Archie Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving April 2010, which sees Archie and Valerie smooching on the cover.

ARCHIE #608

“It Starts With a Kiss”: It’s the double-bill of the century, as the Archies and Josie & the Pussycats co-headline a major concert tour… or so they think! Alex and Alexandria have sneaked behind everyone’s backs to ensure that Josie & the Pussycats are the main act while the Archies are merely the opening band. But the Archies have made Veronica’s cousin Marcy their manager and the ruse is soon exposed. Will the bands get through this dis-chord and once again find harmony?

SCRIPT: Dan Parent

ART: Bill Galvan

Shipping Date: April 14th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 21st, 2010

Newsstands: May 4th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #143

“Freshman Year—The Missing Chapters: Chuck”: For years, fans of Archie Comics have wondered what happened in the years before the fabled teens of Riverdale entered high school. How did everyone meet? Were the teachers always at the high school? Did all of Archie’s friends always live in Riverdale? Just when did the “eternal love triangle” first start? In the “Freshman Year” saga, originally presented in the pages of ARCHIE #587-591, readers finally learned the back-story behind Riverdale’s fabled cast of characters. But that wasn’t the whole story! In this follow-up series of stories, writer Batton Lash fills in the blanks, giving readers an even bigger glimpse of what went on with Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Reggie, Chuck, and Pencilneck G. In this story, Chuck’s cartoons of the past come back to haunt him when word gets back to him that a tough kid took exception to Chuck’s none-too-flattering caricatures. The subject of Chuck’s doodles isn’t happy about being “dissed” and has held a grudge for three years! Now Chuck must look back at the copious comics he did in freshman year to see what he did to diss his classmate!

SCRIPT: Batton Lash

ART: Bill Galvan

Shipping Date: April 28th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: May 5th, 2010

Newsstands: May 18th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

ARCHIE NEW LOOK SERIES VOLUME 4: VERONICA IN “MY FATHER’S BETRAYAL”
It’s the fourth 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” and “Moose & Midge: Breakup Blues.” Now, Archie Comics reprints “Veronica: My Father’s Betrayal,” originally presented in BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #170 through #173. In this thrilling four-part series, Veronica and her friends face off against Mr. Lodge and his constituents as the teens try to keep a beloved nature preserve from becoming an industrial park! Petitions… posters… publicity… public meetings… it’s all part of a multi-tiered strategy by the teens to bring the plight of the forest to the public. They even enlist a botany professor to join their protest! But when people on both sides of the issue debate, the problem is grayer than ever. Who will prevail? Can the two sides resolve their differences peacefully and constructively? Can a compromise be reached before the trees all come down? It’s the story you just can’t afford to miss, served up in the “realistic” art style that made Betty and Veronica’s “Bad Boy Trouble” Jughead’s “Match Makers,” and Moose and Midge’s “Break-up Blues” some of the most-talked about Archie stories in recent years! Famous superhero art team and Eisner Award nominees Rick Burchett and Terry Austin lend their formidable penciling and inking talents to this intriguing tale, brought to you by “New Look” scribe Melanie J. Morgan.

SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan

PENCILS: Rick Burchett

INKS: Terry Austin

Shipping Date: April 7th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 14th, 2010

Newsstands: April 27th, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1879794450

112-page, full color 6”x9” square bound paperback

$10.95 US

ARCHIE DIGEST #263

“One Track Mind”: Archie finds a way to make mowing the lawn go faster… way faster… by pretending his rider mower is a race car!

“Limb Beau”: Archie thinks he’ll have to “kiss” his favorite “kissing tree” goodbye when a local developer threatens to raze it for a convenience store.

SCRIPTS: Mike Pellowski

ART: Randy Elliott

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 7th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 14th, 2010

Newsstands: April 27th, 2010

88-page, Full color digest format

$2.69 US

ARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST #208

“Give Until it Hurts”: Archie decides to take up Mr. Weatherbee’s volunteering challenge… and a challenge it is, when he ends up doing duty as a grammar school crossing guard!

SCRIPT: Bill Golliher

ART: Pat Kennedy

“Clip Flop!”: What’s worse than Archie being embarrassed? Reggie filming it and spreading it through the internet!

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski

ART: Bob Bolling

“No Company”: A quiet fishing outing is anything but when Archie encounters one wilderness dweller after another!

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski

ART: Tim Kennedy

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 21st, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 28th, 2010

Newsstands: May 11th, 2010

176-page, full color digest

$3.99 US

BETTY & VERONICA #247

“Prom-itis”: With all the students totally obsessed with the upcoming prom, Mr. Weatherbee takes a drastic measure to try to get their minds on school again… by cancelling the prom! Will this dark cloud persist over the prom-minded teens, or are even principals prone to prom-itis? Press your gown and put on your tux for this very special occasion!

