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Archie Comics has provided Major Spoilers with the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in March 2009.

a595.pngARCHIE #595
“Home Insecurity”: After robbers break into his safe, Mr. Lodge upgrades his security system to protect his property… but who will protect him from the ever-pervasive new system?!
SCRIPT: Arie Kaplan.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“The Fall of Reggie”: Realizing how much sympathy accident-prone Archie gets from the ladies, Reggie decides he’ll take a few falls of his own… but will the girls “fall” for his scheme?
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“Prom Preparation”: The perfect recipe: the annual prom plus the eternal love triangle equals a comedy of errors!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
Shipping Date: March 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 7th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

af129.pngARCHIE & FRIENDS #129.
“The Cartoon Life of Chuck Clayton” concludes with this latest installment.  Tony Messina is a troubled kid, always getting into mischief.  When he gets caught spreading graffiti in his neighborhood, his mother decides it would be best if Tony learned how to use his artistic abilities in a more positive way and enrolls him in Chuck’s class.  But there’s a reason Tony’s painted the walls in his town, and when Chuck finds out why, he decides to take action.  What reason could Tony possibly have to deface property?  Can Chuck find a solution beneficial to everyone?  It’s a poignant tale you won’t want to miss, brought to you by children’s educator Alex Simmons.
SCRIPT: Alex Simmons.
ART: Fernando Ruiz.
Shipping Date: March 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

ad252.pngARCHIE DIGEST #252
“A Cheap Date Contest”: The local paper is sponsoring a contest to see who can go out on the most frugal date – don’t they realize “cheap dates” are a fact of life for Archie?
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“Mow Me Down”: Archie enters his modified lawn mower in a special race for former clippers – after all, they get great “grass mileage!”
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: March 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 24th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US.

add197.pngARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST #197
“Write on, Dude!”: For Archie, modern homework is more about text messaging than text books!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“2 of a Kind”: Little Archie visits his grandparents’ farm and meets all their new animals, including a monkey that’s just like him!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dexter Taylor.
“Snack Attack Flak”: While waiting for Veronica to get off the phone, Jughead and Archie eat all the appetizers prepared for Mrs. Lodge’s fundraiser!  Time for the merry munchers to make fast with alternate hors d’oeuvres!
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher.
ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: March 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 7th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US.

b179.pngBETTY #179
“Those Nasty Budget Cuts”: The kids want to hold a “green day” ecological event at the school, but Mr. Weatherbee worries about how much “green” it would cost to hold it!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“Greeting Card”: Betty gets a job with perks – literally – when she takes a position as a perky store greeter!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“Yo Taxi”: Betty offers to chauffeur Archie around until he earns enough money to fix his own car.  Hope she has a lot of gas money!
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
“Dog Daze!”: Canine chaos ensues when Betty agrees to dogsit a neighbor’s seemingly well-behaved pooch.
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Stan Goldberg.
Shipping Date: March 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: April 41st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 14th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

bvdd169.pngBETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #169,
“Big Brother Sister is Watching!”: When they find out she’s working at the Pembrooke café, Betty and Veronica enlist Marcy to spy on Cheryl and her friends.  That includes Archie, who’s been spending an awful lot of time in Pembrooke since Cheryl moved back there… and getting quite cozy with Cheryl’s friend Becky!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
“Dance, Dance, Dance!”:  It’s time for “Dancing with the Students” when Riverdale High holds a charity dance marathon!
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Bob Bolling.
“A Good Dressing Down”: When it comes to work clothes, Veronica doesn’t have a thing to wear!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“Promotion Commotion”: Veronica finds Archie’s job as a radio DJ impressive – until he promotes a hot female singing act live in the studio!
SCRIPT AND ART: Tim Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: March 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 18th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 31st, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US.

