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It's a bunch of firsts for Kevin Keller in the first issue of his ongoing series. It's his first time as Riverdale High class president. And he gets published in the Riverdale newspaper for the first time. Oh yeah, and Kevin gets ready to go on his first date! What?! Kevin's never been on a date before? That's the reaction everybody has, as they can't believe cool, good-looking, mild mannered Kevin Keller has never been on a date. And when he's made attempts in the past things go terribly wrong, it turns out Kevin Keller is actually bad at something - dating! But the Riverdale gang, along with his old friends and family step in to help ol' Kevin out. With his friends and family at the helm can anything possibly go wrong? Of course! But Kevin will get through it anyway!
Archie is no stranger to exciting crossovers but you're not going to believe this one until you read it! FOX's hit TV series GLEE is next in line to cross paths with the Riverdale gang! Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (GLEE) teams with superstar artist Dan Parent (Archie Meets KISS) in a story which sees the Archie-verse collide with the cast of GLEE. How will Archie and friends react when they meet their counterparts? Are their alternate universes two sides of the same coin? A new year of Archie stories starts here with this epic event that answers those questions and more!
"The Great Switcheroo." Growing up as a teenage boy can rough! But not more so than a teen girl, right? Upon overhearing the guys and gals of Riverdale grumbling over how the other half has it easier, Sabrina's mischievous cat Salem turns the town upside down when he dishes out the ultimate gender makeover! Chaos ensues as the teens discover it's not as easy to walk in each other's shoes (or heels!) as they originally thought, so it's up to Sabrina to set things right! Will Salem's spell wear off, thus giving the gang a new appreciation for who they are, or will the switch up become permanent? Find out in this off-the-wall issue guest-starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch!
'PLAY by the Rules' - Kevin's got a new flame! Now that Kevin has an active love life, things are looking up. That is, until Kevin's secret admirer pops up to throw Kevin into the middle of an Archie-style love triangle! To make matters more complicated, Veronica roped Kevin into performing in the school play, and both Kevin's boyfriend and not-so-secret admirer are involved, sparking jealous tension on set. Will Kevin make it through Act I before the scenery comes crashing down around his blossoming relationship, or will he get stage fright? Let the drama begin!
"Prankenstein & the Twitters": The invasion of the "New Kids" continues with Part Four... and this time the joke's on Reggie as he matches wits with a mysterious new prankster! Meanwhile, Jughead somehow attracts a twittering female fan club while Ethel discovers a previously hidden talent that has the new kids all a-twitter!
Betty and Veronica in “Vamp it Up” – The gang enjoys a night at the beach meeting some new friends, but there’s something odd about this group who only comes out at night... It’s not until after Veronica is bitten by a bat that her friends notice something truly evil is in their midst! Caught in the middle of two rival vampire gangs, can Betty rid her town of the bloodsuckers before they turn all her friends into creatures of the night? Don’t miss the opening chapter of this spooky two-part tale of suspense!
"Fashion Detectives": When big-name designers seek someone to help them expose counterfeit merchandise in stores, they turn to a true expert: Veronica! She's recruited both Betty and Nancy to help her, but what they uncover is more than faux fashion! Don't miss the high-fashion fun and intrigue! "Scenery": The story that proves one person's (Mr. Lodge's) idea of a private, peaceful beach is another's (Veronica's) idea of an isolated, boring beach! "Pets Rule": The beach has gone to the dogs ??? literally ??? as the girls convince the town to reserve a special area of the beach for people's pooches!
"The Naughty Clause." It's Christmas Eve in Riverdale and everyone's getting last minute gift shopping in. All signs point to a very merry Christmas, that is, until the gang receive a tip from one of Santa's helpers that Reggie made the naughty list. It's off to the North Pole to exercise the Naughty Clause and hopefully save Christmas for their friend before it's too late. Will they manage to get Reggie off the hook in time or is he doomed to go present-less this year? Hop aboard; this is one wild sleigh ride you're not going to want to miss!
Archie Marries Valerie Part 2 - "With This Ring..." – The greatest love story in Archie history continues as Valerie (from Josie and the Pussycats) moves to Riverdale and shakes things up in a big way! In the style of the best-selling Life with Archie, Valerie takes a stroll down the famed Memory Lane, envisioning what her life would be like marrying Archie! Is a life of wedded bliss in the cards for the pair or will unexpected complications, not to mention past flames, keep them apart? Find out in the second part of the Archie Marries Valerie saga!
