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  • irishmoxie: 5 issues
    January 18, 2018, 12:18:14 PM
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    January 18, 2018, 09:40:14 AM
  • BettyReggie: I only read the first chapter so far & I love it.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: @Kallell - Right. That's what I meant. The solicitations that came OUT for the months of November, December, and January... as Diamond Comics Distribution dates their catalogs. And those ACP comics digests solicited in those catalogs would indeed have shipping dates in the months of January, February, and March.  Which means ALL the issues of Archie, World of Archie, Betty and Veronica, and B & V Friends in those solicitations are JUMBO COMICS digests. Unlike those titles, Riverdale Comics Digest, Marvel Comics Digest, and Archie and Me Comics Digest haven't varied in their format from one issue to the next.
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  • Archie Comics Collector(Kalell): Very interesting observation DeCarlo Rules. Actually December 2017 was the last month in which there was still three Digest formats: Annual, Comics Double Digest and a Jumbo Comics Digest. As I looked through Jan, Feb and March solicits it seems that the main two formats are Comics Digest 128 pager: Archie and Me and the rest of the main Archie Digests will just be Jumbo Comics Digest 192 pagers. They seem to be doing away with the Annuals and Comics Double Digests for now.
    January 15, 2018, 11:41:08 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Looking back through the ACP solicitations from November, December and January, it just dawned on me that EVERY regular digest title solicted (except for Archie and Me Comics Digest, Riverdale Comics Digest, and Marvel Comics Digest) is a JUMBO COMICS Digest (192 pages). Are Jumbo Comics Digests the new permanent format? It sure looks that way.
    January 14, 2018, 03:28:01 AM
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    January 09, 2018, 12:45:11 PM
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I know I'll get killed for saying this but I'll say it anyway.....

There's absolutely nothing going on with ACP. ACP is dying if not already dead.

It's classic Archie or nothing.


Not for me.  I like the new books and RIVERDALE.  I love classic Archie too.  I like it all.

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All About Archie / Archie Comics February 2018 Solicitations
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:40:07 PM »
Still no Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Afterlife With Archie (aside from a trade collection). 


I hope that Best of Betty and Veronica Vol 2 trade really happens this time, though. 


 https://www.newsarama.com/37350-archie-comics-february-2018-solicitations.html




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General Discussion / Re: Sears/Kmart
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:19:07 PM »
That's a bummer. I remember going into a K-mart once and specifically asking a store clerk if they carried Archie digests, and the answer was "No", although that was a couple of years ago. I do remember seeing them about a year later in Walmart, but lately when I've been in there... once again, no Archie digests. Come to think of it, it's been a while since I've looked at Barnes & Noble, which was the only other place I knew of that I could reliably find them (other than special-ordering through my LCS) so who knows if B&N even carries them now. It would explain a lot.


Barnes and Noble does still carry all of the digests.  From what I can tell, though, at the one near my house, no one looks at them or buys them.

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General Discussion / Re: What have you done today?
« on: November 02, 2017, 06:22:40 PM »
I have a job interview tomorrow. Im super excited :smitten:


Good luck!  And of course let us know how it goes!

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All About Archie / Re: Makeout Locations in the Comics?
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:58:11 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. 

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All About Archie / Re: Middle Aged Archie movie?
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:36:11 AM »
I think I'm glad they went the direction they did!

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Apart from the reprint digests, just about EVERY Archie Comics brand (or imprint) has only one or two ongoing titles.
Riverdale TV series:
RIVERDALE
New Riverdale:
ARCHIE
THE ARCHIES
Archie Horror: (but they only come out with a one or two issues a year... which is stretching the definition of an "ongoing title")
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER (*hasn't even come out yet, so hard to say if it'll be "ongoing" or not)
All-New Classic Archie:
YOUR PAL ARCHIE (not really an "ongoing" anyway)
Archie Alterniverse: (there's no real imprint for this one, so I just made one up)
BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS (*hasn't even come out yet, so hard to say if it'll be "ongoing" or not)
Dark Circle:
THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS
Archie Action:
COSMO
Also, even though there might nominally be 3 "ongoing" titles (such as that is, for titles which rarely produce a new issue every 6 months or so) under the Archie Horror imprint, none of those titles take place in the same universe. You might also say that it's debateable as to whether even ARCHIE and THE ARCHIES are taking place in the same "universe".
So really, that's all Archie Comics publishes -- a bunch of different stand-alone comics which are independent and self-contained, and not related to any other titles.
*And by that I mean -- REGGIE AND ME was intended to be an ongoing title, but low preorders on the first couple of issues nixed that idea pretty fast, and it was downgraded to a 5-issue miniseries. That could happen to ANY of these announced-as-ongoing titles. Poor sales would result in turning it into a one-story-arc-only limited series, just enough to make up one trade collection.
Woah! You’re not kidding. it’s like there is only one book in each brands though some of the brands have 2 or 3 books  especially that I think that Archie horror should be a sub brand to the Archie Alterniverse (which you called it ) since it takes place in the horror version of the Archie universe  and I thought the Dark circle title will be ongoing but instead there is only the revived Mighty crusaders
But what makes you think that ‘Your pal archie’ will no longer be ongoing and what ever happened to Life with kevin?
But still if this type of process continues sales will be low and this will cause the company to decline or go into bankruptcy even though their first live action show Riverdale is mildly popular and the only hope is that they should sell the company to IDW or maybe DC comics itself since it’s parent company Warner Bros produce the Riverdale TV show.



