I like to think that I have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of minor Archie Comics characters. Cricket O'Dell, Veronica's cousin who can smell money, Chic Cooper, Betty's older brother who is actually a full-on, licensed-to-kill secret agent, even the breakdancers from the '90s, Claude and Raoul, these are all characters that I can and will talk about at length if you give me half the chance. And yet, I was somehow completely unaware of Sassy Thrasher, a violent, skateboarding love interest for Jughead Jones.

I know, I was surprised too. That's basically everything I want in the world. Fortunately, it's time to get reacquainted, as Archie #649 has reintroduced Sassy to a world that desperately needs her. Check out a preview of the issue -- which includes a cover by Jeff Shultz, Rosario 'Tito' Peña inspired by the classic painting, The Nighthawks below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just who is this mysterious lady? Well, if it's not Truly Twyst, the amateur psychologist always trying to crack the mysteries of Jughead's girl-hating mind, and if it's not Sandy Sanchez, the "New Look" character introduced a few years ago as a potential actual love interest, then one can only assume it's Ms. Thrasher herself:

 

 

Quick aside: Was there a time when "Honey" was an insult? Is Jughead comparing Ms. Thrasher to the lackluster and underperforming Jessica Alba dance film of the same name? Either way, Sassy Thrasher is everything I want to read about.

Here's the official solicitation for this issue:

 

ARCHIE #649
Archie in “Magic Mayhem” – Archie tells the tale of his pal Jughead in this magical story! Things are getting very strange in the halls of Riverdale High School—or should we call it, Riverdale: The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? With the UGAJ (United Girls Against Jughead) back in action, can Archie’s crowned compadre manage to avoid having to take a date to the Fall Gala? When the usual suspects up their antics with some supernatural help, it’s going to take some wizardry to make it out alive!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Bill Galvan, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario ‘Tito’ Peña
Nighthawks Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario ‘Tito’ Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/30
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.