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Celebrate 70 years of Archie Comics fun with this massive full-color collection of over 50 favorite comic book stories hand-selected by noted Archie writers, artists, editors and historians. Also included are loads of entertaining behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the comics, their creators, and Archie's unique impact on America's pop culture! Designed for young and old Celebrate 70 years of Archie Comics fun with this massive full-color collection of over 50 favorite comic book stories hand-selected by noted Archie writers, artists, editors and historians. Also included are loads of entertaining behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the comics, their creators, and Archie's unique impact on America's pop culture! Designed for young and old alike, this is both a must-have companion for anyone who has grown up with Archie and a perfect introduction for new readers.


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Celebrate 70 years of Archie Comics fun with this massive full-color collection of over 50 favorite comic book stories hand-selected by noted Archie writers, artists, editors and historians. Also included are loads of entertaining behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the comics, their creators, and Archie's unique impact on America's pop culture! Designed for young and old Celebrate 70 years of Archie Comics fun with this massive full-color collection of over 50 favorite comic book stories hand-selected by noted Archie writers, artists, editors and historians. Also included are loads of entertaining behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the comics, their creators, and Archie's unique impact on America's pop culture! Designed for young and old alike, this is both a must-have companion for anyone who has grown up with Archie and a perfect introduction for new readers.

30 review for The Best of Archie Comics, Book 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    You know those moments when you find stuff in your room that relates so much to your childhood and you feel the sudden pull of nostalgia? Well, I kind of felt that way when I saw the Best of Archie Comics while I was visiting a local bookstore near where I live. Archie comics were one of the biggest influences for my reading habit... okay, scratch that, I’ll admit it somehow grown into an obsession. A good one, not a bad thing I swear (yeah, keep telling yourself that!). I started reading Archie You know those moments when you find stuff in your room that relates so much to your childhood and you feel the sudden pull of nostalgia? Well, I kind of felt that way when I saw the Best of Archie Comics while I was visiting a local bookstore near where I live. Archie comics were one of the biggest influences for my reading habit... okay, scratch that, I’ll admit it somehow grown into an obsession. A good one, not a bad thing I swear (yeah, keep telling yourself that!). I started reading Archie when I was about 6 or 7 years old. It happened when our family was residing in Riyadh (my parents were OFWs back in the 90s). Since my parents had work in the middle of the day and being the kid who stays at home most of the day after school, I guess you can say I was bored (cartoons were of short supply back then and I’ve never really been much of a couch potato). One day, my dad took us to a book store. While my older brother went through the comics section for some Marvel and DC stuff, I came across some Archie Digest Magazines. I don’t know why I decided to pick them up, but when my dad asked me if I wanted to buy them I said yes without even missing a beat... and the rest is history. Yup, I have been a fan ever since my first issue and here I am, in my twenties and still haven’t outgrown it. Back then, I always thought that the issues I pleaded my dad to buy me more (I’ve been a constant whiner to get new ones after I finish each) was too small and thin. I kept complaining to myself that they were too short and they’re just not enough. Now you can probably picture how I got all crazy-eyed when I saw a 400-paged issue of Archie. Imagine Kaa (the snake from the Jungle Book, Disney cartoon) and you’ll get the idea. LOL. The Best of Archie Comics showed me how much this comic has developed in matters of story and most specially the artwork, which I never really noticed before how huge the changes it went through over the years. Also, I never really thought of how the whole Betty-Archie-Veronica love triangle started out and I’m happy to get a brief history on how it all began. I really enjoyed reading this book and the trip back to my childhood just left me very grateful for discovering Archie, because reading has definitely taken a huge part of my life. I don’t think I would have grown into the reader that I am now if I hadn’t picked up my first Archie comic and that’s something I deeply cherish. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    LiteraryMarie

