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ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« on: November 19, 2016, 02:07:14 PM »

The Black Hood #3
"The Nobody Murders, Part 3”: Where The Nobody goes, death follows! But Greg Hettinger, a.k.a. The Black Hood, has no choice but to trail the psychotic assassin all the way across the United States, hoping to stop him before the body count climbs any higher. Greg steels himself for the worst—but nothing can prepare him for the shock waiting for him back in Philadelphia... I know what you’re thinking. This is the third issue in a four-part arc. Meh, right? WRONG. This is the issue Black Hood fans are going to be talking about for a long time. Don’t miss it!

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Cover: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Archie #17
Cheryl Blossom's unleashed on Riverdale, creating chaos and tumult at her whim! Only Veronica can stop her—but how will she get back from her Swiss boarding school in time to save her friends?

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Cover: Aaron Lopresti, Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Josie and The Pussycats #4
The Pussycats’ careers really start to take off as they head off to Rome for glitz and glamour! But what happens when a gang of diamond thieves bursts onto the scene? And will Josie and Alan M’s dynamic sparkle under the heat and pressure of life on the road? Or will Josie’s hard-as-diamonds ambition CUT THEM ALL TO RIBBONS?! Find out in Issue 4, "THREE CATS BY A FOUNTAIN."

Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 2/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Jughead #13
Reggie has won KING FOR A DAY! And it turns out his first act as King is to demand... that everyone else to form a band with him? Okay that's actually not so bad; I was expecting way worse from Reggie. Wait, never mind, I'm getting word that DESPITE this very enjoyable and conflict-free premise, when Jughead plays around with the new music video for "The Reggies" and accidentally uploads an altered and embarrassing clip to the internet, everyone becomes enraged at our favorite crown-wearing hamburger-loving pal! Even Betty, and she's the greatest! She doesn't get mad unless it's really important! ANYWAY: Jughead will face CONSEQUENCES, but at least they'll be interesting AND HILARIOUS to read about!

Script: Ryan North
Art: Derek Charm, Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Ryan Jampole
On Sale Date: 2/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Jughead Vol. 2 (TR)
In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents... JUGHEAD VOL. 2—from the super team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK), Ryan North (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL) and Derek Charm (REGULAR SHOW)! JUGHEAD VOL. 2 features bears, witches and pranks—oh my! You won’t want to miss a minute of the hilarious action!

Script: Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North
Art: Derek Charm & Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
ISBN-13: 978-1-68255-998-7
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/22


Reggie and Me #3
In the third installment of this five-issue miniseries, everyone thinks they know Big Moose. They’re wrong. Determined to rid himself of both Moose and Archie, Reggie exploits his new “friendship” with the big guy to learn, "The Secret Life Of Moose Mason!" Reggie uncovers surprising truths about Moose’s family and his troubled past. He discovers the real reason why Midge is so devoted to Moose. He exposes the big guy’s hopes, dreams and fears. Teemed with his beloved dog Vader, Reggie begins to plant the seeds that will eventually lead to Moose and Archie’s expulsion from Riverdale High.

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Howard Chaykin, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 2/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Riverdale #1
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the first issue of the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic series. Set in the universe of the TV series, the Riverdale comic offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Features interior art by up-and-coming artist Alitha Martinez (Black Panther).

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Alitha Martinez
Cover: Alitha Martinez
Variant Covers: Elliott Fernandez, Francesco Francavilla, Peter Krause, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ron Salas
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Archie Comics Super Special #8
Get in on the ground floor with the quarterly Archie Super Special! Join in on the fun and adventure in the town of Riverdale! Follow the hilarious antics of the lovable goofball, Archie Andrews, and the rest of his pals and gals! This magazine features the greatest stories from the Archie vault, plus creator spotlights, the latest news and much, much more!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/8
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.


Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #276
Get ready for DOUBLE the laughs and DOUBLE the fun in this newest installment of Archie JUMBO comics digest featuring an ALL NEW LEAD STORY! In “Dear Fake Diary,” Archie creates a fake diary just to see if Veronica to would read it. As he plants outrageously fake stories, he watches Veronica struggle to maintain her composure!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/1
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


Archie 1000 Page Comics Compendium (TR)
Get ready for the biggest collection EVER of the best and brightest stories Archie Comics has to offer! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready unending fun, laughter and entertainment with Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! You’ll enjoy this compendium of classic comics! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
ISBN-13: 978-1-68255-995-6
$14.99/$16.99CAN
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/8


Archie's Coloring Book #1
Get creative with Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals! Now you have the chance to color all of your favorite Archie characters! You can give Archie’s jalopy a paint job or personally style Betty and Veronica’s outfits. Plus, each image has an intricate background pattern to add to your color experience. The possibilities are endless and the fun never stops!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 2/15
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.


