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Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume 1 (1946-1948)

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Long before Archie Andrews had to finally choose between Betty and Veronica, cartoonist Bob Montana guided Archie and his gang into a series of outlandish antics and gags on a daily basis for nearly 30 years. Starting with these very first strips from 1946-1948, Montana's brilliant storytelling and animated flair for humor comes to life in strips that have never been repri Long before Archie Andrews had to finally choose between Betty and Veronica, cartoonist Bob Montana guided Archie and his gang into a series of outlandish antics and gags on a daily basis for nearly 30 years. Starting with these very first strips from 1946-1948, Montana's brilliant storytelling and animated flair for humor comes to life in strips that have never been reprinted previously. Fans can now marvel at the laughable love triangle, sexy women, bumbling sidekicks, and overbearing educators, and rediscover, or discover for the first time, the genius of Bob Montana


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Long before Archie Andrews had to finally choose between Betty and Veronica, cartoonist Bob Montana guided Archie and his gang into a series of outlandish antics and gags on a daily basis for nearly 30 years. Starting with these very first strips from 1946-1948, Montana's brilliant storytelling and animated flair for humor comes to life in strips that have never been repri Long before Archie Andrews had to finally choose between Betty and Veronica, cartoonist Bob Montana guided Archie and his gang into a series of outlandish antics and gags on a daily basis for nearly 30 years. Starting with these very first strips from 1946-1948, Montana's brilliant storytelling and animated flair for humor comes to life in strips that have never been reprinted previously. Fans can now marvel at the laughable love triangle, sexy women, bumbling sidekicks, and overbearing educators, and rediscover, or discover for the first time, the genius of Bob Montana

30 review for Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume 1 (1946-1948)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rene Kirkpatrick

    I loved the Archie comics I read when I was a kid and young adult. I learned so much from them about growing up and being a teenager. I knew they weren't a handbook for the teen age but I got some great information about some certain things. This volume of comics from the beginning of Archie's comic days was pretty bizarre. Looking at them as a snapshot of history was interesting. The caricatures of the black men working on trains was an absolute stopper for me! I didn't realize how weird that wo I loved the Archie comics I read when I was a kid and young adult. I learned so much from them about growing up and being a teenager. I knew they weren't a handbook for the teen age but I got some great information about some certain things. This volume of comics from the beginning of Archie's comic days was pretty bizarre. Looking at them as a snapshot of history was interesting. The caricatures of the black men working on trains was an absolute stopper for me! I didn't realize how weird that would be, looking back at that time from now and seeing the way they were portrayed. Betty and Veronica are so adult and Archie is such a young boy, all puppy jumpishness, and Jughead has hidden depths to him we will never completely plumb. The artwork went from really cartoony to artful from comic to comic and they didn't seem to be in any order. I don't know if I'll look for volume 2 or any of the others until the later years are compiled. I used to love reading the comics on my lunch break at U of O Bookstore. I would go to Smith Family Bookstore, buy up a handful of comics, and then head to Jeb's Good Dogs for lunch and a reading session on the picnic benches outside his place. (Jeb was in Animal House. The scene at the Dexter Lake Club? The man who asks - demands - if they can dance with your dates? That's Jeb.) When I moved from Eugene to Seattle I boxed up all the comics and gave them to my nieces. There was one issue that I still remember clearly, I wish I could find it: On a date with Archie, Betty goes too far and she comes home disheveled and uncomfortable with her decisions. There wasn't any preaching, everything was left to her to decide, and I loved that she wasn't sure that she'd made the right choice in leaving Archie. Wow!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    This was surprisingly entertaining. I bought it mainly because I found it on a bargain table for $10.00. I've heard good things about early Archie so was willing to give this a try. While I wouldn't rank it among the top tier of comic strips, and probably not (or not high) in the second tier of strips, there is nevertheless much to recommend this. For one thing, Montana has a great visual flair, not only for va-va-voom babes (and there's plenty of cheesecake here, only rarely in overtly gratuito This was surprisingly entertaining. I bought it mainly because I found it on a bargain table for $10.00. I've heard good things about early Archie so was willing to give this a try. While I wouldn't rank it among the top tier of comic strips, and probably not (or not high) in the second tier of strips, there is nevertheless much to recommend this. For one thing, Montana has a great visual flair, not only for va-va-voom babes (and there's plenty of cheesecake here, only rarely in overtly gratuitous ways) but also for character design, expression, and physical as well as verbal comedy. Many strips have a few more jokes than just the punch line, and many are quite funny. One sequence, especially, in which Archie and Jughead manage accidentally to flood the school, is hilarious. The characters don't quite look the same as they do today (almost invariably looking better in design and execution here than they do now), nor are their current personalities fully formed. Jughead especially is more complex and interesting here than he became later. However, the strip began by recreating the strip's basic triangle, by having Veronica arrive in Riverdale, thereby setting up the Archie/Betty/Veronica dynamic. Archie's preference for Veronica is almost as baffling here as it always is, though she comes across as far less of a bitch here than she seemed to become later. The Principal (never named here) and Miss Grundy also add a certain frisson, engaging at time sin behavour that would almost certainly get them up on harassment charges today. Archie, however, is something of a douche in these early strips, notably in how he treats Betty, whose infatuation for this less than stellar specimen is even more baffling than Archie's for Veronica. Regardless, as long as one is not too concerned about the sexist (not to mention sexual--the strip is very occasionally mildly racy, implicitly, at least) overtones, this can be a fun read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    gooood stuuuffff....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Grossman

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Mardero

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carl Lund

  7. 4 out of 5

    Don

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brett

  9. 5 out of 5

    James P. Daze

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  11. 4 out of 5

    Asad

  12. 4 out of 5

    『(ARJUN REDDY™)』(^_^)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jade Sorinmade

  14. 4 out of 5

    George Khoury

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Graham

  16. 4 out of 5

    George

  17. 5 out of 5

    Philip Cosand

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doug Gray

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clarice

  20. 5 out of 5

    MV

  21. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erwin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  24. 4 out of 5

    Batool-27

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim Duvall

  26. 4 out of 5

    ❤︎Nai Nai❤︎

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    As always Archie and his gang are fun quick reads:)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rene Thompson

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