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This week Archie Comics delivers up another collection of sneak peeks that includes The Matchmakers, Betty & Veronica Spectacular #87, Jughead #193, Jughead & Friends Digest #31 and Pals-n-Gals Double Digest #128.

BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #87
BETTY & VERONICA TRADE FASHIONABLE CHIC FOR INTREPID MYSTIQUE IN THIS ACTION-PACKED ISSUE!
“Where the Action Is!”: In perhaps the most aptly-titled tale of the year, Betty and Veronica deliver high-octane action and adventure as the most super secret agents ever to tackle a viperous spy… not to mention the most beautiful!  Equipped by Dilton with the latest high tech crime-fighting gadgets, the girls are on the case as Archie goes missing… and the usual suspects are quickly rounded up.  But will the real suspect be someone a bit more unusual?  You’ll never guess!  All this plus “Action Fashions,” an action movie quiz, gadget pages and more!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: January 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 21st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 3rd, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

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PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #128
THE THRILLING CONCLUSION TO THE “NEW LOOK” STORY, “BREAKUP BLUES”
THE INTRIGUING TALE WHERE MIDGE & MOOSE’S ROMANCE HANGS IN THE BALANCE!
“Breakup Blues, Part 4”: For the past three issues, Archie and his friends have been dealing with the unimaginable: the breakup of Midge and Moose!  In the aftermath, Midge started seeing Reggie and Moose began dating Judy Johnson.  The status quo of Riverdale High’s circle of friends was severely shaken, but that didn’t stop the former couple’s friends from doing what they could to get the pair back together.  Their efforts weren’t always successful, but they still haven’t given up hope.  The fourth and final installment brings everything together as the kids convene at an exclusive dance club to boogie the night away… and hopefully bring Moose and Midge back together once and for all!  And they’re about to get some help from an unlikely source.  Will true love persevere and save the day?  Be sure to reserve your copy so you can find out!  The romantic intrigue is served up in the “realistic” art style that made both Betty and Veronica’s “Bad Boy Trouble” and Jughead’s “Matchmakers” some of the most talked-about Archie stories in recent years!  Veteran penciller Tod Smith and journeyman inker Al Milgrom carry on that popular style in what has surely been the most explosive Archie Comics story to date!
SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan
PENCILS: Tod Smith
INKS :Al Milgrom
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: January 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 21st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 3rd, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.69 US.

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JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #31
“Banana Split Decision”: It’s a split decision, and it’s decided by the readers as they get a chance to choose the direction of this story!  Jughead simply doesn’t want to pay up on the empty promise he made to Ethel to take her out on a date.  Readers can alternate between pages depicting two separate directions for the story: one where Jughead ducks into Dilton’s laboratory to avoid Ethel; the other where Jughead toughs it out and actually goes on the date with Ethel!  Each choice leads to another and another… and is of course packed with laughs and adventure!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
“Mystery Man”: Amateur investigators Chuck and Archie have a genuine mystery on their hands: not only has Jughead gotten a top-secret job, he’s stopped wearing his trademark crown hat, too!  Can this mother of all mysteries be solved?!
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: January 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 21st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 3rd, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.49 US.

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ARCHIE NEW LOOK SERIES VOLUME 2: JUGHEAD “THE MATCHMAKERS”
Now, together under one cover for the very first time, the complete “Matchmakers” saga!  The story that began in JUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #139 and concluded in JUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #142 caused quite a stir, as it brought back the “new look” of Riverdale’s fabled teens, first seen in the landmark “Bad Boy Trouble,” the epic 2007 tale that appeared in several high-profile issues of BETTY & VERONCIA DOUBLE DIGEST.  The flagship characters of Archie Comics have once again gotten an extreme makeover, and the buzz has been deafening!  Add to that the intrigue of Jughead actually showing interest in a girl and you’ve got a recipe for a tale of combustible proportions!  It all starts when Archie, Betty, Reggie and Veronica agree that Jughead needs a break from his “fifth wheel” status.  They hatch a scheme to find a girl who will interest Jughead more than food and sleep… never realizing they would actually succeed!  Or have they?  Comic book legends Joe Staton and Al Milgrom bring their years of experience to the Archie “new look,” handling pencils and inks respectively, and help you relive the most talked-about Jughead story of 2008 in this special collection!
SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan
PENCILS: Joe Staton
INKS: Al Milgrom
Shipping Date: January 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 21st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 3rd, 2009
112-page, full color square bound paperback
ISBN #: 978-1-879794-38-2 / OLD # 1-879794-38-1
$10 .95 US.

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JUGHEAD #193
“The Jughead List”: Jughead decides to follow in Mr. Lodge’s footsteps by creating a list of goals he simply must accomplish in his lifetime.  But can Jughead cram a lifetime of goals into one week the way he’s crammed down a lifetime of burgers in one sitting?
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman
ART: Rex Lindsey
Shipping Date: January 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: January 21st, 2009
On Sale on Newsstands: February 3rd, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.25 US.

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via Archie Comics

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Stephen Schleicher

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