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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:49:51 AM »
01-11 to 11-16-18:
The Little Book of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
The Little Book of BATMAN
The Little Book of SUPERMAN
The Little Book of WONDER WOMAN
MANGA CLASSIC READERS: MOBY DICK TP
MANGA CLASSIC READERS: WAR OF THE WORLDS TP
H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE HOUND and Other Stories
(adapted by Gou Tanabe)
JIMMY'S BASTARDS #6
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP (with the Legion of Super-Heroes) #33
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS: BIRDMAN #6
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #3
(of 6)
BUGS BUNNY (1990) #2 - Strangely enough, of the 3 stories in this issue, NONE of them was a Bugs Bunny story!
WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT: THE CORPSE MAKERS #5 (of 5)
SHEENA #5
KILL OR BE KILLED #15
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NICK WILSON #1
ICE CREAM MAN #1
FIGHTING AMERICAN #4
KONG ON PLANET OF APES #3
(of 6)
ASSASSINISTAS #2 (of ?)
NEMO HC (adapted by Bruno)
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA HC (adapted by Gary Gianni)
What in the world is a "Little "Book"?   ???  And what did you think about the Birdman book, DR? I  liked the part about Avenger being able to understand Birdman....

The Little Books are small (Flexicover, 4.7 x 6.5 in., 192 pages) books by Taschen, a German publisher specializing in highly graphic books about art, photography, and popular culture. The Little Books are like character histories told through graphic images and captions. They actually derive their content from larger, more expensive hardcover histories of comics written by Paul Levitz (DC) and Roy Thomas (Marvel). There were images in some of these books that even I hadn't seen before. I've provided links to the Taschen site for each of the comic-related Little Books so you can get an idea. Considering that the cover price of a floppy comic is $4, these Little Books are an absolute steal at $10 SRP.

The Little Book of AVENGERS https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48614/facts.the_little_book_of_avengers.htm
The Little Book of CAPTAIN AMERICA https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48617/facts.the_little_book_of_captain_america.htm
The Little Book of FANTASTIC FOUR https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48616/facts.the_little_book_of_fantastic_four.htm
The Little Book of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48615/facts.the_little_book_of_spider_man.htm
The Little Book of BATMAN https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48602/facts.the_little_book_of_batman_tm.htm
The Little Book of SUPERMAN  https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48601/facts.the_little_book_of_superman_tm.htm
The Little Book of WONDER WOMAN https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/48603/facts.the_little_book_of_wonder_woman_tm.htm



The FUTURE QUEST Birdman was good. I pretty much buy whatever comics Steve Rude draws anyway. He's a genius.

I'm not so much looking forward to the upcoming Mightor issue(s)... that character was a little too rebooted. Taking him out of his prehistoric world (and changing the simple costume) is a bad idea. At least Space Ghost hinted that the Galaxy Trio is still alive out there somewhere, and that he's going to find them (the previous Galaxy Trio stories were flashbacks).

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How about Chloe Mancuso as a photographer, Trula Twyst as a psychologist or Cricket O'Dell as an investment banker?

I once had an idea for a LIFE WITH JUGHEAD series which would have been about Jughead and Trula as a young married couple. One of those odd marriages where people look at them and say "I just don't know what they see in each other -- they seem completely mismatched", but it would actually be a modern spin on an I Love Lucy-type series (with Jughead in this case playing the "Lucy" role), or some stories would be more like The Honeymooners with Jughead combining the roles of both Ralph and Norton. Actually, it would also be a little bit like The Bob Newhart Show, with Trula in the role of Bob Hartley, too.

I can definitely see Chloe Mancuso as some kind of papparazzo, but I've never really figured out how Cricket's mutant olfactory power to smell money would work in the real world of finance.

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I really liked Life with Kevin. We need more "young adult" comics like that available. The 20 something making it in the city plot was interesting. Your Pal Archie was just ok for me.

