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  • 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.
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  • 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??
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  • 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.
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Author Topic: What comics have you been reading?  (Read 263797 times)

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BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1335 on: December 27, 2017, 12:31:13 PM »
I'm reading books that I got for Christmas
I read these books for 12 minutes
Deadly Class -Book # 1- Noise Noise Noise
Reggie & Me - Volume #1
The Archies & Other Stories
But I also got these for Christmas, I didn't read these books yet.
Betty & Veronica - Volume #1-Adam Hughes
Jughead - Volume #3- Dereck Charm
« Last Edit: December 28, 2017, 12:45:45 PM by BettyReggie »

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1336 on: December 28, 2017, 03:50:58 AM »
12-13-17 to 12-27-17:
KINGSMAN: RED DIAMOND #4 (of 6)
BUG: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 (of 6)
ACTION COMICS #993
DETECTIVE COMICS #970
X-MEN BLUE #16 & 17
THE DAMNDED #6
ROCKY & BULLWINKLE SHOW #2
HACK/SLASH VS VAMPIRELLA #3 (of 5)
SHEENA #4 (of ?)
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: TERROR FROM THE FROM EARTH'S CORE #2 (of 3)
FIGHTING AMERICAN #3 (of ?)
ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT #4 (of 4)
GALAKTIKON #3 (of 6)
CAPTAIN CANUCK YEAR ONE #1 (of 3)
TRUE BELIEVERS: PHOENIX PRESENTS CYCLOPS & MARVEL GIRL #1
TRUE BELIEVERS: ENTER THE PHOENIX #1
TRUE BELIEVERS: PHOENIX BIZARRE ADVENTURES #1
TRUE BELIEVERS: PHOENIX RETURNS #1
TRUE BELIEVERS: PHOENIX CLASSIC #1
ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1
DIE KITTY DIE! CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2017
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #74
YOUR PAL ARCHIE #5 (of 5)
ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #340 [Feb 1986]
BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #2 (of ?)
DONALD & MICKEY #2
The Little Book of CAPTAIN AMERICA
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE: THE THING & HUMAN TORCH #1
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN #1 (of 2)
The Little Book of THE AVENGERS
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #2 (of 6)
WONDER WOMAN #36
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS: BIRDMAN #5
POPEYE Classic Newspaper Comics VOL 2 [1989-1992] by Bobby London
HELLBOY: KRAMPUSNACHT #1 (one-shot)
SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL #3 (of 4)
EMPOWERED & SISTAH SPOOKY'S HIGH SCHOOL HELL #1 (of ?)
ASSASSINISTAS #1 (of ?)
The Little Book of THE FANTASTIC FOUR
ROM & THE MICRONAUTS #1 (of 5)
PELLUCIDAR: AT THE EARTH'S CORE TP
TARZAN THE WARRIOR [1992] #1-5 (of 5)
TARZAN: LOVE, LIES & THE LOST CITY [1992] #1-3 (of 3)
LIFE WITH KEVIN TP VOL 01
ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #3
MICKEY & DONALD CHRISTMAS PARADE #3
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: TERROR FROM THE EARTH'S CORE #3 (of 3)
KONG ON THE PLANET OF APES #2 (of 6)
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #12 (of 12)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2 (of 12)
ACTION COMICS #994
DETECTIVE COMICS #971
HAWKMAN FOUND #1 (of 6)
WONDER WOMAN #37
TARZAN/JOHN CARTER: WARLORDS OF MARS [1996] #1-4 (of 4)
PUNISHER: PLATOON #4 (of 6)
THANOS #14
MOON KNIGHT #190
X-MEN BLUE #18
PHOENIX RESURRECTION #1 (of 5)
SAVAGE DRAGON #230
MARK TWAIN'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1910-2010 (by Michael Kupperman)
TARZAN: THE BECKONING TP
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BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1337 on: December 29, 2017, 09:02:58 AM »
I have to start reading again. I'll read in a while.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1338 on: December 30, 2017, 09:12:06 PM »
I read these books for 12 minutes each
The Archies & Other Stories
Reggie & Me Volume #1
Deadly Class Volume #1- Noise Noise Noise
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 09:21:20 AM by BettyReggie »

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1339 on: January 09, 2018, 09:35:14 AM »
1-03-18 to 1-09-18:
DONT MEDDLE WITH MY DAUGHTER VOL 02 (of 3)
DRAGONS RIOTING VOL 09 (of 9)
RASPUTIN: VOICE OF DRAGON #3 (of 5)
RICK & MORTY #33
3D ADVENTURE #1
3D DESTROY!! #1
ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #7
CAPTAIN AMERICA #697
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150
PHOENIX RESURRECTION #2 (of 5)
X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN #2 (of 2)
UNDERDOG 1975
NURSE HITOMI'S MONSTER INFIRMARY VOL 07
ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285

COSMO #1
(of 5)  (Not bad, but seems to be aimed at a younger age reader than even the former Archie Action line. My primary complaint would be that very little actually happens in the issue-length story for $3... ironically, the same complaint I have for New Riverdale titles. The artwork is attractive though, and the story seems vaguely inspired by Cosmo-creator Bob White's original plotline for the series, while taking quite a few liberties.)

