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Archie Comics January 2015 Covers and Solicitations

Here's what Archie Comics is offering for December

It's that time of the month when we get to see the advanced solicits from publishers. This is a way to get some clues as to what you can expect. It also gives you the chance to run to your local comic shop (or you could pick up a phone) and let them know which comics to add to your pull list.

Theme: From the Archives

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #4

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“Escape from Riverdale,” Part 4 [of 5]: With two more members of our beloved gang infected by the dreadful zombie-virus, Riverdale's one sanctuary—Lodge Mansion—has been compromised. The kids are left to make a significant decision—do they stay and fight or flee the only town they've ever known? Meanwhile, Archie makes a horrific discovery in his own home, one that may cost him his life! It's red-headed teen versus gruesomely undead canine PLUS sorcery stories from the vault and all new special features in this magazine-size version of the award-winning TEEN+ series. Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Art: Francesco Francavilla

Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Shipping Date: 1/7


On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/21

48-page, full color comic

$4.99 US.

ARCHIE #664


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Archie in “Game of Phones”: Winter is coming… a ten-year long winter—which means ten years of school WITHOUT summer vacation! In a world of many kingdoms, the noble Archie Starch lives with his family and his pal Snowhead in the Kingdom of Riveros. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Lodgister, the wealthy princess Veronica Lodgister’s greatest desire is to be this year’s Prom Queen. Her main rival for the throne is a new girl in school, Princess Betty Cooparian. In yet another kingdom dwell the Braggians, with the pompous, sneaky Prince Reggie who is determined to do whatever it takes to become Prom King—even if that means faking his way to the top. Archie is ready to call his bluff and challenges him to a battle of the kingdoms on the Riveros High Football field. Which Kingdom will preside over all?

Script: Angelo DeCesare


Art: Fernando Ruiz


Cover: Dan Parent


Variant Cover: Ben Caldwell


Ship Date: 1/21


On Sale Date: 2/4
32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #258


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It’s winter time and the happiest day of the year has descended upon Riverdale… the day where all of the kids rejoice and the adults wish they were kids again, a day perfect for both students and teachers—if you haven’t guessed it yet: it’s a snow day! See how the teens commemorate this surprise holiday in “Snow-kay By Me” the fun lead story to this comics digest!


Script: J. Torres

Art: Fernando Ruiz


Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 1/14

On Sale Date: 1/28


160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS FAVORITES FROM THE VAULT (TR)

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Continuing the tradition of the TOP SELLING Best of Archie series, ARCHIE'S FAVORITE COMICS FROM THE VAULT takes readers into a world of laughter and discovery with full-color story gems that haven't been seen for years in any of our publications! This title reveals a special treasure trove of over 400 pages of classic hand-selected Archie Comics stories and is designed for both kids and adults to discover and enjoy together. This collection is a must-have for all ages!


Script: Various

Art: Various

978-1-61988-975-0


$9.99/$10.99CAN
5

¼ x 7 ½”
TR
416 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/4

ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: FOOD FIGHT! (TR)

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Jughead’s not the only one with an enormous appetite in this special edition of Archie Comics Spectacular! Chow down with 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite food-themed stories about Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and friends presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover!

Script: Various

Art: Various

978-1-61988-974-3
$5.99/$6.99CAN


4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
128 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/4

OFFERED AGAIN:


  • Archie Comics Spectacular: Sports Time (TR)
  • Archie Comics Spectacular: Party Time! (TR)

B&V FRIENDS COMICS DIGEST #242

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A new craze has hit Riverdale… and it’s a sweet one! When Betty and Veronica get hooked on the new mobile game Candy Craze, they start a new fad at Riverdale High—and even get some unexpected people hooked on the game. Find out who will have the top score in “Candy Craze,” the sugary-sweet new lead story to this fun-filled comics digest!

Script: Tania Del Rio


Art: Dan Parent


Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 1/14

On Sale Date: 1/28


160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #230

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Veronica—dethroned from the position as reigning fashion queen at Riverdale High? Say it ain’t so! When Sheila Wu’s fashions are the hottest topic in the school newspaper, Veronica sets out to maintain her spot as the top fashionista of Riverdale High—starting with an attempt at being the most stylish girl at the upcoming 2 Chic Divas concert. Will Veronica pick out the most top of the line outfit? Find out in “Designing Divas,” the chic lead story to this fun comics digest!

