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When I was young, my parents didn't let me read superhero comics, but funny animals and Archie were okay. Jughead was my favorite and I still consider Mr. Jones a friend. Then, on one of those magical trips of a lifetime, my family and my grandmother and Uncle Bill traveled through many states seeing the sights and visiting family. In Atlanta, Georgia, I spied a comic with Superteen and Pureheart The Powerful in it. My parents let me get it!!! I was in ecstasy! To this day, I associate the Archie characters as superheroes with that trip and with family members who are no longer here. I soon discovered Captain Hero as well, and he, of course, was my favorite. Then as I was getting a little older, I still liked Archie Comics for the fast-paced humor and the way they sometimes would push the envelope a little in terms of sex and romance - and for the Good Girl Art. My sister and my female cousins would buy Betty And Veronica and Betty and Me while I would buy Archie and Jughead. I would make fun of my sister and cousins, but would read their copies and secretly be loving the comics without telling them why. Even in college, my friends and I would leaf through the Archie comics on the stands and buy and share ones that had that sex appeal. I equate Archie comics with those young, coming-of-age days.
Feedback/Support / Re: Posts way down.
November 19, 2019, 10:01:56 AM
For myself, as an old school Archie fan and a 64 year-old man, I have zero interest in anything the company is putting out right now nor in Riverdale or any Sabrina TV series.
All About Archie / Re: Sugar Sugar
August 30, 2018, 08:44:17 AM
Sorry!  The link shrunk for some reason. but click on it and it still works anyway.
I don't know why the link appeared so tiny, but click on it and it will work.

All About Archie / Re: Archie meets Batman '66!
March 20, 2018, 08:37:33 AM
I'm a fan of the Batman '66 books, so I'm definitely getting this!
All About Archie / Re: Betty and Veronica #3
June 22, 2017, 10:36:34 AM
Quote from: Vegan Jughead on June 22, 2017, 06:49:32 AM
Oh well, sorry y'all were disappointed.  I was pleasantly surprised.
I, too, enjoyed all his issues, but then I really don't care about continuity between titles in the Archie universe. I just want to be entertained and I was.
Fan Fiction / Re: Fan Art Thread
January 12, 2017, 05:54:53 PM
Quote from: flcomics on July 20, 2016, 05:38:24 PM
This is a Josie & Melody "pin-up gag".
You are very talented!  Keep up the good work!
Archie's Friends / Re: Midge: Use her more?
January 06, 2017, 11:30:55 AM
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on January 05, 2017, 09:59:46 AM
Quote from: Shuester on January 05, 2017, 07:04:15 AM
...Bringing this back because I had something to say a while ago, and just now am getting around to it.

When the Archie New Look comics came out a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of attention Midge got in them. In Bad Boy Trouble, which is a Betty & Veronica story (but told from Betty's perspective), Midge is definitely one of the most important characters. She is present in all four chapters, if I recall correctly, and she is seen as being one of Betty's best friends. And of course, most notably, Midge and Moose receive their own New Look story, Breakup Blues, which really centers in on them. Out of the three New Look stories I read, I actually disliked this one the most. I thought that the Midge in BB was too aggressive and immature, and she really seemed to be Betty's best friend here, well over Veronica. It seemed a bit out of character. But then, what do we really know about Midge? From the classic comics, I know that she is sporty, a cheerleader, pretty, both flattered by and frustrated by Moose, strong, and loves dancing. We know she can be assertive because Moose does listen to her, and we also know she can be sweet. So maybe Midge in BB wasn't that out of character after all, and we just don't know her well enough.

I felt that Breakup Blues was the best of all the New Look stories, for exactly this reason: it takes two rather vague and underutilized characters and attempts what I felt was a rather credible explanation of some seemingly contradictory things about their relationship. Midge is pretty and popular, but she isn't Betty Cooper. She IS a little superficial, and she DOES enjoy having male attention, but doesn't want to feel smothered or shackled at her age. If she doesn't feel she's getting both enough attention and enough fun out of being Moose's steady girl, she's restless and looks elsewhere for it. Yes, she's an immature teenager who hasn't really lived yet, and isn't necessarily ready or committed to a long-term relationship yet. She craves love and security, yet also the freedom to be and do what she wants. I can see where she could be completely bowled over by Moose's unwavering and single-minded devotion to her, and yet also bristle a little against being confined, and sometimes she feels the need to put her foot down and assert her authority over herself, that she's her own person. She's still a nice girl, but subject to changing her mind now and then. Whether she'll stick it out with Moose and eventually marry him, or even if she does, whether it will last... is not yet definite for her. That interpretation completely works for me, and violates nothing of what little has been established about her as far as I can see. Although the story tries to end on a positive, upbeat note, that things are all patched up between her and Moose, I was left with the feeling that by no means did it preclude the possibility that Midge might at some time in the future become bored and restless, yearning for some excitement again. And this is where Reggie would come in, because it seems that the old 'forbidden fruit' metaphor works in more than one direction -- depending on Midge's mood that day.
Indeed, DeCarlo Rules! In many of the stories I have from the '60s and early '70s, Midge loved Reggie's attention, didn't mind when Moose was out of the way for awhile, and would sometimes even encourage Reggie to find a way to get her alone.
Josie And The Pussycats #100.
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on December 27, 2016, 05:25:06 PM
Never mind all that. I'm still waiting for a proper Archie animated series. The first one (produced by Filmation) came the closest, but that isn't saying much. Of the main five characters, about the only one whose personality came even remotely close to being captured by the cartoon was Reggie (at least he could be relied on to pull underhanded tricks and prank Archie). Did we see comical situations caused by Archie's accident-prone nature, his inability to choose between Betty & Veronica, his constant chasing after various girls, his misadventures working various jobs in an attempt to make enough cash to date Veronica? What about Archie's behavior constantly landing him in Detention, or him being a constant thorn in Mr. Lodge's side? What about Archie constantly chasing Veronica, while Betty constantly chased Archie? We did not see anything like that. Did we see episodes based on the contrasting nature of B & V's personalities? We did not. Did we see episodes based on Jughead's mooching, his willingness to do anything if there was a food reward involved, or his concentrated effort to avoid work? We did not. Did we see intense contests between Archie & Reggie over dating Veronica or Reggie's constantly outclassing Archie as more well-dressed, better in sports, with a nicer car and plenty of spending cash; B & V's rivalry over Archie, and the lengths each might go to, to gain the upper hand over the other; or the battle of wits between Jughead and Reggie? We did not. Besides the music, all we ever saw were generic comedy situations. That and lots and lots of Hot Dog's antics. The Filmation people absolutely loved Hot Dog... it was practically his show. Not surprisingly, since they were the ones who invented him.
I can't begin to express how much I was looking forward to that show before its debut and how utterly disappointed I was when I finally saw it. As you point out, it wasn't like the comic book stories and characters. And the voices were terrible!