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Product Details

  • Series: Archie
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Slp Har/Pa edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996205
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Uslan is a writer and the executive producer of the Batman films. He was the first instructor to teach comics at an accredited university (Indiana University in 1970). He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

 

Stan Goldberg is a veteran comic book artist who has worked more than 50 years in the industry and is best known for his work illustrating Archie comics. He lives in Beechhurst, New York.


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This book answers a lot of those questions.
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I thought it was the best Archie I had ever read, but remember I did miss most of 50 years of the series.
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It's great because all the comics are bound into a book and there is a sleeve that protects the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Burton on September 27, 2010
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I just received the hardcover edition of the Archie wedding story arc. The volume is much nicer than expected, beautifully hard bound with a die-cut slip case housing the interior hardcover volume. The book itself has a glossy, color cover much like the reprint series being published by IDW.

There is also a bonus comic book inserted in the back that reprints 5 classic Archie stories from about 1948 to 1960. The original covers of these books are reproduced on the back of the comic.

The book itself provides a thorough history of how the storyline originated and evolved. Internal emails between Michael Uslan and Jon Goldwater are reproduced to document the background of the project. A nice bibliography is provided in the back to document references made throughout the story.

Overall an extremely nice item and a bargain at Amazon's discount price. At a price of just $5 more than the trade paperback issued earlier in the year this is an amazing keepsake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brigadier Victor on April 15, 2012
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I'm pushing 80 and I hadn't read Archie in probably 50 years or so. This red headed screwball and his two knockout girlfriends were quite popular back when I was in school. I just happened to see this hardcover edition on Amazon and nostalgia got to me and, figuring it might be a lark, I bought it. The drawing was a bit difficult to get use to; not that it was bad, just different from that of Montana who drew it when I read it. It was interesting that the Veronica story was first. Actually, Veronica turned out to be much nicer than one would have supposed and Archie did considerably better than a person might think he would with the sudden wealth and responsibility, Archie would be more or less happy with Veronica and this played out in the story. Running Betty as the second marriage story, I think, taught a totally different story. A more true to life story, Betty proved to be the perfect wife; even in hard times. Archie finally, with Betty's help, took responsibility and became a really happily married man with a true soulmate in Betty. Two points in the story were especially poignant to me. The first was when Betty went to Veronicas house to ask her to be her bridesmaid and Veronica blew up at her. Bettys response was to cry. Betty was definitely the nicer of the two and she was deeply hurt at thinking she had lost a friend. The second episode was near the end of the story where Archie says to Betty, that he wants to take a walk in the woods and that she shouldn't wait up for him and her response was I'll wait for you as long as it takes. Was this a bit of prophecy? To me it meant that Betty was Archie's soulmate whereas Veronica was at best an infatuation. I liked what was done with the other major characters.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have never really been an "Archie" fan. I have the odd issue of "Pep" that I have picked up in Golden Age collections, and like everyone else I read the cheap digests when I was a kid, but I "grew out" of Archie and his Riverdale gang long, long ago.

Or so I thought. It turns out I have a lot more nostalgia for the character than I had imagined. And that "Archie Marries..." is actually a great comic.

When the "Archie Marries..." story first hit the press, I was both intrigued and annoyed. I have seen this kind of last gasp publicity stunt too many times (Anyone remember "Popeye marries Olive Oyl?") Whenever a major character gets killed off, or two long-time sweethearts get married, it is a clear signal that the writer is out of ideas and the franchise has run its course.

But! "Archie Marries..." was written by Michael Uslan (writer and the executive producer of the recent Batman films) and based off of Robert Frost's classic The Road Not Taken poem. That had potential. That meant that instead of a publicity stunt, "Archie Marries..." was created for that most potent of reasons. Someone had a story to tell.

The story begins immediately after high school graduation at Riverdale High. Archie is feeling pensive, and takes a walk to say goodbye to his beloved town. He comes on the street Memory Lane, and realizes that while he has walked down Memory Lane many times, he has never walked up it. This path takes him to a yellow wood, where two roads diverged. Keeping one path for another day, he takes "the road less traveled" and winds up married to...Veronica Lodge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boston Boy on March 4, 2011
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I gave this as a gift to my wife on Valentine's Day. With both of us being post-50 we used to read the comic book as kids, and even as teenagers. She thought the gift was romantic and sweet, and we shared our favorite story parts with one another. We were both happy to see how Archie's "marriages" turned out for him, and, we were glad to see the girls finally become BFF's after all the preceding years and hissy fits. I said to my wife that unlike Archie I knew my path led me to the right girl, and I didn't need to travel "up" Memory Lane to find my true love. Sappy? Sure, but she says that's why she loves me!
Book is well made, the colors and drawings are great, as well as the terrific sleeve it comes in. Think of this guys for your next anniversary, or next Valentine's Day.
Now, if only we could see what Max Fleisher ultimately had in mind for Popeye and Olive Oyl ?!
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