CBSI Does Archie!
This week many of the CBSI writers have assembled to bring you a collection of Archie pics, some of which are simply favorites and others that you might want to look out for. Maybe it's our insatiable need to find the next great thing to collect but let's face it, most comic collectors are guys. We can go on and on about why stories matter most ( yea right! ) or go back an forth about all sorts of issues in this hobby but collecting hot girls on covers is about as close as we will ever get to agreeing on anything.
Remember that many of these books have newsstand editions. Just like any other newsstand the closer to the current year the more rare it is going to be and finding them in high grade will be much harder than finding NM copies of their direct edition counterparts.
So I made this my first Archie selection because I want one. It isn’t cheap, but it can be had for a price. I’m still holding out hope I come across one in the wild, but as this was near the end of this series the print run was getting smaller and smaller.
Comichron had Issue #200 at just over 3k copies the month before and then subsequent issue dropped off the Top 300 list. So we can only assume this was under 3,000 issues printed. And with issue 200 being an anniversary issue it most likely had an order spike. I can only guess at the drop off afterwards.
That said, it is a gorgeous cover design. Love the Tattoo layout. And with a new season of Ink Master starting up, this is pretty topical. Simply said, Dan Parent killed this one.
This book is already a monster. Good luck finding one for less than $250 at this point. There’s a CGC 9.8 listed for $1,900 right now. Yeah, a monster.
That darker Archie universe has really taken off the last few years. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the Netflix show notwithstanding. There’s Vampironica, Afterlife with Archie, Jughead the Hunger, etc. These books have established their own little niche in the market. So this 1st appearance of Vampironica isn’t going to be coming down anytime soon.
Golden Age guru Ben C picked a couple classics. You can't go wrong with that image of Betty from Archie 50 and nothing is more appealing than syringes, women in peril and Nazi monsters!
(Warren Lou, Red Sonja and Betty variant )
I’m not a Archie comics collector. I admittedly know absolutely nothing about Betty and Veronica. I’m a big fan of Red Sonja and one thing I do know, this cover concept kicks @$$! it combines several different fandoms into one thing and that’s pretty cool. I mean, this looks exactly like a fighting video game load screen! Sure it probably wouldn't be much of a fight, Red would destroy Betty in a fight… at least I assume so. Again I don't know anything about Betty, or even if they fight inside because I didn't read the book.
As I said prior, I know nothing about Archie comics… so I don’t even know if this book is the first time Archie crosses over with another comic property. Regardless, as someone looking in from the outside this still seems like it’s a pretty important book. There have been lots of Archie comic crossovers over the past couple of years but how many of them have been with a character as well known as the Punisher? Seriously, I don’t know since I’m not an Archie Comic guy.
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