    Chickadee grew up reading Archie Comics. I grew up reading Archie Comics. My peers grew up reading Archie Comics. I remember times when we would pick up the latest copy from the grocery store newsstand or the local comic book store. I would be so excited to read the adventures of Archie and friends (Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Big Moose, Reggie, Miss Grundy, and Mr. Weatherbee). After a while, I stopped collecting the comics and moved on to literature. But the famous comic that started in 1941 is Chickadee grew up reading Archie Comics. I grew up reading Archie Comics. My peers grew up reading Archie Comics. I remember times when we would pick up the latest copy from the grocery store newsstand or the local comic book store. I would be so excited to read the adventures of Archie and friends (Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Big Moose, Reggie, Miss Grundy, and Mr. Weatherbee). After a while, I stopped collecting the comics and moved on to literature. But the famous comic that started in 1941 is still going strong. While browsing Amazon.com, I came across a new release: The Best of Archie Comics. This was a must have! I immediately purchased a copy. It features the best stories of the past 70 years! It is in full color and designed for both young and old Archie fans. It highlights the eternal love triangle (Archie/Betty/Veronica). It's also a great introduction if you're not familiar with the Riverdale gang because it covers the 1940s to 2010 and beyond. If you look closely, you'll notice the price change. In the 1940s when Archie first began, it only cost ten cents. The comics are categorized by decade with a brief description of the American culture at that time. A history lesson AND memories! As a bonus, it includes comics from the spinoffs like Josie & The Pussycats and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. My only gripe is the spine. I had to bend the spine back further to read some of the pages. A hardcover version would have been better. So I would suggest purchasing two copies: one copy for reading, one copy for the collection. Literary Marie

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Abbang

    Archie Comics was the reason why I became a bookworm, and it all started when I was 8 years old. I liked reading Archie and his friends’ adventures in a strip, but I always reckon that each copy of this comic was too thin and never enough. So when I saw these 415-pages of Archie, I went crazy. Haha! I can aver that this is not an ordinary copy of my beloved comic! It contains the best Archie stories for the past 70 years (1941-2011). Plus, I found out why and how Betty and Veronica became Archie Comics was the reason why I became a bookworm, and it all started when I was 8 years old. I liked reading Archie and his friends’ adventures in a strip, but I always reckon that each copy of this comic was too thin and never enough. So when I saw these 415-pages of Archie, I went crazy. Haha! I can aver that this is not an ordinary copy of my beloved comic! It contains the best Archie stories for the past 70 years (1941-2011). Plus, I found out why and how Betty and Veronica became frenemies over Archie’s love. It’s actually nice to experience how the Riverdale gang evolved over time. No doubt, this has been and will forever be part of my reading habit.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandipan Goswami

    A delight for every Archie fan! I have grown up reading Archie comics and the characters are almost like my real friends. Some of the stories are pretty average but some are gems. Especially the one in which Little Betty asks Little Archie to accompany her home after school; it was sweet and slightly melancholic. And the story were all the friends reunite at The Chocklit Shoppe after many years.(view spoiler)[My eyes literally moistened when Midge dumps Moose. (hide spoiler)] That hug between A delight for every Archie fan! I have grown up reading Archie comics and the characters are almost like my real friends. Some of the stories are pretty average but some are gems. Especially the one in which Little Betty asks Little Archie to accompany her home after school; it was sweet and slightly melancholic. And the story were all the friends reunite at The Chocklit Shoppe after many years.(view spoiler)[My eyes literally moistened when Midge dumps Moose. (hide spoiler)] That hug between Jug and Betty was really heart-warming. Archie is really close to my heart and I couldn't give this one less than 4.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Grace Nakao

    Archie comics is the one that got me into collecting books. Ever since I was little, I would save up some money for me to able to buy it. But since this is a bit pricey in my country, (and honestly, I have other books I would love to read) I stopped buying. Thank goodness I found this in our local bookstore though. I absolutely love it!! I was reminded why I fell in love with it in the first place. Maybe sometime in the future, I will start buying their digests again ;D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Graham

    Includes some repeats from Dark Horse's Archie Firsts collection, but I love this format and so happy they are going on with these! :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    I bought a giant stack of Archie double digests from Facebook Marketplace last month. This was included. HOO BOY! Did I love it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Umm.Itz.Jewel

    1.75 just stop please...I don't like buying the comic then realize that half the stories are in my other comics:/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    best book ever no lie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rashel

    This is my very first Archie Comic book that I owned, and I really enjoyed reading it. It was nice that it showed the generations of the Archie Comics on how they evolved to what Archie is today. It was interesting to know the history of the Archie Comics since I grew up with it. The comics were very humorous especially the last, which was about Jinx, and I really laughed out loud reading it. The graphics and the backgrounds were all very lively and colorful, and the details were great. You This is my very first Archie Comic book that I owned, and I really enjoyed reading it. It was nice that it showed the generations of the Archie Comics on how they evolved to what Archie is today. It was interesting to know the history of the Archie Comics since I grew up with it. The comics were very humorous especially the last, which was about Jinx, and I really laughed out loud reading it. The graphics and the backgrounds were all very lively and colorful, and the details were great. You could tell that they really made a great effort making each and every comics. Reading this comic book reminded me about the moments when I was younger. I did not got bored at all reading this book despite its thickness. Any comic reader would really love this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andi 언디