It’s the dawn of a new beginning for Betty and Veronica! Go to one final prom with Betty and Veronica before the Riverdale High School gym is torn down! The girls commemorate this momentous occasion with a magical trip down Memory Lane, where they reminisce about past dances—the romance, the tears, the laughter, all of Archie's awkward dance moves, all the times he made a date for the same night with both girls… wait a minute, maybe it wasn’t all that great! This time the girls turn it around on Archie for one “Last Dance” in this monumental issue of Betty and Veronica!
"Winter Bliss" & "The Sales Force". Even a Hawaiian vacation doesn't spell "Winter Bliss" when Betty and Veronica find out that back at home, their beloved Archie could be tempted by Cheryl's winter kiss! Then, when "The Sales Force" of Veronica Lodge overhypes Betty's fundraiser cupcakes, can Jughead bite in and save her baking reputation?
"Robbing Arch and His Merry Band of Teens" Part 1 Archie and the gang must save Lord Lodge and Princess Veronica from the evil clutches of the Mad Duke of Doom and his fiendish jester, Chester, in an action-packed Robin Hood-inspired tale! Join Maid Betty, Juggie O'Dare, Reggie the Red and Robbing Archie in their quest to save the Kingdom!
"Battle of the Bands," Part Two. In the aftermath of their rockin' contest performance, the Archies face a new challenge: a sponsor who will only cover half their prize travel expenses! Now the group must get jobs quickly to raise the money -- except Reggie and Veronica of course, who are riding on their parents' dimes. But will that free ride last? The rockers learn a valuable lesson about earning their own "fun money" and the value of good work ethics in the process! Not to mention how important it is to help those in need.
Starring Little Archie and the Power Pets, plus Little Sabrina and Salem! As Archie and the gang enter their pets in the Power Pet Pageant, how will they fare against some stiff competition, including Sabrina's cat Salem? And if you ever wondered what animals thought, thanks to some of Salem's magic tricks, you will!
Kevin Keller returns to Riverdale in the pages of his own mini-series, from superstar writer/artist Dan Parent. Learn more about Kevin's background and story before he arrived in Riverdale and met the Archie gang, and pick up the comic that people are already buzzing about. Featuring one of the most popular new characters in Archie history, this series will be a must-have for fans of Archie Comics, Kevin and great comics.
The annual ice shuffleboard championship is on, but Riverdale's star player Jughead is in deep hibernation! Will his teammates revive him from "The Big Sleep" before they're "iced?" Also, Jughead discovers how to beat the crowds at the beach - go in the dead of winter! And when a girl gets tangled in Hot Dog's chain, Jughead untangles her and treats her at Pop's. The question is, will their hearts get tangled, too, or will Jughead face a "Chilly Reception?"
'New Kids,' Part 2. Continued from this month's Archie & Friends #148. Tensions are mounting at Riverdale High and Archie is chosen to play ambassador to ease the transition and help all the students and staff get along. Will this role prove to be too hot for Archie to handle?
"Soft in the Head": Leave it to Jughead to create the perfect (for him!) utilitarian fashion -- a hat that's a pillow, so he can nap on the go! "The Wrong Stuff": In a story "stuffed" with a unique teen, his baby sister, a stuff-your-own teddy bear, and a token good for a year's supply of corn dogs, what could possibly go "wrong?" "Dressed for Distress": The unimaginable has happened: Archie convinces Jughead to buy a suit, and the shirt and tie crowd will never be the same! "Go Nuts Donuts": Just what is making Jughead mysteriously run off whenever his beeper sounds? You "donut" want to miss yummy answer!
"May I Have This Dance?" As newly appointed class president, Kevin is in charge of selecting the theme for Riverdale High's prom. That's easy compared to the decision of who Kevin will take to the dance! And if things weren't complicated enough, Kevin has a secret admirer hoping to be Kevin's date!
