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  • Tuxedo Mark: <y review of the new story "Romance 4Ever!": [link]
    June 23, 2018, 08:21:59 PM
  • rusty: My copies of Archie at Riverdale and Cosmo should be here in about a week and a half from DCBS
    June 23, 2018, 07:35:50 PM
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    June 22, 2018, 05:11:54 PM
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    June 22, 2018, 09:15:13 AM
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    June 21, 2018, 09:43:56 PM
  • BettyReggie: 112 Days until Wednesday 10th 2018 ,  Riverdale Season #3 on The CW at 8pm.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: @irishmoxie -- It's definitely complete. All six of the 1958-59 Sy Reit/Bob White original issues, plus the feature-length "Good Guys of the Galaxy" by Tom DeFalco & Fernando Ruiz from ARCHIE #655, and three 5-page digest shorts that guest-starred Cosmo -- and the complete first issue of the Ian Flynn/Tracy Yarley COSMO (2017) thrown in for good measure. It follows the same layout/format as the previous JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE, even though that didn't carry the "Archie Comics Presents..." trade dress. Not a bad buy for $11.
    June 14, 2018, 01:08:59 AM
  • irishmoxie: Anyone get the Cosmo book that came out today? Any good?
    June 13, 2018, 08:04:49 PM
  • Cosmo: Ah man....and I was worried I was the last enthusiast for ERB's stuff. I'm currently rereading my Dell Tarzan books. Really good fun! It took a while to complete that run.
    June 12, 2018, 06:51:53 PM
  • 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.
    June 11, 2018, 07:40:48 PM
  • 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.
    June 11, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
    June 11, 2018, 06:27:26 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
    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


Author Topic: Quick Question--Digest Content  (Read 2762 times)

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Captain Jetpack

Quick Question--Digest Content
« on: August 25, 2016, 11:59:26 AM »
Which Digest has the Sabrina reprints in it?
Pie is my favorite Vitamin.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2016, 01:09:29 PM »
Betty and Veronica. NOT B&V Friends, that has the Josie reprints (and usually Cheryl Blossom). B&V Friends used to have Sabrina in it when it first changed to that title (formerly it had been the "regular size" Betty and Veronica Digest), but...  :'( (sadly) it was Sabrina "the Animated Series" (ugh!) In the current issues of B&V Friends sometimes there's a Sabrina reprint, usually classic Sabrina (but it's not consistent -- it depends on whether it's an Annual or Jumbo, usually, but no guarantee).

Currently Betty and Veronica has been in a cycle of reprinting the entire run of Sabrina stories (in order) by Bill Golliher and Holly Golightly. (3rd series #38-57) The most recent digest reprinted SABRINA #48, so they are just over half-way through that run.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2016, 01:34:04 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

Captain Jetpack

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2016, 02:08:51 PM »
My thanks.
Pie is my favorite Vitamin.

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016, 07:00:42 PM »
Would it be possible to have a quick summary of the digest titles currently published? Sometimes I don't understand the differences between all of them.

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2016, 07:17:40 PM »
These are the digests in printing now:
-Archie
-World of Archie
-Betty and Veronica
-Betty and Veronica Friends (called 'B&V Friends')
-Jughead & Archie
-Archie's Funhouse
Where it gets messy is sometimes they're called 'Digests', ''Double Digests', 'Comics Annuals', 'Comics Digests', 'Comics Double Digests'. Some are printed 6 times a year, some 10/11. Believe me it seems to change month to month. For example. B&V Friends is 6 times a year, but in a 2 month period we had 3 issues. Starting this fall they're is going to be a new one, but only published for 12 issues, it's a 75th anniversary special. If you'd like to know what's published in each digest, just ask. If I don't post it some one else will. Some of them have classics from the 50's such as Super Duck, Wilbur, Suzie, etc. Just so you know, every 4 months they print 1000 page specials. These books reprint everything from the digests of that period before, minus the non-Archie characters (Jose, Jinx, etc.) For the $10 bucks (WalMart) a great deal. I bought them all, there's been 13 so far.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2016, 01:06:48 AM »
Some of them have classics from the 50's such as Super Duck, Wilbur, Suzie, etc.

But mostly NOT. It hasn't escaped my notice that the content of the digests is no longer as varied as it once was. The "From the Vault" section seems to have disappeared from Annual and Jumbo digests entirely. There are very few non-Archie sections that still appear with any regularity (Little Archie, Sabrina, Josie, Cheryl Blossom, Li'l Jinx, and Archie 1). It has been a year or so since I've seen any of the ones you've mentioned, or Ginger, Archie's Madhouse, Madhouse Glads, That Wilkin Boy, Katy Keene, Pat the Brat, etc.

To further clarify, the new Archie's 75th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest is supposed to be monthly for exactly one year (12 issues). Of the regular digests, Archie, World of Archie, and Betty and Veronica are issued 10 times per year. B&V Friends, Jughead and Archie, and Archie's Funhouse are either 5 or 6 times a year (I've been tracking the release dates only since the beginning of the year, but I've yet to determine which is the correct frequency). Less than a year ago, Archie's Funhouse and Jughead and Archie were also still at the 10 times per year frequency, so it remains to be seen how many issues total of these titles are released by year's end.

