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  • BettyReggie: 112 Days until Wednesday 10th 2018 ,  Riverdale Season #3 on The CW at 8pm.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: Recently. DE's unauthorized LORD OF THE JUNGLE Tarzan adaptations (and its authorized THE GREATEST ADVENTURE) won't fit into my existing box of previous Tarzan comics from Gold Key, DC, and Dark Horse, so I have to start a new box. Logically these get filed with DE's unauthorized WARLORD OF MARS comics (including DEJAH THORIS) and their authorized JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS. But I also want to squeeze Marve;
    June 11, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
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    June 11, 2018, 03:34:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
    June 11, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
    June 11, 2018, 09:28:59 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: I don't even file my comics alphabetically. I file them according to how closely they're related to other titles, but it's all dependent on the number of issues I have of any given title, and what will fit into a single box. Fpr ACP comics I just put all the short-run series (whether an actual miniseries or just a not particularly successful title) into one box. Even though some of those short run series star Jughead, and I could as easily file those together with the main JUGHEAD title in another box. For longer running ACP titles, "girl" titles are sorted into different boxes than "boy" titles. Eventually when I have enough issues of BETTY (and BETTY AND ME and BETTY'S DIARY) they'll get their own box, and VERONICA will get her own box.
    June 10, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
  • rusty: I file Jughead under J and Reggie under R in all of their incarnations, though I do file the original Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books under S since that keeps them with the Superman books and also because they kept that title throughout their entire run.  If anyone wants to look up Jughead or Reggie in Overstreet, though, they will have to look under A for the early issues.
    June 10, 2018, 07:56:27 AM
  • BettyReggie: I can't wait to get that Reggie book. It's coming out the day after my 39th Birthday.
    June 10, 2018, 06:42:06 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Yeah, I never understood why publishers felt the need to point that out on the covers of a comic book, like maybe someone didn't really know who REGGIE was, and might buy it just because they noticed the words "Archie's Rival" above the big letters that spelled REGGIE? Same with "Archie's Pal" or "Superman's Pal" or "Superman's Girl Friend" -- like some potential buyer wouldn't know who Jughead, Jimmy Olsen, or Lois Lane was, but would know who Archie or Superman was? Just assume you're selling the product to idiots, I guess. Is anyone really filing REGGIE under "A" for Archie's Pal in their collections??
    June 10, 2018, 05:42:02 AM
  • rusty: In it's first incarnation, Reggie was titled ARCHIE'S RIVAL, REGGIE.  It wasn't until after the title was resurrected nearly a decade later that it became REGGIE and then REGGIE AND ME.
    June 09, 2018, 10:23:13 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: I've never understood why those old titles had "and Me" in them, anyway. Why not just name the titles after the starring characters?
    June 09, 2018, 08:17:45 PM


Author Topic: Archie Comics Encyclopedia  (Read 2112 times)

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Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« on: August 22, 2016, 04:23:02 PM »
Hey Guys,


Was reaching out to see if there was an encyclopedia, or an individual we could reach out to for references on all things Archie.  An example would be if I wanted to look for the haggen das ice cream but of the Archie universe, I could reach out to this person / look it up on this database.  Hope that makes sense!  I work in the writer's room for Riverdale and this would be a HUGE help.  I'll be crushing digests in the mean time.   :D

Re: Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 07:32:06 PM »
interesting idea....

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 08:55:14 AM »
One big problem with that, is that Archie never had continuity in the sense of an "Official Handbook/Encyclopedia of the Archie Universe". Continuity in Archie Comics is loose and flexible. It's mostly a matter of a particular writer wanting to revisit a character or situation he invented (or less often, some other writer invented) in a previous story, in order to put some new spin on it -- but only if he can wring a funny story out of it. Conversely, a story idea that a writer might come up with that contradicts an earlier story (written by him or another writer) is just as valid an idea, because continuity is far less important than writing a funny story. Coming up with a funny story is the main goal, and continuity only applies if that makes ideas come easier for the writer in accomplishing that task. Topical references to things like Haagen Dazs ice cream would be especially fluid, changing from story to story, so that if such a reference appeared in more than one story, it would more than likely be two different "Archieverse" sound-alike brands.

The lack of continuity in Archie stories can be best understood by considering the context of their traditional main audience demographic, 8-to-12 year-old readers. As such, there was an assumed nearly-complete audience turnover every 5 years or so. The changing comic book marketplace resulted in some sporadic attempts at establishing continuity beginning in the late 1980s/early 1990s, in order to try to retain an older segment of readership for a little longer, but without some sort of overarching editorial mandate, even these instances are often contradictory with things established in later stories. A good example would be stories in which Sabrina the Teenage Witch (itself a character whose continuity is somewhat volatile over its history, due to influences from television) appears with Archie and the gang -- sometimes they are aware that she's a witch, and sometimes not, depending on the particular story you're looking at.

There's a (somewhat less-detailed than what you're asking for, but still helpful) Who's Who in the Archie Universe at http://www.mightycrusaders.net/a_pages/riverdale.htm, and you can find a similar list of characters on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Archie_Comics_characters). Those only help with characters though, and still only list the main ones while leaving dozens of more obscure/minor ones out.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2016, 05:59:26 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

Captain Jetpack

Re: Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 12:15:57 PM »
Even trying to establish a map of Riverdale is useless.
It's near the mountains, and the seas, and the forests, & major cities, yet it is isolated enough to avoid Big City problems.
Oh, yeah--it's also near a large lake, close enough to the coast for surfing to be popular, but near enough to a desert so that teens would be allowed to drive/camp there. And it snows, which leaves out California.


And there are Witches.


Therefore, right next door to Rod Serling's house.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2016, 12:18:16 PM by Captain Jetpack »
Pie is my favorite Vitamin.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 06:18:16 PM »
I should also add that up until very recent times, the continued story from one comic book issue into another (which has been pretty standard for comic book companies like Marvel and DC for many decades now) just did not exist at Archie Comics. Archie stories were just basic episodic sitcoms in nature, like the comedy series airing during the golden age of television, the 1950s and 60s. One major exception to that occurred in the late 1970s, when writer Frank Doyle, inspired by the satiric TV soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman!, ran a serial in BETTY AND ME #79-86 (which was the first such continued story ever seen in Archie Comics) called "Betty Cooper, Betty Cooper!". This contained many weird elements of mystery or sci-fi, with a mad doctor with a shrink ray, a vampire, an old gypsy fortuneteller, UFO aliens, and a mysterious threatening figure called "the Limping Man" stalking Jughead. It might be useful for the writers of RIVERDALE to read this, to see how a writer for Archie Comics attempted to emulate a continuing series on television.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2016, 03:14:50 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

steveinthecity

Re: Archie Comics Encyclopedia
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2016, 01:18:52 AM »
A GCD type listing specifically geared to Archie, would be interesting, but more so for character appearances and general story themes and story appearances as well as creator credits.  I'm not even sure how to begin such an undertaking.  The old forum had loads of info, but it was posted scattershot and woefully incomplete even after 8-9 years.
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