"In the crowded and eclectic world of Elvis literature, once in a while, a breath of fresh air comes along to jolt our senses. Rich Koslowski's The King is one of those rare entries which offers us something different, something which stimulates our senses both narratively and visually. ... The King well and truly takes care of business. Read, savour, and enjoy." -- Nigel, Elvis Information Network "Impressive ... a story about faith and the power of music and legend, as well as a lesson in how one man can become something larger than life."-- Randy Lander, The Fourth Rail "This is a remarkably human book, complete with laughter, sadness and a full range of emotions. Do yourself a favor and try this one."-- Scoop From the award-winning creator of Three Fingers, comes an all-new, pop culture adventure/mystery. The King is an offbeat tale of one very enigmatic Elvis impersonator who's taking the Vegas strip, and the world, by storm. Shrouded in mystery with the shining gold helmet that covers his face, The King's performances are so mesmerizing that fans are starting to believe he really is Elvis Presley. Through investigative reporting and a series of thought-provoking interviews, a former tabloid journalist makes it his personal mission to find out The King's true identity. But in his race to debunk The King's latest comeback, he discovers much more than he bargained for.
WINNER of the 2003 Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel! ". . . a single-minded obsession with animation history informs this work even as its creator twists and tears that history into a new, hideous, and hilarious form. There's a little bit of Roger Rabbit and a whole lot of Spinal Tap at work here. Twisted and dark, funny and frightening, this is a deliciously evil toon history that demands attention." -- Alan David Doane Top Shelf is proud to present a very unique comics project. Through a series of never-before-seen interviews and rare photos, documentary-maker Rich Koslowski reveals the horrifying true story behind the Cartoon industry and our most celebrated cartoon actors -- the story that Hollywood doesn't want you to see. Told in the same style as a Ken Burns documentary, with interviews of 'toon stars today as well as historical "file footage"of the "early years,"this work of fiction will forever change the way you think of those beloved characters in the white gloves. ... Rich Koslowski has worked in the Animation and Comic Book industry for the past 12 years. Best known for his three-time, Eisner-nominated work on his self-published parody title "The 3 Geeks,"this ground-breaking graphic novel is sure to appeal to everyone.
"New Kids," Part One. An influx of new students at Riverdale High has the whole school bouncing off the walls with more pretty girls, ace athletes and a mysterious jokester able to go prank-to-prank with Reggie. Can Archie and the gang keep out of trouble and keep the new kids from turning the whole school upside down?
"The Show Stopper": Jughead decides to try community theater; but is the community ready to try Jughead's brand of theater? "Juggie's Utility Belt!": With his "food utility belt," Jughead is ready for any emergency craving! "Cart Smart": When Jughead goes to the grocery store, is he a kid in a candy shop or a bull in a china shop? You decide!
"Taking the Lead!" - Kevin is flying high after having represented Riverdale High on "Witmasters" and coming out the winner! Now with class elections starting up, Veronica schemes to utilize Kevin's momentum into a successful campaign for president! But not everyone is backing Kevin as his opponent's prejudice results in dirty politics! Can Kevin rise above and prove he's the man for the job?
"Little Archie Pets" Part 2 - "EEEE-Ger Beaver" The pet adventure concludes! Sabrina's cat Salem has given all the gang's pets the power to communicate with one another. As the Power Pets enjoy a day at the zoo they are treated to a concert featuring Justin Beaver who is an instant sensation for both pets and owners alike!
"Riverdale ZOMBIES!" The mayhem continues as zombiefied students and faculty, transformed by the mysterious Formula Z, escape into the streets of Riverdale! Archie, the "Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.," must find a way to reverse the effects. Can Archie, his friends, and his cousin Andy find a cure to wake the Walking Dazed from Mad Doctor Doom's control?
"Occupy Riverdale!" The Occupy movement hits Riverdale! Archie's hometown becomes the latest locale to get swept up in the class struggle between the 99% and the wealthiest 1%. As if having to choose between Betty and Veronica wasn't already hard enough, now Archie has even more reason to be conflicted when the girls take a stance on either side of the issue and pit him in the middle of it! Which side of the issue will Archie take and how will it affect his love life?