Actually, now that I've given a little thought to my impression of Life With Kevin, and how the series ended (with Kevin moving away from the city), what I'd rather see than more Life With Kevin is a spinoff -- Life With Veronica, focusing on Veronica and Shrill as roommates, trying to make it in New York. (With the traditional full-color palette, please!)

The way I see it the first issue would have to focus on Veronica finding a way out of her dead-end waitressing job(s), as in "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". She finally can't take it any more, and gets fired up and brings a little of the old Lodge entrepreneurial savvy to the fore, creating her own opportunities. Veronica should be using her natural charisma, style, and self-confidence, and whatever business sense she's been able to acquire from her father, to sell other people on herself and her big ideas.

"...You might just make it after all....!"


AND of course, much more of Shrill -- I always thought she had a lot of potential as a character, so let's get to see it.

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All About Archie / Re: That's It!
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:18:55 PM »
No more Archie and Me digest!  >:(  Why? Those stupid Archie Babies! I hate them!  >:(  I'd sooner read Katy Keene than that drivel!  :tickedoff:

I guess they must have figured -- it worked for Disney Babies and Baby Looney Tunes, so why not?

But I totally agree -- of all the many creatively bankrupt concepts ACP has ever generated, Archie Babies has to rank as the absolute worst (and this from a company that brought out comics based on Koosh-Kins...) Yes, I am done with Archie and Me Comics Digest.

The Archie-centric digest titles (as opposed to B&V) have really reached a nadir lately. They have they dropped any variety or reprints of interesting or little-seen series, apart from the drivel mentioned above. I guess they must really be desperate, since they've re-instituted the free digital comic giveaways after two years, with no fanfare whatsoever. These are apparently now under the title Archie's Funhouse Dollar Digest.

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« 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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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:53:26 AM »
ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #5 (of 5)
PUNISHER: PLATOON #3 (of 6)
THANOS #13
SAVAGE DRAGON #228
RICK AND MORTY: POCKET LIKE YOU STOLE IT #5 (of 5)
DETECTIVE COMICS #969
WONDER WOMAN #35
THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH #1 (of 6)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 (of 12)
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #11 (of 12)
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #32
LOONEY TUNES #240
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #7 (of 9)
SHEENA #3
DIE KITTY DIE: HOLLYWOOD OR BUST #4 (of 4)
YOUR PAL ARCHIE #4 (of 5)
BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #1
ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #2
THAT WILKIN BOY #27 (APR 1974)
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #75 (APR 1974)
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #76 (JUN 1974)
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #24 (MAY 1974)
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #32 (JUL 1975)
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #83 (OCT 1981)
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #50 (DEC 1978)
CHILI #19 (OCT 1972)
LAUGH #270 (SEP 1973)
LAUGH #306 (SEP 1976)
PEP #283 (NOV 1973)
PEP #380 (DEC 1981)
ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #154 (OCT 1968)
ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #310 (OCT 1981)
ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #319 (AUG 1982)
ARCHIE GIANT SERIES (BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR) #246 (JUN 1976)
ARCHIE GIANT SERIES (BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR) #510 (OCT 1981)
BETTY AND ME #30 (SEP 1970)
BETTY AND ME #68 (AUG 1975)
BETTY AND ME #124 (OCT 1981)
Spire Christian Comics:
    ARCHIE'S CLEAN SLATE (1973)
    ARCHIE'S WORLD (1976)
    ARCHIE GETS A JOB! (1977)
    JUGHEAD'S SOUL FOOD (1979)
    ARCHIE'S FESTIVAL (1980)
    ARCHIE AND MR. WEATHERBEE (1980)
ARCHIE GIANT SERIES (WORLD OF ARCHIE) #509 (SEP 1981)
ARCHIE GIANT SERIES (WORLD OF JUGHEAD) #511 (OCT 1981)
JUGHEAD #223 (DEC 1973)
JUGHEAD #317 (OCT 1981)
JUGHEAD'S JOKES #43 (APR 1975)
REGGIE'S JOKES #29 (MAY 1974)
REGGIE AND ME #79 (JUL 1975)
MADHOUSE COMICS #126 (OCT 1981)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #84 (APR 1969)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #139 (NOV 1973)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #144 (APR 1974)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #227 (NOV 1981)
ARCHIE #245 (JUL 1975)
ARCHIE #246 (AUG 1975)
ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH #11 (OCT 1973)
ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH #15 (APR 1974)
ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH #82 (OCT 1981)
ARCHIE AND ME #65 (JUN 1974)
ARCHIE AND ME #130 (OCT 1951)
EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #35 (SEP 1974)
EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE #40 (JUN 1974)