I'm not sure of the exact math used to determine how many issues of a particular title are Annuals or Jumbo Comics editions in any given year either, other than to state that "Annuals" for each title occur several times in any year, sometimes with a seasonal theme like Winter Annual, Spring Annual, Summer Annual, Fall Annual, Easter Annual, Back To School Annual, Halloween Annual, Christmas Annual  -- and sometimes just plain "Annual". Obviously no one title will have ALL of those themed/seasonal Annuals, even of those titles published 10 times per year. The only thing I can say for certain is that the frequency with which Annual and Jumbo Comics editions of the digests have been appearing has been increasing over the last 2 years, to the point where the number of Annual and Jumbo Comics digest issues (which follow the same numbering as the Double Digest issues of any given title) over the course of a year is nearly equal to the number of Double Digest issues, which would indicate a consumer preference for a larger digest with more pages.

Double Digests are 160 pages, with a cover price of $4.99; Annual digests are 192 pages with a cover price of $5.99; and Jumbo Comics digests are 256 pages with a cover price of $6.99 (all prices in US dollars). The Archie 75th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest would be the anomaly here, with 224 pages for the same $6.99 cover price as the other Jumbo Comics editions -- one would hope that the content (quality of stories chosen) here would be more than enough to make up for the loss of 32 pages. Either that, or it represents an experiment to see if the market will bear the reduction of page count at that price point, with the aim that if accepted by consumers, the other Jumbo Comics digests would follow suit with a reduction to the same page count. The other consideration to bear in mind is that the experiment here is aiming to discover whether ACP can successfully target a market demographic of older, more discriminating readers to whom the quality, age and rarity of the stories chosen far outweighs any considerations of quantity, and in so doing, redress the balance of that diminishing lack of variety in digest content that I mentioned earlier.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2016, 04:20:22 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2016, 03:01:11 AM »
Some of them have classics from the 50's such as Super Duck, Wilbur, Suzie, etc.

But mostly NOT. It hasn't escaped my notice that the content of the digests is no longer as varied as it once was. The "From the Vault" section seems to have disappeared from Annual and Jumbo digests entirely. There are very few non-Archie sections that still appear with any regularity (Little Archie, Sabrina, Josie, Cheryl Blossom, Li'l Jinx, and Archie 1). It has been a year or so since I've seen any of the ones you've mentioned, or Ginger, Archie's Madhouse, Madhouse Glads, That Wilkin Boy, Katy Keene, Pat the Brat, etc.

To further clarify, the new Archie's 75th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest is supposed to be monthly for exactly one year (12 issues). Of the regular digests, Archie, World of Archie, and Betty and Veronica are issued 10 times per year. B&V Friends, Jughead and Archie, and Archie's Funhouse are either 5 or 6 times a year (I've been tracking the release dates only since the beginning of the year, but I've yet to determine which is the correct frequency). Less than a year ago, Archie's Funhouse and Jughead and Archie were also still at the 10 times per year frequency, so it remains to be seen how many issues total of these titles are released by year's end.

I'm not sure of the exact math used to determine how many issues of a particular title are Annuals or Jumbo Comics editions in any given year either, other than to state that "Annuals" for each title occur several times in any year, sometimes with a seasonal theme like Winter Annual, Spring Annual, Summer Annual, Fall Annual, Easter Annual, Back To School Annual, Halloween Annual, Christmas Annual  -- and sometimes just plain "Annual". Obviously no one title will have ALL of those themed/seasonal Annuals, even of those titles published 10 times per year. The only thing I can say for certain is that the frequency with which Annual and Jumbo Comics editions of the digests have been appearing has been increasing over the last 2 years, to the point where the number of Annual and Jumbo Comics digest issues (which follow the same numbering as the Double Digest issues of any given title) over the course of a year is nearly equal to the number of Double Digest issues, which would indicate a consumer preference for a larger digest with more pages.

Double Digests are 160 pages, with a cover price of $4.99; Annual digests are 192 pages with a cover price of $5.99; and Jumbo Comics digests are 288 pages with a cover price of $6.99 (all prices in US dollars). The Archie 75th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest would be the anomaly here, with 224 pages for the same $6.99 cover price as the other Jumbo Comics editions -- one would hope that the content (quality of stories chosen) here would be more than enough to make up for the loss of 64 pages. Either that, or it represents an experiment to see if the market will bear the reduction of page count at that price point, with the aim that if accepted by consumers, the other Jumbo Comics digests would follow suit with a reduction to the same page count. The other consideration to bear in mind is that the experiment here is aiming to discover whether ACP can successfully target a market demographic of older, more discriminating readers to whom the quality, age and rarity of the stories chosen far outweighs any considerations of quantity, and in so doing, redress the balance of that diminishing lack of variety in digest content that I mentioned earlier.

plz tell me your going to be making long topics talking about digests again

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Quick Question--Digest Content
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2016, 04:09:23 AM »
plz tell me your going to be making long topics talking about digests again

As time permits. I have been considering starting a dedicated thread for my comics reviews, or possibly more than one (one for Archie Comics and "Archie-related titles", and one for other publishers' comics and manga).

Digest reviews, because of the number of stories, are particularly time consuming, but the ones I tend to want to comment on most often are Betty and Veronica and B&V Friends. I blame my lack of much to say about the others largely on that same diminishing diversity I referred to earlier. Hopefully the quality of stories of the new 75th Anniversary digest series will inspire me with a lot to say.

 


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