SCRIPT: Barbara and Samantha Slate

ART: Jeff Shultz

Shipping Date: April 7th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 14th, 2010

Newsstands: April 27th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #180

“No Baseball for Betty”: Spring is here again – time to “play ball!” But this year the Riverdale softball team’s best shortstop, Betty Cooper has decided to play hard ball instead! That’s great for Betty, but not so great for Archie and Veronica. After all, Betty will be competing with Archie for the shortstop position… and competing with Veronica for the amount of time spent with Archie! Will Betty’s big move be a grand slam or a total strike-out?

SCRIPT: Melanie J. Morgan

ART: Rod Whigham

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 14th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 21st, 2010

Newsstands: May 4th, 2010

176-page, full color digest

$3.99 US

JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #37

“The Joking Jester”: It’s medieval mayhem when Archie gets immersed in a new role-playing video game called “Storming the Castle” – especially with joking Jughead aboard as court jester!

SCRIPT: George Gladir

ART: Tim Kennedy

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 14th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 21st, 2010

Newsstands: May 4th, 2010

88-page, Full color digest format

$2.69 US

PALS ‘n’ GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #141

“Staff”: A new chauffeur is driving Veronica… and Veronica and her friends are driving him crazy!

SCRIPT: George Gladir

ART: Fernando Ruiz

“Picture This”: Chuck and Nancy make a picture-perfect couple – especially when they both enter a teen arts competition as painter and photographer, respectively!

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski

ART: Stan Goldberg

“Bee Crazy”: After a week of detention, Reggie has “The Bee” constantly buzzing through his brain!

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski

ART: Bob Bolling

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 28th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: May 5th, 2010

Newsstands: May 18th, 2010

176-page, full color digest

$3.99 US

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #212

“The Roads We Take”: The fallout from the “Iron Dominion” saga continues to settle as our heroes deal with the aftermath and face some tough choices ahead. What secrets will Sonic and Tails find in the seemingly abandoned EggDome? Will Espio finally confront his former teammates, the Chaotix? Will Princess Sally make a final choice of who to set her heart on? The answers to these and other questions await in this intriguing tale!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn

PENCILS: Steven Butler

INKS: Terry Austin

Shipping Date: April 21st, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 28th, 2010

Newsstands: May 11th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

SONIC UNIVERSE #15

“No Love in a Conquering Storm”: The epic “Journey to the East” story arc continues! Sonic and Tails must confront Fiona and the Destructix – but whose side are these rogue mercenaries really on? The action heats up in an all-out assault on the Raiju Clan of Lynx Ninja and the return of a character pivotal to Sonic’s success!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn

PENCILS: Tracy Yardley

INKS: Jim Amash

Shipping Date: April 7th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: April 14th, 2010

Newsstands: April 27th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #38

“Ham(burger) to the Chief!”: It’s a colossal comedy of errors… covered with ketchup and pickles… when Archie is convinced the President of the United States is coming to town to visit the new burger joint!

SCRIPT: Bill Golliher

ART: Pat Kennedy

“Gag Drag”: It was bound to happen – after pulling off countless pranks, Reggie’s come down with a case of “jokester’s block!”

SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski

ART: Bob Bolling

PLUS: Other new and classic tales!

SCRIPTS AND ART: Various talents

BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!

Shipping Date: April 28th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: May 5th, 2010

Newsstands: May 18th, 2010

88-page, Full color digest format

$2.69 US

VERONICA #200

IT’S THE MILESTONE 200th issue of VERONICA!

“It’s Good to Be 200!”: Since her series debut 20 years ago, Veronica has traveled everywhere – Paris, New York, Rome, London… she even took a trip to the moon via space shuttle in her 100th issue! Now in this 200th anniversary issue, Veronica chooses a destination to top them all when she uses Dilton and Marcy’s new time machine to travel back to Riverdale’s past! There she will witness amazing events in the history of her parents and her friends’ parents… but staying too long could alter that history forever! It’s a time-tripping anniversary issue you just can’t afford to miss!

SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent

Shipping Date: April 28th, 2010

On Sale at Comic Shops: May 5th, 2010

Newsstands: May 18th, 2010

32-page, 40 lb glossy stock, full color comic

$2.99 US

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Stephen Schleicher

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4 Comments

  1. Mike Peacock
    January 19, 2010 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Archie is getting dangerously close to touching a black girl’s hair… You just don’t do that!

    • January 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm — Reply

      Archie is getting dangerously close to touching a black girl’s hair… You just don’t do that!

      I didn’t realize that Susan Sarandon was black in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  2. arcee
    January 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    He’s got jungle fever!

  3. Kirtley
    January 26, 2010 at 3:11 am — Reply

    My only comment is Does anybody read Archie comics? I own a few from when I was 11 and my dad got them for me at an estate auction but I don’t think I read them.

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