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Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers Hardcover – May 3, 2011

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Archie
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).
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We've seen a lots of changes in the world lately, mainly because of technology. For one, brick-and-mortar bookstores are going out of business and online book sellers (like this one!) are thriving. That's great news for Amazon and it's not bad for us consumers, either. We get discount prices, near-infinite selection, low shipping cost, and the convenience of shopping from home. But what we miss is the experience of picking up the book, holding it in our hands, and seeing it in person.

Looking at the picture of "Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers," would you know that the book has a special die-cut cover? (It does.) Would you know that it has full-color custom endpapers? (It has those, too.) The product description lists the page count, but it doesn't tell you that the sturdy hardcover binding has fancy spot varnish on the front, back and spine. Nor does it say that the book has reproductions of rare and literally one-of-a-kind art in addition to the four-color comic book stories and covers reprinted. In short, the description and the picture simply don't do it justice. (Thank goodness Amazon provides the opportunity for consumer reviews like this one to help inform book shoppers.)

As with previous Yoe Books, this is a prime example of the book-maker's art. The book itself is a quality product, aside from its contents. This is not a book to read on a Kindle. I'm not opposed to technology and there's nothing wrong with reading an electronic mystery or romance novel. But with a book like this you want to own it as a physical object. If you don't have a coffee table, buy one - then put this book on it.

As far as the contents of the book are concerned, Craig Yoe did a great job, as usual. If you're an Archie fan, you'll want it.
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At its best, this book provides a glimpse into the rarities of the Archie universe. Let's, then, start with the best. There are biographies of many--but not all--popular Archie writers and artists. Snippets have been found in other works, but there seems to be more heft here. The glimpses into short-lived publications are interesting. As

As for the neutral, there are things here that are good or at least well intentioned, but, for me, come across rather blah. I understand the importance of reprinting Archie's first story--but it's been reprinted recently in other similar books, so its impact is less than perhaps was intentioned. I enjoyed the various galleries of gag covers near the end of the book, but I think more could have been done with them and some seem oddly misidentified. A Jughead gag that was clearly dealing with Macbeth's witches was attributed to monster movies of the '60s. It says something, perhaps, that nearly all of the covers appeared to be from before the early 1970s. Have no Archie covers of comic or cultural note been produced in the past four decades? (Perhaps that rhetorical question really should NOT be answered!)

As a negative review points out, too much of the book seems to be a shill for the current generation of Archie. Do we need biographies of people who have not yet proven themselves, just because they're currently running Archie Enterprises? Similarly, the entry roster of major and important minor Archie characters made me cringe. Not only do I not like the current approved Archie art style, but it seemed out of character with the rest of the book. For a history book there doesn't seem to be a lot of analysis. It talks of Archie's great past circulation numbers, but what of current conditions?
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