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Best of the Sixties / Book #1 (Archie Americana Series) Paperback – November 14, 2005
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George Gladir is an American comic book writer, primarily known for his work with Archie Comics, he co-created Sabrina the Teenage Witch, with artist Dan DeCarlo. He became a full-time comic book writer in 1959, doing one-page gag fillers for Archie Comics Archie's Joke Book and other titles. His first confirmed credit is the gag page "Sign Language", drawn by Dan DeCarlo, in Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #59
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I'd love to see more collections like this... The fantasy version would be a series of year-by-year best-of reprints: I'd get the ones for 1961, '62 and '63 in a flash. A set of vintage "Jughead" stories might be nice, too... But I'd also settle for a "Sixties Stories, Volume 2" That'd be groovy too, daddy-o! (ReadThatAgain book reviews)
My favorite stories in this collection include:
"Too Close for Comfort" Jughead and Archie are making fun of Betty & Veronica's tight fitting Slim-Jim pants until a dunk in a park water fountain finds the boy's pants shrunk to a very uncomfortable level of tightness.
"Bop that Beatle" is a Beatle-era story from 1964 as Beatle mop top wigs are all the rage. When Veronica sends one to Archie as a gift, he and Jughead think it's a pest and try to kill it.
"Board Game" Archie tackles the era of beach parties and surfing. Reggie is showing off his surfer skills to the girls making Archie jealous. Arch tries a crash course at surfing with disastrous results.
"Mini-skirt Madness" Yet another 60's icon is covered as the boys go ga-ga over the girl's new mini-skirts.
"Flower Power" from 1968 has Juggy turning into a hippie. Interesting in that going Hippie was dealt with as almost a monster-like transformation and something to be shown off as Veronica wants to Juggy to the Country Club for all her friends to see.
"The Time of your Life" shows true 60's influence as the gang plans a trip to a park for a picnic, throwing the park guards into a panic over what they think will be a marauding band of rambunctious teens.
"Ding a Ling" from 1969 is yet another fashion-oriented story as Reggie is showing off his new Nehru jacket, beads, and bell he wears around his neck. Archie counters him by showing up to the big dance with a cow bell!
Archie Comics has put out two volumes from both the 40's and 50's and I certainly hope they do so with the 1960's as well. To me it's the era that really reminds me of the comics. The ever-changing fashion styles and events always stayed current with the times. No era saw so many changes as the 1960's did and Archie moved right along and grew up as well.
One writer compared Archie comics to an aquarium. Each fish in the aquarium is distinct & unique, & the fun is watching the combinations & permutations. Each Archie character is distinct, in their own private Riverdale Universe, & the fun is watching them interact.
In this collection, the art is excellent. The whole Riverdale Gang looks terrific. The artists at Archie took great pains to be up-to-date with this era's clothing, & it showed! And as always, Archie collections are unobjectionable family friendly fare. This collection will go over well with most kids, & with most parents & grandparents. You get a lot for your money.
The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!