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The Best of Archie Comics Paperback – August 16, 2011

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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!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: The Best of Archie Comics (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics; 26112th edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879794845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879794849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The Best of Archie Comics is a large collection of Archie comics from the range of the comic's history. One of the longest in comics. The book is divided into decades from the 40's to the present including short essays about changes, callenges and successes of the comics with the changing times. The essays come across as too much cheerleading and self-promotion (as do some of the comics themselves) but they do have some interesting information. The stories I find most engaging are the earlier ones. It is great to see the changes and the similarities from the first and earliest Archie to the present. The choice of stories are pretty good although the closer we come to the present the worse they become. The text explains that today, Archie comics are read by younger readers and cater to this audience. So simplifying the stories they actually suffer. Also in recent years Archie has engaged in "event" stories meant to attract more readers. Part of one of these stories is included (where Archie and Veronica marry). But only a part. Which is an odd choice in a collected edition. If you're into Archie or want to relive childhood memories its a neat collection. Also enjoy the formative years of Archie and how he became the trite, tired character he is today.
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