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Sassy Thrasher Returns In ‘Archie’ #649, Adjust Your ‘Best Characters Of All Time’ Lists Accordingly

Archie #649 variant cover
Archie Comics

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!


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


Archie #649 preview


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:


Sassy Thrasher's first appearance, Archie Comics


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 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.

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