(... All binge-read in about 12 hours. Whew!! ...)





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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:31:12 AM »
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - OFFICIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION MAGAZINE HC - I've not seen the streaming series yet. Looks interesting.

POPEYE CLASSICS VOL 10 HC - A quick read and super-enjoyable, as always. Bud Sagendorf's Popeye is the one I'm most familiar with. He was a former assistant to E.C. Segar, Popeye's creator, and drew the comic book stories from #1 (published by Dell Comics in 1948) until #72 (published by Gold Key Comics in 1964), and the Popeye newspaper strip from 1959 (which is where this volume ends, with issue #49) until 1986. Sagendorf's Popeye combined the Segar version with the more familiar and popular Fleischer Brothers animated version from the 1930s. The stories are brilliantly inventive, stream-of-consciousness little epics. As an example, in issue #46, we get the complete story of Swee'pea, when he asks Popeye to fill him in on who he is and how he became Popeye's "adoptik boy-kid". Hopefully Craig Yoe and IDW can continue this series (should be another 4 or 5 hardcover volumes) until the conclusion of Sagendorf's run on the comic. The single-issue reprint series (entitled Classic Popeye) is already up to issue #65, so only another dozen issues to go until the end of Sagendorf's comic book version.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #258 - Still has the highest page count of classic Dan DeCarlo stories. Nice to see a new Jeff Shultz B&V story (and the return of Noelle Claus). Cramming more special sections into this digest is kind of a trade-off, because now they're as short as 11 pages. In this issue we get Li'l Jinx (eh...), Josie, Sabrina plus 2 classic Doyle/DeCarlo Betty & Me stories, in addition to the more usual recent stuff.

MY FRIEND DAHMER by Derf Backderf (OGN) - It's now been made into a indy film adaptation, so they did a new printing with a movie photo cover. Been meaning to read this for ages. Outstanding. The creator of the graphic novel was a fellow classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer's who knew him in high school, and he details his weird behavior even then. In addition to Derf's own memories and those of his friends, he also draws material from interviews with Dahmer himself, his parents, and on investigative news reports at the time of Dahmer's arrest in 1991, when Derf's then-girlfriend was a local reporter who was covering the story. Creepy and chilling -- yet the author also presents Dahmer as human, a monster-in-the-making that didn't have to be if he had gotten the help he needed in time to avert his later more extreme behavior.  Some of the scenes from Dahmer's life are bizarre - like an incident where, while on a class field trip to Washington D.C., Dahmer used his persuasiveness by making a blind call from a pay phone to the office of then-Vice President Walter Mondale to secure an invite for a meet-and-greet with himself and his classmates. Incredibly, the Vice President of the U.S. met with students from his class and Dahmer in was in the same office (as was national syndicated columnist Art Buchwald) only feet away.

THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN TP - This reprints both the color comic book series (1970s Marvel), plus the black & white comics from MONSTERS UNLEASHED magazine.

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All About Archie / Re: Archie Comics February 2018 Solicitations
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:15:09 AM »
I hope that Best of Betty and Veronica Vol 2 trade really happens this time, though. 

Yeah, me too. It seems like lately they are catching up and managing to get those old cancelled trade collections printed after all (look how long it took for THE COMPLETE SABRINA) so hopefully they can keep it up.

