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« on: July 15, 2018, 06:24:47 am »
No sense getting excited about any of these until they really happen and we can see what they actually are. The so-called newsbyte didn't even provide the most basic of details, like what networks the series are being produced for, or what animation studios are producing the shows. It's all just pie-in-the-sky until grounded with some factual details.
« on: July 11, 2018, 12:12:52 pm »
Doesn't change anything for me. I wasn't reading ARCHIE before (although I did read #32, just to check out Audrey Mok's artwork more than anything else), so I don't expect I'll be reading it after #700, but I may read that one issue just to see what all the hubbub is about.
The whole point of Archie in the first place (according to John Goldwater) was in reaction to the superheroes who dominated comic books in the early 1940s -- humorous stories about mundane people, as opposed to exaggerated action/adventure tales featuring larger-than-life heroes & villains. COUNTERprogramming to the mainstream. Without that central attitude orientation, there's absolutely no point in reading 'serious' Archie stories. LIFE WITH ARCHIE was only interesting in so far as it was contrasting and playing with characters, relationships and ideas which had been established in the earlier funny stories, and projecting those into the future. Without that, just taken on its own, the rebooted ARCHIE really offers nothing unique.
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:20:01 am »
I don't know if 'cancel' is really the right word here. As I understood it, ARCHIE 1941 is sort of a miniseries replacing ARCHIE after #32, and when that concludes they will revert back to the old numbering sequence with #700. I understand that the numbers didn't quite add up, so there will be a later-released #699 published retroactively.
I honestly can't see a huge difference between the Mark Waid & Audrey Mok ARCHIE and the one-shot issue 700 by Nick Spencer & Marguerite Sauvage.
I mean, stylistically at least, I don't see any huge difference, nor do a see much of a difference (apart from the time period setting) between those and ARCHIE 1941. What comes after those, they still aren't saying.
I don't see anything having essentially changed about the company's situation since the failures of the rebooted Jughead and Josie titles, which meant that their originally hoped-for plan of building an entire new line of Archie comics wasn't going to fly.
« 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: January 24, 2018, 12:23:16 pm »
And by "Fantasy", what they are talking about is stories like "B&V: Spy Girlz", "Robbin' Arch of Riverwood Forest", "Mirrordale", and "The Great Switcheroo". All stories that most of us have read somewhere (if not in the original printing) and already own -- but all great stories, regardless. It's still nice to have them in one big collection. Despite the recent vintage, it's a great collection.
I can hardly believe that the Time Police TPB will actually get published, but we'll see.
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:47:03 am »
And finally, we come to the most recent (and largest) collection of Josie stories yet, THE BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (Aug. 2017) -- and at 385 pages, it outweighs the previous BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSCATS: GREATEST HITS! digital exclusive collection by a whopping 92 pages of comics. You may have noticed that this is the third time they've used the words "The Best of Josie and the Pussycats" in the title of a collection. We had the 2001 trade paperback collection by that name, the 2014 digital exclusive collection subtitled "Greatest Hits!", and now this, which, by the physical dimensions of the book, I guess is intended to be considered part of "The Best of Archie Comics" series of trade collections.Waitaminnit
... how can I say 385
pages, when it says right on the cover of the trade paperback "Over 400
Pages"? Well, technically the book IS over 400 pages. Just not 400 pages of comics
, and that's all I'm counting -- the actual pages of comics
reprinted. Add the contents, credits and comments pages by some notable names in the comics biz (and elsewhere) and it does total over 400 pages -- but you're only buying it for the comics
That being the case, let's be absolutely
honest here and admit that the last 30 pages of comics in this book really don't count, because they're included for ACP's own self-serving purposes as advertising
-- so that means there are really
only 62 pages more of comics in this trade paperback collection than there are in the 2014 "Greatest Hits!" digital exclusive collection. My reasoning is as follows: The 20-page story from JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (2016) #1 is immediately followed by a full-page reproduction of the cover of the trade paperback collecting the first 5 issues of that series (advertising
). The 10-page story reprinted from RIVERDALE #3 only appeared a few months ago, in July 2017. By what stretch of the imagination can these stories honestly
be judged as "the best of" anything
? Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere, if you are a fan of Josie, you're already aware that these stories exist, and if you care about that kind of thing, you've probably already read them -- or, you've decided you don't care about them -- as the case may be. Even accepting the hypothetical premise that some under-rock-dweller might not have been aware that these stories existed, they're far
too recent for any value judgment regarding their relative quality as among the "best of" Josie stories to be honestly
assessed. These stories are included here by ACP solely for the purpose of promoting trade paperback sales (of JOSIE) and floppy comic book sales (of RIVERDALE). Harsh, but undeniably true. Nuff 'said.