Archie's 75th Anniversary Digest #6
Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest! In this jam-packed issue, Jughead and Archie take the spotlight! Get ready for a whole lot of hilarious stories as well as bonus art pages and fun intros from writers, artists and fans alike. Each anniversary digest is a special collector’s item for every Archie fan!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
On Sale Date: 2/1
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #251
Join the world-famous Betty & Veronica for some fabulous fun and fantastic fashion in this comics double digest featuring an ALL NEW LEAD STORY! In "Give My Regards to Brigitte," songstress Brigitte Reilly makes her Broadway debut—but a rude Veronica in the audience creates a scene that will be tough for Brigitte to overcome!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.


Josie and The Pussycats 80-Page Giant Comic #1
This GIANT-SIZED collection features some of the best, classic stories with the musical mavens themselves, Josie and the Pussycats, headlining! Starting with their first appearances and going in chronological order, it’s a perfect introduction to the characters for fans who enjoy the new Josie and the Pussycats comic series as well as the girls’ on the CW’s Riverdale as well as an ideal collection for classic Archie fans.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale Date: 2/8
80-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.


Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #25
Archie and America’s favorite couch potato, Jughead, are here to bring you hours of entertainment in this JUMBO-sized comics digest, featuring a BRAND NEW LEAD STORY you won’t want to miss! In “Child’s Play,” Archie and Jughead get a gig playing music on a local kids’ show. Unfortunately, two lovely assistants on the show distract Archie, showing kids that triangles are not just for geometry!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/22
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


World of Archie Winter Annual #66
There's a whole world of Archie comics out there, and you can find some of the best and most hilarious winter-themed stories right here! Check out OVER 190 pages of fun, with a BRAND NEW LEAD STORY! In “Me, Myself and I,” Reggie decides to write his memoir and enlists Betty to help him. When he realizes he doesn't have much to write about, he gets creative...very creative...

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/8
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.


Sonic Super Special #14
The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE is back and here to give you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before! Collecting the best in comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of the Blue Blur! This is a title no true blue Sonic fan should be without!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: SEGA
On Sale Date: 2/22
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.


Sonic the Hedgehog #292
EVERYTHING CHANGES when SONIC and friends go down their "Branching Paths": The Shattered World Crisis is behind us, and the 25th Anniversary was well celebrated! So what’s next for Sonic and his friends? That’s up to them to decide! Sonic is racing around Westside Island on a mission—but for whom? And while Sonic’s away, each of his friends make decisions that will plot the course of their lives. Don’t miss out on the beginning of a whole new era of Sonic stories! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Epic Movie Poster” variant by T. Rex!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Cover: Tracy Yardley & Elaina Unger
Variant Cover: T. Rex
On Sale Date: 2/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Sonic Universe #95
It’s SONIC’s SUPER TEAM, the "FREEDOM FIGHTERS": They’ve been Sonic’s closest friends in the comics for years! Now it’s their time to shine! Antoine takes the stage, traveling to his homeland to find some closure to his past. But he and Sonic find a new foe in the empty halls of Castle D’Coolette, and the beginning of a mystical new adventure! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Team Blast” variant by Lamar Wells!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Variant Cover: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 2/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BettyReggie

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2016, 02:59:05 PM »
I love Archie #17 all 3 of covers look great. I like Jughead #13, Derek's cover & the one where the gang outside of school. Reggie & Me #3 only have 2 nice covers, The main one & Thomas Pitilli's. The one with Betty & Veronica & Reggie is actually ugly. Betty & Veronica look terrible. RiverDale #3 only has one good cover the main cover with all the kids. I can't wait for the coloring book.
« Last Edit: November 19, 2016, 03:14:00 PM by BettyReggie »

irishmoxie

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2016, 07:59:41 PM »
I like Tula's cover for Archie although I'm not really as excited about variant covers as I used to be because this series is losing my interest. The art in the last issue #14 was bad again after #13 being a nice respite from the previous art team. It just looked hurried, like they didn't have enough time to smooth the pencil marks and the inking was bad.


Lopresti's cover for Archie #17 looks very 80's. And Cheryl looks like the "attractive teacher" and older than everybody else.



I like the Josie diamond cover. On Anwar's B cover, the inking in their faces is too heavy handed.


Jughead I'm not that into since Sabrina's gone but I'll probably still read it. Same for Reggie. I will read it but not buy it.


Riverdale I will check out because I like the variant covers Alitha Martinez has done. Below I like the covers where Veronica is wearing the fur coat and the black Josies.


I could've sworn there was a Riverdale one shot with a whole bunch of other covers. What happened to that? Is this new Riverdale a miniseries or ongoing?


Yay. Return of the Super Special Magazine. Hopefully they will have more themed ones like Christmas.


