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Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics (1946-1948) Hardcover – September 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 11.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great read - laugh out loud funny!
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Bob Montana did some amazing work on this run of Archie strips!
cornbreadthedog
The quality of the binding and the pages are top-notch!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By copeknight on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I grew up on with Archie comics in the 1970s and '80s. Then and now, I prefer humor comics to the more standard, more popular adventure form. I have a lot of respect for comic writers--it's hard to be funny. As I got older, though, Archie got younger and preachier. I gave up the standard comics for digests which primarily consisted of reprints. I found that the reprints of older stories were far funnier than the modern stuff. Sure, some of the pop culture references were dated, but that was part of the fun. In a sense, you could say that it built my cultural literacy. So I became disappointed with Archie Comics' decision to censor and/or alter classic stories in the digests. The "big" was dropped in Big Moose and Big Ethel. Gags were changed. Sometimes entire panels were deleted. I realized the stress in reading these desecrations outweighed the enjoyment the comics brought me.

I am glad, then, that IDW is doing such a loving, respectful, professional job with this book. The strips are beautifully presented. More importantly, they stand up beyond their historical importance. Yeah, some of the '40's slang is hard to fathom, but context helps.

I hope that this book will help reinvigorate Archie comics, and help spread the word that comics can (and should) be...comic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hiebert on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had this book pre-ordered on Amazon for over three months. When the book was finally released, my order was pushed back another 2-4 months, and at the time of this writing, you can't even purchase a copy through Amazon at all. Luckily, I found a copy at my local comic book store and gladly bought it there. Anyway, for the review part...if you *can* find a copy of IDW's beautiful volume of the first three years of the Archie comic strip, definitely pick it up. The reproduction work is crystal clear and fantastic. If you're used to gag-a-day Archie strips, these older ones are a real treat. There are many continued story lines, some going for 3+ weeks. Bob Montana's artwork is superb. I'm not one for in-depth analysis, but if you're an Archie or comic strip fan, there's no reason not to get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cornbreadthedog on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, mad love and big respect to IDW publishing! They did a fantastic job
of putting the Archie newspaper comics in book format. The pages are clean
and very clear.

Secondly, Bob Montana's artwork and his comedic style of drawing/story-telling
is damn near epic as it is legendary! This insanely talented man being this
forgotten and not being worshipped at the annual Comic Con, like he should
be, is a stinking travesty! Bob Montana did some amazing work on this
run of Archie strips! Montana is my favorite Archie comic book artist. I
used to buy the old Archie digests just to see some of his reprints in
color. For me, the old Archie comics were funny and well drawn. The new
Archie stuff is not!..And I 've got to thank IDW publishing one more time!
I love you!..I'm already waitng for the second book of this series! I can't wait
to see more!

Lastly, I got to gripe about the obscene wait to get this book into
my greedy little hands. Man, IDW kept pushing the release of this book
back and back and back. It felt like it would never come out.I finally snagged
my copy at a local comic book store. Plus, I agree with the person who posted
before me: Amazon really slept on this book and could've done a better
job of getting this out there in the fans' hands much sooner.
Hopefully, the second Archie book of this series won't be long in coming..
Peace!

I'm also a little sad that IDW didn't print the Archie sunday comics
in this huge Archie collection.
I would love to see Bob Montana's work in color.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WaverlyTN on October 10, 2010
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Awesome book! I was skeptical about buying a newspaper comics collection, but the short gags are hilarious and get better and better as the weeks progress. You can really see the characters mature into the Archie and Gang we grew to know and love. I haven't laughed like this in a long time!

The quality of the binding and the pages are top-notch! I look forward to more in this series!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Canwell on July 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For the record -- this collection of ARCHIE newspaper comics has won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection (Comic Strips), handed out at the San Diego Comic-Con. A very gratifying win for the Library of American Comics line -- and for ARCHIE fans everywhere! There was a degree of challenge involved with locating all the strips needed to produce this book, and doing extensive production work to properly showcase them, but as this award points out, Good Things come to those who wait.

Our thanks to everyone who has bought, or will buy, a copy of this now-award-winning book!

-- Bruce Canwell
Library of American Comics
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As a kid at seven years old living in my old apartment in Brooklyn, I was familiar with the Archies of my generation: the gag-filled, musically-driven troupe whose comic antics spoke to the lives of being a teen--and loving it. And, I loved every minute of the comic books and the Filmation cartoons that featured Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, and the whole bunch. And, every teen of every generation has the now legendary creator Bob Montana to thank for every hilarious moment.

Now, in a collection of more than 800 sequential comic strips taken from the original archives, ARCHIE--THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS 1946-1948 shows us the birth of a red-headed teen comic legend from the small town of Riverdale who, along with the wooly and wild aid of his friends, goes through the angst of being a mild-mannered adolescent with as much dignity and humor as he could muster. From the very first strip to the end of this 289-page trip down Teenage Memory Lane, you cannot hold back a giggle or a loud laugh of every gag, every prat fall, every creative sight gag known to man. Bob Montana is a master at what he has done; and there is always something different, leaving you the Archie fan in total suspence and leaving something for the total comic strip fan's imagination.

If you're an Archie fan, if you're son or daughter is a fan of the comic books, or if you are an avid comic strip lover, get this collection. I guarantee you, you will be sold.
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