(December 2002)

Archie, 1997 Series
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Price
2.19 USD; 2.69 CAD
Pages
88
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Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand
The Archie Digest Library
Barcode
009128468662 07
Editing
Nelson Ribiero; Victor Gorelick
Color
Color
Dimensions
Digest size
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Squarebound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jeff Shultz
Inks
Henry Scarpelli
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just where did you two decide to hang the mistletoe?
Genre
teen
Characters
Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews

That Ol' Holiday Spirit! (Table of Contents: 1)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir (credited)
Pencils
Fernando Ruiz (credited)
Inks
Al Milgrom (credited)
Colors
Frank Gagliardo (credited)
Letters
Bill Yoshida (credited)

Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Fred Andrews; Mary Andrews; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Hiram Lodge; Hal Cooper
Synopsis
After falling on the ice, Archie is too sore to help his parents with the Christmas tree. But he can find the energy to help both Betty and Veronica with theirs.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; Christmas tree

It's About Time (Table of Contents: 2)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Hap Holiday
Synopsis
Jinx leaves her father a message on the bathroom mirror.
Reprints

Path of Glory (Table of Contents: 3)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Henry Scarpelli
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman; Nanci Tsetsekas
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen
Characters
Veronica Lodge; Smithers; Mr. Lodge; Betty Cooper
Synopsis
Riverdale is snowed under, but Veronica still has Christmas shopping to do so she gets out her skis to go to the mall.
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More or Less ... (Table of Contents: 4)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards (signed)
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Daddy
Reprints

Christmas Time Puzzle! (Table of Contents: 5)

Archie / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Unscramble the secret code puzzle.

A Gift Beyond Gifts (Table of Contents: 6)

Mr. Lodge / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
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Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Hiram Lodge; Smithers; department store Santa
Synopsis
Veronica coerces her father to get off the phone and actually go Christmas shopping.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

formerly a Christmas Love-In story.

Light Sprite (Table of Contents: 7)

Mr. Svenson / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
How about stringing up Christmas lights around the school?
Genre
humor
Characters
Mr. Weatherbee; Svenson
Synopsis
Mr. Weatherbee asks Svenson to put up some Christmas lights around the school.
Reprints
Keywords
snow

Prize Present (Table of Contents: 8)

Jughead's Parents / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
This present is trickily wrapped to surprise Jughead!
Genre
humor
Characters
Mrs. Jones; Mr. Jones
Synopsis
One of the presents has been trickily wrapped to surprise Jughead.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas tree

Is This Trip Necessary? (Table of Contents: 9)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Kathleen Webb
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Alison Flood
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Hiram Lodge; Hermione Lodge; Smithers the butler
Synopsis
Veronica plans to go to Jamaica for Christmas, unaware that her parents would prefer that she stay home for the holidays.
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Indexer Notes

The four stories in this issue, though stand alone stories, have a running sub-plot of Betty and Veronica preparing for Christmas 1992 and the Lodges wanting Veronica to stay.

The Present (Table of Contents: 10)

Archie / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Stan Goldberg [as Stan G.]
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews
Synopsis
Archie can't resist the temptation to open his present before Christmas.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; Christmas tree; gift; present

Christmas Doesn't Compute (Table of Contents: 11)

Jughead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen

Up-to-date (Table of Contents: 12)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Li'l Jinx, I'm going to Edward's department store to see Santa Claus!
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Greg
Synopsis
The department store Santa is replaced by a computer.
Reprints

Reggie's Gift o' Gab! (Table of Contents: 13)

Reggie / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
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Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
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Locket Lunacy (Table of Contents: 14)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dan Parent (credited)
Pencils
Fernando Ruiz (credited)
Inks
Rudy Lapick (credited)
Colors
Barry Grossman; Nanci Dakesian (credited)
Letters
Bill Yoshida (credited)

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Ethel Muggs; Betty Cooper; Jughead Jones
Synopsis
Archie accidentally mixes up the Christmas presents he got Veronica and Ethel, giving Ethel an expensive locket meant for Veronica.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Just Testing (Table of Contents: 15)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Kathleen Webb
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo (layouts); Dan Parent
Inks
Alison Flood
Colors
Barry Grossman ?
Letters
Bill Yoshida ?

