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« on: September 18, 2018, 08:46:03 am »
Yes I have to do my chores too. Clean my bedroom on Thursday. Maybe grocery shop. I have work tomorrow and going to the college with my fiancé (yes i got engaged ) to figure out how he can be readmitted and wednesday i got work, getting a mani and pedi (fiancé said he would pay as an anniversary gift) and then get my mothers birthday gift.
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:37:21 am »
| issue || cvr date || title || pgs || story || pencils || |
| [LwA # 1] || Sep-58 || Rise and Shine || 6 || Sy Reit || Samm Schwartz || |
| [LwA # 1] || Sep-58 || By Hook or Cook || 5 || Sy Reit || Samm Schwartz || |
| [LwA #16] || Sep-62 || Hi-Jinks and Deep Divers! || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #23] || Oct-63 || A Very Lodge Problem || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #26] || Mar-64 || The Great Carnival Mystery! || 23 || Sy Reit || Bob White || |
| [LwA #27] || May-64 || The Strange Case of Patient X! || 24 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #30] || Oct-64 || Power Play || 6 || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| [LwA #30] || Oct-64 || Oh Poi || 6 || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| [LwA #31] || Nov-64 || Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough! || 24 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #33] || Jan-65 || A Christmas Tale || 13 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #33] || Jan-65 || Me Tarpan, You Jane! || 11 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || |
| [LwA #34] || Feb-65 || The Beatnik Caper! || 13 || Bob White || Bob White || |
| [LwA #35] || Mar-65 || It's A Small World! || 13 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #35] || Mar-65 || Plane and Fancy! || 10 || Frank Doyle || Bob White || |
| [LwA #37] || May-65 || Plane Crazy! || 13 || George Gladir || Bob White || |
| [LwA #39] || Jul-65 || Taking Up Space || 5 || Bob Bolling || Bob Bolling || |
| || || || 218 || || || |
This is all classic Silver Age ACP material, so if rated by content alone, this collection would get an "A". We can note here that in the earliest stages of LwA, Sy Reit seems to be the default writer, while Bob White was (as indeed he continued to be until the later 1960s) the default artist of this title. I always felt that Bob White never got enough recognition for his contributions to the company, so hopefully this collection will go some ways towards rectifying that.
While not as spotty a collection as ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, this book still falls far short of being ideal (in other words, a lot closer to what BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR VOL 1 was). What I'm seeing here is just a rearranging of stories I recognized as having mostly read in digest reprints prior to this. They're good stories, and some of the wilder plots as far as Archie stories go. In sharp contrast to the ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, while these are also atypical Archie stories for the most part, comedy still remains central despite all the outlandishness, so big points for that. The single story which is probably the highlight of this collection is "Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough!" (the title given on the contents page doesn't actually appear on the story itself, and was taken from the -- here unreproduced -- cover copy). This is the one where Archie and the gang visit the 1964 World's Fair (and a counterpart to a similar JOSIE epic). The most amazing part of this is a 10-page chase sequence motivated by a randomly-introduced incidental character, a taxi driver at the fair. George Gladir had real fun with this one, but I almost think it reads more like a Frank Doyle story... I wonder.
Another thing to note is the first two stories in this collection. Read carefully between the lines of those first two short from LwA #1. In the first story "Rise and Shine", Archie seemingly misses out on an opportunity to attend a class field trip. The next story in this collection "By Hook or Cook", from the same issue, shows the students have just returned from the aforementioned field trip, and Archie is among them -- so in the four stories from LwA #1 NOT reprinted here that came between the two that ARE reprinted ("Please Be Seated," "Mummy Knows Best," "Water Boy," "U.N. Antics" -- story titles courtesy of GCDb), something has occurred which resulted in Archie getting to go on that field trip after all. Too bad the rest of issue #1 is not reprinted so we could see what it was. But what's notable here (as was typically the case with She's JOSIE stories) is that the individual stories in a single issue actually maintain continuity between them.
