Like Les Daniels' defining Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics, the history of one of the longest-lasting edifices in comics gets put down on paper. Fans of the Riverdale gang would pick this up anyway, but all comic fans should take a peek through these pages. Because hey, history don't hurt.
The book takes everything into account. There's a handy guide to all the characters, many of which I wasn't aware of (Veronica has a mom?) There are bios on nearly all the folks behind the scripts and art (it's fair to say, the men behind the scripts and art because I don't remember seeing any women in there). There are original, uncolored art pages, sketches, and some nice reprints as well. And it's not just the comic adventures of Archie Andrews that get coverage: his radio, film, television, and musical versions are also covered.
When it comes to enduring comic legacies, there's Marvel, there's DC, and there's Archie. It's nice to see that legacy get a very piercing spotlight on it from time to time. --Ethan Kaye, Geekgirlonthestreet.com