- Series: Archive Editions
- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401231128
- ISBN-13: 978-1401231125
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sugar and Spike Archives Vol. 1 (Archive Editions) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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Wildly popular over three decades, Sugar and Spike has been unavailable except in digest size and as DC Silver Age reprints of a few issues. The DC Archives series books seem expensive (and they are), but Amazon at least drags them into gift range. Why a book printed in China needs to cost so much I don't know, but there's no denying the quality of this 10.5 X 7 inch hardback. About 260 pages of full color comics on slick, quality paper. Very archival. Except for the ads, you get the original comic books, including the covers, which often carried a mini comic strip as an ad for the series, along with Mayer's innovative extras, like "Pint-Size Pin Ups". These were cut out paper dolls and clothes. Fitting, since Sugar often called Spike "Doll Boy". On the "Do It Yourself Comic Page" Mayer encouraged young readers to trace or draw expressions on the characters, and sign their name at the bottom. This at a time when few artists were allowed to sign their comics. In "You Be the Editor" readers were encouraged to wear another of Mayer's hats, and put comic panels in order.
Each story ended with the adventuresome duo sitting in the corner as the sentence for their wild antics. The second issue introduces Sugar's Uncle Charley, who is always in the kids' corner, and sometimes literally so, as he shares their fate. There's also a supporting comic called "Little Snoopy", which quickly drops out of sight, and seems somewhat patterned after Mayer's earlier character, Scribbly, from the funny pages. Mayer wrote and/or drew numerous comics and characters, from the '40s through the '80s, notably "The Three Mouseketeers" from 1956 on, and in 1975, "The Bible", a short run of stories from Genesis for DC, illustrated by Joe Kubert The Bible. The editors of the Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics included three Sugar and Spike stories and seven pages of Scribbly comics, attesting to Mayer's continuing legacy. At last in archival form, these truly are comics for the kid in all of us.
Sadly, only the first ten issues. Just as sadly, it's missing the letters pages and text pages, which were filled with comics history and the immense charm of Sheldon Meyer - the co-creator (if not the creator) of the Justice Society of America and the guy who discovered Superman for us.