The great thing about comics is there's always something for everyone. Pretty much everyone knows who Archie, Betty and Veronica are but they might not realize just how long these characters have thrived. Archie first made his debut back in the early 40s. To this day, new comics are still being produced. This book contains a look at the characters with a focus on the covers.
Archie's look may have evolved slightly over the years but there's always been a certain Archie-style to the characters. Looking through this book makes you realize just how long the characters have been having crazy adventures.
Opening up the book, you get an immediate glimpse into some of the covers.
Let's make it clear, this isn't just a book containing images of covers. There is information on the history of the characters and publication. In case you're unaware, check out what Archie looked like in his first appearance.
Besides seeing the classic cover in a nice clean shot, you can see you also get a little behind-the-scenes. Seeing the original art for some of these images is amazing. It's like seeing secrets uncovered as you get the see the raw look of the art before it's been finished and colored.
There have also been some common themes over the years. It's always cool to see the homages, even when they refer back to themselves.
Along with the covers and bits of history, there are also some spotlights on some of the numerous creators that have worked on the books. In today's comics, Dan Parent is one of the most prolific Archie creators that immediately comes to mind.
There's a lot to see in this collection.
If you've watched the video at the top of the page, you have an idea what the presentation is like. The book is oversized with dimensions of 12" x 9.3" x 0.9" and contains 160 pages. It was released at the end of October so you should be able to still find it in book stores or online. It retails for $29.99 (Amazon has it for $20.48).
Here's a few more shots of the book:
Here's a comparison shot of the size of the book.
If you've ever read and enjoyed Archie comics or know someone that has or does, this makes a cool gift. Check it out. And maybe you can answer, who do you prefer, Betty or Veronica?