KC COLUMN: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT!


Archie #1 cover by Fiona Staples

Archie #1 cover by Fiona Staples



KC Carlson reviews Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and looks at a Secret Wars story you may never have seen.

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Interview: Alex de Campi on Dark Horse’s Archie vs. Predator and Image’s No Mercy


Archie vs. Predator #1

Archie vs. Predator #1



Writer Alex de Campi talks about two upcoming titles; Dark Horse’s Archie vs. Predator and Image’s No Mercy

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: I Can See The Future


Secret Wars

Secret Wars



Westfield’s Wayne Markley looks at upcoming events at Marvel and DC, and changes at Archie.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Pros and Cons 2013


Saga

Saga



Westfield’s Wayne Markley takes a look back at comics in 2013 including Image’s Saga, Marvel’s Daredevil: End of Days, and Archie Comics.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Fun, Fun, Fun


Superior Spider-Man #12

Superior Spider-Man #12



Westfield’s Wayne Markley takes a look at fun comics including Simpsons Comics, Superior Spider-Man, and Super Dinosaur.

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KC COLUMN: STAY OUT OF RIVERDALE: THE BIG MOOSE STORY: PART TWO


Archie at Riverdale High #98

Archie at Riverdale High #98



KC Carlson concludes his look at Archie’s Big Moose.

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KC COLUMN: STAY OUT OF RIVERDALE: THE BIG MOOSE (AND MIDGE) STORY: PART ONE


Early cover appearance by Big Moose. Laugh Comics #84, 1946.

Early cover appearance by Big Moose. Laugh Comics #84, 1946.



KC Carlson takes a look at the history of Archie’s Big Moose.

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KC COLUMN: JOSIE AND THE DeCARLO FAMILY


This fashion page shows off Josie’s famous hairstyle, adapted from Josie DeCarlo’s actual hairstyle at the time. Also note artist Dan DeCarlo showing off his illustrative fashion style in both this and the Melody page below. From She’s Josie #4, Nov. 1963.

This fashion page shows off Josie’s famous hairstyle, adapted from Josie DeCarlo’s actual hairstyle at the time. Also note artist Dan DeCarlo showing off his illustrative fashion style in both this and the Melody page below. From She’s Josie #4, Nov. 1963.



KC Carlson on the passing of Josie DeCarlo and her impact on comics.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Everything’s Archie


Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo

by Wayne Markley

When I was young, a very long time ago, I loved DC Comics; Flash, Green Lantern, Dial H for Hero, Land that Time Forgot and, of course, Superman and Batman. But even as a youth, I wanted a change now and then from the superheroes and I would turn to Archie Comics. Archie in the ‘50 & ‘60s had a style that was clean, colorful, entertaining, and almost always five or six pages with a gag at the end. Or they were one page gag strips. As an adult, I learned who was behind all these wonderful stories; Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg, Frank Doyle, and others. (Archie rarely give credit to the creators back then even though Marvel and DC did.) To this day I can re-read stories from that time period and it still makes me feel happy, brings a smile to my face, and lifts my spirits. We are fortunate that we live in a time when there is a revival of interest in these classic strips and there are a number of excellent collections for those that may not have had the pleasure of reading these classics when they were first published.

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KC COLUMN: Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime!


Worst From Mad #2

by KC Carlson

Hello from the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

You’re supposed to be reading the epilogue to Never-Ending Story (which WILL end next week after I get home). The reason you’re not reading it now is because A) just hours after arriving at the vacation house, I succumbed to some mysterious illness which caused my head to feel like it was on fire, while the rest of my body was freezing (despite it being in the mid-90’s, temperature-wise, outside), B) in my feverish state, I managed to accidentally sit on my glasses, completely smooshing them (and breaking one of the lenses), and C) I’m in a beach house that appears to only have internet access when the wind is blowing at 22 1/2 mph in a southwesterly direction (which it is not).

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