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain: the Magic Realm will never be the same again!
SCRIPT: Tania Del Rio.
ART: Tania Del Rio and Jim Amash.
Shipping Date: February 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 18th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 3rd, 2009
32-page, full color comic,
$2.25 US.

sa10.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES #10
The thrilling new series that lets fans relive classic Sonic stories continues!  Volume 10 presents issues #37 through #40 of Sonic’s ongoing comic book series in a special 5 x 7 & ½ inch edition.  These stories continue the artistic change to a more “dramatic” tone, better aligning the series to the hit Saturday morning animated series then on the air.  The emphasis is on the chaos that ensues in the wake of a cataclysmic earthquake, with Robotnik trying to cope with the compromised security of Robotropolis and continue his reign of terror.  An even greater threat looms with the rise of Mecha Sonic during the epic “Mecha Madness” story arc, which leads to court martial proceedings for wrongfully accused Sonic!  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!  Stories include: “The Day Robotropolis Fell” and “Bunnie’s Worst Nightmare” (issue #37), “The Rise of Robotropolis…The Fall of Sonic” and “Bedtime Tails” (issue #38), “Rage Against the Machine” (issue #39), and “Court Martial” (issue #40).
SCRIPTS: Angelo DeCesare, Rich Koslowski, Kent Taylor, Mike Gallagher, Ken Penders & Mike Kanterovich.
ART: Brian Thomas, Rich Koslowski, Manny Galán, Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante, Ken Penders & Dave Manak.
Colossal cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante
Shipping Date: February 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 4th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 17th, 2009
112-page, full color paperback
ISBN #: 978-1-879794-39-9
$7.95 US.

sth197.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #197
“Consequences”: Sonic is traversing the Cosmic Highway to the Multiverse with Scourge the Hedgehog in custody, but he doesn’t get far before he learns that all the zones are in lockdown.  What threat has caused such drastic measures, and can Sonic defeat it?  Meanwhile, a hearing is underway to determine whether Princess Sally is guilty of treason.  All this, plus a development of cataclysmic proportions that could well mark the beginning of the end as the countdown to issue #200 continues!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms.
Cosmically cool cover by Tracy Yardley!
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

su1.jpgSONIC UNIVERSE #1
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT: A THRILLING NEW SONIC SERIES THAT RAISES THE STAKES & EXPANDS THE COMIC BOOK WORLD OF SONIC!

“Living Weapons”:  This is the comic the fans have waited for – an ever-expanding, all-encompassing series revolving around Sonic’s many friends and foes whose continuity aligns with the regular monthly Sonic comic.  Along the way, we’ll deliver some of the popular supporting cast from the many Sonic video games, including many who have never appeared in the comics before!  The first issue of “Sonic Universe” debuts with a story that’s out of this world – literally – as Shadow and Metal Sonic continue their series-spanning fight and wind up in a whole new dimension!  And things are bound to heat up when Blaze the Cat and a Chaos Emerald enter the mix!  Don’t miss the explosive beginning of this universe-spanning series!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Tracy Yardley!
Dimension-defying cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante
Shipping Date: February 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 10th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US.

tfrd32.jpgTALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #32
“The Missing Manhole Covers”: There’s a mystery afoot, and it’s up to Riverdale’s premiere teenage rock band, the Archies, to solve it!  Can they solve the mystery of who is stealing the town’s manhole covers… and the even bigger mystery of “why?!”
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Fernando Ruiz.
“Lunchroom Lament”: Complaining is on the menu when Miss Beazly tells a new café co-worker of the trials and tribulations of slinging hash for teens!  Wait until she gets a load of what’s for dessert!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Bob Bolling.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: February 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 10th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.49 US.

v193.jpgVERONICA #193
“Stuck in the ‘80s”: Break out the spandex and hair spray – the Archies are about to go all-out ‘80s for a special Riverdale High concert and Battle of the Bands contest celebrating the decade!  Hopefully Jughead won’t get replaced by a drum machine!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
“Geek Chic”: When Veronica’s computer dies, she calls the “Geek Patrol” computer experts to help… which brings on Veronica’s cousin Marcy, a double date and the mortification of being seen in the “geek-mobile!”  Can Veronica’s ego ever live it down?
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
“Carpool Cool”: Veronica’s going green… because her friend Ethan is the hunkiest environmentalist she’s ever seen!
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher.
ART: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: February 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 4th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 17th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

BACKLIST

RELIVE THE RADICAL ADVENTURES OF THE RED ECHIDNA!
We’re happy to make these issues available once more!

kte1.jpgKNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA #1
“The Dark Legion – Army of Darkness”

When a technological army known only as the Dark Legion invades The Floating Island, it’s up to Knuckles and The Chaotix to find out what they’re up to. Just what is the Dark Legion? And what does it have to do with Knuckles’ past, present, and future? More revelations will be made on the mysterious history of the Echidnas, including Knuckles’ lineage as “Guardian of the Floating Island”!
SCRIPT: Ken Penders & Kent Taylor
ART: Manny Galán & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante & Ken Penders
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$1.50

kte2.jpgKNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA #2
“The Dark Legion – Sins of the Fathers”

It’s not that easy being the “Guardian of The Floating Island”. Just ask Knuckles. Of course, he’s a little detained at the moment. He’s fighting off this nasty group of Enerjak’s disciples calling themselves “The Dark Legion”! What do they want? Not much… just the Chaos Emerald and The Floating Island! And if they can’t have it, NO ONE CAN!!! Including never before scenes of the Echidnas’ history. The second in the triple-combo cover collection.
SCRIPT: Ken Penders & Kent Taylor
ART: Manny Galán & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante & Ken Peders
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$1.50

kte4.jpgKNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA #4
“Lost Paradise – The Phantom City”

In a three-part epic, “Lost Paradise” reunites Knuckles with the one person he never ever expected to see. But an even bigger problem occurs when the fabled city of Echidnaopolis reappears, posing a threat to the Floating Island’s ecosystem. Don’t miss the echidna excitement with regulars Ken Penders, Manny Galán, and Andrew Pepoy. In the tradition of the first three issues, every three-part story-arc will sport triple-combo covers by fan-fave Pat ‘Spaz’iante along with inks by Ken Penders and colors by those maniacs at Heroic Age!
SCRIPT: Ken Penders
ART: Manny Galán & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante & Ken Penders
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$1.50

kte5.jpgKNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA #5
“Lost Paradise – Fallout”

The latest chapter in the life of our favorite echidna continues, as Knuckles encounters new enemies and the oldest echidna he’s ever met, aother Guardian! You’ll meet General Stryker, a cruel and despotic tyrant who rules with an iron fist (Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone we know!) Also, learn the mystery of what happened to Echidnaopolis!
SCRIPT: Ken Penders
ART: Manny Galán & Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante & Ken Penders
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$1.50

kte6.jpgKNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA #6
“Lost Paradise – Zero Hour And Counting”

With all that’s been happening lately, The Floating Island has never been busier. Everything comes to a head as Knuckles risks it all to save his mom from the Dingoes. What will happen to Echidnaopolis? Is it back for good… or will it be destroyed? What lengths will General Stryker go to win? These questions and more will be answered in the conclusion of “The Lost Paradise” in Knuckles #6!
SCRIPT: Ken Penders
Penciler: Manny Galán
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Cover by Patrick “Spaz!” Spaziante & Ken Penders
Shipping Date: February 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: February 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$1.50

via Archie Comics

The Author

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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