Script: Alex Simmons


Art: Tim Levins
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 1/7

On Sale Date: 1/21


160-page, full color comic


$4.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #10


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Mr. Weatherbee and Jughead come to a battle of the taste buds when the Bee accuses Jughead of having an unrefined palate. What starts as a discussion of culinary choices turns into a race around Riverdale to see who can eat the most! It’s MEN VS. FOOD in “The Feast and the Furious.” Then, a class trip to the local petting zoo is a bust when the biggest bear in Riverdale is hibernating for the season. To make matters worse—the snack bar is closed, too! See how the teens will handle this abomination when left to their own devices. It’s MEN VS. WILD in “The Snack Attack!” Enjoy both of these fun new stories and more classic comics fun in this jumbo-sized comics digest!

Script: Alex Simmons, Fernando Ruiz

Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 1/28

On Sale Date: 2/11


288-page, full color comic


$6.99 U.S.

MEGA MAN #45


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AN ALL-NEW, JAW-DROPPING STORY STARTS HERE! "The Ultimate Betrayal" Part One: The Robot Masters have been defeated—but that doesn’t mean Dr. Wily has lost yet! A battle-weary Mega Man rushes home to save his family—but is he too late? Has Dr. Light’s faith been shattered beyond repair? Is this the end for our heroes?! The adaptation to the legendary game Mega Man 3 continues here, with cover art from the equally-legendary Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and an all-new box art variant cover from the latest Mega Man superstar RAFA KNIGHT!


SCRIPT: Ian Flynn


ART: Ryan Odagawa, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley


Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante


BOX ART Variant Cover: Rafa Knight


Ship Date: 1/7


On Sale Date: 1/21


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SABRINA #5

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NEW ONGOING SERIES! Sabrina has done what few witches—and no mortals—have ever managed to do: She’s gone to hell and back, rescuing Harvey and confronting the darkest chapter of her past while doing so. But back in Glendale, there is one last challenge awaiting our exhausted, weakened heroine: Madame Satan, who is at the height of her powers. It’s teen-witch versus the High Priestess of Hell, winner take all!

For TEEN+ readers.


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli


Cover: Robert Hack


To Hell and Back Variant Cover: Robert Hack


Ship Date: 1/21


On Sale Date: 2/4


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SONIC BOOM #4

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The NEW ONGOING SONIC COMIC BOOK SERIES from Archie Comics keeps on BOOMIN’ with Sonic Boom #4: Sticks and Stones! Dr. Eggman’s Big Boy mech has been refined into its final, deadly form. Sonic and his friends are on the ropes—but have no fear! Sticks has brought her secret weapon! It’s a… wait, seriously? This thinks THAT’s going to help?! Find out what her secret weapon is in the weird and wacky conclusion to the first story arc of the brand-new series SONIC BOOM! Featuring cover art from Sonic art guru Tracy Yardley and an all-new "Sticks-with-stones-being-chased-by-bones" variant cover from rising Sonic star Diana Skelly!


Script: Ian Flynn


Art: Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms


Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms


Sticks, Stones, Bones Variant Cover: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Steve Downer


Ship Date: 1/14


On Sale Date: 1/28


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SONIC SAGA SERIES 7: THE DARK MIRROR (TR)


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Blast into the action at Sonic speed with the continuation of the Sonic Saga graphic novel series! In this volume, Scourge the Hedgehog, Sonic's evil twin, is on the attack! Leading to a full-scale invasion, Scourge's goal is none other than TOTAL domination—with Sonic by his side? Not to be left out of the melee, Dr. Eggman has joined the fight with Metal Sonic and a brand-new Metal Scourge by his side! Is the battle over before it even begins? And what will Sonic's answer be to Scourge's offer of conquest? All the excitement lies within Sonic Saga Series vol. 7, which collects stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #190-194.