MYSTERYMEN COLLECTED ANTHOLOGY No. 1 TP
MYSTERYMEN STORIES No. 1 (1996)

TAKE THAT, ADOLF! The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War TP
by Mark Fertig (Great images and insightful textual examination into the historical influences that shaped the comic book industry in its earliest years.)

ACTION! MYSTERY! THRILLS! Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-1945 TP by Greg Sadowski (Also has some excellent notes about the earliest developments, particularly the pre-War comic books.)

SUPERMEN! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 TP (Just the actual stories this time.)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS: 365 DAYS HC by Les Daniels, Chip Kidd & Geoff Spears (Good supplement to the above books -- showing the developments at DC during the pre-Comics Code era, the first 20 years of DC Comics from 1935-1955. 365 images with accompanying commentary.)

AMAZING 3-D COMICS! HC (reprints 3D TOR, THREE STOOGES, SHEENA, FELIX, WHACK!, TRUE 3-D, JIGGS & MAGGIE and others, mostly from St. John and Harvey Comics, all from 1953-54. The success of the 3D effect really varies according to the comics reprinted. Some are really good, with a lot of planes of depth, while others are a bit blurry or hard to focus on the effect. In general, the best 3D comics here were original, created specifically to take advantage of the effect. Pre-existing stories which were merely converted to the 3D process aren't nearly so effective, although certain individual story panels can stand out as being impressive. It's unfortunate that a wider representation of 3D stories from 1953-54 probably couldn't appear in this collection due to still-copyrighted stories and characters, of which some examples -- KATY KEENE was ACP's only 3D comic book -- which would have made the assembly of such a collection prohibitively expensive.)

CHILLING ADVENTURES IN SORCERY TP (In black & white, alas. All of the original comics reprinted from the 1970s -- issues #1-7 -- were in color. Reproduction of line art on issues #1 and 2 is terrible, although the following issues look fine. For completists only.)

X-MEN BLUE #19
KINGSMAN: RED DIAMOND #5 (of 6)
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #8 (of 9)
DEJAH THORIS #0
MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2
ACTION COMICS #995
DETECTIVE COMICS #972
WONDER WOMAN #38
TITANS #19
DEADMAN #3 (of 6)
SAUCER STATE #6
UNCLE $CROOGE #437
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS #75

« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 02:13:54 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1340 on: January 10, 2018, 09:21:42 AM »
I have to start reading again. I'll read in a while.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1341 on: January 10, 2018, 03:36:35 PM »
I think I'm going to quit reading the Archie digests (not the B&V digests, just the Archie ones). There's this real feeling of blandness about them right now, like they're just in a holding pattern, waiting for their time to inevitably run out. That's probably true, to a lesser extent, of the B&V digests as well, but it's less apparent to me because those digest stories seem to have a greater aggregation of my favorite artists in each issue.

They seem to be done with any pretense of growth or evolution (while maintaining faithfulness to the core style), even in the new stories -- there's a real feeling of "just keep it average and homogenized, according to what sold in the past", so there's no real "trying" on the part of the digest editors -- they've basically given up, and aren't going to bother making ANY effort. There's a real contrast there to the period between the late '90s Archie Comics (both floppies and digests) up to 2015, when they were introducing new characters, trying new things, new kinds of stories (out of that came cousin Marcy, New Kids, Kevin Keller, Harper Lodge, and a lot of fun 'what if' variant stories, and even LIFE WITH ARCHIE). All that seems to be over now, and 'classic Archie style' just seems to be in a short period of maintenance until the final shutdown.

 :'(

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1342 on: January 10, 2018, 06:05:51 PM »
I read
Your Pal Archie #1
Betty #99 & #100
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1- Sandy Jarrel issue

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1343 on: January 11, 2018, 10:26:12 AM »
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each
Reggie & Me - Volume #1
The Archies & Other Stories
Deadly Class - Volume #1- Noise Noise Noise

irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1344 on: January 12, 2018, 06:54:55 AM »
I think I'm going to quit reading the Archie digests (not the B&V digests, just the Archie ones). There's this real feeling of blandness about them right now, like they're just in a holding pattern, waiting for their time to inevitably run out. That's probably true, to a lesser extent, of the B&V digests as well, but it's less apparent to me because those digest stories seem to have a greater aggregation of my favorite artists in each issue.

They seem to be done with any pretense of growth or evolution (while maintaining faithfulness to the core style), even in the new stories -- there's a real feeling of "just keep it average and homogenized, according to what sold in the past", so there's no real "trying" on the part of the digest editors -- they've basically given up, and aren't going to bother making ANY effort. There's a real contrast there to the period between the late '90s Archie Comics (both floppies and digests) up to 2015, when they were introducing new characters, trying new things, new kinds of stories (out of that came cousin Marcy, New Kids, Kevin Keller, Harper Lodge, and a lot of fun 'what if' variant stories, and even LIFE WITH ARCHIE). All that seems to be over now, and 'classic Archie style' just seems to be in a short period of maintenance until the final shutdown.