Overall grade: B+ (would have rated much higher if they hadn't skipped so many issues, particularly between issues #2 and 15, and between #17 and 22).
Thanks for the review DCR. I'm getting this. I love this new format. Of course it could be better but it's a step in the right direction. I also agree on Bob White. I believe he was the artist on The Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E stories from the 60s and I loved those.
« on: August 23, 2018, 07:59:40 am »
BACK ISSUE #107 - Archie Comics in the Bronze Age!
I got this one too. Just starting on it. Cool stuff!
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:26:11 am »
I know most of y'all are into classic Archie only and a lot of y'all didn't get into RIVERDALE.
I've bought all of the reboots except B&V Vixens. I actually thought the Mark Waid written Archie was pretty good. Not great, but some issues were, to me, well above average, while others were dull. I loved Afterlife With Archie and liked Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but of course we know what happened with those.
This latest news about the main title, ARCHIE, though, is too much. To cancel the Waid one, then have this bizarre Archie 1941 series that's NOT drawn by a classic artist like Jeff Shultz or Dan Parent, and then follow it up with something that looks so non-descript and non-Archie is just weird. It's almost irrelevant to me what it's going to contain or what the quality ends up being. It just seems like the company is drifting with no idea what to do next.
I understand why that would be the case. They own characters that most people find outdated and irrelevant and it can't be easy figuring out what to do.
Unlike a lot of y'all, I absolutely loved Riverdale, the TV show. The first season was awesome and the second season had plenty of good moments. But now I'm reading there's going to be some kind of cult leader. I'll give season 3 a chance but it sounds like I won't be making it through the whole season if it's going to be about some stupid cult.
I've been an Archie fan for LONG time. Some people on here know that comics made by Archie Comics are the only comics I've ever read. I'll continue to buy collections produced by ACP if they're done well and contain at least some material I don't already have.
I'm perfectly willing to jump on board if they come up with new ideas that look compelling but for the first time in my life I'm not subscribing to at least one new title of theirs and I'm cancelling my subscription to the flagship title.
I trust that if anything good happens, the well educated fans on this forum will let us know!
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:17:43 pm »
I can't really see returning to classic style helping all that much. It wasn't selling which is why the reboots happened to begin with.
I think to most people, Archie Comics are an anachronism. Not sure there's much they can do except continue the gimmicks like horror, the tv show, and crossovers (Batman '66) until they run out of ideas.
« on: May 02, 2018, 07:03:12 pm »
I don't but I sure wish he'd come back and make new ones!
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:12:17 am »
ARCHIE'S BIG BOOK VOL. 3: ROCK 'N' ROLL
| Original appearance: || || story title: || || writer: || artist: || |
| 1960s: || || || || || || |
| LIFE WITH ARCHIE #72 || Apr. 1968 || "Labor of Love" || 11 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || |
| ARCHIE #185 || Sept. 1968 || "Music Soothes" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| 1970s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #8 || Jun. 1970 || "Mister Appetite" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Harry Lucey || |
| LIFE WITH ARCHIE #120 || Apr. 1972 || "Reggie Mantle, Super Star" || 12 pages || Dick Malmgren || Bob Bolling || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #21 || Aug. 1972 || "Bubble Trouble" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Bill Vigoda || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #37 || Feb. 1976 || "Group Gripe" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Harry Lucey || |
| 1980s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #111 (?) || May 1984 || "Sign Off!" || 5 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo Jr. || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #96 || Aug. 1984 || "Rock n' Roll Is Here to |Stay See" | 5 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #98 || Dec. 1984 || SABRINA in "Monster Melody" || 6 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #129 || May 1987 || The Vocal || 5 pages || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #135 (?) || Mar. 1988 || "The Name of the Game" || 6 pages || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo Jr. || |
