SOLICITATIONS: Archie Comics for July 2013

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Archie Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in July 2013.

ARCHIE COMICS JULY 2013 SOLICITS

a646v.600ARCHIE #646
Archie may be a klutz on Earth, but how much damage can he do if thereís no gravity? A lot, apparently! Ever wonder what it would be like if Archie and the gang were out of their elementówaaayyy out of their element? Well now you can find out what it would be like if the pals ëní gals of Riverdale lived far, far away from homeóall the way on Mars! From intergalactic travel and futuristic space fashion to Archie getting to school on time, it turns out that good olí loveable Archie is pretty much the same, near or far. Buckle up for a wild, out-of-this-world ride (literally!) in ìA Really Hot Dateî! Features an outer-space EC-inspired cover with an impressive glow in the dark 5th color!
Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Gisele, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Gisele, Tito PeÒa
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy
Shipping Date: 7/17
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/31
48-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #242
When Archie has to make some quick cash to compensate for an accident he caused (thanks to a prank of Reggieís), he gets busy working his free time away at a glue factory. Betty and Veronica are none too pleased that they donít get to see their red-headed Romeo on the weekends anymore! Can Reggie do a good deed to make up for his wrongdoing, or will he only make matters stickieróa lot stickier? Find out in ìDollars and Scents,î the lead story to this laugh-packed double digest!
Script: John Albano
Art: Dan Parent, Al Milgrom
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
Shipping Date: 7/17
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/31
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #30
Reggie hasnít been himself latelyówhich should be a welcome change! However no one can bear to see a friend hurt, and when Betty and Veronica discover his new change in personality is tied to the loss of his beloved teddy bear, they set out to get it back for him. But is his lifelong buddy gone for good, or can they track him down and get the old Reggie backóand do they really want to? Find out in ìGrin and Bear It!î
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
Shipping Date: 7/31
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 8/14
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE MEETS GLEE (TPB)
The most-talked about crossover event of the year is now available as a graphic novel! Thatís right; the Riverdale gang is crossing over with the teens of the hit Fox-TV series GLEE and musical mayhem is sure to ensue! When Archie and his friends, thanks to an invention of Diltonís, crash-land in McKinley High School, theyíre in for a surprise when they encounter teenagers very similar to themselves; teens who happen to occasionally burst out in song, that is! Itís all fun and songs, of course, until the impending collision of two universes threatens the world as we know it. Can Dilton restore everything back to normal, or are our pals ëní gals of Riverdale and the musical teens of Lima, Ohio doomed? Find out in Archie Meets Glee.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-936975-45-7
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16î
Trade Paperback
112pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 7/17

BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VILLAINS (HC)
Sonic’s ultimate hardcover comic collection is BACK with Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Villains! This deluxe new installment to the smash-hit “Best of Sonic” series celebrates twenty years of comics, specials and mini-series with the baddest baddies the Sonic comics have to offer! Heroes are only as good as their villains, and Sonic’s world hosts some of the most fearsome and loathsome characters you love to hate! Root for the bad guy (just this once) in this Best of Villains collection featuring DR. EGGMAN, IXIS NAUGUS, the BABYLON ROUGES and many more in a must-have for any Sonic fan! Plus all-new cover art from Ben Bates with acclaimed painter Dave Devries, and insights from the Sonic creative team!
Script: Ian Flynn & various
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Steven Butler, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Jim Amash, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Ben Bates and Dave Devries
978-1-936975-55-6
$24.99/$27.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16î
HARDCOVER
144pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 8/7

