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Archie Comics October 2014 Covers and Solicitations

Find out what's coming out of Riverdale this October.

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.

This month's theme is D.I.Y. Month

Suggested Backlist Titles

  • THE ART OF BETTY & VERONICA (HC)
  • THE ART OF ARCHIE: THE COVERS (HC)
  • SONIC GENESIS (HC)

SABRINA #2

NEW ONGOING SERIES! After the shocking revelations of last issue, Sabrina’s mortal boyfriend Harvey doesn’t quite seem himself. In fact, he doesn’t seem human. His body’s there, but his soul is…elsewhere. When the Witches’ Council refuses to help her, Sabrina turns to Madame Satan for comfort, playing right into her evil schemes. This dark re-imagining of everyone’s favorite teen witch continues! For TEEN+ readers.


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


Art: Robert Hack, Rachel Deering


Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Ship Date: 10/22

On Sale Date: 11/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

SONIC BOOM #1

Here comes the BOOM! FIRST ISSUE in an ALL-NEW ONGOING SONIC COMIC BOOK SERIES! Based on the new hit TV and video game comes SONIC BOOM #1—a new Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series from Archie Comics! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN and his diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a new "spin" on all your favorite heroes and villains—plus new faces and hilarious new stories chock-full of action—and it's all brought to you by the folks that bring the hit series Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe to you each and every month! Featuring a stunning first issue cover by Sonic art legend Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and 4-part "HERE COMES THE BOOM" collector covers from series artists Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms!! Collect them all and own a piece of Sonic comic history! Get ready for the BOOM, baby!

Script: Ian Flynn


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


Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante
"HERE COMES THE BOOM" 4-part Collector Covers: Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms

Ship Date: 10/15

On Sale Date: 10/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE #661


He knows if you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good… but he doesn’t know what it’s like to be a teen, for goodness sake! When the jolly fat man in red starts feeling like he has lost touch with the modern teenager, he’s not sure what he should do! Enter: everyone’s favorite holiday pest, Jingles! The tiny elf with the big attitude suggests that Santa spend a week with the hippest teen of them all: Archie Andrews. But with St. Nick living with him and his family, how can a klutz like Archie keep the presence of both Santa AND Rudolph a secret? And will he manage to stay off the naughty list?


Script: Angelo DeCesare


Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli


Cover: Dan Parent


Holly JollyVariant Cover: Ramon K. Perez


Ship Date: 10/15


On Sale Date: 10/29


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #7

Something exciting is happening in Riverdale! Christmas time is here again and Archie and the Gang have a special gift for you: a new issue of Archie Comic Super Special Magazine! Featuring a brand new multicolor foil-enhanced cover that'll really get you in the holiday spirit! This jam-packed issue of the Archie Comic Super Special Magazine features the greatest Christmas stories in Riverdale history, plus creator spotlights, the latest Archie news and much, much more in this jam-packed magazine! It's Christmas fun for the whole family!

Script: Various


Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, and Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 10/22

On Sale Date: 11/5


128-page, full color comic


$9.99 U.S.

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #10

‘Tis the season to be jolly—and Reggie intends to be just that! He’s plotting to date five of the new female students at Riverdale High, and he’s even found a cheap, but expensive looking, gift he can use to impress them all. …Or at least he thinks it’s cheap! See the merry mix-up unfold in “It’s the Thought That Counts!” a brand new lead story to this fun-filled comics digest!

Script: Alex Simmons

Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jack Morelli


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


Ship Date: 10/22

On Sale Date: 11/5


160-page, full color comic


$4.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: PARTY TIME! (TR)

Archie’s throwing the most spectacular party of the century and you’re all invited! Join Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends as they dance the night away, party until the sun comes up, and try to clean up before their parents get home! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite party-themed stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover.

Script: Various

Art: Various

978-1-61988-953-8


$5.99/$6.99CAN


4 7/8 x 6 9/16”


TR


128 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/22

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS CELEBRATION (TR)

It’s the latest 1000 pages of classic comics fun from Archie & friends! For over seven decades, Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals have been making everyone laugh, with their dating hijinx and misadventures at Riverdale High School! Celebrate everything Archie in the latest volume in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!

Script: Various

Art: Various

978-1-61988-956-9


$14.99/$15.99CAN


4 7/8 x 6 9/16”


TR


1000 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/29

BETTY & VERONICA #273


Get ready for the adventure of Betty and Veronica’s lives in FAREWELL BETTY & VERONICA PART 2! Betty and Veronica are getting tired of their lives in Riverdale! Day in, day out, it seems that nothing ever changes! But there is a light at the end of the tunnel: an escape, an adventure! The Riverdale School Board has approved the chance to send a student overseas in a rotating student exchange program for one school year. The catch is that only ONE student can go! Betty and Veronica are in for the fight of their lives, as they campaign against each other for the one chance get into the exchange program!