The Josie 80 pager I'll get just because it's Josie even though they are reprinting the first appearance AGAIN...grrr.


As far as digests, I'll probably stick to Betty and Veronica. Maybe WOA if it has a lot of snow/wintery themed stories.


I wonder when these brand new lead stories will run out? How many more are left? When does ACP plan to stop publishing brand new Classic Archie stories and possibly the digests as well?








rusty

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2016, 08:32:40 PM »
I wonder when these brand new lead stories will run out? How many more are left? When does ACP plan to stop publishing brand new Classic Archie stories and possibly the digests as well?

As long as the digests continue to make a decent profit, I doubt if Archie will stop them.   However, it wouldn't bother me that much if they did stop making the digests if they no longer had new stories in them.  I'd probably keep buying them even if they were all reprints because I have a full set of digests, but maybe I'd eventually decide to stop.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016, 08:40:28 PM »
I don't know... what do you think it means, that the solicitation copy for the digests had (for the past six months or so prior to the solicitations for January) become ambiguous about whether or not the issue contained a NEW lead story, or was at least soft-pedalling the use of the word "new"... but NOW they're making it very clear, practically trumpeting the fact loud and clear that the digests all have new lead stories? Do you think that indicates "the last hurrah" before they discontinue new stories in the digests? Maybe, but it seems to me the opposite, that they seem to recognize that as a major selling point in writing the solicitation copy. Desperate to be noticed because of slipping sales? As far as "running out" of new stories goes, well they'll run out whenever they stop telling Dan Parent to write & draw new 5-pagers. He can easily handle the 20 pages a month or so required to supply the six titles with new 5-page lead stories. Their inventory of older, non-DP unpublished stories must be getting pretty thin at this point.

« Last Edit: November 19, 2016, 08:47:47 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

steveinthecity

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2016, 08:35:12 PM »
I don't know... what do you think it means, that the solicitation copy for the digests had (for the past six months or so prior to the solicitations for January) become ambiguous about whether or not the issue contained a NEW lead story, or was at least soft-pedalling the use of the word "new"... but NOW they're making it very clear, practically trumpeting the fact loud and clear that the digests all have new lead stories? Do you think that indicates "the last hurrah" before they discontinue new stories in the digests? Maybe, but it seems to me the opposite, that they seem to recognize that as a major selling point in writing the solicitation copy. Desperate to be noticed because of slipping sales? As far as "running out" of new stories goes, well they'll run out whenever they stop telling Dan Parent to write & draw new 5-pagers. He can easily handle the 20 pages a month or so required to supply the six titles with new 5-page lead stories. Their inventory of older, non-DP unpublished stories must be getting pretty thin at this point.
I think/believe/reckon ACP realizes the need to have new stories or at the very least the idea of new stories being created in the "classic" look, for the digests to have some relevancy to the casual reader(=sales).   I don't think the material offered can be perceived as "old" and be successful at the retail level.


As for "desperate to be noticed"?  I'm pretty sure that's been the company motto for at least the last half decade.
Comics!

DeCarlo Rules

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 12:47:46 AM »
Jughead I'm not that into since Sabrina's gone but I'll probably still read it. Same for Reggie. I will read it but not buy it.

Same here. Even with the same creative team as for issues #9-11 (the ones guest-starring Sabrina), I'm just not as interested any more. The two issues that preceded Sabrina (#7-8) looked good art-wise but the story was dull. I don't have all that much interest in Reggie as a solo star of his own series, but I'm curious to read it more for the fact that Tom DeFalco is writing it than for any other reason.

I could've sworn there was a Riverdale one shot with a whole bunch of other covers. What happened to that? Is this new Riverdale a miniseries or ongoing?

It's the first issue of an ongoing series, and it says so in the solicitation copy. Which would presumably make the other #1 (the one that has a Dan Parent variant cover, among others) from last month's solicitations just a one-shot special. No idea as far as what might be the difference in contents. I'll take a wild stab at it and guess that the one-shot special's contents are a hastily-thrown-together mishmosh of excerpts of scenes from previously-released New Riverdale comic book issues.


Yay. Return of the Super Special Magazine. Hopefully they will have more themed ones like Christmas.

Super Special was originally a quarterly, and ALL of the issues were seasonally-themed. Besides the Christmas issue, there was one for Valentines Day/Spring, Summer, and Fall. If you check past issues, you'll see the season's name highlighted somewhere on the cover. Here's hoping that ACSS resumes the quarterly schedule, but this new cover for ACSS #8 doesn't seem seasonally-themed in any way. Maybe they're hedging their bets in case there's a delay in shipping this one on time, because one of the problems with a seasonally-themed quarterly was that if it doesn't come out ON TIME, then the season-geared contents are useless.

The Josie 80 pager I'll get just because it's Josie even though they are reprinting the first appearance AGAIN...grrr.