| 1990s: || || || || || || |
| EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #148 || Mar. 1990 || "The Fame Game" || 5 pages || George Gladir || Doug Crane || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #16 || Nov. 1995 || CHUCK CLAYTON in "What's In A Name?" || 5 pages || Bill Golliher || Bill Golliher || |
| SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (1997) #7 || Nov. 1997 || SABRINA in "Mr. Hoagland's Opus" || 6 pages || Bill Golliher || Dan DeCarlo || |
| 2000s: || || || || || || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #52 || Dec. 2001 || JOSIE in "Oh Solo Mio" || 11 pages || Dan Parent || Holly Golightly || |
| SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (2000) #41 || Mar. 2003 || SABRINA in "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" || 6 pages || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #124 || Dec. 2008 || "Battle of the Bands" - Part 1 || 22 pages || Jane Smith Fisher || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #125 || Jan. 2009 || "Battle of the Bands" - Part 2 || 22 pages || Jane Smith Fisher || Stan Goldberg || |
| ARCHIE & FRIENDS #134 || Oct. 2009 || "The Archies in New York" || 12 pages || Hal Lifson || Dan Parent || |
| 2010s: || || || || || || |
| ARCHIE #623 || Sept. 2011 || "Banded Together!" || 22 pages || Dan Parent || Fernando Ruiz || |
| ARCHIE #625 || Nov. 2011 || "Send in the Clowns!" || 22 pages || Alex Simmons || Dan Parent || |
| || || THE ARCHIES' ROCKIN' WORLD TOUR!: || || || || |
| ARCHIE #650 || Jan. 2014 || Part 1 - "Bollywood Love!" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #651 || Feb. 2014 || Part 2 - "Love on the Road" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #652 || Mar. 2014 || Part 3 - "Blunder Down Under!" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
| ARCHIE #653 || Apr. 2014 || Part 4 - "Close to the Borderline" || 20 pages || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || |
Curiously, while the original dates of publication are sourced for these stories, the actual titles and issue numbers of the comic books they appeared in do not appear in the credits in this trade collection. I've tried to source those comics here (with a couple of guesses when I couldn't confirm the original appearance for certain).
All of the stories (except for three Sabrina stories, one Josie story, and one Chuck Clayton story) feature The Archies, unless noted in the story titles above. Not a bad collection overall, but one could have hoped for more classic stories from the sixties and seventies... but actually, the best stories in this collection are the most recent ones from the 2010s. "Battle of the Bands", the two-parter from ARCHIE & FRIENDS #124-125 is kind of a slight story. Not bad per se as Archies stories go, if it were a standard 5 or 6-pager... maybe even a 12-pager. But at 44 pages, it takes up far too much space in this collection that could have been devoted to better stories. Since they did reprint both "The Archies Rockin' World Tour" 4-parter, and "Banded Together!" which preceded it, both of which advance the romance story of Archie and Valerie, they probably should have reprinted the whole "Archies and Josie & the Pussycats" multi-parter that kicked off the (then-)surprising love story, so you could see the whole thing (apart from the future timeline where Archie Marries Valerie, already reprinted in the "Rock and Roll Romance" trade collection). They could definitely have left out "Oh Solo Mio" (good story though it is), since that one appeared in both last Fall's BEST OF JOSIE trade collection, and last month's B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS digest, and of course, the entire "Rockin' World Tour" arc appeared in its own trade collection back in December 2014 (under the slightly modified title ARCHIE - ROCKIN' THE WORLD!) as Volume 24 of the Archie & Friends All-Stars series (on better paper, too). As an aside, the previous collection's title modification was a result of there already having been a previous volume (No. 11) in the Archie & Friends All-Stars series released back in July of 2011, entitled ARCHIE: WORLD TOUR (which collected the multipart story from ARCHIE & FRIENDS #117-120).
Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I was expecting to see reprints of all those musical guest-stars not included in previous trades, like Lady Gaga, the Veronicas, and the School Gyrls, plus the usual stories where celebrity pop stars of the day are alluded to, but not named as such. While I was slightly underwhelmed, all things considered I guess I should just be grateful they didn't waste my time by reprinting that Archies one-shot from last year, and shut up and be happy about it.