Here's a "not final" cover image from a 'previously solicited but later cancelled' offering (unfortunately I couldn't find an exact release date on this one) of that same proposed title:


This wouldn't be a bad time to review a number of the remaining 'previously solicited but later cancelled' offerings, so here's some of the ones that still haven't made it to print so far:

Another B&V TPB collection, previously solicited for a December 24, 2014 shipping date and later cancelled:


This one was intended as a hardcover collection reprinting the first six issues of ARCHIE'S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA (I don't have the intended release date):


Previously solicited for a January 20, 2016 shipping date and later cancelled:


This B&V TPB collection would have been in the form of a flip-book (with two "front covers" upside-down relative to each other), intended for a March 30, 2016 shipping date but later cancelled:


Two previous solicitations for KEVIN KELLER TPB collections that would have compiled the remainder of the existing published single issues:

Maybe we'll finally get to see those after the LIFE WITH KEVIN TPB collection of digital issues #1-4 sees print?



And finally a few Red Circle superhero/adventure series TPB collections solicited then cancelled that still haven't been resolicited:

The second Fox miniseries, THE FOX: FOX HUNT by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid:


NEW CRUSADERS: DARK TOMORROW, a trade compilation from a miniseries completed (but never published as single issues) as a follow-up to NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES:


And finally, a TPB collection of Tom DeFalco & Greg Scott's SAM HILL, PRIVATE EYE, which was released as a digital exclusive, but not as solicited for trade paperback:

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All About Archie / Re: Trula Twyst (Jughead's nemesis)
« on: November 11, 2017, 07:25:10 AM »
Not really related to Trula, but I came across this interesting short e-book (free to read) entitled ANALYZING JUGHEAD by Monique Jones. It doesn't really talk about Trula, nor is it the kind of psychoanalysis that Trula usually practices, but it's worth a look for free. I don't agree with half of what the author has to say (for some reason that escapes me, she spends 2 pages of her 25 page book talking about Jughead's suspenders and treating them in terms as if they were as iconic as his beanie or his S-shirt), but I just think it's kind of interesting that anything like this exists at all.

https://issuu.com/moniquej/docs/analyzingjugheadebook

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All About Archie / Re: Trula Twyst (Jughead's nemesis)
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:09:23 AM »
Why? Because she's the only person capable of getting the best of Jughead?  ;D
I think she gets too much the best of Jughead. Trula seems to do no wrong with him, completely crippling Jughead, seemingly almost all the time. Then again, Jughead allows himself to let her really get in his head, and he gets riled up, which makes it worse...

She outwits him. She seems to be the only one who can. When she's not, then it's business as usual. Which means Jughead Jones outwitting everyone else. Seems only fair. It prevents Jughead from getting too complacent and smug in his own superiority. A little humility is good for the soul.

And if you read the stories closely, she really isn't the Machiavellian she-demon Jughead imagines her to be. He obviously fascinates her because he's different, but at the same time he's so sure of himself, that no one can make him change or do anything he doesn't want to. He just seems to invite toppling from his position as the king of the hill. Sometimes it almost seems like in a weird way, she's doing it for his own good.

And other times, she does... nothing at all. She doesn't have to, because he's so obsessed by his perception of her.

There's no doubt about her motives, actually. She admits in one of her earliest appearances that she's "just wild about him". She's not going to do the "chasing" thing or try to work her "feminine wiles" on him, because she quickly realizes his Achilles' Heel is his attitude towards women in general. I might as well just come right out and say it. Jughead is sexist. He's never met a woman he considers his equal. Oh, he may LIKE Betty, but he doesn't consider her his equal. Veronica's buttons are just too easily labeled for him to resist pushing. Ethel's only challenge to him is her persistence and physical stamina. Beyond that, Jughead considers himself above anyone who displays any emotional weakness for the opposite sex (men OR women) and considers himself invulnerable. Trula wins because she eschews any challenge that meets his expectations. She won't try anything "feminine" that he's expecting. She'll only duel him in the one area which he considers an exclusively masculine domain -- pure intelligence. The ability to "size up your opponent", analyze their weaknesses, and predict their reactions. Jughead's been doing it to Reggie and Veronica for years, which is why nothing galls him more than to be on the receiving end. And while he may swear up and down that she's evil personified, he actually respects her on some unconscious level that he refuses to recognize.