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #214
Betty and Veronica are planning a trip to Paris when Hedda and Kirsten, two Norwegian exchange students visiting Riverdale, invite them to visit Norway! Can the mountainous landscapes measure up to the shopping and romance of France? For Veronica, itís incomparableóbut maybe Archie and Jughead going in their places will change her mind! See what kinds of foreign adventures ensue in ìThe Switchî!
Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
Shipping Date: 7/10
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/24
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #235
A lesson in fall fashion turns into an exercise in philanthropy in ìReally Giftedî! When Veronica becomes jealous of Bettyís charitable acts, she has to make a decision: spend her money on looking good, or use her riches for doing good for others. The answer may surprise you! Read on to see what happens in this lead story to a fun-filled double digest.
Script: Kathleen Webb
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
Shipping Date: 7/3
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/17
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #195
Jughead sets sail on a whirlwind trip to Ö Buffalo, NY?! Thatís right, Jugheadís headed to the chicken wing-capital of the world to submit his very own hot sauce recipe to the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Nothing could ruin this once-in-a-lifetime trip for himóexcept maybe, of course, some scheming on Reggieís part. Can the gang catch up with Jughead in time to ensure he wins? Or will Reggieís fowl prank leave a bad taste in everyoneís mouth? Find out in ìWinging It!î
Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito PeÒa
Shipping Date: 7/24
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 8/7
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

KEVIN KELLER #10
“A Kiss ISNíT Just a Kiss!îóWeíve all heard of PDA (public displays of affection), and how sometimes itís appropriate, but other times it goes too far. When Kevin gives Devon a simple goodbye kiss, reactions ignite in peculiar fashion. And when one person overreacts, the debate begins: what’s appropriate and what is not. Whatís even more surprising is whoís on Kevinís side of the debateóand itís not someone who you would think! So pucker up, and enjoy the next chapter of Kevinís adventures in Riverdale!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, Glenn Whitmore
Shipping Date: 7/24
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 8/7
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

KEVIN KELLER 2: DRIVE ME CRAZY (TPB)
Kevin Keller is certainly getting popularóheís gone from new kid in town to class president! He might be settling in well enough, but there are still things that are very new to him. From his first car to first love triangle, Kevin has plenty of new experiences ahead of him! Buckle up and join him on the wild ride through high school in Kevin Keller 2: Drive Me Crazy. This graphic novel collects issues #5-8 of the Kevin Keller comic book series, featuring the hard-to-find #5 issue guest-starring Star Trek (and the internetís) own George Takei! Oh my!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-936975-58-7
$11.99/$12.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16î
Trade Paperback
112pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 8/7

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #31
The Eisner-nominated series continues with Life With Archie #31! In ìArchie Marries Veronica,î Riverdaleís been hit hard by a string of misfortunes. Most recently there was a horrific mass shooting at a nearby mall, and then Fred Mirth fled town and took most of his money and businesses with him! These unfortunate events have been affecting the Riverdale gang pretty hardóJugheadís Chocklit Shoppe is unlikely to succeed, and Veronicaís been arrested for fraud! Her connection to Kevin isnít helping his candidacy much, either. How can Riverdale possibly recover?
Then, in ìArchie Marries Betty,î Archieís having a hard time being the smiling husband he needs to be, especially since he never seems to get to see his wife anymore! Can Archie stay supportive of Betty, or will he make a choice heíll end up regretting? And Archieís not the only one with relationship woes. Jellybean had to dump her boyfriend Davey after he tried to rob the Chocklit Shoppe! Unfortunately the burglaries werenít the worst of the crimes to hit Riverdale. Whatís happened to the idyllic small town, USA?
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, and Jack Morelli
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore
Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Shipping Date: 6/26
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/10
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US

