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#16
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
March 19, 2022, 04:38:58 PM
I could do without the Little Archie(/Veronica/Betty/Jughead/Sabrina) junk taking up pages in the digests every single month. Might as well just leave those pages blank AFAIC. I don't mind when they put it in its own comic where I can safely avoid buying it.
#17
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
March 15, 2022, 10:20:32 AM
And now we're apparently getting another wave of superhero guest-star stories with Steel Sterling.
#18
All About Archie / Re: Bob White
March 14, 2022, 10:18:28 AM
I do wonder what happened to him after the late 1960s. He just disappeared. He's another guy who started his career at ACP in the production department, along with Victor Gorelick, Bob Bolling, and Dexter Taylor.
#19
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
March 12, 2022, 03:11:05 PM
PS -- If I recall correctly, this is only the first of several new stories coming up featuring Cricket.
#20
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
March 12, 2022, 03:09:09 PM
Quote from: Tuxedo Mark on March 10, 2022, 02:50:04 PM
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on December 15, 2021, 10:16:54 AMThe 5-page Classic Archie story plots just don't get very involved for the most part, so there's not much to say about them, except some are better than others.

Yeah, I've been noticing that. For the most part, these new classic-style stories are forgettable. Nothing really happens, not even character growth. For example, Sabrina was the featured character in yesterday's new story. She was babysitting a little girl and got the "witchups" (hiccups that make her magic go wonky, ripping off a plot from the Filmation series). The girl was zapped into the Alice in Wonderland book that Sabrina was reading to her. Sabrina then got herself zapped into the book. They met a bunch of characters from the book. Then Della showed up (having detected the "witchups") and got Sabrina and the girl out of the book. The end. Nothing happened. No adventure. Just "here are some characters that kids today may or may not recognize".

Apparently, next month, we get to look forward to a story in which the gang tries to find an alternate hiking trail and another one in which Veronica misplaces her purse, which has a million dollars in it, so Crickett is enlisted to sniff it out. Oh, those wacky teens these days, what with their carrying around all of that physical money. So relatable.

The most amazing thing about that is that an entire story was devoted to classic Sabrina without having to work Archie or B&V into the story as an excuse to publish it. That usually only happens when the new story is an extra 'bonus' story in addition to the regular B&V or Archie lead story. Also if I'm not mistaken the Sabrina reprint section in that issue was twice as many pages as she is usually allotted, and was right up front of the digest after the new story. Yeah, there's not much to say about the new story, except for some reason they decided to spotlight Sabrina in this issue out of the blue ("Little Sabrina" was even featured in the back, where it would usually be Little Betty and/or Little Veronica). It was a surprise. In fact, I don't remember there ever being a new Jumbo B&V digest (either title) that didn't have a new B&V story in it.

Maybe they should do a whole ARCHIE SHOWCASE issue with just classic Sabrina stories.
#21
All About Archie / Re: Jughead the lover
March 01, 2022, 02:09:26 PM
Virtually all of the Jughead-in-love stories date from the late 1980s onwards. You might find some before that where he's finagled into going on a date, but really hardly any where he shows real romantic feelings towards a girl. But still, that's 40-odd years' worth of Jughead stories.
#22
Archie's Friends / Re: Midge: Use her more?
January 16, 2022, 10:20:32 AM
#23
#24
General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
December 20, 2021, 03:05:22 PM
I could swear they just edited out practically all of the Chuck Clayton stories from Riverdale High.  >:(
#25
General Discussion / Re: What have you done today?
December 20, 2021, 03:03:17 PM
She's Josie really deserved a full-sized hardcover collection, but I'll take what I can get from ACP in these lean times.
#26
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
December 18, 2021, 03:44:45 PM
Quote from: Oldiesmann on December 18, 2021, 01:15:54 AMI still subscribe to one of the digests but that's about it. I don't buy much beyond that mainly because I don't have a lot of space to put them all at the moment (need to invest in some longboxes and get things more organized than large piles of comic books on my bookshelf and other areas).

Where do you get boxes to fit digest-size comics? I need to get some of those, and some for tankobon-size manga paperbacks. Right now I'm just using regular old Diamond boxes (the kind the distributor packs comics in to ship to retailers). Those can fit two rows of digests across, and I cut off an end flap of another box to divide the two rows. I just stand the boxes on their sides until I fill two stacks of rows with two different digest titles. But with all the Archie digests being in the Jumbo Comics size, it only takes a year or so to fill one box.

Manga paperbacks I just pack in rows using the lids from regular-sized comic boxes. It's not great because the lids are too shallow to completely cover the sides of the paperback. I guess I could cut a regular comic box down to the right size but it seems like such waste when you're paying for all that cardboard. It'd be great to have boxes that fit exactly and have their own lids or closing flaps, though.