Terrence, always with the bankruptcy talk.  I agree the publishing side isn't doing that well mainly because they dropped the ball on the horror titles which were by far their sellers.


However, RIVERDALE is no longer "mildly popular".  Currently, at least, it's getting really popular thanks to Netflix and a new interest being taken by teenagers. 


https://www.theringer.com/tv/2017/10/18/16492324/riverdale-season-2-teen-phenomenon

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All About Archie / Re: The Archies Meet The Monkees
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:52:16 AM »
Can't WAIT for this!  I recently re-read "The Archies" one shot and liked it a lot better this time. 


I love Alex Segura's writing typically.  This should be great. 

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All About Archie / Re: Bart Beaty's TWELVE-CENT ARCHIE
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:51:10 PM »
Given that Archie is considered a joke by so many in the comic industry, I doubt we'll ever see the "critical anthology" you're wishing for. 


I'm now scared to reread Twelve Cent Archie because it sounds like I might have the same issues with it you do.


I might just remain "bedazzled by the fact that anyone had taken the time to write a book about Archie that doesn't amount to a company-approved summary of the publisher's history."   

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All About Archie / Re: Betty & Veronica - Lucey vs. DeCarlo
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:01:56 PM »
I have that book and i love that book, but even I, as a HUGE Lucey fan, was a bit taken back at his use of "by far".  I think he was just trying to be edgy since Dan DeCarlo is assumed by most casual observers to be THE Archie artist. 


For B&V, in that era I'll take DeCarlo.  If I can go across all eras, I'll take Dan Parent or Bob Montana, although I love Jeff Shultz's DeCarlo tribute style as well.   


I like Dan Parent's B&V, but Montana and DeCarlo drew during what in my opinion was a high point for women's fashion, so I guess I like Parent's Betty and Veronica heads and Montana and DeCarlo from the neck down.  Ha ha.   

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All About Archie / Re: Lurid Little Nightmare Makers
« on: September 08, 2017, 06:11:44 AM »
I just got this in the mail.  I'm at work so I don't have time to read it yet but on first glance it looks really cool!

Dare we hope for a complete review (of the Archie-related contents) in the near future??  ???


I'm not really the reviewing type DCR, but YOU are.  I'm more of a consumer than a collector of comics.  How about this?  When I'm done (it will probably take me a few weeks as I'm reading about 30 things at once, LOL), I'll let you know, then you PM me your address and I'll send it to you and if you want to, you can review it for us to read.   If you don't want to, you still get to read the book.  You can't lose (and if you review it for the forum, we all win). 




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All About Archie / Re: Lurid Little Nightmare Makers
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:02:23 PM »
I just got this in the mail.  I'm at work so I don't have time to read it yet but on first glance it looks really cool!




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Reviews / Re: JOSIE reprint collections - Contents Listings and Comparison
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:02:56 AM »
I just got this.  I love the size!  GREAT collection.

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Reviews / Re: JOSIE reprint collections - Contents Listings and Comparison
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:19:47 AM »
The next JOSIE collection released was the first to be a digital exclusive (it was later re-released with a altered cover design as PEP DIGITAL No. 69). It contained stories from five complete issues of She's Josie (1963), only one issue of which (She's Josie #1) was later completely reprinted in any of the later Josie collections. Unfortunately, the collection didn't reprint ALL of She's Josie chronologically from the beginning -- after issue #1, it skipped to reprinting the stories from issues #8, 9, 10 and 13. Subsequently, all of the stories from Josie #2 and 3 were included as reprints in Archie's Big Book: Magic, Music, & Mischief (the complete contents of which will be detailed in an upcoming post).