    Aaahhhh my childhood. Still as funny as ever. I lost my Archie collection when my family moved to Canada nearly a decade ago. When I saw this bind up at Walmart, I had to buy it. As I was reading this, I feel like no time has passed. It felt like it was just yesterday when I last saw these Riverdale residents. Everything was just as good as it was years ago, even the colored pages smelled familiar. I felt like I was a part of the gang again. The only reason I knocked off one star is because there Aaahhhh my childhood. Still as funny as ever. I lost my Archie collection when my family moved to Canada nearly a decade ago. When I saw this bind up at Walmart, I had to buy it. As I was reading this, I feel like no time has passed. It felt like it was just yesterday when I last saw these Riverdale residents. Everything was just as good as it was years ago, even the colored pages smelled familiar. I felt like I was a part of the gang again. The only reason I knocked off one star is because there were other stories in this book about characters I did not care for (Wilbur, Katy, etc.) In fact, I skipped them. Archie, Betty, Ronnie, Reggie, Moose, and my lover Jughead will always be a part of my life. Not even death can tear us apart.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lai Valenzuela

    This is a great book and I am enjoying it immensely! Its great seeing the evolution of the comic digest and how it is revamped to match our current decade. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone that has ever been curious about Archie's long run and how much it has changed, or if they simply would like to have a collection of some of the best work. The only downside to this book is that it couldn't cover everything. It is even mentioned in the welcome page that they had to restrict the This is a great book and I am enjoying it immensely! Its great seeing the evolution of the comic digest and how it is revamped to match our current decade. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone that has ever been curious about Archie's long run and how much it has changed, or if they simply would like to have a collection of some of the best work. The only downside to this book is that it couldn't cover everything. It is even mentioned in the welcome page that they had to restrict the stories to ones that are short because of page length (but you still get 400 pages worth of stories so don't fret!).

  13. 4 out of 5

    A. R.

    I didn't grow up reading DC or Marvel. Archie and the gang were my favorite comics. I think "Best" in the title is a little misleading. This is more of a broad survey of Archie Comics (including the non-Archie titles). However, I did enjoy the selections they included--even the newer stuff that I had not previously been interested in (the wedding/marriage titles) that I may check out now. Mixed in with the comics were some stories about the history of the franchise, including decade overviews that I didn't grow up reading DC or Marvel. Archie and the gang were my favorite comics. I think "Best" in the title is a little misleading. This is more of a broad survey of Archie Comics (including the non-Archie titles). However, I did enjoy the selections they included--even the newer stuff that I had not previously been interested in (the wedding/marriage titles) that I may check out now. Mixed in with the comics were some stories about the history of the franchise, including decade overviews that put the changes made to the characters in the context of the changing trends.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I loved this! It really brought me back to my childhood. This is the first book in the 'Best of Archie comics', it was fun seeing how Archie has developed throughout the years. It starts with 1940's Archie and I really enjoyed seeing the art style change. I especially loved the parts with Sabrina. I'd definitely recommend this if you are a fan of Archie and have grown up with the comics. It was cute and fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    This is a good collection featuring the best Archie stories from the past 70 years. I have always enjoyed reading Archie as a child alongside Superheroes. As an adult, I still love reading these stories. One of my friends have called me "Archie Boy" and guess what? I am a Archie fan. This collection is for both old and new fans to enjoy while catching up on the current adventures of the Riverdale Gang.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Flores

    This comic book is one of the reasons why I came to love reading and got me my corny personality. Hahaha. 5 Stars to whoever made this!! I definitely missed laughing to Jughead and Archie's tandem. Archie comics will never get old! More power, Arch! :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Quite a deal, I will probably buy this book even though I own some of the stories in other collections. $10 for over 400 pages for over 70 years worth of content, it's pretty much double the going rate matching dollar to page count.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angélica