All that said, apart from those, there are only 6 other stories in this collection (totaling 56 pages) that have never been included in any previous Josie collections. The 2014 "Greatest Hits!" digital exclusive compilation has 10 stories (totaling 84 pages) that aren't duplicated in any other Josie collections. So if digital is your preference in buying comics, you're much better off purchasing that collection as opposed to the digital version of this one. Apart from those 6 stories unique to this collection, you can get the other ones not common to the "Greatest Hits!" collection in other Josie collections. Furthermore, 2 of those stories ("Love & War" and "Maxim Mix-Up") did
first appear in JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (1993) #2, so there's another 13 pages you can subtract if you can manage to find a copy of that comic book. "Zero to Rock Hero" is another excellent story exclusive to this collection, but unfortunately, only the second part of the two-part continued story is reprinted here. And finally, it should be duly noted that one of those 6 stories, "Vengeance From the Crypt" from JOSIE #72, while undeniably a classic and also a first-time reprinting, is reproduced as shot straight from the printed comic book pages, giving it a somewhat muddy look compared to the other stories reprinted here, with, sadly, no attempt made at digital clean-up. If there is a single story included in this collection but no other, that represents a worthy argument for buying this collection over 2014's "Greatest Hits!" digital exclusive, it's "Showstopper!", the sole Josie story ever drawn by Gisele Lagace, originally appearing in B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #244. As with my previous contents listings, the ones in RED
listed here are the stories unique to this collection.
| BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS || 385 Pages || source of 1st publication || Aug. 2017 || writer || penciller || inker || |
| cover || || JOSIE #50 || || || Dan DeCarlo || || |
| Decisions, Decisions || 6 pages || JOSIE #45 || Dec. 1969 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Off To A Good Start || 11 pages || JOSIE #45 || Dec. 1969 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Pussy Footing || 5 pages || JOSIE #45 || Dec. 1969 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Sounds Silly To Me || 5 pages || JOSIE #47 || Apr. 1970 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Using His Head || 11 pages || JOSIE #48 || June 1970 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Quiet On The Set || 8 pages || JOSIE #50 || Sept. 1970 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Shopping Spree || 5 pages || JOSIE #50 || Sept. 1970 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Litter By Litter || 6 pages || JOSIE #51 || Oct. 1970 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Take Me To Your Leader || 10 pages || JOSIE #51 || Oct. 1970 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| A Moment Of Truth || 7 pages || JOSIE #55 || June 1971 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Please Take Note || 5 pages || JOSIE #55 || June 1971 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Power Shortage || 6 pages || JOSIE #55 || June 1971 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| The Ghost of Dark Valley Manor || 16 pages || JOSIE #57 || Sept. 1971 || Dick Malmgren || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| My Brother's Keeper || 8 pages || JOSIE #65 || Oct. 1972 || Frank Doyle || Stan Goldberg || Mario Acquaviva || |
| The Swamp Mist Monster! || 8 pages || JOSIE #67 || Feb. 1973 || Frank Doyle || Stan Goldberg || Mario Acquaviva || |
| Vengeance From The Crypt || 10 pages || JOSIE #72 || Oct. 1973 || Frank Doyle || Stan Goldberg || Jon D'Agostino || |
| Club Crisis || 6 pages || JOSIE #93 || Dec. 1976 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| Some You Win || 5 pages || JOSIE #98 || Oct. 1978 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| A New View || 5 pages || ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT #84 || Feb. 1982 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || || |
| Head Count || 6 pages || ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT #95 || June 1984 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Jim DeCarlo || |
| What Price Failure || 6 pages || ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT #96 || Aug. 1984 || George Gladir || Dan DeCarlo || Jim DeCarlo || |
| The Swingers || 6 pages || ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT #97 || Oct. 1984 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| The Image || 5 pages || ARCHIE'S TV LAUGH-OUT #98 || Dec. 1984 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || Rudy Lapick || |
| Gimmick Happy || 6 pages || LAUGH #1 || June 1987 || Bill Webb || Stan Goldberg || Jon D'Agostino || |
| Gig Gala! || 5 pages || LAUGH #4 || Dec. 1987 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || Hy Eisman || |
| Say Cheese || 1 page || ARCHIE'S PALS 'N' GALS #194 || Jan. 1988 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || Rod Ollerenshaw || |
| Gig Gaga || 5 pages || LAUGH #5 || Feb. 1988 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || Rudy Lapick || |
| Costume Capers || 5 pages || LAUGH #16 || Aug. 1989 || George Gladir || Stan Goldberg || Mike Esposito || |
| Oldies But Goodies || 5 pages || LAUGH #20 || Apr. 1990 || Frank Doyle || Stan Goldberg || Rod Ollerenshaw || |
| Double Duty || 5 pages || LAUGH #23 || Aug. 1990 || George Gladir || Dan DeCarlo || Mike Esposito || |
| Love & War || 8 pages || JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS (1994) #2 || Spring 1994 || Frank Doyle || Dan DeCarlo || Alison Flood || |
