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Life With Archie #237
April 26th, 2013 by Rusty

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Life with Archie #237 coverLife With Archie #237

Date: July 1983
Publisher: Archie Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $1 – $8
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads and Archie Club News
Writer: Frank Doyle
Artists: Stan G, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Notable Notes: Archie and friends stay at a haunted cabin!

The Adventurous Archie Series!

After reading about this series in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1696, and learning that this was the adventurous and mysterious Archie series, I dug through my back issues to see if I had any copies. Lo and behold I did – so I figured I’d give it a go and see how it rated now that I understood a little bit more about the series. Here’s what I thought about it…


The main story in this issue is a two-parter entitled “The Ghost of Spirit Lake.” In it we find Archie, Betty and Chuck going on a fishing trip and staying in a cabin by the lake (I wonder if their parents know about this?!). As night rolls in they get scared when they constantly encounter mysterious and creepy events – such as a strange face in the window, howling in the woods, doors that open by themselves and masked strangers. But, just like Scooby Doo, the gang keeps pursuing the matter and eventually end up figuring out what is really happening!

There are also a few 1-pagers (one which features Sabrina) and 2 shorter stories in this issue of Life with Archie. In “Rescue” Betty talks Archie into rescuing a starving baby bird on a cliff. And in “When Words Fail” Archie’s band (The Archies…really?) is terrorized by Veronica’s younger cousin LeRoy when he steals their instruments!

My 2 Cents:

  • The main story about the haunted cabin was pretty good. I enjoyed the “mystery” aspect of it – and it really did feel Scooby-Doo-ish!
  • The other stories in this issues were fun reads too, and would be especially good for kids.
  • As an adult, however, I found myself wanting some deeper stories. Oh well, this *was* an Archie comic book so I don’t know what I was expecting… just more oomph I guess.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars

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