NEW CRUSADERS: DARK TOMORROW #4
The series Ainít It Cool News and CBR call one of the best comic book series of the past year erupts into an all-new story arc with “Gang War” Part One! The New Crusaders may be super heroes now, but a schoolyard brawl means the Shield is keeping the teen heroes grounded! Meanwhile, a simple fact-gathering mission quickly spirals out of control, sparking all-out war between the city’s two biggest gangs that only the New Crusaders can stop! New faces, old foes and the shocking saga of “THE BLUE FOX” are all in this month’s perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Featuring cover and variant cover art from comics superstars Dennis Calero and Robert Hack!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Alitha Martinez, Rick Bryant, John Workman, and Steve Downer
Cover: Dennis Calero
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
Shipping Date: 7/17
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE PRESENTS: THE STICKER SPECTACULAR!
The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE is back with a special issue thatíll really STICK around! Because you demanded it, this bonus issue of the first ever Sonic comic magazine in Archie history presents your favorite Sonic comic characters as awesome stickable stickers! Featuring pull-out scenes of your favorite sonic zones for you to make your very own sonic adventure come alive! Also featuring tons of comics, news, features, never-before-seen artwork and a brand-new enhanced cover by Sonic artist rising star Lamar Wells! Sonic super-fans can’t miss this unique installment packed with tons of bonus features you won’t find anywhere else!
Script & Art: Various
Enhanced Cover: Lamar Wells, Gary Martin and Matt Herms
106-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.
Shipping Date: 7/31
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 8/14

SONIC UNIVERSE #54
Sonic and Mega Man fight for their lives in “When Worlds Collide”: Part Eleven of Twelve! The evil doctors Eggman and Wily have completed their ultimate battle-weapon: the Egg-Wily Machine XóPowered by the Chaos Emeralds, it is the most powerful battle machine ever constructed! As our heroes do battle, Metal Sonic and Bass join the fray! Will the combined might of the Wily/Eggman arsenal be too much for Sonic and Mega Man to handle?! The answer will surprise youóONLY available in this penultimate chapter of “Worlds Collide”! Featuring a zone-shattering new cover from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and a special behind-the-scenes “Pencil Ink Color” variant!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
P.I.C.* Variant Cover by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
*Pencil Ink Color
Shipping Date: 7/3
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/17
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #251
The BIGGEST crossover event of 2013 ends here with the stunning conclusion to SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE (part twelve of twelve)! After an intense battle, Sonic and Mega Man are at the mercy of Drs. Eggman and Wily and, to make matters worse, the evil doctors have set the final stage of their plan into motion: to use the power of the Chaos Emeralds to become UNSTOPPABLE DEMI-GODS of destruction! But look out bad dudes, our true blue heroes have a plan tooóand it’s “SUPER”! The history-making crossover event crashes to a close in the final chapter you can’t miss! Featuring new cover art from Sonic and Mega Man art legend Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and an all-new “Evil Friends Forever” variant by superstar artist Ben Bates!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Ben Bates, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Ben Hunzeker
E.F.F.* Variant Cover by Ben Bates
*Evil Friends Forever
Shipping Date: 7/17
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

MEGA MAN #28
“THE RETURN”: Mega Man is BACK! After wrapping up a history-making adventure with his pal Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man has returned to all new danger and excitement in Mega-City! Meanwhile, Dr. Wily has sixteen Robot Masters under his command, not to mention the mysterious Break Manóso what has got the evil doctor so terrified? Find out as the full might of the ancient alien RA MOON is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world! The prelude to the next Mega Man epic “BLACKOUT-THE CURSE OF RA MOON” starts here with an ending that will leave you breathless! Featuring an up-close-and-personal variant cover by artist Tristan Jones!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ART: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover by Ryan Jampole, Rick Bryant and Ben Hunzeker
Variant Cover by Tristan Jones
Shipping Date: 7/24
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 8/7
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 21 (TPB)
Archie’s bestselling Sonic Archives graphic novel series continues! There’s thunder, rain and lightning! There’s danger and water rising! Clamor, sirens wailingóit can only mean one thing: Chaos has been unleashed! Dr. Eggman has found the Ancient Onyx and the watery God of Destruction within. It’s up to Sonic to save us all! This volume contains all the heart-pumping action as Angel Island drops from the sky, Sonic and his friends discover a long-lost world, and Amy Rose makes a decision that will change her life forever! Plus, catch the debuts of Big the Cat, E-102 Gamma, and Tikal in the latest installment of Archie’s longest-running graphic novel series! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 21 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #79-82
Script & Art: Various
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ’ Spaziante
978-1-936975-56-3
$7.99/$8.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8î
Trade Paperback
112pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 7/17