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A history, a celebration, and a fantastic read!,
This review is from: Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers (Hardcover)
As a comic fan, it is sometimes difficult to recommend books about comics to a non-fan crowd. The hobby can be a little insular and sometimes not appeal to those outside of it's base. There are many books that examine an aspect of the industry at a level only true fans can appreciate, or others that are so basic that they don't hold enough depth to really interest many.
Not so with this book.
I can safely and confidently recommend this book to the widest possible audience. In a word, it's fantastic. It takes a look at a company that has existed for over 75 years and not only drawn from, but contributed towards, pop-culture and the culture of .... well, the world! While that may seem heavy-handed, reading this book just might change your mind.
At the very least, the book will remind you of some part of your past (or, for those of us that still like these things - our present). Whether you are 15, 30, 45, or even older - there are parts of this book that will transport you to a lazy summer or a Christmas stocking that held an Archie comic or digest which you read cover-to-cover and passed around to siblings and friends. However, it will do so in a new way - by pulling back the curtain on the people and the company that made all this magic happen. Both a fascinating insight into a company of creativity that still thrives and a trip down memory lane 75 years to the last few months.
It isn't a book of reprinted stories (although there are stories to be read)
It isn't a book of images with no depth (although there are plenty of images),
It isn't a historical and psychological examination of pop-culture that only a curator could appreciate (although there is plenty to make your brain think about).
It IS a well-constructed book that will be read by three or more generations in any household - appealing to each.
The book strikes a very good balance between history, imagery, and insight into the state of the company past and present. You may be surprised at how relevant and meaningful the company remains as well as the great influence it has held in its many years. From Elvis reading an Archie comic on a train, to the modern world of.... well, I'll leave that for you to discover. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - it's just one of those great-to-have books. In fact, if you buy this one - place it on a table and see just how many friends and family members grab it and start talking about Archie.
This is the type of book you may buy someone as a gift and end-up flipping through until you've read it cover to cover and refuse to let it go.
On another note - the picture here at Amazon does NOT so this book justice. It is heavy and has a wonderful die-cut cover - the "Three on a Soda" image sits on TOP of the cover.
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Initial post: May 27, 2011 10:07:42 AM PDT
Thanks so much for giving this review. I've been waiting for someone to give the details. I LOVE Archie Comics and have a truckload of them somewhere at my parents' house. I'm looking forward to getting this book.
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