This digital issue compiles 12 hip stories about everyone’s favorite rock band, The Archies. Originally published in the “Everything’s Archie” comic book series, these selected tales date from 1969 through 1991. They are from some of the series’ most popular contributors.
1. “Visit to a Small Panic” (1969) – Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie visit Filmation Studios in sunny southern California, home of the Saturday morning cartoon “The Archies”. The show’s producers quickly learn that the gang is more unpredictable than they could ever imagine!
2. “Winter Wonderland” (1970) – Sabrina the teenage Witch joins Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead as they compete in some winter games in the snow. Will witchcraft determine the winners?
3. “The Last Chord” (1971) – Archie decides to give up playing music on his guitar to protest against all the misery in the world. At least, until he discovers that playing music might provide a better solution.
4. “Summer Prayer For Peace” (1971) – The Archies perform at a peaceful protest rally after Reggie, Jughead, and Archie are drafted into the U.S. Army. It’s an imaginary tale…one with a powerful message!
5. “Bubble Trouble” (1972) – After a music critic denounces The Archies as a bubble gum rock group, the gang goes to see Li’l Harry — a true pioneer of rock music – perform in concert.
6. “A Share of the Happening” (1973) – Archie falls asleep and dreams of operating a multi-million dollar marketing corporation known as Archie Enterprises, Inc.
7. “Pet Parade” (1977) – The “Pet Rock” craze has Archie completely baffled. All his friends seem to have bought into this nonsense. The question becomes: will Archie join them?
8. “The Breakdancing Break” (1984) – The Archies haven’t had a gig in months. Their manager tells them that they need to shoot a hit video and get it played on NTV. After seeing a group of breakdancers at the Mall, Archie has an idea!
9. “A Passion for Fashion” (1988) – This one is a one-pager about Veronica’s hot, new outfit.
10. “Shlock Rock” (1989) – With the help of Reggie’s cousin Iggy, the gang shoots a rock video and presents it to the NTV program director. Will he like it enough to air it on TV?
11. “The Funniest Video” (1991) – Each member of the gang is armed with a camcorder and is trying to win the $1,000 first prize for capturing TV’s “Wackiest Amateur Video”. Who will win?
12. “Go West, Young Dudes” (1991) – The Archies’ next gig is a very unique Beach Prom…in California! It’s all surf and sun for Archie and his pals.
WOW!!! What an amazing time capsule! It’s all here…the music, the fashion, the war protests, the television programming, the fads…a genuine flashback to my youth! Seen and experienced through Riverdale’s favorite teenagers!
It’s a fun celebration of Archie’s first 75 years (did I really just write that???). There are plenty of lessons to be learned and an important message about life during the Vietnam War era. Readers of all ages will enjoy the well-written stories and colorful artwork. But don’t look for this collection at your local comic book store. It’s only available as a digital download.
To learn how you can order your own digital copy, visit www.archiecomics.com.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.