The five comic lots (Jughead, Laugh, Pals N Gals (2), Pep) have been sold, but the other items (see above) are still available on my eBay page.
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Quote from: Tuxedo Mark on July 11, 2020, 12:46:15 pmQuote from: irishmoxie on July 10, 2020, 10:52:50 pmFinally got around to the newish Sabrina series by Kelly Thompson. I really liked it. Anyone else read it or the sequel series Something Wicked?
I've read all except the final issue of the original miniseries and haven't read either issue of Something Wicked yet. I like it.
Quote from: Archiecomicxfan215 on February 25, 2020, 01:41:45 amI also think they need to include ReggieFunko Creative Director Reis O'Brien (@reisobrien) said on Instagram: "I also sketched up Reggie, Dilton, Moose and Midge. Along with the classic Josie and the Pussycats, but these four got picked up for now (which makes sense). I have so many ideas for Archie Pops!"
Quote from: Captain Jetpack on November 22, 2019, 06:56:52 amNot sentimental moments in Archie comics.I began collecting Archie Comics when I was 10 years old. As I was traveling to visit my grandparents in Ohio, my family stopped at multiple antique stores throughout the weekend road trip. During one of those stops, I made my first purchase - Archie's Double Digest No. 14 - with my hard-earned babysitting money. I originally gravitated towards the comic book's bright illustrations, as I didn't care for reading then, but I soon fell in love with the zany antics of Archie and his friends. I spent the summer reading Archie in the newspaper with my grandpa, visiting local comic shops with my dad and uncle, and trading toys for comics with my cousins and friends. My mom's best friend later gave me her collection of Archie digests, so I was on my way to becoming a collector shortly after thereafter. I've been collecting off and on for over 20 years now, and I can definitely say that Archie will always remind me of my childhood memories.
Have you have a special time in your life, when Archie Comics were important?
My late Mother taught me to read, with her 1950s vintage, coverless Archies.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on August 16, 2019, 02:00:11 amI do have this set of Archie Comics Busts by Diamond Select Gifts, c. 2006-2007 in my collection! I never saw them in stores, but I picked up most of them at a local antique store last year (Note - I have the originally boxes and numbered certificates too).Quote from: archiecomicscollector on August 15, 2019, 07:18:30 pmI do love The Archies by Marx Toys, c. 1975 though. I have a complete set - carrying case, dolls, jalopy and outfits. I wish they would have made additional characters, especially Josie and the Pussycats and Sabrina.
Having a line of toy figures that represents a fairly broad cross-section of the classic Archie Comics characters is the unattainable dream (so it would seem, at least for now). Up to this point, it seems like the most you can hope for is 4 or 5 figures. As of now, you could go with the Dark Horse 'sirocco' statuettes, or the JM Croce/BendEm bendy figures. I'm hoping they add some additional characters to the bendy line-up.
Even with all the action figure lines (both mainstream and toy-collector focused) today, we're more likely to see an extended line of RIVERDALE figures (if someone hasn't already done one) than anything from classic Archie. I don't even count the Funko Pop stuff, because it's... "non-representational" I guess is the best word. Or maybe "interpretive", in the design-y sense. I feel like the "designer vinyl" type figures are okay as a way of extending the range of collectibles available to fans of characters from Marvel, DC, and the many movie/TV franchises whose iconic characters have already been done to death many times over as "standard-type" action figures, but I want figures that are representational, source-accurate, and look as much like the characters on the comic page translated into 3 dimensions as possible, so making Pop vinyl figures of those characters when there still has never been a toy line with a decent range of Archie Comics characters seems almost criminal. Articulation or poseability isn't even a main concern, since Archie characters aren't "action heroes" -- a line of faithfully-sculpted PVC figurines would do just fine.
Hey, here's a decent-looking line of busts (though still not as faithful as I'd like them to be) that I stumbled across on an image search. Produced in 2006-2007 by Diamond Select LLC, these were limited to 1,000 pieces and originally retailed for $45. Anybody got any of these?
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on August 15, 2019, 10:45:42 amQuote from: Terry1 on August 15, 2019, 08:57:53 amQuote from: DeCarlo Rules on August 15, 2019, 04:07:36 amQuote from: Terry1 on August 12, 2019, 03:38:27 amMy personal favorite is this vintage Jughead statue in a tin box from Dark Horse.
Or as I like to call him, "SCARY Jughead". This early prototype version of Juggie was definitely in need of some serious tweaking before he could become a beloved character. As a kid, if you saw this guy walking down the sidewalk towards you, you'd cross the street or turn the corner hoping to avoid losing your lunch money. Pretty shady-looking.
See, what I love about this is that it's old, original, Bob Montana Jughead! Unapologetically ugly. I think the same toy designers kind of chickened out when they did Archie: the box design is OG Bob Montana Archie, but the actual figure is closer to the contemporary Archie. I feel like this was a blunder on their part: it was supposed to be CLASSIC Archie, and to me, that means Bob Montana.
The original Jughead design definitely reflects that "Dead End Kid from the wrong side of the tracks" influence. I think the initial idea there was to make him quirky or have 'strange talents' as a counterpoint to that street urchin, lower-class look, and initially he's not too bright. Kind of a Popeye approach. When you think about it, Popeye pretty much broke every rule there was for a series protagonist. An older not-at-all-handsome guy with a huge jaw and tattoos, missing an eye, and smoking (something in) a corncob pipe. Eventually things went in kind of a totally different direction for Jughead's character, though they certainly kept the quirky/strange talents part.
Those pinback buttons are miles apart from the tin box art, too.
I don't have much to speak of for Archie merch, just a couple of recent things, because I sort of got a late start on Archie Comics (basically fleeing from Marvel and DC in the past 5-6 years). It certainly seems like the prime period to focus on is the decade from 1968-1978, when there was a much greater variety of Archie collectibles to choose from. My personal favorites are the (again, pretty recent) Mattel Betty and Veronica dolls. Light years better than the Marx or Praying Mantis versions of B&V. BUT it has to be admitted that a big percentage of Archie licensed merch is pretty crappy. They just took the money, and didn't care if the licensee was putting out a quality product. Ever see those ugly-as-sin Remco action figures of the Mighty Crusaders from the 1980s? This was shortly after the time Kenner was putting out the DC Super Powers figures, and Mattel was putting out the Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars figures. Still crude by comparison to today's action figures, but at the time, those were top quality. But those Remco Crusaders figures... ugh!
Quote from: Terry1 on August 15, 2019, 08:53:54 amQuote from: archiecomicscollector on August 14, 2019, 09:04:10 pmI love it all (and I have a lot)!OMG. I just spent an hour looking at your IG. AMAZING. You probably have the best Archie collection in the world. I saw an exhibit Nancy Silberkleit was showing and she had less stuff than you.
But I'd have to pick Archie's Car Featuring Archie, Veronica and Hot Dog by Aurora Models c. 1969 - 1971. It was my holy grail for a long time, and, I'm happy to report, I added it to my collection last year.
A more sentimental favorite though is The Archie Doll c. 1973, as it was my first Archie collectible, and a Christmas gift from my parents.
I love that the car still has the instructions. So vintage! And that doll, how have I never seen that before.