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

a602.600.jpgARCHIE #602
THE ARCHIE STORY OF THE CENTURY CONTINUES AS ARCHIE AND VERONICA WELCOME NOT ONE BUT TWO BLESSED EVENTS!!!!
“Archie Marries Veronica Part 3: It’s Twins!”: Okay everyone – pick yourselves up off the floor!  We know many of you are still lying there from the events of the previous two issues, which hurtled readers into Archie’s future.  Well, now that you’ve witnessed the engagement and wedding of Archie and Veronica, prepare for the most major event yet: Archie and Veronica are having a baby!  Strike that, they’re having babies… TWINS!  And now… you can fall to the floor again!  Of course, you haven’t had a taste of parenthood until you’ve seen it done Archie-style!  Who will the happy couple pick to be godparents?  Can Archie get through Lamaze class without causing a commotion?  Never mind that – can he make it through the actual birth without full-scale panic?  Mixed in with the patented Archie humor is the poignancy of parents sharing the milestones of childhood, like baby’s first words and first steps.  And wait until you see how the proud new grandparents react!  It’s the thrilling conclusion to the biggest Archie Comics story since the famous “Love Showdown”… but it may be only the beginning!  This landmark tale is written by acclaimed superhero movie producer Michael Uslan and rendered by legendary Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg.  You are cordially invited to witness the Archie story of the century, so RSVP by ordering your copy today!
SCRIPT: Michael Uslan
ART: Stan Goldberg
Shipping Date: October 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 21st, 2009
Newsstands: November 4th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

af136.600.jpgARCHIE & FRIENDS #136
“The Way to the Heart”: It’s a kitchen catastrophe when Ms. Beazly is temporarily sidelined by an injury, but never fear – Ms. Beazly’s culinary school grad daughter, Bella, is here!  All the guys go ga-ga over the chic chef, but will the food she serves be as attractive?  Can Jughead simultaneously feel love in his heart and hunger in his stomach?  Order up a plate of laughs by reserving this delicious issue!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: October 7th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 14th, 2009
Newsstands: October 27th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

ad258.600.jpgARCHIE DIGEST #258
DECK THE HALLS AND FILL YOUR STOCKINGS WITH THIS SPECIAL HOLIDAY ISSUE FULL OF FESTIVE FUN!
“Give & Take”: Get set for Veronica’s most unusually-themed Christmas party yet, with gifts that come straight from the heart instead of the bank account!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
“All Alone”: Mr. Weatherbee’s Christmas break isn’t so cheery when he ends up a shut-in due to his fractured foot… but it isn’t long before his students show up to restore his holiday spirit in this poignant tale!
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ART: Stan Goldberg
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: October 7th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 14th, 2009
Newsstands: October 27th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US

add203.600.jpgARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST #203
THE THRILLING CONCLUSION TO THE LATEST, POIGNANT “NEW LOOK” TALE!  “Goodbye Forever Part Four”: Archie’s dad’s promotion requires the Andrews to move out of town… and all of Archie’s friends are distraught to see him go!  But a fortuitous trip to a hamburger joint in their new home town seems eerily like Pop Tate’s… right down to the teens who hang out there!  This slice of reality pie has Archie and his family thinking… is this move the right move?  Will they tough it out and try out life in a new town after all, or reconsider and move back to Riverdale?  It’s the most poignant “New Look” story yet , rendered in the “realistic” art style that made Betty and Veronica’s “Bad Boy Trouble” and “My Father’s Betrayal,” Jughead’s “Matchmakers,” and Moose and Midge’s “Break-up Blues” some of the most-talked about Archie stories in recent years!  Multiple award-winning and -nominated artist Norm Breyfogle brings his fine-tuned talents to this heart-tugging tale, with “New Look” scribe Melanie J. Morgan.
SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan
ART: Norm Breyfogle
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: October 21st, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 28th, 2009
Newsstands: November 11th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

bv244.600.jpgBETTY & VERONICA #244
“Holiday Watch”: It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a visit from Jingles the Elf and the Sugar Plum Fairy, but now that they’re love-struck they need someone to make sure they don’t slack on their duties… and Santa has assigned that task to Betty and Veronica!  “Snuggle Up”: Seeking ideas that will save some money this holiday, the gang decide to do a “Secret Santa” giveaway… but once they see their presents they’ll wish the idea had stayed a “secret!”  “Caramel on Top”: The claws come out when Veronica matches wits with someone even cattier than herself – Betty’s cat Caramel!
SCRIPTS: Dan Parent
ART: Jeff Shultz
Shipping Date: October 21st, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 28th, 2009
Newsstands: November 11th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