 :'(


Do you mean the new stories at the beginning or that they just keep reprinting the same stories over and over?

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1345 on: January 12, 2018, 10:23:57 AM »
I think I'm going to quit reading the Archie digests (not the B&V digests, just the Archie ones). There's this real feeling of blandness about them right now, like they're just in a holding pattern, waiting for their time to inevitably run out. That's probably true, to a lesser extent, of the B&V digests as well, but it's less apparent to me because those digest stories seem to have a greater aggregation of my favorite artists in each issue.

They seem to be done with any pretense of growth or evolution (while maintaining faithfulness to the core style), even in the new stories -- there's a real feeling of "just keep it average and homogenized, according to what sold in the past", so there's no real "trying" on the part of the digest editors -- they've basically given up, and aren't going to bother making ANY effort. There's a real contrast there to the period between the late '90s Archie Comics (both floppies and digests) up to 2015, when they were introducing new characters, trying new things, new kinds of stories (out of that came cousin Marcy, New Kids, Kevin Keller, Harper Lodge, and a lot of fun 'what if' variant stories, and even LIFE WITH ARCHIE). All that seems to be over now, and 'classic Archie style' just seems to be in a short period of maintenance until the final shutdown.

 :'(


Do you mean the new stories at the beginning or that they just keep reprinting the same stories over and over?

The new stories are fine, but 5 pages per issue just isn't compelling enough for me to want to buy them solely for that. Maybe if there were some annual compilation of all the new 5-page lead stories from a year or two earlier, it would make it worth the price of a typical digest. Even having said that, the 5-page shorts feel lacking compared to some of the longer stories by Dan Parent (or some of the recently-returned classic artists) from just 5 or 10 years ago. You can only develop a plot and characters so much in the space of a mere 5 pages.

My main complaint with the 3 Archie digests is the lack of variety of the reprints -- both in terms of spanning six or seven decades of available stories, and in terms of the lack of non-Archie stories. Yes, clearly most of the stories reprinted in those titles HAVE to be Archie stories, but not ALL of them.

irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1346 on: January 13, 2018, 03:14:27 AM »
I think I'm going to quit reading the Archie digests (not the B&V digests, just the Archie ones). There's this real feeling of blandness about them right now, like they're just in a holding pattern, waiting for their time to inevitably run out. That's probably true, to a lesser extent, of the B&V digests as well, but it's less apparent to me because those digest stories seem to have a greater aggregation of my favorite artists in each issue.

They seem to be done with any pretense of growth or evolution (while maintaining faithfulness to the core style), even in the new stories -- there's a real feeling of "just keep it average and homogenized, according to what sold in the past", so there's no real "trying" on the part of the digest editors -- they've basically given up, and aren't going to bother making ANY effort. There's a real contrast there to the period between the late '90s Archie Comics (both floppies and digests) up to 2015, when they were introducing new characters, trying new things, new kinds of stories (out of that came cousin Marcy, New Kids, Kevin Keller, Harper Lodge, and a lot of fun 'what if' variant stories, and even LIFE WITH ARCHIE). All that seems to be over now, and 'classic Archie style' just seems to be in a short period of maintenance until the final shutdown.

 :'(


Do you mean the new stories at the beginning or that they just keep reprinting the same stories over and over?

The new stories are fine, but 5 pages per issue just isn't compelling enough for me to want to buy them solely for that. Maybe if there were some annual compilation of all the new 5-page lead stories from a year or two earlier, it would make it worth the price of a typical digest. Even having said that, the 5-page shorts feel lacking compared to some of the longer stories by Dan Parent (or some of the recently-returned classic artists) from just 5 or 10 years ago. You can only develop a plot and characters so much in the space of a mere 5 pages.

My main complaint with the 3 Archie digests is the lack of variety of the reprints -- both in terms of spanning six or seven decades of available stories, and in terms of the lack of non-Archie stories. Yes, clearly most of the stories reprinted in those titles HAVE to be Archie stories, but not ALL of them.


They have annual compilations of the new stories but they are digital only.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1347 on: January 13, 2018, 03:31:55 AM »
They have annual compilations of the new stories but they are digital only.

Well, I have all the digests from 2014 through 2016, so I've already read all of those new stories already. I would buy them again as a print collection, but it seems superfluous as a digital collection, unless I haven't actually read the stories at all. Maybe when/if they get around to a digital collection of the 2018 new lead 5-pagers I'll get it, since I'm giving up on the three Archie-centric digest titles as of this month.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1348 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 »

SAGG

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1349 on: January 13, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »
Archie Jumbo Double Digest 285 has an interesting story called "Snowbound". It's what I call an "Action Archie" story, you know, the adventure ones that have Goldberg illustrating where Archie is in danger, or fighting some really nasty bad guys who want to off him, those stories. Here, however, it's done by DeCarlo....

 


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