I've searched in vain at department stores for plastic storage boxes to fit digests or tankobon-pb's, but they're always slightly off in size or have these rounded corners... frustrating.
#27
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
December 15, 2021, 10:16:54 AM
Quote from: botolo on December 14, 2021, 08:42:43 PM
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on December 13, 2021, 08:43:44 AMStill buying B&V digests and stuff in the "Classic Archie" format, including the floppy comics Betty & Veronica Friends Forever and Archie & Friends, but nothing based on the 2015 reboot or Riverdale. The only real exception to that general rule for me is Sabrina, whose chilling adventures (and their spinoffs like Madam Satan) I'm still following. I also liked Cosmo and Super Duck, but it looks like fringe stuff like that is past the point of publishing now.

There is, frankly, not a lot to say about most of the new 5-page stories. Back when ACP was still doing stories that filled an entire issue or a story arc of several issues, there was a lot more comment-worthy stuff going on.
I agree with you, the 5 page new stories are nothing exceptional. They are usually pretty boring and I am not a big fan of Dan
Parent's art. Having said this, it's always fun to go to my local newsstand or supermarket and buy a new digest.

That's where we'll have to agree to disagree... when I wrote "stories that filled an entire issue or a story arc of several issues", I am really thinking mostly about the stories (and longer arcs) that Dan Parent wrote & drew... I'd say about 75% of the comment-worthy ones, the most enjoyable ones. The only other thing of note back then was the long-running LIFE WITH ARCHIE (a.k.a. The Married Life) by Paul Kupperberg. Before that we have to go back a ways, to things like Craig Boldman & Rex Lindsey's JUGHEAD, or Holly G's JOSIE (in Archie & Friends), SABRINA or CHERYL BLOSSOM. All of that stuff came out in the period between 1997 and 2014. Dan Parent has had a few full-length one-shots or miniseries since then... and again, those are the kind of things that are most comment-worthy, because the only other things of substantial length have been reboots, about which I have almost nothing to say (in most cases I didn't even read them, or only one sample issue). The 5-page Classic Archie story plots just don't get very involved for the most part, so there's not much to say about them, except some are better than others.
#28
All About Archie / Re: Big Ethel Energy
December 13, 2021, 08:56:42 AM
Quote from: beatman10 on December 07, 2021, 08:47:36 PMI don't like what they have done with her personality and with the other characters.  Ethel was never shy, nor, I don't remember her ever being bullied by the others. If anything , Betty and Veronica tried to help her attract Jughead or other guys. In this story, Archie seems to be a loser. Even Betty doesn't want him. And Jughead is totally a jerk and unlikable. The only two likeable characters are Ms. Grundy and Moose. Anyone else have feelings about Big Ethel Energy?

This is a more general issue I have with any of the rebooted Archie comics and Riverdale. I saw the ads for the series printed in the digests, and just did not recognize her as the same Ethel Muggs character.

So yes, in the Classic Archie mode, Big Ethel really WAS "the ugly joke girl who chases after Jughead" and it's kind of too late for apologies... because changing that makes her a different character entirely. The world today does not accept a gag-based comic filled with outrageous caricatures, so a rebooted Ethel must become a character with dignity and agency to modern readers. I guess their idea of that is to present the male characters as loser-jerks that Ethel can eventually triumph over somehow. Moose somehow escapes that because he's another example of a Classic Archie joke caricature ("big stupid massively strong, sometimes dangerously aggressive jock") that could be taken as maligning some real type of person, such as someone with mental retardation or a learning disability, or anger-management issues.

EDIT  Out of curiosity I had a look at the 1st webisode just to see, even though I knew pretty conclusively ahead of time this wasn't for me. And your criticism seems well-founded, with most commentators complaining about the characters being different than what they expected. With these New Archie reboots, even though they're not all pieces of a common shared-universe, I've come to expect it's a bunch of writers who have their own ideas about what sort of stories they want to tell, and change the Archie-derived avatars to fit that story.
#29
All About Archie / Re: Nobody here anymore?
December 13, 2021, 08:43:44 AM
Still buying B&V digests and stuff in the "Classic Archie" format, including the floppy comics Betty & Veronica Friends Forever and Archie & Friends, but nothing based on the 2015 reboot or Riverdale. The only real exception to that general rule for me is Sabrina, whose chilling adventures (and their spinoffs like Madam Satan) I'm still following. I also liked Cosmo and Super Duck, but it looks like fringe stuff like that is past the point of publishing now.

There is, frankly, not a lot to say about most of the new 5-page stories. Back when ACP was still doing stories that filled an entire issue or a story arc of several issues, there was a lot more comment-worthy stuff going on.
#30
Archie's Friends / Re: Sabrina at Gravestone Heights
November 03, 2021, 07:35:20 AM
The whole thing with Jughead romancing girls in the late '80s just strikes me as reactionary homophobia, like they were afraid at that time that the whole "woman-hater" angle made Jughead look gay. So it was just like when in the 1950s they introduced Batwoman and Batgirl into the comics, to sidetrack any insinuations of Batman & Robin being gay. I'd say the fact that it was happening for Archie Comics in the late 1980s had a lot to do with ACP trying to transition from a greatly-reduced newsstand-distribution market to the direct-market distribution of comic book shops.