Genre
teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Miss Grundy
Synopsis
Betty and Veronica try to prepare for Christmas and for an English Literature test at the same time.
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All Wrapped Up (Table of Contents: 16)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Kathleen Webb
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo (layouts); Dan Parent
Inks
Alison Flood
Colors
Barry Grossman ?
Letters
Bill Yoshida ?

Genre
teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
Veronica is determined to wrap her Christmas gifts herself, in spite of not knowing how.
Reprints

With a Little Help from His Friends (Table of Contents: 17)

Sabrina / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Colors
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Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Every Christmas Eve it's the same old story!
Genre
humor; children; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Sabrina Spellman; Hilda Spellman; Zelda Spellman
Synopsis
Hilda and Zelda help Santa deliver presents without him knowing about their help.
Reprints

Down But Not Out! (Table of Contents: 18)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; children
Reprints

Christmas Reading (Table of Contents: 19)

Miss Grundy / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
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Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
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Genre
humor; teen

The Gift of Love (Table of Contents: 20)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Kathleen Webb
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo (layouts); Dan Parent
Inks
Alison Flood
Colors
Barry Grossman ?
Letters
Bill Yoshida ?

Genre
teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Hiram Lodge; Hermione Lodge
Synopsis
Veronica finally figures out that her parents would like her to stay for Christmas.
Reprints

Engage the Enemy (Table of Contents: 21)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Vince DeCarlo

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Hiram Lodge; Smithers (the butler)
Synopsis
Veronica goes on the war path when she mistakenly assumes Archie is giving Betty an engagement ring for Christmas.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script, ink and letters credits from the reprint in World of Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2010 series) #64.

Card Shark (Table of Contents: 22)

Archie and the Gang / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Al Hartley
Pencils
Al Hartley
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; religious; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Moose Mason; Dilton Doily; Ethel Muggs; Sabrina; Waldo Weatherbee; Geraldine Grundy; Miss Haggly; Mr. Svenson
Synopsis
After hearing Dilton complain that all the store-bought, mass-produced Christmas cards are too impersonal, Sabrina uses her magic powers to give each of her friends the ability to create their own personalized Christmas cards. Thanks to Sabrina's magic, a miracle happens and we see cards that represent each character's view of Christmas.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; Christmas cards

Indexer Notes

Several of the "card" panels were re-drawn as covers in other Christmas issues.

Yule Spirit (Table of Contents: 23)

Jughead and his Pals / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Tim Kennedy
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Nancy Woods; Ethel Muggs; Pop Tate; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Gladys Jones; Forsythe Jones; Hot Dog
Synopsis
The girls select Hot Dog as the young male who best exemplifies the Christmas spirit in Riverdale.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Just where did you two decide to hang the mistletoe?"]
    Archie
  2. 1. That Ol' Holiday Spirit!
    Archie
  3. 2. It's About Time
    Li'l Jinx
  4. 3. Path of Glory
    Betty and Veronica
  5. 4. More or Less ...
    Li'l Jinx
  6. 5. Christmas Time Puzzle!
    Archie
  7. 6. A Gift Beyond Gifts
    Mr. Lodge
  8. 7. Light Sprite
    Mr. Svenson
  9. 8. Prize Present
    Jughead's Parents
  10. 9. Is This Trip Necessary?
    Betty and Veronica
  11. 10. The Present
    Archie
  12. 11. Christmas Doesn't Compute
    Jughead
  13. 12. Up-to-date
    Li'l Jinx
  14. 13. Reggie's Gift o' Gab!
    Reggie
  15. 14. Locket Lunacy
    Archie
  16. 15. Just Testing
    Betty and Veronica
  17. 16. All Wrapped Up
    Betty and Veronica
  18. 17. With a Little Help from His Friends
    Sabrina
  19. 18. Down But Not Out!
    Li'l Jinx
  20. 19. Christmas Reading
    Miss Grundy
  21. 20. The Gift of Love
    Betty and Veronica
  22. 21. Engage the Enemy
    Betty and Veronica
  23. 22. Card Shark
    Archie and the Gang
  24. 23. Yule Spirit
    Jughead and his Pals
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