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Archie - The Married Life - 10th Anniversary - Opinions?

Started by Mr.Lodge, November 06, 2019, 07:48:53 PM

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DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: beatman10 on January 31, 2023, 10:05:20 PMI'm curious to know if Mr. Uslan had written more chapters of"Life With Archie" but they got shelved when he opted out and Mr. Kupperberg took over.

I'm sure if Uslan had actually written more chapters that he'd have been paid for those scripts, and ACP would have used them. I'm more curious why the series didn't just start out with Kupperberg as the writer. As in, did Uslan have some disagreement with editor Gorelick that caused a parting of ways, or was it always the intention that Uslan "lay the foundation stone" for the series by writing #1 (and ONLY #1) and then move on to other projects?

beatman10

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on March 16, 2023, 12:21:56 PM
Quote from: beatman10 on January 31, 2023, 10:05:20 PMI'm curious to know if Mr. Uslan had written more chapters of"Life With Archie" but they got shelved when he opted out and Mr. Kupperberg took over.

I'm sure if Uslan had actually written more chapters that he'd have been paid for those scripts, and ACP would have used them. I'm more curious why the series didn't just start out with Kupperberg as the writer. As in, did Uslan have some disagreement with editor Gorelick that caused a parting of ways, or was it always the intention that Uslan "lay the foundation stone" for the series by writing #1 (and ONLY #1) and then move on to other projects?
I believe your second theory is correct about Uslan 'laying the foundation". Kupperberg had said "Michael (Uslan) simply wasn't able to commit" full time to writing for LWA. Kupperberg also credits Uslan with "getting the ball rolling" on the project. Uslan did set up a lot of good storylines for Kupperberg to explore and make his own.  Moose running for mayor, Ms. Grundy's illness, Mr. Lodge's character, bringing back Ambrose were all Uslan's ideas. He even toyed with Veronica possibly dying when a picture Dilton is showing has an "X" over her face. Although I liked the 10 Anniversary series, there were two things I found puzzling: What happened to Moose's girlfriend, Illana and why was Ambrose made to be a creep in this series? That's why I wondered if Uslan had more chapters that didn't make the cut. Kind of like when a band makes an album with 12 songs on it but another additional 5 were recorded and they were left off.

beatman10

I apologize for all the underlines in my previous post. Don't know how that happened. The one thing I liked that Michael Uslan did in the "10th Anniversary" as well as in the 2009 "Archie Wedding" and the one issue he wrote in LWA, is, he made the Archie/Veronica marriage more of an equal partnership. I felt In the LWA Kupperberg "Veronica" story, Archie took on a subordinate roll, not only in business, but in their marriage as well. Veronica believed her father about the phony dowry story and never questioned Archie about it even though he was living in a roach motel and waiting tables at Jughead's. Hardly what someone would be doing with millions in bribe money. And it took until Issue #23 before Veronica asked for the truth from her Dad. In the 10 Anniversary, Uslan paints her more sympathetic. She loses her father to a heart attack and is now the head of Lodge industries. And she now has to juggle her business obligations while being a wife and mother. And she has issues with Archie, who, while working long hours, put Veronica feeling like she was a single parent raising their children. I liked the way Betty put it all in perspective to Archie near the end.

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