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: November 02, 2017, 01:48:48 AM »
10-25-17 to 11-01-17:
ARCHIE FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #28
ARCHIE HOLIDAY ANNUAL DIGEST #283
- (Includes a 6-page Doyle/DeCarlo WILBUR reprint, "Prank and File")
KILL OR BE KILLED #13
UNCLE SCROOGE #31
U.S. AVENGERS #11
SILVER SURFER #14
(final issue)
THANOS #12
PUNISHER: PLATOON #2 (of 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #967
WONDER WOMAN #33
ACTION COMICS #990
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #10 (of 12)
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #31
MIGHTY MOUSE #5 (of 5)
JUSTICE, INC: FACES OF JUSTICE #3 (of 4)
GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON #4 (of 4)
GALACTIKON #2
STAR TREK TNG: THE MIRROR BROKEN #4 (of 6)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #695
WORLD OF ARCHIE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL DIGEST #73
- (Notable contents include Jughead's Time Police, Pipsqueak, & Pat the Brat.)
DEADMAN #1 (of 6)
THE JETSONS #1 (of 6)

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All About Archie / Re: Makeout Locations in the Comics?
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:16:59 AM »
Wasn't "Passion Point" also a makeout spot on HAPPY DAYS? I admit my memory of the show is a little fuzzy after a few decades, but it immediately seemed to ring a bell. I don't recall ever seeing it in an Archie story, so I guess my memory was from the show.


I think that was Inspiration Point.

You might be right about that. Googling "Inspiration Point" reveals a number of actual so-named places from Santa Barbara, CA to Yosemite National Park, including at least one "Inspiration Point Christian Camp & Retreat Center", which made me chuckle at the thought of Richie Cunningham parking there with a date.

Passion Point must have been a short-lived fling in Archie Comics for me to have missed it.

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Reviews / Re: Some reviews.
« on: October 23, 2017, 05:42:36 AM »


I meant to do this a month ago when I got the new deluxe hardcover edition of THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS: BOOK TWO, so here it finally is.

I'm going to keep this short and just list what's missing and what's been added, but I should probably also mention that there are a number of instances where the original text commentaries prefacing the stories have been replaced by newer comments by different people (for example, all of the comments on stories attributed to Fernando Ruiz have been replaced by comments by different people). The numbers in parentheses are the page numbers that the stories appear on in the original 2012 TP edition (MISSING) or the new deluxe hardcover edition (ADDED), which also includes pages on which any comments prefacing the stories appear.

MISSING stories from the original 2012 TP edition:
(146-156) LITTLE CAPTAIN PUREHEART in "Attack of the Molemen"
(234-238) JOSIE in "Hi-Style Hi Jinks"
(239-255) LITTLE ARCHIE in "Little Archie and the Secret City"
(265-269) JOSIE in "The Image"
(277-281) THE ARCHIES in "Rock 'n' Rassle"
(282-289) ARCHIE 3000 in "Wieners Over Riverdale!"
(391-392) JINX in "Fitting In" and "It's Complicated" (both 1-pagers)

ADDED stories in the new 2017 deluxe HC edition:
(361-382) REGGIE AND ME #1 (2016) no title
(383-404) YOUR PAL ARCHIE #1 (2017) "The Road Worrier" and "A Night at the Opera"
(405-416) RIVERDALE #1 (2017 one-shot) ARCHIE in "Sweetwater"

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General Discussion / Re: What comics have you been reading?
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:41:37 PM »
Today (10-17):
Both of these digests have a cover price of $6.99 -- but the B&V Halloween Annual has 192 pages, and Archie & Me Digest #1 has only 128 pages.