Script: Ian Flynn


Art: Tracy Yardley, Jonathan H. Gray, Jim Amash, John Workman,Teresa Davidson, Josh and Aimee Ray and Jason Jensen


Cover: Tracy Yardley


978-1-61988-950-7


$11.99/$13.99CAN


6 5/8 x 10 3/16” Trade Paperback 112 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/21

OFFERED AGAIN:

  • SONIC SAGA 1: DARKEST STORM (TR)
  • SONIC SAGA 2: ORDER FROM CHAOS (TR)
  • SONIC SAGA 3: EGGMAN EMPIRE (TR)
  • SONIC SAGA 4: HOUSE OF CARDS (TR)
  • SONIC SAGA 5: EVIL REBORN (TR)
  • SONIC SAGA 6: MOGUL RISING (TR)

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #269

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The contestants are BRAWLIN' and the SAGA continues in "Champions" Part Two! The fighting tournament for the Chaos Emerald is in full swing! Tails vs. Honey! Espio vs. Bean! Knuckles vs. Bark! But it’s a sure bet that if a competition’s going down, something’s fixed with thugs like Breezie and Nack involved. Sonic will need some inside info—and he finds it from some surprisingly familiar faces! Featuring new cover art from Jammin' Jamal Peppers and a SWE (Sonic Wrestling Entertainment) variant cover by the indomitable T.REX!


Script: Ian Flynn


Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata


Cover: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin and Gabriel Cassata


SWE (Sonic Wrestling Entertainment) Variant Cover: T.REX


Ship Date: 1/28


On Sale Date: 2/11


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SONIC THE HEDGHOG ARCHIVES 24 (TR)


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Things are out of control in this latest installment of the Sonic Archives series! It's a time of upheaval for Sonic and his friends! The lives of the royal family hang in the balance, so King Acorn leads a brazen assault on Robotropolis—but to disastrous ends! Sonic races to save Uncle Chuck! Mysterious objects fall from space! Rotor finally returns home! It's just one thing after another! Sonic Archives 24 collects Sonic the Hedgehog #88-91. Featuring new cover art from Sonic comics legend Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante!


Script: Ken Penders, Karl Bollers


Art: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, James Fry, Steven Butler, Ron Lim, Jim Amash, Andrew Pepoy, Ken Penders & various


Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante


978-1-61988-940-8


$7.99/$8.99 CAN 5 x 7 3/8” Trade Paperback
112 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/4

SONIC UNIVERSE #72


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What monsters lurk on the mysterious isolated island?? Find out for yourself in "Spark of Life" Part Two: Things are getting very creepy in the lab of Dr. Ellidy! His badnik defenses are going offline—which is bad news when there are Dark Gaia Monsters prowling the shores at night! Sally and Big investigate the mystery of the Red Star Rings as Tails and Nicole debug the system—where something, or someone—is waiting for Nicole! Featuring new cover art from Tracy Yardley and an interactive MATCHMAKER variant cover by rising Sonic star Jennifer Hernandez, where you can "ship it yourself"!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker


Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms


Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker


Match-Maker Variant Cover: Jennifer Hernandez, Jim Amash and Matt Herms


Ship Date: 1/21


On Sale Date: 2/4


32-page, full color comic$3.99 U.S.

THE BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMICS: ULTIMATE COLLECTION (TR)

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BY FAR THE BEST SONIC THE HEDGEHOG BOOK VALUE EVER! Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most beloved video game characters of all time and the star of his own popular comic book adventures—which have been published over the past 20+ years! Celebrate two decades of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG comics fun with this giant full-color trade paperback collection of favorite comic book adventures, hand-selected by Sonic writers, artists, editors and historians from hundreds of action-packed stories! Featuring awesome cover art from Sonic superstar Rafa Knight!

Script: Ian Flynn, Michael Gallagher and Tracy Yardley


Art: Patrick Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Steven Butler, Jonathan H. Gray, Terry Austin, Jim Amash, Matt Herms, Ray Dillon and various


Cover: Rafa Knight


978-1-61988-973-6


$9.99/$10.99 CAN 5 ¼ x 7 ½” Trade Paperback 320 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/28