At Last: Early Archie Comics Archives (via Dark Horse)

It's true -- Dark Horse is going to reprint early Archie Comics, beginning with Pep Comics #22 from 1941. This is one of the last major parts of comics history that isn't collected and available for research or reading, and I'm pretty jazzed about it! Here's the press release:

ARCHIE COMICS AND DARK HORSE JOIN FORCES ON ARCHIVE EDITION

Archie Andrews, America’s typical teenager was presented for the first time in PEP COMICS #22 in December 1941. Since then, Archie and his friends have entertained eight generations of readers. The opportunity has now arrived for both old and new Archie fans to experience Archie’s fun-filled journey to become the world’s most popular teen. Archie Comics is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Dark Horse Comics as Archie and the kids from Riverdale will be joining the Dark Horse line of classic comic reprints.

The Archie Archives will consist of hardcover volumes, in Dark Horse’s archive format, featuring Archie Comics mainstay characters of “Archie”, “Betty”, “Jughead”, “Veronica” and the other characters in the Riverdale Universe. Each individual title will begin with the earliest published issue and move forward in chronological order. Each volume will be approximately 200-250 pages, feature embossed printing, a dust-jacket and carry both Archie Comics and Dark Horse names and logos. The initial plan is to release three volumes of each individual title per calendar year, with each volume retailing for $49.95. According to Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, the series will run indefinitely.

Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater stated, “We have seen the quality and care Dark Horse has put in to restoring and collecting material for their archival series, and we are looking forward to making our early MLJ library of classic material available to a new generation of kids and collectors.”

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Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on September 21, 2009 at 2:29pm
I am reminded of the collector who revently sold his Archie #1 for $38,837, supposedly in protest of Archie's proposal to Veronica, but more likely to take advantage of the hype surrounding #600 the cynic in me thinks.

I'll be in line right behind you for the first volume of Dark Horse's Archie Archives series, Cap.
Comment by Captain Comics on September 21, 2009 at 3:15pm
It's not mentioned in the press release, so I wonder about Archie/MLJ's superheroes (what are called "Red Circle" characters now). I wonder if Dark Horse can reprint Comet, Black Hood, et al, from the 1940s, or if those rights are tied up with DC right now. Somebody ought to reprint them -- and The Fly and The Jaguar from the 1950s/1960s, too.
Comment by Mike Williams on September 22, 2009 at 7:32am
I think most of the 60's stuff is in public domain now - the B&W Alan Class reprints that used to appear in the UK had those as a major part of their content.
Comment by Mike Williams on September 22, 2009 at 7:34am
Before anyone asks, here's a link to the wonderful world of Alan Class comics - http://www.alanclass.co.uk/index.htm
Comment by Dagwan on September 22, 2009 at 11:11am
Meh. I expect I'll sell as many copies of this as I did of the Herbie archive, none.

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Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on September 22, 2009 at 11:31am
Dagwan, you still have the Herbie Archives?
Comment by Captain Comics on September 22, 2009 at 1:03pm
I bought all 3 of the Herbie Archives, but confess I read them more out of a sense of duty than enjoyment.
Comment by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on September 22, 2009 at 1:07pm
I've been thinking of buying them. I did put them on my Amazon wishlist some time back.
Comment by Jeff of Earth-J on September 22, 2009 at 1:56pm
My New Year's resolution for 2009 is to read all those non-DC/Marvel Archives I've been buying (Dr. Solar Man of the Atom, Magnus Robot Fighter, THUNDER Agents, Herbie, etc.) but I haven't started yet. Actually that's not true; I have started, but I'm not as far as I intended to be by September because of all the other great archival collections released so far in 2009.
Comment by Captain Comics on September 23, 2009 at 12:19am
I'm reading just about every reprint I can get my hands on, and having a blast. There sure is a lot of it, and I ain't complaining. (Although my bank account is.)

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