BETTY & VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #257 - Despite irishmoxie's complaint over the low incidence of true Halloween stories in the B&V Annual (which is a fair assessment), the overall quality of most of these story pages is pretty high, and I'd rate the contents as being between 70-80% "above average" stories. There's a fair amount of pages of Dan DeCarlo artwork, and a fair amount of pages of Dan Parent artwork, probably a higher percentageof those two artists than found in any other digest title (and seeing as how they are among my favorite of all the regular Archie artists, that is a very good thing). Of course there are also some Stan Goldberg and Jeff Shultz stories, as you would pretty much expect in any B&V digest. It has a good amount of variety too, with Sabrina, Josie, and Cheryl Blossom stories (by Holly G) in addition to the B&V stories, and Veronica and Betty solo stories. I don't have a clue why they moved the Josie and Cheryl stories from B&V Friends, where they formerly appeared regularly, to the regular B&V title, but it only makes this a better digest title. It's true that of the 192 pages in the digest, 14 of them are advertising pages, so that leaves 178 - and out of those, 2 of them are puzzle pages, which I just glance at briefly and skip over. There's also a 2-page Halloween Quiz (from one of the old B&V Spectacular magazine-style comics) -- but I actually enjoyed reading that -- and a 5-page feature on ideas for throwing a Halloween party, illustrated by Dan Parent (again, from one of those old B&V Spec's) that actually has some pretty good ideas, if you were thinking of throwing a Halloween Bash. Ironically, the few pages of Halloween-themed stories contained here are among the weakest stories in this issue. There were 2 or 3 of the older classic reprints that I'd rate as absolute gems, however. And best of all, no pages wasted on "Little" B&V stories by Dexter Taylor - those I always skip, so this digest contains virtually no wasted pages, apart from the obligatory ads and those 2 puzzle pages (that's actually a pretty low number of puzzle pages by Annual standards).

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #1 - Vegan Jughead was right about this one. It's among the worst digests Archie Comics has ever published. Oh, the new 5-pager written by Dan Parent and drawn by Jeff Shultz (nice to see new stories by him, BTW) is great. When Dan writes a classic Archie story, he's on-target 90% of the time or better, and all of the returning former classic Archie artists are turning in great work, in most cases some of the best art they've ever done. It's all downhill after those first 5 pages, though. This digest had, out of its 128 pages, 10 pages of ads, so that leaves 118 pages of stories. AND 23 of those pages were devoted to "Archie Babies" -- which I flipped through and didn't read. Hey, here's an idea... why not devote 15 to 24 pages in a digest title to stories about "Octogenarian Archie & Friends"?? Sound like something you'd want to read, eh? Well, frankly... even THAT would be more interesting to me than any of the reprints involving Baby, Little, or "The New Archies" versions of the characters. It's a complete waste of paper, as far as I'm concerned. That left me with 95 pages of story, and of those, most of them are pretty run-of-the-mill. I'd say LESS THAN HALF of those pages were above average stories, so considering the cover price here, and the lack of anything compelling me to buy this, I'd rate it as an absolute "NOT BUY". About the nicest thing I can say about the reprint pages is that at least they had the courtesy to skip the puzzle pages (but they could have put 23 of them in here instead of Archie Babies, and it wouldn't have made a difference to me). If I hadn't already pre-ordered issues #2 & #3, I'd probably skip them -- and if things follow the usual pattern, I'm pretty sure those issues will ALSO be filled with 23-page "Archie Babies" sections! Am I ever glad I didn't subscribe to this! UGH!

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All About Archie / Who am I?
« on: October 06, 2017, 12:41:22 PM »
I'm athletic and like to keep in shape.

My best gal-pal is Veronica Lodge.

I have blond hair and people say I'm good looking.

I'm a good student.

I love my sister and we get along great.

I believe in social justice and getting involved with my community.

My best guy-pal is Jughead.

I have a positive outlook, and people like me.

Even though I have a boyfriend, sometimes I can get distracted by a hunky guy.

I like journalism, and I might want to make it my career after graduation.

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[If your answer ended in Keller or Cooper, you are absolutely correct!] ;)

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