Most of the older pre-Pussycats issues of JOSIE were reprinted in older issues of World of Archie Double Digest (with the exceptions of JOSIE #12, 14, 17, 38, and 42-44), so we know ACP has usable copies of the majority of those stories -- the remaining missing art pages could be reconstructed digitally by scanning pristine copies of the printed comic books and using Photoshop to clean up the scans. Can a Complete JOSIE ARCHIVES hardcover reprint collection be more than a decade away in the future? Time will tell... but in the meantime, this collection is a must-have, even for those of us (like myself) who much prefer print comics over digital.

Try staring intently at the image of Josie and Albert for a minute...
    ... It takes on a psychedelic 3-D effect!!




   She's JOSIE: Before the Pussycats!       (124 pages)      source of 1st publication      Dec. 2013      writer      penciller      inker      
   A Gym Dandy - Chapter I      8 pages      JOSIE #1      Feb. 1963      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Neat Workers - Chapter II      6 pages      JOSIE #1      Feb. 1963      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Muscle Hustle - Chapter III      5 pages      JOSIE #1      Feb. 1963      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Track Down - Chapter IV      6 pages      JOSIE #1      Feb. 1963      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   The Unhappy Hero - Chapter I      8 pages      JOSIE #8      Sept. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Saved By The Belle - Chapter II      6 pages      JOSIE #8      Sept. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   And Away We Go - Chapter III      5 pages      JOSIE #8      Sept. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Happy Ending - Chapter IV      5 pages      JOSIE #8      Sept. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   You're The Tops - Chapter I      8 pages      JOSIE #9      Oct. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   A Run For Your Money - Chapter II      6 pages      JOSIE #9      Oct. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Fair Play - Chapter III      5 pages      JOSIE #9      Oct. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Cereal Story - Chapter IV      5 pages      JOSIE #9      Oct. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Team Spirit - Chapter I      8 pages      JOSIE #10      Dec. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   No Help Wanted - Chapter II      6 pages      JOSIE #10      Dec. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Sideline Stars - Chapter III      5 pages      JOSIE #10      Dec. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   The Last Man - Chapter IV      5 pages      JOSIE #10      Dec. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   The Schemers - Chapter I      8 pages      JOSIE #13      Jun. 1965      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   The Dreamers - Chapter II      6 pages      JOSIE #13      Jun. 1965      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Now You See It - Chapter III      5 pages      JOSIE #13      Jun. 1965      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   Now You Don't - Chapter IV      5 pages      JOSIE #13      Jun. 1965      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      


Next post -- the BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS: GREATEST HITS digital exclusive collection from Dec. 2014.


this is fantastic research, DCR.  Thanks so much!

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Reviews / Re: JOSIE reprint collections - Contents Listings and Comparison
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:21:09 PM »
Continuing our review of various Josie collections (post #2 of 8*), both print and digital, we come to the first TRUE Josie trade paperback collection, from June of 2001. Once again, it took a media tie-in (in the form of a live-action movie) to motivate ACP to reprint a bunch of old Josie stories. Ah... it's ever the way with them. This happens to coincide with Josie & the Pussycats being promoted from a backup feature to taking the lead spot (and cover) of ARCHIE & FRIENDS, beginning with issue #47 (itself a reprint), but with #48-49, they got a 4-chapter, 22-page story by Dan Parent (w) and Rex Lindsey (a), broken into 2 chapters per issue ("Music For the Masses"). In the following issue, Holly Golightly stepped in to contribute the artwork, and she'd soon be writing the stories as well, for this too-short, but much-beloved (by me!) run of A&F. Suddenly Josie and her friends had a brief moment in the spotlight and a higher profile at Archie Comics than they'd had in almost two decades. This trade kicked off the celebration, with Rex Lindsey contributing a very nice cover (presumably Holly G was drafted as an afterthought, to replace Lindsey for some reason, but Rex had almost been drawing more covers for ACP at this point than even the prolific Stan Goldberg, so it's obvious that the editor was pretty happy with his work for the company. Perhaps his utility as a cover artist (not to mention as a Jughead artist) was just too valuable for him to be able to do a regular ongoing Josie strip as well.

*(I couldn't believe there were that many!! AND I'm even leaving out Tania Del Rio's Josie the Manga digital collection, and the recent New Riverdale J&tP trade!)



   BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS      100-page TP      source of 1st publication      June 2001      writer      penciller      inker      
   cover            new cover illustration by Rex W. Lindsay                  Rex W. Lindsay            
   Whoever Heard of Girls With Guitars?      2 pages      BEST OF JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS      June 2001      Paul Castiglia                  
   A Gym Dandy      8 pages      JOSIE #1      Feb. 1963      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Vincent DeCarlo      
   First Appearance of Alexandra Cabot      1 page (excerpted)      JOSIE #8      Sept. 1964      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   First Appearance of Alan M. Mayberry      1 page (excerpted)      JOSIE #42      Aug. 1969      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Evolution of Alexandra's Stripe and Sebastian the Cat      1 page (excerpted)      JOSIE #43      Sept. 1969      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Decisions, Decisions      6 pages      JOSIE #45      Dec. 1969      Dick Malmgren      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Pussy Footing      5 pages      JOSIE #45      Dec. 1969      Dick Malmgren      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Quiet on the Set      8 pages      JOSIE #50      Sept. 1970      Dick Malmgren      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Josie and the Pussycats Come to TV      1 page      (ad originally appeared in multiple comics)      Aug. (?) 1970            Dan DeCarlo            
   Brawn Is Beautiful      5 pages      JOSIE #53      Feb. 1971      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   Ban the Blonde      5 pages      JOSIE #55      June 1971      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   The Early Worm Gets the Bird      5 pages      JOSIE #56      Aug. 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      
   Up, Up, and Away!!      12 pages      Josie #58      Oct. 1971      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Rudy Lapick      
   The Pussycats Get A New Look!      1 page (excerpted)      ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #540      Aug. 1984      Frank Doyle      Dan DeCarlo      Jim DeCarlo      
   Limo Rock      5 pages      ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #562      Aug. 1986      George Gladir      Dan DeCarlo      Jim DeCarlo      
   Cat at the Crossroads       11 pages      ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #584      Sept. 1988      Kathleen Webb      Stan Goldberg      Rudy Lapick      
   J&tP Skiing (pin-up)      1 page      JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS (1993) #2      Spring 1994            Dan DeCarlo      Alison Flood      


NOTES: There's good and bad to be said about this collection. In contrast to my previous post, in this instance the listings in RED indicate a story which hasn't yet been included in any of the subsequent collections (print OR digital), and that's a fair number of stories, so this collection is far from obsolete, despite having many collections come afterwards. BUT it does also contain the superior and unusual "Cat at the Crossroads" by Kathleen Webb, where Josie experiences a life crisis about where she's heading with her future career.

It opens with a 2-page introduction by Paul Castiglia, "Whoever Heard of Girls With Guitars? ". Unfortunately, the editor here chose to include a number of "highlight" moments from stories, in the form of 1-page excerpts, as opposed to just printing the whole story. I could certainly have skipped the excerpt of Alan M's first appearance, plus the excerpt of the Pussycats as punk rockers, for just ONE of those stories complete (or even a single chapter of a 4-part longer story). The sorest point would be JOSIE #43 (as was standard practice, a booklength storyline comprised of four individual Chapters, or Acts) -- the one that explains how Alexandra discovers her ancestor, Sebastian Cabot (whose name was stolen from a notable television actor, who played "Mr. French" on Family Affair), was in fact suspected of "consorting with witches", and she realizes that his spirit may have been reincarnated in her pet cat Sebastian, who shares the same name -- thus, whenever Alexandra is in contact with her cat, she can perform black magic, and believing absolutely that it is so, she finds a book of sorcerous spells to study (self-fulfilling prophecy?). Thereafter, she will attempt to bedevil Josie with her newfound mystic skills, until someone (usually Melody) unwittingly snaps their fingers and breaks her spell. If this sounds familiar, it's because much later on, Sabrina's pet (familiar) cat Salem will also turn out to be a human trapped in a feline body. It hasn't happened yet, but I really want to see that entire issue (JOSIE #43) reprinted. It seems the Cabots have a family history of malicious, restless spirits who remain bound to the mortal plane and who have the ability to possess the bodies of the living (as both Alex and Alexandra will discover in JOSIE #70's "Vengeance From the Crypt").

Bottom line is, there are still quite a few stories here that are in no other collections, so buy it if you can find it at cover price or less. The 2-page pullout Dan DeCarlo pin-up poster of Josie and Valerie skiing (and Melody wiping out) from JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS (1993) #2 is reduced here to a single page image.

Next post --  the SHE'S JOSIE: BEFORE THE PUSSYCATS Digital Exclusive collection.


I love this book.  I got it a few years ago when Archie was blowing out their graphic novels.  They practically gave it away, like 2 bucks or something.  I know it will never happen but I would love to see a complete pre-Pussycats Josie done in a nice hardback. 

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