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Started by DeCarlo Rules, August 31, 2018, 06:16:23 am
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on August 31, 2018, 06:16:23 am issue cvr date title pgs story pencils [LwA # 1] Sep-58 Rise and Shine 6 Sy Reit Samm Schwartz [LwA # 1] Sep-58 By Hook or Cook 5 Sy Reit Samm Schwartz [LwA #16] Sep-62 Hi-Jinks and Deep Divers! 23 Sy Reit Bob White [LwA #23] Oct-63 A Very Lodge Problem 23 Sy Reit Bob White [LwA #26] Mar-64 The Great Carnival Mystery! 23 Sy Reit Bob White [LwA #27] May-64 The Strange Case of Patient X! 24 George Gladir Bob White [LwA #30] Oct-64 Power Play 6 Frank Doyle Harry Lucey [LwA #30] Oct-64 Oh Poi 6 Frank Doyle Harry Lucey [LwA #31] Nov-64 Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough! 24 George Gladir Bob White [LwA #33] Jan-65 A Christmas Tale 13 Frank Doyle Bob White [LwA #33] Jan-65 Me Tarpan, You Jane! 11 Frank Doyle Dan DeCarlo [LwA #34] Feb-65 The Beatnik Caper! 13 Bob White Bob White [LwA #35] Mar-65 It's A Small World! 13 Frank Doyle Bob White [LwA #35] Mar-65 Plane and Fancy! 10 Frank Doyle Bob White [LwA #37] May-65 Plane Crazy! 13 George Gladir Bob White [LwA #39] Jul-65 Taking Up Space 5 Bob Bolling Bob Bolling 218 This is all classic Silver Age ACP material, so if rated by content alone, this collection would get an "A". We can note here that in the earliest stages of LwA, Sy Reit seems to be the default writer, while Bob White was (as indeed he continued to be until the later 1960s) the default artist of this title. I always felt that Bob White never got enough recognition for his contributions to the company, so hopefully this collection will go some ways towards rectifying that.While not as spotty a collection as ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, this book still falls far short of being ideal (in other words, a lot closer to what BETTY AND VERONICA SPECTACULAR VOL 1 was). What I'm seeing here is just a rearranging of stories I recognized as having mostly read in digest reprints prior to this. They're good stories, and some of the wilder plots as far as Archie stories go. In sharp contrast to the ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH VOL 1, while these are also atypical Archie stories for the most part, comedy still remains central despite all the outlandishness, so big points for that. The single story which is probably the highlight of this collection is "Rough, Tough - But Fair Enough!" (the title given on the contents page doesn't actually appear on the story itself, and was taken from the -- here unreproduced -- cover copy). This is the one where Archie and the gang visit the 1964 World's Fair (and a counterpart to a similar JOSIE epic). The most amazing part of this is a 10-page chase sequence motivated by a randomly-introduced incidental character, a taxi driver at the fair. George Gladir had real fun with this one, but I almost think it reads more like a Frank Doyle story... I wonder. Another thing to note is the first two stories in this collection. Read carefully between the lines of those first two short from LwA #1. In the first story "Rise and Shine", Archie seemingly misses out on an opportunity to attend a class field trip. The next story in this collection "By Hook or Cook", from the same issue, shows the students have just returned from the aforementioned field trip, and Archie is among them -- so in the four stories from LwA #1 NOT reprinted here that came between the two that ARE reprinted ("Please Be Seated," "Mummy Knows Best," "Water Boy," "U.N. Antics" -- story titles courtesy of GCDb), something has occurred which resulted in Archie getting to go on that field trip after all. Too bad the rest of issue #1 is not reprinted so we could see what it was. But what's notable here (as was typically the case with She's JOSIE stories) is that the individual stories in a single issue actually maintain continuity between them.Overall grade: B+ (would have rated much higher if they hadn't skipped so many issues, particularly between issues #2 and 15, and between #17 and 22).