Archie Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in November 2009.

ARCHIE #603

Life has taken some amazing turns for Archie and his friends lately. What path will Archie follow next? One thing is certain: should he choose to venture back down memory lane, anything can happen!

SCRIPT: Michael Uslan
ART: Stan Goldberg
Shipping Date: November 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 25th, 2009
Newsstands: December 8th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #137

PART ONE OF A TWO-PART STORY THAT REINTRODUCES SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTERS ARCHIE EVER PUBLISHED!

“Cosmic Cosmosis Part One”: Working at the Pep Comics shop to get a discount on comics and a place to store his collection, Chuck is visited by his friends as he bags and boards. Suddenly, glowing meteors from the MLJ Nebula rain down in Riverdale, including one that crashes into the shop and morphs into a door to other dimensions! This cosmic portal leads to a world that Chuck, Archie and his friends have only ever seen in comics… a world of talking ducks and bears, super-powered heroes and oddball beings from other planets. It doesn’t take them long to realize they are in the presence of a veritable “who’s who” of some of the greatest comic book characters ever published by Archie and its earlier incarnation, MLJ Comics: Captain Sprocket, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Squoimy the Woim, Gloomy Gus, Judge Owl, Ginger, Suzie and more! The trouble is, now that the “fantasy world” has invaded the “real world,” the “fictional” characters seek as much a taste of reality as possible: Wilbur and Seymour want to meet “real” girls to date, Pat the Brat realizes there’s a whole new potential audience to pull pranks on, Cubby the Bear wants to see how earth bears live, and more. On top of it all, Super Duck and Reggie get into a no-holds-barred shouting match! Realizing the veritable “Pandora’s Box” situation they’re in, Archie decides it would best for the comic book characters to go back through the portal to return to their own worlds… but the characters have other plans. Namely, they plan to stay indefinitely!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

ARCHIE NEW LOOK SERIES VOLUME 3: MOOSE & MIDGE – BREAKUP BLUES

It’s the third installment in Archie’s dynamic “New Look” series! For years, Archie fans the world over wondered what their favorite Riverdale teens would look like if rendered in a realistic style, and in 2007, Archie Comics answered the question with the ground-breaking, pulse-pounding, media-grabbing story: “Betty & Veronica: Bad Boy Trouble!” The success of that story prompted them to create an entire “New Look” series, continuing with “Jughead: The Matchmakers!” Now, Archie Comics reprints “Moose & Midge: Breakup Blues” from PALS ‘N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #125-128. When Midge decides to go on a date with Reggie Mantle behind Moose’s back, the relationship dissolves before their friends’ very eyes! Can Betty, Archie and Veronica help the two former lovebirds see the light and rekindle the flame between them? You’ll never guess who comes to the rescue in this captivating story, brought to you by “New Look” scribe Melanie J. Morgan and masterfully penciled in the realistic style by veteran artist Tod Smith, with inks from journeyman talent Al Milgrom. Let’s just hope Riverdale can survive the epic rift!
SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan
ART: Tod Smith and Al Milgrom
Shipping Date: November 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 25th, 2009
Newsstands: December 8th, 2009
112-page, full color 6″x9″ square bound paperback
$10.95 US

ARCHIE DIGEST #259

“Scene in Public”: Ahoy, ye hungry vagabonds! Archie and his friends have a swashbucklin’ good time when they visit a pirate-themed restaurant.
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Pat Kennedy
“Playing Footsie”: A sprained ankle leads to all of Archie’s friends competing to help him out… and he loves the attention!
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: November 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 18th, 2009
Newsstands: December 1st, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US

ARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST #204

“Prize Surprise”: A mysterious prize inside a cereal box baffles Archie and his friends… and may be a bigger mystery than they realize!

SCRIPT AND ART: Tim Kennedy
“Toy Story”: A visit to the toy store is a trip down memory lane… and a look into the future… for Archie’s dad!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Bob Bolling
“A Class Act”: The roots of the Archies band are revealed in this rockin’ Little Archie tale!
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: November 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: December 3rd, 2009
Newsstands: December 15th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

BETTY #183

“Close Encounters of the Clothespin Kind”: Betty’s friends are left “hanging on the line” when she becomes obsessed with her clothespin doll collection!
SCRIPT: Barbara Slate
ART: Stan Goldberg
“Many Magic Moments”: When Betty’s grandparents come over for the holidays they bring their own Christmas ornaments – each representing a magical moment in their romance!
SCRIPT: Barbara Slate
ART: Stan Goldberg
“Party Smarty”: It’s time once again for beloved holiday traditions: stockings, presents, mistletoe… and competing Christmas parties from Betty and Veronica!
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ART: Stan Goldberg
“Cold Spell!”: The weather may be cold, but Archie knows how to warm Betty’s heart!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Stan Goldberg
Shipping Date: November 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: December 3rd, 2009
Newsstands: December 15th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #199

“The Fame Game”: The “Goodwill Girls” have become the “Green Girls!” They’ve set their sights on ways to conserve energy at Riverdale High and free up costs for school supplies. But Veronica’s too busy trying to become a star and can’t pitch in. Wait until her friends end up in the spotlight! This timely tale highlights the movement toward “no tray days” at schools across the country.

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: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #176

FEATURING AN ALL-NEW CHERYL BLOSSOM STORY!

“The Seventh Month Itch”: With her birthday just around the corner, Cheryl Blossom is worried that her boyfriend George has developed a wandering eye… and concern turns to anger when he discovers Betty and Veronica are his “Spacebook” friends! But nothing prepares her for the surprise ahead!

SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
“Home Theater Buzz”: The unveiling of Mr. Lodge’s remodeled, state-of-the art home theater creates a buzz that brings all of Riverdale’s teens to his home… and that’s one “buzz” he can’t get out of his ears!
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ART: Pat Kennedy
“Party Time”: Filled with the holiday spirit, Veronica enhances an event to feed the needy by transforming it into a feel-good, cool-yule costume party!
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: November 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 25th, 2009
Newsstands: December 8th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

JUGHEAD #198

“Dine by Design”: Jughead doesn’t take well to the latest restaurant trend toward tiny-sized, slider-style hamburgers, and counters by launching his own new wave of designer burgers! Will his dreams of a sandwich supreme come true, or will they get “ground” to pieces like so much chopped meat?

SCRIPT: Craig Boldman
ART: Rex Lindsey
Shipping Date: November 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 25th, 2009
Newsstands: December 8th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #35

“Playing Santa”: When ‘ol Kris Kringle needs extra help delivering presents, Jughead trades in his trademark crown cap for a genuine Santa hat in this festive holiday tale!

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Fernando Ruiz
“Fast Food”: Things really get cooking when 60-minute TV chef Ethel Elray comes to Riverdale!
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: November 18th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 25th, 2009
Newsstands: December 8th, 2009
88-page, full color digest
$2.69 US

JUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #155

“The Film Maker”: After his experience in Hollywood last issue, Jughead decides to become a filmmaker. Will audiences “quack up” when they see his “duck-umentary?”
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ART: Jeff Shultz
“Lunch Break”: Everyone knows there’s “no free lunch”… or is there? If anyone can find out, it’s Jughead!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Bill Galvan
“Poe Boy”: While writing a report on the macabre bard of Baltimore, Jughead learns that nothing’s im-POE-ssible when it comes to the imagination!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski
ART: Bill Galvan
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
176-page, full color digest
$3.99 US

SONIC UNIVERSE #10

“Echoes of the Past Part Two”: As Knuckles’ friends try to valiantly defend the Master Emerald against a seemingly never-ending horde of robots, Knuckles delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding him… until he finally finds Dr. Finitevus! Knuckles is bent on revenge, but he’s not counting on the surprise twist that will delay his quest. You can’t afford to miss this exciting, action-packed issue!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Tracy Yardley
Shipping Date: November 11th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 18th, 2009
Newsstands: December 1st, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #207

“Blackout”: The Iron King wants the force-field over Sonic’s home city gone, so he heads to its power source: the radioactive remains of Robotropolis! This could spell doom for our heroes – not to mention the surrounding environment! As Sonic races to the rescue, Princess Sally finally comes to a pivotal personal decision.

PLUS: “The Iron Queen:” The second half of this intriguing new villainess’ thrilling origin is revealed!
SCRIPTS: Ian Flynn
ART: Steven Butler
Shipping Date: November 25th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: December 3rd, 2009
Newsstands: December 15th, 2009
32-page, full color comic
$2.50 US

BACKLIST

Holidays are a time of good will and cheer, and this month’s backlist titles are no exception!
Archie’s Holiday Fun Digests, carol with Archie and his Friends with these 96-page yuletide bonanzas, which feature some of everyone’s favorite Riverdale holiday stories.

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY FUN DIGEST #9

Tis the Season to be Jolly, as Archie and his friends celebrate in true Holiday style! Archie and crew have long displayed their holiday spirit, and now through the magic of this digest series, many of the Christmas classics of old are re-presented along with new yuletide tales. It’s a stocking-full of good holiday cheer you won’t want to miss!

PLUS: Class yuletide tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
96-page, full color digest
$2.39 US

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY FUN DIGEST #10

“The Job”: A stint as a department store Santa listening to children’s Christmas wish lists could inspire a list of Archie’s own: incorrigible, bratty, and pushy are some words that come to mind!

SCRIPT: George Gladir

ART: Pat Kennedy
PLUS: Class yuletide tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
96-page, full color digest
$2.39 US

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY FUN DIGEST #11

“Holiday Rush”: Betty and Veronica lament the fact that the stores seem to rush the holiday months before it hits…until Mr. Lodge gives them some early Christmas gifts! “Gift Horse Laugh”: Reggie gets a nice holiday bonus at his job and the gang suspects he’s going to spend it all on himself. Or will the holiday spirit dictate otherwise? “Gift Exchange”: Chuck and Moose are having a hard time figuring out what to get their girlfriends for Christmas, until they make suggestions for each other’s girls!

SCRIPTS: Mike Pellowski
ART: Tim Kennedy
PLUS: Class yuletide tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
96-page, full color digest
$2.49 US

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY FUN DIGEST #12

“Archie’s Holiday Scrapbook”: Relive the cherished holiday memories of Archie and his friends as you pour through their festive “scrapbook” filled with their first Christmas photos and other memorabilia they’ve collected through the years. Along the way, you’ll witness many firsts: Archie’s discovery of mistletoe, Betty & Veronica’s first gift-shopping sprees, Jughead’s first holiday buffet and Reggie’s first mirror! It’s an old-fashioned Christmas you’ll be delighted to celebrate!

SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
PLUS: Class yuletide tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping Date: November 4th, 2009
On Sale at Comic Shops: November 11th, 2009
Newsstands: November 24th, 2009
96-page, full color digest
$2.49 US

via Archie Comics

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1 Comment

  1. August 24, 2009 at 10:59 am — Reply

    ARCHIE & FRIENDS #137
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    THIS looks interesting, and a step in the right direction as far as the MLJ hcaracters go. There a LOT of characters and storeis that have not seen the light of day in decades. Be interesting to see how modern creators will interptet them.

    And as always, the Archie Holiday stuff is great! Makes me miss the old days of getting comics in my Christmas stocking!

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