I agree with everything you say about this. They could have done so much more AND I'm surprised they didn't reprint the Archies one-shot as well! I still think this format has a lot going for it and hope they'll make better use of it in the future. The only consolation is I got this really cheap when Archie Comics sent me a "flash sale" email and I jumped on it. I'm glad I didn't have to pay a lot. I DO love the bright cover though.
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:58:58 am »
I preorder Riverdale & some of the Digests. I couldn't find Archie #32. Is it on a break?
Archie 31 is in very late May and according to Archie Comics on Facebook, Archie 32 will be early July.
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:22:43 am »
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but a year ago Dan Parent was writing and drawing all the 5-page lead stories in the digests (and doing the covers as well), and now he's only writing most of them, and drawing some of the B&V stories.
I noticed but I figured that was because he was doing Your Pal Archie and now he's gonna do this crossover and the new Betty and Veronica miniseries, in addition to all his Die Kitty Die stuff. I'm pretty sure Archie will keep Dan as busy as he wants, or at least as busy as they can. He was the last "classic" artist for awhile until they started bringing some of those folks back and I'm sure it's because he's the favorite of Archie Comics.
I think eventually they're gonna have to cancel the reboot flagship series since sales are dropping, and maybe there will be new "classic" style comics for Dan to draw then!
In Dan Parent's interview in COMIC BOOK CREATOR #16, he mentions that he's always kept a low profile when dealing with Archie management and tried to just do the work as best he can, not taking any sides in the various management issues that had cropped up between the Goldwater and Silberkleit camps. On the other hand, Fernando Ruiz made his feelings plain to management about how he felt about their treatment of him when classic Archie work dried up. Taking into account that DIE KITTY DIE rather ruthlessly satirizes management people at a company not too dissimilar from ACP, I have to wonder if someone in ACP management may not have had a sense of humor about being parodied, because it does seem to indicate Dan & Fernando in alignment with regard to how they perceive things at ACP.
And it's ironic that Jeff Shultz, Bill Galvan, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bill Golliher, Angelo DeCesare, Alex Segura, Tom DeFalco, Rich Koslowski and Jim Amash can come back and do new work for ACP on classic Archie stories after a couple of years downtime, but Fernando Ruiz can't (and probably doesn't want to). With just the 5-page new lead stories in 5 digests (that's just 250 pages of new stories a year) those pages can probably be filled easily even without Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. Only the floppy comics readers care about the individual creators, and there are no ongoing classic Archie comics in the floppy comic format (until and unless BETTY AND VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER is proven to be an actual ongoing title).
I'd be just as happy (more than ecstatic, really) if I could see new issues of DIE KITTY DIE even on a bimonthly basis, without having to mount a new Kickstarter campaign for each new miniseries. It matters less to me what characters Dan and Fernando are working on as long as they're producing a comic book in the teen humor genre. Same goes for Darin Henry & Jeff Shultz' SUPER 'SUCKERS. I love reading the big fat Binge Books but would be happier if it were a regular-sized comic coming out on a regular publishing schedule. Both of these titles are being published less for commercial reasons than as a sheer labor of love for the creators, although neither one could obviously continue if the creators weren't able to make some money off them.
I blame the comic shop market which insists on the floppy comic format, but that doesn't really like teen humor comics. That puts Archie Comic Publications in a difficult position when it comes to the floppy comic format, which is hard for the main audience (kids) of teen humor genre comics to find (and not perceived as a very good value at $4 for 20 pages of story, compared to the Jumbo Comics digests which have 175-180 pages of content for $7). They're used to purchasing Archie Comics in regular retail stores (supermarkets, Walmart, Barnes & Noble) -- not having to subscribe, mail-order, or make a special trip to a comic book store to get them.
