The first Archie comic to be released with a specific holiday theem was Archie’s Christmas Stocking #1 in 1954, since then Archie Comics Holiday specials have been an annual tradition. Archie sent us a rundown of the two holiday themed titles for this year.
ARCHIE DIGEST #258
DECK THE HALLS AND FILL YOUR STOCKINGS WITH THIS SPECIAL HOLIDAY ISSUE FULL OF FESTIVE FUN!
â€œGive & Takeâ€: Get set for Veronicaâ€™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
â€œAll Aloneâ€: Mr. Weatherbeeâ€™s Christmas break isnâ€™t so cheery when he ends up a shut-in due to his fractured footâ€¦ but it isnâ€™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
BETTY & VERONICA #244
â€œHoliday Watchâ€: It just wouldnâ€™t be the holidays without a visit from Jingles the Elf and the Sugar Plum Fairy, but now that theyâ€™re love-struck they need someone to make sure they donâ€™t slack on their dutiesâ€¦ and Santa has assigned that task to Betty and Veronica!Â â€œSnuggle Upâ€: Seeking ideas that will save some money this holiday, the gang decide to do a â€œSecret Santaâ€ giveawayâ€¦ but once they see their presents theyâ€™ll wish the idea had stayed a â€œsecret!â€Â â€œCaramel on Topâ€: The claws come out when Veronica matches wits with someone even cattier than herself â€“ Bettyâ€™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