bvs88.pngBETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #88
“Geeks Rule”: Betty and Archie get jobs on the “Geek Patrol,” a group of computer tech-sperts seen in last month’s VERONICA #193.  To keep Betty from spending so much time with Archie, Veronica joins the squad, too… and it isn’t long before she inadvertently unleashes a vicious computer virus!  Co-starring computer gurus Dilton and Veronica’s cousin, Marcy, this “geek-tacular” issue also features a “techie” quiz, internet tips, geek-chic fashions, and more!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
Shipping Date: March 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 18th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 31st, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

j194.pngJUGHEAD #194
“Unfair Fair”: Reluctantly attending the Job Fair at his parents’ insistence, Jughead has a plan: he’ll scare away potential employers with tall tales about jobs he’s botched.  Will his ruse succeed, or will Jughead’s fears of gainful employment become a reality?
“A Rude Awakening”: Hot Dog tries everything he can to wake Jughead up for the grand opening of the “Rise and Shine” bakery. But which is stronger: Jughead’s desire for sleep, or his massive appetite?
“Sandal Scandal”: Ethel buys Jug a pair of ergonomic massage sandals which keep our lovable lazy-boy on his toes all day long!
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman.
ART: Rex Lindsey.
Shipping Date: March 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 18th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 31st, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

jfd32.pngJUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #32
“Getting His Goat”: Jughead and Archie really kick up a ruckus – literally – when they bring goats to the school’s “Pet Day!”
SCRIPT: George Gladir.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
“Missing Link”: Jughead waxes poetic about a few of his favorite things… and they all happen to be edible!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski.
ART: Tim Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: March 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: April 41st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 14th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US.

pngdd130.pngPALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #130
“Snap Decision”: Riverdale’s resident prankster Reggie takes center stage in this hilarious tale of vanity, camera phones and text messages gone awry!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
“Science Flair Drama”: Raj Patel is back!  This time, the aspiring filmmaker decides to help his sister Tina with her volcano exhibit at the science fair.  Of course, he can’t resist spending more time taping the event than Tina.  How long before Tina’s temper erupts?
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: March 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: April 41st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 14th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US.

stw101.pngSABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #101 PRESENTS – “YOUNG SALEM”
This reader requested story-line offers everyone’s favorite magical cat Salem in a special 4-issue tale that harkens back to the days when he wasn’t an enchanted feline, but an actual boy wizard!  In this thrilling tale, you’ll journey to Salem’s original home on the Saberhagen Farm for the first time!  You’ll also meet his mother, Felicia, and scruffy Uncle Mort.  The tale begins when young Salem finds a talking frog who was once a wizard.  The thrills, spills and surprises build from there!  Don’t miss out on the start of this magical mini-series!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Chad Thomas.
Fabulous first issue cover by Chad Thomas!
Shipping Date: March 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: April 41st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 14th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

sth198.pngSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #198
“Egg Phoenix Down”: The countdown to the epic Sonic the Hedgehog #200 continues!  Sonic leads the fully assembled Freedom Fighters and Chaotix on an invasion of Dr. Robotnik’s city, but the doctor unleashes a terrifying new weapon that may make their fight a short one!  Don’t miss all the egg-plosive action!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Renae De Liz.
Scorching hot cover by Tracy Yardley!
Shipping Date: March 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 11th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: March 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

su2.pngSONIC UNIVERSE #2
THE LATEST HIT SONIC SERIES RETURNS WITH ITS SECOND ACTION-PACKED ISSUE!
“Time and Again”: The second issue of the new, ever-expanding, all-encompassing series revolving around Sonic’s many friends and foes, with continuity aligning with the regular monthly Sonic comic.  It is the eve of Sonic’s big confrontation with Dr. Robotnik, but Shadow and Rouge have other plans.  As the three of them embark on a crucial midnight raid, readers will have the opportunity to simultaneously look back on a time when Sonic and Shadow weren’t so friendly as they witness the lost tale of their battle for the ARK!  It’s déjà vu all over again as the present and past run parallel in this high-action tale!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn.
ART: Tracy Yardley!
Time-tripping cover by Tracy Yardley!
Shipping Date: March 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: March 25th, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: April 7th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

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  1. December 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Wow, Archie is still around, huh?! God bless!!

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