Script: Michael Uslan


Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore


Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Candy-Coated Variant Cover: Art Baltazar


Ship Date: 10/1


On Sale Date: 10/15


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #228

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to shop! Of course for shopaholic Veronica, that’s not a problem! When Mr. Lodge gets fed up with Veronica’s out of control spending habits, he demands that she get a job at the local mall. Of course, not one to do menial work, Veronica immediately takes over management of the mall. Will she transform the shopping center into a Winter Wonderland, or is she in over her head? Find out “Are You Being Served?” Then, in “It’s in the Cards,” Veronica’s got quite a collection of cards—no, not Christmas cards, credit cards! But who knew they could provide more than just a form of payment? Find out the other use of credit in this fun story! It’s two brand new stories in this jolly JUMBO comics digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg, Dan Parent

Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bill Galvan, Jack Morelli

Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña


Ship Date: 10/15

On Sale Date: 10/29


288-page, full color comic


$6.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #7

The gang gifts Jughead with a very special holiday treat—a brand new hat! He doesn’t have much in terms of money to gift his friends with in return, so he makes a list of the ultimate presents he wants to create for each of his friends. See what he wishes to buy his closest pals in “Fantasy Time,” a fun new story kicking of this comics digest!

Script: George Gladir

Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jack Morelli


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


Ship Date: 10/29

On Sale Date: 11/12


160-page, full color comic


$4.99 U.S.

MEGA MAN #42


The battle RAGES ON! Based on the legendary game Mega Man 3 comes "Legends of the Blue Bomber" Part Two: We’ve seen Mega Man battle Robot Masters before, but now see the fight unfold from the perspectives of the villainous robot adversaries themselves! Shadow Man recalls his humble beginnings and how they brought him to his deadly duel with Mega Man! Gemini Man is ready to ambush our hero with his hologram copies! But while the battle rages on, Break Man is behind the scenes on a mission of his own—why is he hunting down Dr. Wily’s first set of Robot Masters?! Featuring all-new cover art from Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and part 2 of a 3-part connecting "SUPER SMASH" collector cover set! Collect all 3 covers with Sonic the Hedgehog #266 and Sonic Universe #69!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn


ART: POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms


Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante


"SUPER SMASH" Collector Cover (pt2 of 3): Rafa Knight


Ship Date: 10/1


On Sale Date: 10/15


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SONIC SUPER DIGEST #9

Get ready for a SUPER SPECIAL EDITION of the Sonic Super Digest! Featuring an ALL-NEW STORY continuing the hit SONIC COMIC ORIGINS mini-feature blasts into your hands as that boisterous southern belle, Bunnie Rabbot, takes center stage! Learn how everyone’s favorite bunny bomber overcame her tragic disability to grow into the freedom fighting powerhouse she is today! Then, continue the fun with more classic adventures from the Sonic comic library as well as special features focusing on the brand new Sonic Comic Universe only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring an all-new iconic foil-enhanced cover by Sonic superstar Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin and Vincent Lovallo!

Script: Ian Flynn & Various


Art: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various


Cover: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin and Vincent Lovallo


Ship Date: 10/1

On Sale Date: 10/15


128-page, full color comic


$5.99 U.S.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #266


Brand new STORY ARC! "Ambushed!"

Part One: Sonic’s in need of some inner-peace…but it’s going to take more than yoga and meditation! He seeks the guidance of Mighty the Armadillo’s mentor, Moss the Sloth. Can the sage help Sonic tame the savage Werehog within? Meanwhile, Sally leads the Freedom Fighters in recovering a Chaos Emerald—but could she be leading them right into a trap? Featuring all-new cover art from Lamar Wells, Terry Austin and Ben Hunzeker, and part 3 of a 3-part connecting "SUPER SMASH" collector cover set! Collect all 3 covers with Mega Man #42 and Sonic Universe #69!


Script: Ian Flynn


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


Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker


"SUPER SMASH" Collector Cover (pt 1 of 3): Rafa Knight


Ship Date: 10/29


On Sale Date: 11/12
32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PRESENTS KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES 5 (TR)


Knuckles, Sonic's original "friendly nemesis" and the last guardian of the Floating Island, finds himself embroiled in a political thriller, all the while continuing his quest to uncover his family's secret origin! Featuring the team of detective heroes known as the Chaotix in some of their earliest adventures, and tying directly into the top-selling Sonic Archives series, Knuckles Archives 5 is full of the action, intrigue and adventure that Sonic and Knuckles fans have come to expect from the Archives series! Knuckles Archives Volume 5 collects issues #22-27 of the Knuckles the Echidna comic book.