| Maxim Mix-Up || 5 pages || JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS (1994) #2 || Spring 1994 || Hal Smith || Dan DeCarlo || Rudy Lapick || |
| O Solo Mio || 11 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #52 || Dec. 2001 || Dan Parent || Holly Golightly || John Costanza || |
| Bad News Boys || 11 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #53 || Jan. 2002 || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || John Costanza || |
| Ice Princess of the Lost Civilization || 11 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #54 || Mar. 2002 || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || John Costanza || |
| Stage Fright || 11 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #55 || Apr. 2002 || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || John Costanza || |
| A Singular Idea || 6 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #63 || Dec. 2002 || Holly Golightly || Holly Golightly || John Costanza || |
| Photo Oops! || 6 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #68 || May 2003 || Angelo DeCesare || Rex W. Lindsey || Rich Koslowski || |
| Go Figure! || 6 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #69 || June 2003 || Angelo DeCesare || Al Bigley || Al Milgrom || |
| Fame Blame || 6 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #70 || July 2003 || Angelo DeCesare || Al Bigley || Al Milgrom || |
| Show Offs! || 6 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #76 || Dec. 2003 || Angelo DeCesare || Rex W. Lindsey || Rich Koslowski || |
| Zero To Rock Hero, Part 2 || 22 pages || ARCHIE & FRIENDS #131 || July 2009 || Stephen Oswald || Bill Galvan || Al Milgrom || |
| It Starts With A Kiss! || 22 pages || ARCHIE #608 (June 2010) || June 2010 || Dan Parent || Bill Galvan || Rich Koslowski || |
| With This Ring! || 20 pages || ARCHIE #632 || June 2012 || Dan Parent || Dan Parent || Rich Koslowski || |
| Showstopper! || 6 pages || B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #244 || Sept. 2015 || J. Torres || Gisele Lagace || Rich Koslowski || |
| (no title) || 20 pages || JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS (2016) #1 || Nov. 2016 || Marguerite Bennett || Audrey Mok || Audrey Mok || |
| Wild Things || 10 pages || RIVERDALE #3 || Jul. 2017 || James DeWille || Joe Eisma || A. Syzmanowicz || |
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:29:31 pm »
I am pretty annoyed at the whole Alan/Alexandra thing. They have no chemistry and neither of them had any interest in each other in the previous issues. Also the way Josie treats Alexandra because of it is so petty to me. Josie gave Alan up - now she likes him again because Alexandra is with him?? That stuff drives me insane.
But maybe it's just me. Maybe it's because growing up as a woman all my boy-crazy friends were constantly causing drama within our group over some 14 year old boy who had no interest in being in a long-term relationship (and honestly I can't blame them).
Also, I am overly protective of Alexandra as a character, especially this version of her. It's probably not normal lol.
Otherwise, dang the Archie gang looks good drawn by Audrey Mok.
I see what you mean, but since I've been in love with Josie for almost 45 years (I'm 48), I think she can do no wrong!! Ha ha.
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:20:10 am »
I would buy a book about The Archies drawn by Audrey Mok. But only if it were well-written and funny.
« on: May 25, 2017, 01:14:28 am »
I've been enjoying Josie and the Pussycats, so very sorry to see it end. I am glad that Audrey Mok has more work because I think she has a lovely style. I shall continue to follow Marguerite Bennett and look forward to her Sheena of the Jungle
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:31:30 am »
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:36:45 pm »
Not sure why you would think it's black and white. IF it happens, it should be color. All of the other "Best of Archie Comics" 400 pagers were color and priced at $9.99. NOW let's just hope it happens!
There hasn't been a new 400-500 page Archie Comics trade collection (apart from those Giant Comics conglomerations of recent digest story content) since Archie's Favorite High School Comics
in July 2015. Then we get a solicitation for a June 2017-shipping dated The Complete Sabrina Vol. 1 TP
collection in black & white
(and also cover-priced at $9.99) ... so it seems like that's the format they're going with now for what was formerly the same-sized The Best of Archie Comics
or Archie's Favorite Comics
Neither of these books has the word "ARCHIE" prominently displayed in large letters on the cover, so I'm not sure what you think would be the distinction between them in terms of why one would merit a color collection, while the other was a black & white collection. I'm assuming it's because she's NOT Archie, that Sabrina gets the black & white treatment... but then neither is Josie.
While Sabrina's B&W trade paperback collection may not be good news to some people, I no longer believe that it will be cancelled by the people at ACP because of low pre-orders, and here's why:
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:17:54 pm »
I'll believe it when I see it in the wild. I've seen that same cover on 3 or 4 other 'titles'.
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:52:10 pm »
I have a feeling there might be a Grundy return in season 2
« on: May 05, 2017, 08:11:58 am »
I was way shocked to see Clifford Blossom as the killer and that he killed his son. And the end when they went to arrest him..... cannot wait for the finale
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