"Winging It": Jughead and his friends "shuffle off to Buffalo" for the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Along the way, they encounter many famous people and buffalo wing landmarks including festival organizer Drew Cerza and Mayor Brown - birthplace of buffalo wings and Dunn Tire Park, the home of the Buffalo Bisons and host of the Wing Festival. Jughead's entry is sure to be the favorite of the competition...unless a shifty saboteur sours the sauce! Will Jughead's dreams of winning the festival take flight, or will he be grounded? Find out for yourself -- don't miss this special issue-length epic!
"Stranded in Paradise! - As summer sets in, Kevin gets ready to enjoy his first summer as a lifeguard on Riverdale Beach. The gang shows Kevin a great time in the Riverdale summer tradition, that is until he comes across a bump in the road...a bump named Cheryl Blossom! A battle of the beaches breaks out between Riverdale Beach and Pembrooke Beach, and Jason Blossom steps in to "punk" Kevin and the gang. To make matters more complicated, a guy across enemy lines has eyes for Kevin...a surefire way to add drama to the whole mix!
Archie Marries Valerie Part 1 - "Another Love Song" - The Pussycats are in town and Valerie has big news for her on-and-off-again boyfriend Archie: Her family is moving to Riverdale! Not everyone is thrilled with the news, however, as Betty and Veronica don't need the competition! The girls may have found the perfect boy to get their minds off Archie, though Ð ValerieÕs brother!
Betty and Veronica in "Fangs a Lot, Vampironica." Vampires in Riverdale? Where's a slayer when you need one? Last we saw the girls, they had befriended some nice vampires down by the beach. Only trouble is, a rival vampire gang has taken Veronica and friends captive and made vampire clones out of them. It's up to Betty to pick up a stake and save her friends' lives before it's too late! The conclusion of this spooky two-part tale of suspense!
Sometimes an emotional teenager has her reasons. In 'Send In The Clowns,' Betty is concerned for her classmate, Shrill, and wants to help after her break up with Sayid. Betty soon finds that there is more to Shirll's behavior than a broken heart. Her little sister needs cancer treatment and only Ronald McDonald House can help her. It doesn't take much to persuade Veronica to help pay for the treatment and the entire gang are on a plane to pitch in for their new friend and her family!
When President Obama and FOX News pundit Sarah Palin arrive, Riverdale becomes the center of a national crisis! Archie and Reggie have each claimed support from one of these political powerhouses - only they don't! Now Riverdale is in chaos and when the Secret Service gets involved it only gets worse!
Kevin Keller is the new kid in Riverdale and the gang has made him feel right at home. When Wit Masters, a trivia game show for rival high schools comes around, Dilton and the crew want Kevin to represent them for the win. Too bad Kevin has a fear of public speaking. Will he pull it off and get Riverdale the winning championship for the third year in a row or will he choke in front of the big lights? Follow along as Kevin, his family and everyone you know and love from the Archie Universe face this challenge together.
The good news is that Veronica's favorite music group Tickled Blue is coming to Riverdale and playing a show for her birthday! The bad news is, Tickled Blue is coming to Riverdale and Archie gave Veronica a jacket with fake signatures from the band! Now it's a race against the clock for Archie to get a replacement jacket with authentic autographs before she wears it to the show and the jacket is exposed as a fraud! Can Archie track down the musicians before the candles are blown out?
It's time for the 2012 London Olympics and Kevin and his family score tickets to the event. This is old stomping grounds for the Kellers, so they get to revisit old friends and family. Kevin is excited to see his old friend Brian, who's competing as a runner. Kevin also meets an old friend who he's not sure is interested in him, but there to confuse matters is none other than Veronica, who's tagged along to "help" Kevin out. And we all know what happens when Veronica interferes - mayhem, of course, but the fun kind!
Archie Marries Valerie Part 4 - "Here and Now!" – In the conclusion to the Archie Marries Valerie saga, Valerie finds herself at Memory Lane peering into her and Archie’s future together. A star is born, literally, as their daughter Star enters the world and inherits her parents’ talent for music, bringing massive amounts of attention to the tiny prodigy! However, this isn’t the only possible future marriage Valerie gets a glimpse of, as it seems Archie can get any girl he wants! We’ve seen what would happen if Archie married Betty, Veronica and now Valerie but what about the other girls of Riverdale? See what a variety of paths would bring as a multitude of Archie weddings are explored here in these pages!