The fact of the matter is that ACP is now publishing forty 192-page Jumbo Comics digests a year, and ten 128-page ARCHIE AND ME Comics Digests a year, burning through the reprint cycle at a prodigious rate -- much faster than it did a decade ago, when ACP was publishing four 98-page digests and four 188-page Double Digests (which were each, on average, published about 8 times a year). At that same time ACP was still publishing 6 or 8 Archie-related floppy titles generating 22-24 pages of new stories in every issue. You'll notice that the bulk of the stories reprinted now in the digests are from floppy comics that originally appeared in the mid-1990s through the mid-2010s, so you can easily say that older reprints begin to lose their relevance to a young audience as time passes. That stream of new stories feeding into the digests to keep the pipeline of more recent stories flowing has slowed to a mere trickle of its former self, as the classic Archie-related floppy comic titles began succumbing to cancellation, one by one, in the 2010s. Which begs the question, where will the future classic Archie reprints be coming from, given the fact that they're already being reprinted with greater frequency than ever before? Not from the floppy comic titles, it seems, as those can't seem to manage to sustain themselves in comic book shops where the main consumer base is indifferent to teen humor comics, and not from those special crossover projects like Archie Meets Kiss, Archie Meets Glee, Archie vs. Predator, Archie/Sharknado, Archie Meets Ramones, and Archie Meets Batman '66, either. Personally, I'd be happy to pay a buck or two more for the cover price of a Jumbo Comics digest if it contained 20 pages of new stories. Or maybe ACP could come up with some new hybrid format with less pages, but a larger page size on slightly better paper -- say the same size as the old Archie & Friends All-Stars trade collections, with 20 pages of new stories, 100 pages of reprints, and 12-18 pages of advertising/editorial content. Those would still fit in supermarket racks, as they're about the same size as The Old Farmer's Almanac and other similar-sized publications.
These are all great observations, DCR. I'm not sure what Archie can do. I don't think there's much of a future in floppy comics anyway, for any publisher. That's why you're seeing all these special editions and crossovers and reboots. Most comics readers I know just wait for the graphic novels if they buy physical product at all. Obviously, there are exceptions and I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see Archie Comics publishing digests for that much longer anyway. They just sit on the shelves in all the stores that sell them in my area. The hardcore people subscribe since it's so much cheaper and I don't know how many they sell at retail, but it's not happening in my area.
Having said all that, I'm letting most of my digest subscriptions expire. I just can't find time to read them. I'll probably keep B&V and World of Archie for as long as they're published. I still subscribe to Archie, Jughead The Hunger, and Riverdale (although as I've said, I wish they'd get Pitilli off that book because I actually think it's the best floppy they're publishing right now otherwise).
IF they were to make some of the improvements/alterations to the digest format that you suggest, I'd happily jump back on.
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:05:50 am »
I don't really collect. I consume and pass them along or donate them. Of course there are some faves that I keep, like some Archie hardcover anthologies and some my favorite trades, like The Best of Archie or The Best of Betty and Veronica.
I also have most of the World of Archie Double Digests form the period where they were reprinting She's Josie.
Other than that, I don't have the room or a wife who wants to let me store all of that!
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:30:24 pm »
I don't want to nix it, or throw cold water on anyone, but you know that ACP always seems to announce any new title as "ongoing"... but very few of them have turned out to be. Mostly they last just long enough to generate a trade paperback collection (5 issues), like the previously announced COSMO "ongoing" -- now downgraded to a 5-issue miniseries. That happened before with REGGIE & ME as well, and somehow it doesn't look like MIGHTY CRUSADERS and VIXENS are going to be continuing past their initial story arcs, either. So here's hoping that BETTY AND VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER breaks the curse. Maybe the demand for more classic stories in the digest format is an indicator of the turning tide -- let's hope so.
Dan Parent already said on Facebook that it would be "at least 5", so you aren't really throwing cold water. It's just reality. If it sells they'll keep it. If it doesn't they won't. At least they're trying it! I thought Your Pal Archie was awesome, but it didn't sell. Maybe B&V can do better!
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