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Dec 03 2021 12:53pm
DeCarlo Rules: And I;'m sure all the stories would find multi-use afterwards in different formats.

Dec 03 2021 12:51pm
DeCarlo Rules: Those graphic novels are just shots in the dark, though.... let's try something like this, let's try something like that for a different target audience. They could do an 80-page giant comic with a bunch of different new stories, though.

Nov 28 2021 10:14pm
Tuxedo Mark: And there hasn't been a novel (probably the cheapest thing to create) in over a year.

Nov 28 2021 10:13pm
Tuxedo Mark: They might not think it's something that'll make them any money. Heck, their new original graphic novel, The Riverdale Diaries 2: Starring Veronica, isn't exactly setting the charts on fire (in any format).

Nov 28 2021 10:30am
DeCarlo Rules: You'd think consumers could at least get some kind of ARCHIE 80th Anniversary Special (and I don't mean reprints). It's practically criminal. Can you imagine Marvel or DC letting their 80th Anniversary slide by without some one-shot celebrating it?

Nov 24 2021 10:09am
Hanna Barbera Montana: This Friday the Comic Con museum will be having a exhibit celebrating 80 years of Archie: https://archiecomics.com/comic-con-museum-to-launch-eight-decades-of-archie-exhibit/

Nov 19 2021 4:44pm
Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Makeover Mayhem!" from Cheryl Blossom #8: https://riverdalereviewed.com/2021/11/19/comics-makeover-mayhem/

Nov 17 2021 6:51am
DeCarlo Rules: Yet another variation on Little Archie, like The New Archies. It;s never an animated version of the basic classic Archie, high school sitcom.

Nov 15 2021 9:22am
Tuxedo Mark: There was that aborted animated series, "It's Archie", which would have been made by the same group that did the latest Sabrina animated series. It would have featured the gang in elementary school.

Nov 15 2021 9:16am
DeCarlo Rules: Right -- I was thinking specifically of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie... the core group. But when you said "Riverdale" it made me think that an animated spinoff of the TV series is actually the greater likelihood now, not some comedy-based show.

WORLD OF ARCHIE Jumbo Comics Digest #101-103 are actually WORLD OF JUGHEAD!

Started by DeCarlo Rules, September 25, 2020, 01:07:18 PM

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DeCarlo Rules

Okay -- I hadn't been getting this digest for a couple of years now, but decided to make an exception for the 100th issue. Not bad for a special issue (more older stories), but that by itself doesn't convince me to start buying WoA on a regular basis again.

What IS special is that I just discovered that issues 101-103 all bear a cover image of Jughead's head in a circle with the words "Special Jughead Issue" circling around. The cover logo still says ARCHIE, but the stories inside are ALL Jughead stories.

#101's actual cover uses the same design for the "Special Jughead Issue" as #102 & #103 as depicted, not that black crown-shaped blurb... that's an early cover mockup.

So what this seems to amount to is a digest comic miniseries-within-a-series... It occurs to me this must be some sort of trial run to determine (based on sales performance) whether or not to give Jughead his own ongoing digest series again... or maybe they're even considering changing "World of Archie" into "World of Jughead" Jumbo Comics Digest.

#104 and 105 have already been solicited and they look like the usual Christmas-season issues of WoA. But if they DO decide to publish a Jughead digest I'd buy it.

Just goes to show that you never really know (until you see solicitations) what's going on at ArchieCo HQ.
A few months back, this happened without any warning...

#281 was the last actual issue to bear the traditional title logo. Cover previews of issues 282 and 283 show the same logo, but when those issues actually went on sale, they had THIS new logo:

Which makes B & V FRIENDS (now "BEST FRIENDS", but at a much-reduced font size) nearly indistinguishable, without a close look, from the regular BETTY AND VERONICA Jumbo Comics Digest. No change at all in content (same special sections for Josie and L'il Jinx), but I figure there must be some reasoning behind it. The other B & V digest sells better for some reason, so maybe it's the logo?? That's all I can come up with.
 

DeCarlo Rules

First week in October is another JUGHEAD Digest! (Technically titled Archie Showcase Digest #2.)
Including World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #103's Special Jughead Issue from the last week in September, that makes TWO Jughead digests in 2 weeks! With luck, maybe there will be an ongoing Jughead digest title by this time next year!


Hanna Barbera Montana

#102 was the last Special Jughead Issue. #103 goes back to normal. However, 103 has a reprint of two Tales Caulculated to Drive You Bats stories ("The Monster Crisis" and "Mad Lab").

DeCarlo Rules

I'm crazy about BATS!

Archie digests have been very annoying in 2020 with the content described in solicitations not being correct in the printed digests -- but then they had that problem sometimes even before the COVID situation.

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