bvdd175.600.jpgBETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #175

“Diary Dilemma”: Veronica finds Betty’s diary… but will she find the time to read it?
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb
ART: Jeff Shultz
“Driven to Distraction”: When her driving privileges are revoked, Veronica counts on Archie and Reggie for rides… and the boys can count on Veronica “driving” them crazy with her need to stop at every sale!
SCRIPT: Angelo DeCesare
ART: Jeff Shultz
“Gift Goof”: Big Moose proves he doesn’t have a “gift” for buying presents!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Jeff Shultz
Shipping Date: October 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 21st, 2009
Newsstands: November 4th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

pngdd136.600.jpgPALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #136
DON’T MISS PART TWO OF THE LATEST “NEW LOOK” SAGA THAT TRANSFORMS REGGIE FROM WISE GUY TO ROMEO!
“A Funny Kind of Love Part Two”: Bernadette Brownlee is the new girl in school… and not only is she gorgeous and intelligent, but she laughs at Reggie’s jokes, too!  But Reggie’s goal is to become a professional comedian, and while Bernadette finds his class-clowning cute, she has no love for stand-up comics.  Furthermore, Bernadette wants to be President of the United States, but Reggie has little regard for politicians.  Can Cupid’s arrow slice through their differences… and what about Dilton and Archie, who have also caught Bernadette’s eye?  It’s the most unexpected “New Look” story yet, rendered in the “realistic” art style that made Betty and Veronica’s “Bad Boy Trouble” and “My Father’s Betrayal,” Jughead’s “Matchmakers,”  Moose and Midge’s “Break-up Blues,” and Archie and his friend’s “Goodbye Forever” some of the most talked-about Archie stories in recent years!
SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan
ART: Tod Smith and Al Milgrom
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: October 28th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 4th, 2009
Newsstands: November 17th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

su9.600.jpgSONIC UNIVERSE #9
“Echoes of the Past Part One”: By popular demand, Knuckles makes a triumphant return in this thrilling spin-off tale!  Knuckles presses into the heart of the desert to find the sinister secrets of his hated enemy, Dr. Finitivus, but what he finds leads to a deeper mystery… and deadly danger!  With Knuckles away, it’s up to Vector to protect the Master Emerald from the newest threat… but who, or what, are they?  It’s the pulse-pounding start of the next epic story arc, and you can’t afford to miss it!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Tracy Yardley
PILE DRIVING COVER BY SPAZ!
Shipping Date: October 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 21st, 2009
Newsstands: November 4th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

sth206.600.jpgSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #206
“On the Run Part Two”: Sonic and Tails face off against the full might of the Iron Dominion!  The prize: the addled Dr. Eggman!  Will Sonic let his most feared nemesis fall into the hands of these new, unpredictable foes?  Are they even willing to deal?!
PLUS: “Birthright Part Two”: Lien-Da discovers the cruel secret of the Iron Queen’s gift to her people.  Her next choice will save – or doom – the Legion!
SCRIPTS: Ian Flynn
ART: Steven Butler
SIZZLING SHOWDOWN COVER BY SPAZ!
Shipping Date: October 28th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 4th, 2009
Newsstands: November 17th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

tfrd35.600.jpgTALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #35

“This Twirling World”: Archie brings sign twirling to new heights… but what goes up must come down, and Mr. Lodge is convinced those signs will land on Veronica!
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ART:  Fernando Ruiz
“Good Taste in Cars”: Pop Tate’s new hybrid van is good for the environment and the Chock’lit Shop’s business, as the eco-friendly fuel sends a French fry smell through the air!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Stan Goldberg
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: October 14th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: October 21st, 2009
Newsstands: November 4th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US

v197.600.jpgVERONICA #197

“Save the Date!”: Veronica decides to surprise her friends with a calendar featuring a whole year of fabulous photos of herself… but the real surprise will leave her friends laughing for years to come!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: October 28th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 4th, 2009
Newsstands: November 17th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

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Stephen Schleicher

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1 Comment

  1. July 21, 2009 at 8:50 am — Reply

    In regards to the Sonic Comics – I saw a lot of Steven Butler’s original pages for the Somic books at the Jackson Comic Con this past weekend, and I must say that he does some pretty sweet art, and is a great guy to talk to. While I was there waiting for my Captain America sketch, I would bet 90 percent of the people that came up to him were Sonic fans asking for sketches of those characters. Most of them had no idea of his history with the original Web of Spider-Man, Silver Sable and all the others from back then!

    The “New Look” stories have been good (Steven Butler did the New Look designs). I’ve read them all and just picked up Archie Double Digest #200 last night for Katie. It is nice that they seem to focus on a different character every few months, and rotate it between their Double Digest.

    Whoever says anthologies don’t sell need to look at Archie Comics and their marketing model. It is very nice to be able to find them in the grocery stores and even Wal-Mart!

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