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Archie meets Batman '66! by BettyReggie
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What comics have you been reading? by DeCarlo Rules
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Library Books That You All Read by BettyReggie
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What have you done today? by Archiecomicxfan215
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Days we look foward to as Archie Fans. by BettyReggie
[March 19, 2018, 07:54:36 AM]

"The Archies" will end with issue #7 by Vegan Jughead
[March 18, 2018, 09:01:15 PM]

Archie and Friends Digital Digest... by DeCarlo Rules
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  • DeCarlo Rules: @Tuxedo Mark - Archie Double Digest #284 (cover-dated Jan. 2018) was the last issue to appear using the "Double Digest" logo. All issues since then have appeared under the title Archie Jumbo Comics Digest. Issue #288 is scheduled to ship Apr. 25th, and #289 is scheduled to ship May 30th. If you're searching on Amazon, maybe you need to type in "Archie Jumbo Comics Digest" instead of "Archie Double Digest". Except for Archie and Me Digest, all the remaining ongoing classic Archie digest issues in 2018 have been Jumbo Comics digests.
    Today at 02:06:56 AM
  • rusty: They have a cover for #288 on, but no date.  Maybe it will come out later than normal.
    March 23, 2018, 11:56:37 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Has Archie Comics Double Digest been cancelled? #288 isn't listed for preorder on Amazon.
    March 23, 2018, 08:35:16 PM
  • BettyReggie: Riverdale #11 just came
    March 19, 2018, 04:16:25 PM
  • BettyReggie: 200 Days till New York Comic Con.
    March 19, 2018, 07:55:31 AM
  • BettyReggie: Last espoide of Riverdale Season #2 is only 61 days away.
    March 15, 2018, 11:09:14 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Color Coded", a 1980s Cheryl story: [link]
    March 14, 2018, 11:03:59 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Ick. Let's try that again.
    March 14, 2018, 11:03:39 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "Color Coded", a 1980s Cheryl story:  Still, that's not as odd as the fact that, despite the cover, there's not a Halloween-themed story in the entire issue.
    March 14, 2018, 11:03:19 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Really awesome cosplay of Cheryl [link]
    March 09, 2018, 09:09:14 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Get out of the city! Bronson Pinchot cast as villanous high school principal in new Sabrina series! [link]
    March 09, 2018, 08:42:06 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: My review of "The New Archies": "Change of Minds" [link]
    March 08, 2018, 05:19:04 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Have all of the Archies issues been removed from Amazon? Everything's coming up in my searches except that one series.
    March 08, 2018, 11:33:55 AM
  • irishmoxie: I think they just want you to use comiXology. I prefer the kindle app to comiXology. Much easier to swipe through pages.
    March 06, 2018, 01:49:17 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Maybe there's some slight modification to the PDF files they use in the ComiXology app to adapt it to feature-specific things in Amazon's Kindle reader app, and that takes a little while for them to convert the files? Just a wild guess.
    March 05, 2018, 06:20:53 AM
  • Vegan Jughead: That's weird since Amazon owns Comixology.
    March 03, 2018, 08:20:53 PM
  • irishmoxie: A lot of times Amazon's digital comics' releases are later than Comixology's.
    March 03, 2018, 11:51:24 AM
  • Tuxedo Mark: Yeah, it's the digital version.
    March 03, 2018, 08:34:18 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Oh, and if you're talking about the digital version, then it might have a different release date, too. Amazon's digital comics are really ComiXology's digital comics. Amazon owns ComiXology. Most publishers have a same-day-and-date print & digital release policy, but ACP's might be different, or it could just be an odd fluke.
    March 03, 2018, 02:34:50 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Comic book shops gor VIXENS #4 on February 28th. Sometimes Amazon may get products on a different date, because the bookseller market is serviced by a different distribution system. Could be later, or sometimes, earlier, but usually only by a few days or a week.
    March 02, 2018, 11:42:37 AM

Author Topic: What comics have you been reading?  (Read 233415 times)

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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1335 on: January 13, 2018, 06:48:04 AM »
I finally got my subscription copy of BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #259 -- two weeks late, but then it went on sale at retailers the day after a big Xmas snowstorm, so I'll let it slide. (I imagine the mail carriers were swamped this holiday season.) It's still a good read, since you always get Betty stories, and Veronica stories, in addition to the Betty AND Veronica stories, and apart from those, this title still reprints Sabrina stories regularly, so there's enough variety to satisfy me.

I'll just note a few of the outstanding stories here. A pair of stories by Barbara Slate (with art by Jeff Shultz and Al Milgrom), "The Right Thing" and "The Right Thing Too", show different views of the V/A\B love triangle from both Veronica's POV, and Betty's POV, respectively -- paralleling each other, a clever idea -- and they both end on a twist. A Kathleen Webb BETTY'S DIARY story, "Kiss and Try to Tell", reveals the surprising (to me) fact that Betty owns not just ONE diary, but (at least) THREE, when she discovers that she's somehow lost the special diary which she reserves for chronicling her most precious moments spent with Archie. A Dan Parent 11-page two-parter, "Archie Andrews Where Are You?" has a neat unexpected ending (which includes it as one of a very small group of similar stories) -- more I can't say without spoiling it. Another Dan Parent 11-page two-part story, "Do You Believe In Magic?', was also pretty good.

I think my favorite story in this issue was the 6-page Betty story, "Scheme Theme", by George Gladir. It's one of that small subset of stories (usually written by Frank Doyle, so I was surprised to see Gladir's name on the writing credits) that explains the character dynamics of Archie Comics stories in a very direct, matter-of-fact way. Here you will see the universal truths of "Archie reality" stated outright by the omniscient narrator, like in the following caption: [ALACK AND ALAS, AT TIMES ARCHIE CAN BE AN UNGRATEFUL AND INCONSIDERATE SCOUNDREL.] SURE, we all know that already, because we've seen it dramatized innumerable times in Archie stories. It still never fails to tickle my funnybone when Doyle (or in this case, Gladir) cuts right to the point and states these facts point-blank in bald-faced text to the reader.

The new lead story by Dan Parent, "O Canada" (the first new artwork by Dan I've seen in the digests in months, BTW), is yet another story that falls into the category of a distinct group of stories (although a much larger group of stories than either of the other two I mentioned above). It's a nice example of the kind of occasional friendly wave and by-way-of-saying "thank you" to the Canadian readers who down through several decades, have been among the staunchest of Archie Comics supporters. Which is a good thing, actually, I think. I wouldn't mind seeing a whole collection of those Canadian-themed stories published one of these days. I bet the Canadian readers would buy one. So would I, even though I'm not Canadian.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2018, 11:02:34 AM by DeCarlo Rules »


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