Yes, it gets a little tedious that it sometimes seems like the only Josie story that ever gets spotlighted is the first appearance of the Pussycats, just as it gets a little annoying that if there's a Sabrina reprint somewhere outside of the B&V digests, odds are that it will be that first Sabrina story from MADHOUSE #22.

BUT, did you notice THIS in the solicitation copy?? >> "Starting with their first appearances and going in chronological order" <<  Of course by "their" they mean the Pussycats, not "Josie and Friends", so that would mean all of the stories that followed chronologically after the initial formation of the Pussycats. Still pretty good, and worth having that first story again now, if it's appearing at the beginning of a chronological reprint.

As far as digests, I'll probably stick to Betty and Veronica. Maybe WOA if it has a lot of snow/wintery themed stories.

I wonder when these brand new lead stories will run out? How many more are left? When does ACP plan to stop publishing brand new Classic Archie stories and possibly the digests as well?

Yeah, I think what happened there where they're suddenly practically shouting the fact that all of the digests have a NEW LEAD STORY, is that they realized that the generic solicitation copy that they usually use for any kind of reprint book wasn't doing any good for selling digests to anybody. The majority of their 8-12 year old readers are probably not (or only vaguely) aware of which stories are new, and the parents buying them for them certainly don't care, and aren't reading any solicitations for upcoming comics in the first place. The ONLY people who care whether the digests have new stories are the older fans who buy them online or through comic shops, or digitally, and they're the ONLY ones besides retailers reading the solicitations.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2016, 12:58:45 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

BettyReggie

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 04:40:15 PM »

These are what I want to preorder.
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« Last Edit: November 25, 2016, 03:44:57 PM by BettyReggie »

SAGG

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2016, 05:28:22 PM »
One thing I've noticed about the newest digest covers: There are only the four major characters featured, no Reggie. Even Hot Dog has a cameo. Is that right?  ???

irishmoxie

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2016, 09:19:02 PM »

Yay. Return of the Super Special Magazine. Hopefully they will have more themed ones like Christmas.

Super Special was originally a quarterly, and ALL of the issues were seasonally-themed. Besides the Christmas issue, there was one for Valentines Day/Spring, Summer, and Fall. If you check past issues, you'll see the season's name highlighted somewhere on the cover. Here's hoping that ACSS resumes the quarterly schedule, but this new cover for ACSS #8 doesn't seem seasonally-themed in any way. Maybe they're hedging their bets in case there's a delay in shipping this one on time, because one of the problems with a seasonally-themed quarterly was that if it doesn't come out ON TIME, then the season-geared contents are useless.


I was disappointed with the newest Super Special. Not nearly as many Christmas stories, more "snow" themed stories.

The Josie 80 pager I'll get just because it's Josie even though they are reprinting the first appearance AGAIN...grrr.

BUT, did you notice THIS in the solicitation copy?? >> "Starting with their first appearances and going in chronological order" <<  Of course by "their" they mean the Pussycats, not "Josie and Friends", so that would mean all of the stories that followed chronologically after the initial formation of the Pussycats. Still pretty good, and worth having that first story again now, if it's appearing at the beginning of a chronological reprint.


I doubt they'll publish everything Josie in order but one can hope. 80 pages is maybe 3-4 issues.

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Yeah, I think what happened there where they're suddenly practically shouting the fact that all of the digests have a NEW LEAD STORY, is that they realized that the generic solicitation copy that they usually use for any kind of reprint book wasn't doing any good for selling digests to anybody. The majority of their 8-12 year old readers are probably not (or only vaguely) aware of which stories are new, and the parents buying them for them certainly don't care, and aren't reading any solicitations for upcoming comics in the first place. The ONLY people who care whether the digests have new stories are the older fans who buy them online or through comic shops, or digitally, and they're the ONLY ones besides retailers reading the solicitations.



Yes but they don't make it very obvious on the covers that there's a new story inside.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2016, 09:20:38 PM by irishmoxie »

DeCarlo Rules

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR FEBRUARY 2017
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 10:22:51 PM »
Yes but they don't make it very obvious on the covers that there's a new story inside.

There was a period of a few years there when they did use the cover to highlight a scene from the new lead story in the digests. That was (I believe) back when the line editor of the digests was Nelson Ribiero. Of course, back then the new lead stories were somewhere upwards of 10 pages to a full issue-length (for a floppy comic) story. You could tell that Ribiero cared about the digests and tried hard to make them interesting. Wish he was still editing them.

Nowadays the covers are all just generic/iconic images. Makes sense, I guess, since you can't really re-use a cover based on a 5-page story anywhere else, and ACP's all about recycling everything. I can't even remember the last time I saw a "gag" cover that's just a one-panel joke.

 


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