    I love Archie comics. What I loved about this collection is seeing how Archie & Co. evolved from the 40s to the present. All I have to do now is to buy all the Americana specials. I especially like the 40s-60s styles. That's all I have to say in this review. :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carmela

    when saw this comics in the bookstore. I just literally grabbed it. If yoi want plain down to earth humor then Archie and the gang have it. It totally gived me this nostalgic feeling when i started reding it. brought me back to elementary days. hehe!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    Super fun look at the history of Archie Comics, reprinting a wide variety of stories from the oldest to the most current. Really gives a good flavor of Archie through the years, and the stories are fun to read on their own merit too!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Lim

    i absolutely loved this book:) there are some articles or comic strips here that i did not know about archie like the gang used to call him chic:)) my fave part here is when he and ronnie got married.i personally like betty for him.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa

    Totally worth it folks. From the very 1st comic to Veronica's intro to the best retro Katy Keene pinups to how Dipsy Doodles came to be and why they wanted a teenaged, imperfect L'il Jinx. Yum.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nikko

    I love, love, love, love Archie Comics!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Tuck

    My favorite pre-teen pastime! Own about 125 of these... Archie Archie and Friends Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Betty Betty and Veronica Jughead

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    I've known of Archie for 20+ years. He's the redhead kid that was popular in the 60's, right? Maybe it's just me, but I've never known anyone who read or talked about reading anything Archie related. Now I hear that Archie has some of the best new stuff out...and I don't really know anything about the 70 year history of Archie comics. Crash course time. This book gives a look at a handful of stories from each decade, 50's - today. Most are self contained, cute stories about tame high school life. I've known of Archie for 20+ years. He's the redhead kid that was popular in the 60's, right? Maybe it's just me, but I've never known anyone who read or talked about reading anything Archie related. Now I hear that Archie has some of the best new stuff out...and I don't really know anything about the 70 year history of Archie comics. Crash course time. This book gives a look at a handful of stories from each decade, 50's - today. Most are self contained, cute stories about tame high school life. The jokes center on the established personalities of the characters. There's a sprinkle of some lil' Jinx and Sabrina the Teenage Witch as well. I'd say these were interesting and enjoyable. I now feel prepared to move on to the current Mark Waid run and some Afterlife With Archie. No pussyfooting around.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    I sometimes like to take a break from comics like Crossed and The Punisher and read something a little more humorous and lighter. This volume was a great choice. It follows Archie comics from the start in the 1940s all the way to present day. It's a little amazing how sexy Veronica and Betty were in a comic aimed at younger readers, but I guess they wouldn't notice and they threw something in there for the older readers as well. Seriously, the comics are funny and entertaining and while the I sometimes like to take a break from comics like Crossed and The Punisher and read something a little more humorous and lighter. This volume was a great choice. It follows Archie comics from the start in the 1940s all the way to present day. It's a little amazing how sexy Veronica and Betty were in a comic aimed at younger readers, but I guess they wouldn't notice and they threw something in there for the older readers as well. Seriously, the comics are funny and entertaining and while the older stories were more on the silly side they did get more sophisticated in later years. The Riverdale TV show along with the recent Archie horror titles have sparked my interest in Archie comics and this was a great read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terri Lytle

    I grew up reading Archie comics, same as millions of kids before and after me. I am still an Archie fan, and often find myself reading them in the checkout lane while waiting! I was so thrilled to find this collection for less than half the price on a thrift book website and immediately purchased it! The nostalgia was a punch in the gut and transported me back to laying in the yard during summer, reading comics and enjoying the innocence being a child brings!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    this book is a humor comic book. The characters are Mr. Weatherbee the principal, Ms. Grundy the assistant principal, Archie the main character who is really silly, Betty who have a crush on Archie, Veronica who also have a crush on Archie, Jughead who always want to eat, and last but not least Reggie who is jealous that Archie hanging out with Veronica.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ambur Taft

    Enjoyed a blast from the past....I remember begging my mom for the new Archie when I was young, standing in line at the grocery store checkout, what a terrible marketing scheme. I did not realize the first Archie came out in 1941 and the Archie's still coming out today are great graphics - it was a comfort food sort of read if you loved them as a kid.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Arturo De Tuoni

    A terrifying look at the American zeitgeist through the ages. Also, at one point, Archie becomes a cyborg, confronts gentrification and the death of small business, and gets married to someone far above his station.

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