Script: Ken Penders


Art: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, Jim Valentino, Manny Galan, Chris Allan, Andrew Pepoy, Harvo, Barry Grossman, Mark Bernardo, Vickie Williams


Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante


978-1-936975-96-9


$9.99/$10.99CAN


5 x 7 3/8”


Trade Paperback


160 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/22

SONIC UNIVERSE 8: SCOURGE LOCKDOWN (TR)

SONIC UNIVERSE is the hit spin-off series to Archie Comic’s wildly successful SONIC THE HEDGEHOG comic book series! Explore the characters, worlds and dimensions of Sonic’s universe! Everybody knows Sonic the Hedgehog—the cool, blue hero of his world! But on the dark mirror world of Moebius, the mean, green Scourge menaces everyone! He did until he was finally brought to justice, that is. But Scourge’s old flame, Fiona Fox, brings her gang of the Destructix to bust him out. Can Scourge get the gang to follow his lead? Can any of them break out of the maximum-security prison? It’s “Sonic” at his most villainous in Scourge’s breakout story!

Script: Ian Flynn


Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Phil Felix, Steve Downer


Cover: Tracy Yardley & Ben Hunzeker


978-1-61988-906-4


$11.99/$13.99CAN


6 5/8 x 10 3/16”


TR


104 pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/5

SONIC UNIVERSE #69


The FIRST EVER Sonic Universe trilogy rolls on in "Total Eclipse" Part Three! As the DARK TRILOGY inches closer to its shocking conclusion, it’s a no holds barred battle between Knuckles and Shadow for the fate of Angel Island and the Master Emerald! As Sonic’s top rivals clash, the rest of Team Dark and Relic are attacked by Eclipse and the terrifying power of the Dark Arms! Featuring all-new cover art from Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker, and part 1 of a 3-part connecting "SUPER SMASH" collector cover set! Collect all 3 covers with Mega Man #42 and Sonic the Hedgehog #266!


Script: Ian Flynn


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


Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker


"SUPER SMASH" Collector Cover (pt 1 of 3): Rafa Knight


Ship Date: 10/8


On Sale Date: 10/22


32-page, full color comic


$3.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #44

The holidays are in full swing at Riverdale High, and Archie is determined to be Veronica’s Secret Santa. When he pulls someone else’s name, he has no choice but to find out who has Veronica so he can switch with them. This leads him on a wild goose chase around school—it turns out a lot of people wish they had picked someone else, and it sets off a chain-reaction of switching names! Will he ever find out who is the mystery person who picked Veronica’s name? Find out in “Secret Santa Secret Swap,” the brand new lead story to this Christmas comics digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jack Morelli


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


Ship Date: 10/8

On Sale Date: 10/22


160-page, full color comic


$4.99 U.S.

Offered Again

SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE BOOK 1 (TR)

**NEW PRINTING**
The year’s most talked-about comic crossover is HERE, collected for the first time in graphic novel form! SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE BOOK 1 collects the historic first meeting of two of the biggest video game icons in the world! See the two blue heroes do battle while their evil counterparts doctors Eggman and Wily revel in every minute of it! Featuring all the action, fun and adventure of the first four chapters of the 12-part miniseries, plus exclusive bonus features you can only see in this graphic novel collection!

Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Jamal Peppers, Ryan Jampole, Jim Amash, Matt Herms, John Workman


Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante


978-1-936975-68-6


$11.99/$13.99CAN


6 5/8 x 10 3/16”


Trade Paperback


104 pp, Full Color


Suggested Backlist Titles

  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PRESENTS: KNUCKLES ARCHIVES 3 (TR)
  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PRESENTS: KNUCKLES ARCHIVES 4 (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 1: THE SHADOW SAGA (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 2: 30 YEARS LATER (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 3: KNUCKLES RETURNS (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 4: JOURNEY TO THE EAST (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 5: THE TAILS ADVENTURE (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 6: TREASURE TEAM TANGO (TR)
  • SONIC UNIVERSE 7: SILVER SAGA (TR)

15 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Looking forward to Sabrina

Posted by longbowhunter
Posted by ZbvmX

No Afterlife in October? :(

Posted by Nahuel

I'm so gonna read Sabrina! I'm sad to see there's not gonna be Afterlife with Archie, though.

Edited by Twentyfive

When I was in middle school, that Sonic comic was all the rage for me and my then girlfriend. We used to swap comics and everything too.

Ah. The good old days. I'm glad that it's still going on. I wonder if Knack the Weasel is still running around, causing trouble.

Posted by NightFang

Where's Afterlife with Archie?

Posted by VoodooPenguin

Actually, Archie Comics, I think most people's favorite teenage witch is Harry Potter. Thanks though.

Edited by iaconpoint

Make a Veronica ongoing and you can have my money

Posted by fables87

I can't wait for the new Sabrina comic book!

Posted by RustyRoy
Edited by cbishop

@voodoopenguin said:

Actually, Archie Comics, I think most people's favorite teenage witch is Harry Potter. Thanks though.

Harry Potter is a wizard, duhhh! ;)

(of course, that still leaves Hermione)

Posted by conorburke

no afterlife with archie?

Posted by VoodooPenguin
Edited by cbishop