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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The Best of Archie Comics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879794845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879794849
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Something exciting is happening in Riverdale.” --The New York Times
“Archie is influential” --CNN
“Archie Comics continues to lead the pack” --The Daily What
“One of comics’ most exciting and relevant publishers.” --Comic Book Resources --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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THE ARCHIE SUPERSTARS are the impressive line-up of talented writers and artists who have brought Archie, his friends and his world to life for more than 70 years, from legends such as Dan DeCarlo, Frank Doyle, Harry Lucey, and Bob Montana to recent greats like Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz, and many more!

Customer Reviews

A great collection of Archie comics reprints!
Robert Weinberg
I usually purchase the supermarket Archie double digest comic books which can cost 2.75 or more a piece.
Lace
She said it was a good collection of comics and she had not read any of them before.
Rita Field

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Just ME on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been spending the last few months buying a couple of treasury collections of my fave comic strip books such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. While I was at Barnes and Noble a few days ago, I found this little gem for 9.99. I have actually been waiting for such a book for quite some time because I love Archie.

If you are like me, you probably don't want to fork up the money to buy the various Archie, Betty and Veronica, and Jughead comic books each month. And while there is now an app on iTunes that enables you to buy some of the digests for .99 to a 1.99 and even free to read on your ipod, its still at times hard to justify.

But when I saw this, who could resist. The Best of Archie Comics brings 70 years worth of short story comic books about Archie and the gang. It is categorized by decade with a brief description of the culture of that decade. It also contains descriptions of each story (2 on each page)and it even includes samples of the comic strip series (which itself has its own collection book somewhere on Amazon). It also includes the the Archie comics when they were little kids!

Another great thing about this book is that it includes other stories about other characters you would often see in the digests such as Sabrina, Josie and the Pussycats, and even forgotten ones such as Super Duck, Ginger, and Wilbur.

This is a great book and I am enjoying it immensely! Its great seeing the evolution of the comic digest and how it is revamped to match our current decade. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone that has ever been curious about Archie's long run and how much it has changed, or if they simply would like to have a collection of some of the best work.

The only downside to this book is that it couldn't cover everything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daneel Olivaw on April 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was shocked to find over 60 reviews on this product page less than 10 days after the book was published until I looked at them closely and discovered that ALL of them (before this one) were posted before the book came out and, based on their content, referred to previous volumes in the "Best of Archie Comics" series. None of them accurately describe the contents of THIS book.

For one thing, all of the stories in this digest-sized book are about Betty and Veronica; there are no stories featuring other characters. Also, the book is divided by decades, with the first section devoted to stories from the 1940s (51 pages), the next to the 1950s (47 pages), followed by the 1960s (63 pages), etc.

As one who was born in the middle of the Baby Boom, it was the 1960s stories that imprinted on my brain during my formative years and I must confess I did not keep up with my pals from Riverdale over the past 30 or so years. But I still love the stories from the 1940s-1960s and have bought these "Best of" volumes to read the reprints from that time period. The very earliest Archie stories are being reprinted in hardcover "Archive" editions that unfortunately are too expensive for me to buy, which means these "Best Of" books are the most cost-effective way to get the wonderful stories that were produced before I was old enough to read and to get reacquainted with the stories I loved as a child.

As for the rest, it's certainly interesting to see how Archie and his pals evolved during the more recent decades and, in the case of this Betty and Veronica collection, it was nice to see that the book kept to its theme, unlike the earlier "Best of Archie" books that threw in stories about other characters like Katy Keene and That Wilkin Boy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Woolston on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
WOW. I have been a fan of Archie comics for over 20 years, and this collection really has it all. People from Archie Comics history chose their face stories by decade, and there are some true gems here. I loved seeing notes on how Archie influenced notable writers like Stephen King and Stan Lee. I also loved the early stories because it is fun to see how much the gang has changed...and stayed the same since the 40s. Plenty of amazing artwork and countless laughs abound in this volume. I agree that most people do not pay for monthly comics, but boy, they should. Archie and friends never let readers down. They are always clean cut, funny, sweet, and socially relevant. Pick this book up today. It is well worth the cost. I am hoping they release a best of volume 2 because this was so well done...I want more!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By misterzero on December 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really loved the first volume of this set. However, after buying this one, I was a bit dismayed as it seems a good 30% - 40% of the book is devoted to the stuff in Archie that I didn't like the first time around. This includes Katy Keene, Pureheart the Powerful, Little Archie, etc and the long 2- or 3-part stories that are long on plot set-up and short on the quick gags that the early Archie (Bob Montana) was all about. I am very hopeful for a Volume 3 that mirrors the fantastic job that was done with Volume 1.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Too many "Best of..." collections throw together a random assortment of stories with no justification for why they were chosen. THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS is NOT one of those collections; in fact, it goes above and beyond with an informative foreword, an explanation of the publisher's intent, and brief intros that for the most part, were written specifically for each story. This 416-page full-color digest is a treasure trove pulled from Archie's 70+ years of publication: comics, strips, gags, and even pin-ups. Picked by Archie Comics staff and historians, and well as fans, the selection gives a good overview of what was happening with the Riverdale gang from the '40s up to today, as well as reflecting the changing American culture. Featured creators include Vic Bloom, Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, Bob Bolling, Harry Lucey, Sam Schwartz, Stan Goldberg, Dan Parent, and more. The writing and art styles are much more varied than I expected, for while many of these stories spring from a standard mold, they each have their own little quirks - for example, there's an impressive but very dark Little Archie story that looks as if Bolling were emulating Will Eisner. The selection runs up into the present day with some attention-grabbing stories that have attracted a new generation of readers.

The title of the book is somewhat misleading, as it includes some non-Archie material. The intro states that the stories were pulled from various Archie Comics humor titles, so the publisher included other MLJ characters such as Wilbur Wilkins, Ginger Snapp, Super Duck, Katy Keene, L'il Jinx, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie & The Pussycats.
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