Little Betty & Veronica team with the Boy Buddies in ‘Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest’ #311

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Courtesy of Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #311, which comes out Feb. 8.

Today we have previews of two new stories that will appear in the digest, starting with “Operation: Brainbust” by Tom DeFalco, Bill Galvan and Ben Galvan. It features a team-up between Little Betty and Veronica and the superhero sidekick team known as the Boy Buddies. Roy the Super-Boy and Dusty the Amazing Boy Detective are showing the two girls around the campus of the Montgomery Military Academy when they notice someone up to no good.

The second story, “Ransomware Beware,” is by Francis Bonnet and Rex Lindsey. In this one, Lodge Industries has to deal with a ransomware attack, and the girls bring in Detective Fu Chang to help Mr. Lodge with his dilemma.

Below you’ll find previews of both stories, plus a complete classic Betty & Veronica story featuring a snowstorm (which hits home today considering I’m currently surrounded by a frozen wasteland in Texas). Enjoy!

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Fu Chang returns in ‘Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #337

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Today, courtesy of Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #337, which comes out Feb. 2.

The digest will contain two new stories, the first by Francis Bonnet, Rex Lindsey and Glenn Whitmore. It features the return of Fu Chang, the Golden Age detective from the 1940s who solved crime in San Francisco. He’s also the inspiration for Jake Chang, the new Archie character introduced earlier this year who will star in his own show on The CW.

The second story features Little Archie and the Boy Buddies, aka Roy and Dusty, AKA the sidekicks of the Wizard and the Shield. They’re investigating Grimloch Island, which is rumored to be haunted, but really a friend of Little Archie lives there and could do without the company. I like how people refer to Little Archie as “Little Archie” instead of just “Archie,” like the “Little” isn’t implied. This one is by Tom DeFalco, Bill Galvan and Ben Galvan, with Whitmore once again on colors and Jack Morelli on letters.

Below you’ll find previews of both stories, plus a complete classic Little Archie story by Dexter Taylor featuring dinosaurs. Enjoy!

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Mr. Justice and Steel Sterling make return appearances in ‘World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest’ #126

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Courtesy of our friends at Archie Comics, we’re pleased to kick off the new year with a preview of World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #126.

This digest has three new stories in it in addition to a bunch of classic stories, and today we have previews from two of those stories. The first sees the return of Mr. Justice for what could be his biggest challenge ever — serving as a life coach for Cheryl Blossom. This is a guy who used to regularly fight Satan, but Cheryl may be more than he can handle. That one is by Ian Flynn, James Fry and Bob Smith.

The second preview features Steel Sterling battling the Blue Bison, a battle that would probably go more smoothly if Betty and Veronica weren’t competing to get an autograph from our hero to give to Archie. It’s by Tom DeFalco, the Brothers Kennedy and Jim Amash, while Glenn Whitmore and Jack Morelli provide coloring and lettering for both stories.

Check out the preview below, as well as a classic story featuring Betty battling technology.

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Sabrina bonds with Darkling as Steel Sterling teams with Pureheart in this preview of ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #126

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Courtesy of our friends at Archie Comics, we’re pleased to kick off the new year with a preview of World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #126.

We’re always happy to share the latest stories featuring some of our favorites from the Mighty Crusaders and Archie’s superhero line, and this time is no different. Up first we have a new story by Ian Flynn, Steven Butler and Lily Butler featuring a magical team-up between Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the mystical superhero Darkling. Then Archie in his superhero identity — Pureheart the Powerful — teams with Steel Sterling to take on the villainous Suprema. It’s by the legendary Tom DeFalco, who you might remember as the former editor in chief from Marvel and the writer of Fantastic Four and other titles, along with artists Bill and Ben Galvan.

Check out the previews below, as well as a classic story by Bill Golliher and Bob Bolling.

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Ghosts, goblins and gardening: Norman Shurtliff’s ‘Skull Cat’ starts his job at ‘The Curious Castle’ next month

The new Top Shelf graphic novel kicks off a middle grade series by the creator.

Ghosts, vampires, goblins … they’re all in a day’s work for Skull Cat, the new garden-keeper at Le Dark Chateau, the local spooky castle.

Skull Cat and the Curious Castle is the first in a planned series by Norman Shurtliff and arrives in stores on Feb. 21. The thing I find interesting about it, besides the supernatural elements, is the fact that Skull Cat is a gardener — which makes sense given Shurtliff has a degree in horticulture. So come for the cute cat being chased by monsters, stay for the (hopefully plentiful) gardening tips.

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Inferno and Fly Girl return in ‘Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics’ #310

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Courtesy of our friends at Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present one more preview before the year ends — for Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #310, which comes out Jan. 4.

Today we have previews of two new stories that will be in next week’s (next month’s? next year’s) digest, featuring the return of two Mighty Crusaders characters we’ve seen recently — Fly Girl and Inferno. In the first story by Ian Flynn and Ryan Jampole, Fly Girl, aka Kelly Brand, hangs out with Betty and helps her come up with a new superhero name for herself — something besides “SuperTeen.” The second story features Inferno, Veronica and evil clowns. It’s by Flynn and Bill Galvan.

