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Archie #1 (Vol. 2)
Dec 11th, 2017 by Rusty

Archie #1 cover

Archie #1 (Vol. 2)

Date: September 2015
Publisher: Archie Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn and Jack Morelli.
Notable Notes: The first comic book in the New Riverdale universe!

All New Archie?!

It has been a few years since the All New Archie series re-launched the Riverdale Universe. Even then I was late to the game, and only picked up a few issues after it had been going for a while. Knowing that Mark Waid was the writer helped, because I like most of his stuff. Anyway, I had been wanting to get some more issues of this series, but they were turning out to be expensive and hard to find. So I was excited when Humble Bundle offered a bunch of the electronic TPBs recently, and I jumped on that bandwagon while I could! Anyway, here are my thoughts on the first issue of this re-launched series.
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MadHouse Comics #108
Aug 12th, 2013 by Rusty

MadHouse Comics #108

MadHouse Comics #108

Date: August 1977
Publisher: Archie Enterprises, Inc.
Cover Price: 35¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads
Writer: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: A smorgasbord of gags!

More Mad?

After reading this issue I looked up the series on Wikipedia and was surprised to find that it had a long and varied history! Yes, it seems like it was trying to capitalize on Mad Magazine’s success, but it also produced some famous characters and searched relentlessly for its own unique personality. I’m not so sure this issue succeeded, but maybe the series as a whole did. Here’s what I thought of it…

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Archie #327
Jun 22nd, 2013 by Rusty

Archie #327 cover

Archie #327

Date: January 1984
Publisher: Archie Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $6.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads, Krazy Knits and Club News
Writer: Frank Doyle
Artists: Dan DeCarlo Jr., Jimmy DeCarlo, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Notable Notes: Archie meets the Ga-Ga’s!

Laundromat Girls!

I know this is a comic book, and that Archie is perennially lucky when it comes to girls, but I still want to visit his laundromat! How come the laundromats in this issue (and TV series and commercials everywhere) are always full of nothing but beautiful women? Sure, I’ve seen a few pretty girls when visiting laundromats myself, but nothing like this. Sigh, oh well.

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

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…

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Betty and Me #152
Feb 6th, 2013 by Rusty

Betty and Me #152 cover

Betty and Me #152

Date: July 1986
Publisher: Archie Comics Group
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 NM Price: $5.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus “Dear Betty” letters column, word search, hairstyles and ads
Writers: George Gladir
Artists: Stan G, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida
Notable Notes: Betty tries her darnedest to snag Archie!

The Luckiest Man!

Ah, Archie – the envy of men everywhere! Is there any guy luckier than the man who has not 1 but 2 beautiful women chasing after him? I was jealous as a teenager reading these issues, and now as a middle aged man – well, I’m still a little bit jealous! Oh well, joining in on all the fun, hi-jinks and plain good luck of Archie is half the fun of reading these issues… right?

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Archie #325
Dec 12th, 2012 by Rusty

Archie #325 cover

Archie #325

Date: September 1983
Publisher: Archie Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2012 NM Price: $6.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads.
Writer: Frank Doyle
Artists: Dan DeCarlo Jr., Jimmy DeCarlo, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Notable Notes: The return of Jinx Malloy!

Not Just For Kids!

Good old Archie comics – they were another staple of my childhood. This series is aimed at teens, which probably explains why it holds up better on a re-read than my childhood favorite: Richie Rich. Is there any comic book fan who hasn’t read an Archie comic? Maybe people who starting reading comics when adults – if so they are missing out on a great, classic story!

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