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A Major Disappointment!,
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This review is from: Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers (Hardcover)
This is the first book I have ever returned to Amazon--or anyplace else.
I was expecting a much more serious attempt at the history of Archie Comics and what I got instead was more like an Archie scrapbook. This book is much too superficial for my taste. Though there are some nice things, such as Bob Montana's illustrated high school journal pages, there is much more that made me shake my head and wonder why it was included--such as more than 20 pages of covers with themes such as rock 'n roll, "fab fads," "Art for Archie's sake," and the like. Covers are great, but there are so many better choices instead of such silly themes.
Also I wonder what was sacrificed or included to ensure Archie approval/cooperation. While Dexter Taylor, an artist who has been an Archie stalwart for decades gets a couple very brief (one sentence) mentions, the new management gets multiple pages, far in excess of their contributions to the Archie history.
Make no mistake, the book is nicely produced. The die-cut cover is really nice and the production values are good. But if you are really interested in the history of the company you will be disappointed. I'm sorry I didn't purchase the collected daily strips or the Archie Archives instead.
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2011 7:48:14 PM PDT
Heather Malloy says:
I can't believe that you returned a book because you didn't like 20 of the 220 pages crammed with rarities. And BTW, two of the current management have been with the company 53 and 20 years respectively. I think they proved themselves enough. Why don't you write your book and see if you find someone to print it (or buy it).
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