Check out the preview below, as well as a classic winter story featuring Archie, Betty and Veronica.

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Reggie faces Mr. Justice in ‘Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #336

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Courtesy of our friends at Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #336, which arrives in stores Dec. 21.

Our preview today is for the second of two new stories appearing in the digest — “Justice Isn’t Blind” by Ian Flynn, Steven Butler and Rich Koslowski, which features the return of Mr. Justice. Once Prince James of England, the ghostly Mr. Justice was a trapped spirit who was released in 1940 and went on to fight evil, including Satan. His first appearance was in Blue Ribbon Comics #9 in a story by writer Joe Blair and artist Sam Cooper.

Check out the preview below, as well as a classic crime story featuring Archie.

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Archie falls for the magical superhero Darkling in ‘World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest’ #21

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Courtesy of Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #21, which arrives in stores Dec. 14.

Today we have previews from two of the new stories appearing in this digest. The first, “Expensive Stuffing,” features Betty helping the patriotic superhero Captain Flag and his eagle, Yank. Then“She’s Goth What It Takes!” features a new girl catching Archie’s eye — but when a monster attacks, luckily for Archie this new girl turns out to be Darkling, the 1980s mystical superhero. Both stories are by the team of Ian Flynn and Steven Butler.

Check out the previews below, as well as a classic story by Frank Doyle and Dan DeCarlo.

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Captain Flag + Inferno the Fire Breather come to the rescue in ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #125

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Courtesy of Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #125, which arrives in stores Nov. 30.

This digest features three new stories, and today we have previews of two of them. Both are by Ian Flynn and Bill Galvan, and feature appearances by Captain Flag and Inferno the Fire Breather — not to be confused with Fireball, Archie’s other flame-throwing superhero.

Check out the previews below, as well as a classic story featuring Chuck Clayton.

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Betty & Veronica fight crime with Fly Girl in ‘Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest’ #309

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Courtesy of our “fly” friends at Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #309, which comes out Nov. 23.

This digest will include two new stories, in addition to a selection of classic Archie material. Our preview today includes pages from “Super Sale!” by Ian Flynn and Ryan Jampole, which features an appearance by Kelly Brand, aka Fly Girl, aka the daughter of the original Fly Girl Kim Brand. As eagle-eyed continuity followers might remember, Kim passed on the mantle to Kelly in the 2012 Mighty Crusaders series.

Check out the preview and solicitation information below.

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The Power Pets make their triumphant return in ‘World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #124

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Courtesy of Archie Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #124, which comes out Oct. 26.

This digest will include two brand-new stories, in addition to a selection of classic Archie material. Our preview today includes pages from “The Power Pets Return!” by Tom DeFalco, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore and Jack Morelli. As Evilheart, Reggie’s alter ego, tries to ruin Archie’s date with Veronica, the Power Pets step in to save the day.

Check out the preview and solicitation information below.

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‘Crash & Troy’ reaches its explosive conclusion in December [Exclusive Preview]

Check out an exclusive preview of ‘Crash & Troy’ #4 by writer Jarred Luján and artist Kyler Clodfelter.

A Wave Blue World’s classic sci-fi buddy miniseries comes to a close in December, as writer Jarred Luján and artist Kyler Clodfelter bring the banter-filled adventures of Crash & Troy to their climatic, explosive conclusion with issue #4.

The fourth and final issue finds the super-strong Crash and their handler Delphi in jail, with Troy 3.0 seemingly dead. But can you really kill a sentient software arts aficionado?

“Issue #4 is my favorite of the series,” Luján told Smash Pages. “Writing the action was a blast, especially because we finally got to unveil what Troy, in all his irreverence, is capable of doing as a mercenary in a way only Troy could think of. Best of all, it ties everything together so well and we cap it off with some of the funnest, most explosive moments yet—but there’s another layer here. I think folks are going to be surprised with how emotional this issue is and how intensely it lays out what Crash & Troy is all about.”

This issue also brings a scene that Clodfelter has been itching to draw for awhile.

“Drawing issue 4 was extremely liberating for me because I finally got to let loose and draw some imagery that I’ve had swirling in my head for years. Jarred and I have always worked really well together, but there’s this cool thing I wanted to happen in the story that Jarred was game for and it was probably my favorite scene to draw in the entire issue. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it surprisingly doesn’t even have anything to do with fists or that Jarred asked me to tell him what my favorite fight scenes of all time were. But I mean, those things should also inform you of what you’re in for!” Clodfelter said. “I think ultimately, we’re just thrilled that everyone has finally had a chance to read the book, and I hope people have had as much fun reading it as we did making it.”

Courtesy of A Wave Blue World, we’re pleased to present an exclusive preview of the fourth and final issue of Crash & Troy. Check out the cover, preview and solicitation text below:

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