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Archie Americana Series: Best of the Forties, Vol. 1 (Archie Americana #1)

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In 1941, Pep Comics introduced Archie Andrews, "America's newest boyfriend." Since then, Archie and his perennial teenage friends have entertained young and old alike with their hilarious misadventures. In this volume, you'll journey to a bygone era and unearth the roots of an American Institution.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 12th 1995 by Archie Comics
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Mike Jensen
Aug 21, 2009 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
The third star is because it is interesting to read old crappy Archie stories and see how they differ from modern crappy Archie stories. Here is the write up:
Unknown (writer), Bob Montana (artist)
“Prom Pranks”
Archie Comics
Reprint, 1991, #1, Winter 1942
Page 2
One of the best-known love triangles in comics is that between teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. The story that introduces Veronica begins at Riverdale High School, with Archie writing a love letter to her during clas
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Lisa McBrien
Apr 28, 2016 Lisa McBrien rated it it was amazing
I love old school comics, and Archie is one of my favorites!!!! This collection has fantastic color artwork and entertaining storylines, that are, as the title suggests, a slice of Americana as it was in the 1940s. It is interesting to see the way each charecter was dressed and styled, though Jughead pretty much stays the same. I've been trying to find more installments of this collection (I also have Vol. 1 of the 1950s) but finding compilations of nonanime comics or nonmanga comics is becoming ...more
Diz
Nov 02, 2015 Diz rated it liked it
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The Archie Americana series is a good series for examining how the Archie series has changed over the decades, and it provides a window into American pop culture across the decades. This volume features stories from the 40s. Many of the stories featured here are origin stories, so you'll get to see many Archie characters introduced for the first time. The writing is hit or miss since the comedy is a bit dated, but it's also interesting to see how the writing has changed over the decades.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Sep 05, 2013 Jean-Pierre Vidrine rated it it was amazing
You really have to hand it to the people at the company that was once MLJ Comics. During the Golden Age super hero boom, when every comic book publisher was trying to create more Supermen and Batmen, someone there said, "Let's do something different." Teenagers getting into trouble may not sound like it should hold its own against super powers in colorful garb, but it did and still does. Collected here are some real comedy gems from that era. There are a lot of dated references here, but the int ...more
Arianna
Oct 20, 2014 Arianna rated it liked it
It's amazing how the drawings of Archie, Betty, and Veronica looked so different before. Funny as always :)
Joshlynn
May 05, 2015 Joshlynn rated it liked it
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I certainly was not expecting the early Archie comics to have so many gags about suicide and murder. There's nothing genuinely subversive or sophisticated in here, but occasionally genuinely funny moments come through the classic Archie insipidity.
Erik
May 22, 2015 Erik rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-humor
Maybe I would have liked it better if I was part of the target audience. The stories are really simple and pretty dated. The jokes only occasionally work.
Gabby
Jan 27, 2011 Gabby rated it liked it
it was a very funny edition as usual
Marissa García
Aug 05, 2013 Marissa García rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, comics
Oh, Archie Andrews, I love you.
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