Archie, after conquering comic books, premiered as a newspaper comic strip in 1946, just a year after the Second World War ended. While the character came of age in post-war America, artist Bob Montana made him an everyman, a character that continues to capture the hearts of generations of children and adults. This series begins the first-ever collections of these classic Archie comic strips by Montana.
Archie Sunday Finest
Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by David Allen.
In these rarest of all Bob Montana color Archie comics, we see his mastery of the Sunday newspaper strip format in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Included are the very first Sunday strips in which he brought the characters originally created by John L. Goldwater to Sunday morning breakfast tables across the country.
Ocersized 10" x 13" hardcover, 160 pp., $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-61377-152-5.
Archie Vol. 1: 1946-1948
Edited by Greg Goldstein, Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Maggie Thompson.
WINNER OF THE 2011 EISNER AWARD for BEST ARCHIVAL
COMIC STRIP COLLECTION!
Starting with these very first strips from 1946-1948, Montana's brilliant storytelling and animated flair for humor comes to life in strips that have never been reprinted before. Fans can marvel at the laughable love triangle, sexy women, bumbling sidekicks and overbearing educators, and rediscover, or discover for the first time, the genius of Bob Montana.
11" x 8.5" hardcover, 304 pp., $39.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-669-9.
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Archie Swingin' Sixties Dailies Vol. 1: 1960-1963
Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Bart Beaty
Continuing our Eisner Award-winning series, we jump ahead to the 1960 dailies, when Bob Montana hits his stride. As the country entered what would become the Swingin' Sixties, Montana entered his 14th year writing and drawing the series. The amazing cast is well established: Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Fred and Mary Andrews (Archie's mom and pop), Reggie, the Lodges…and at school, Principal Weatherbee, Miss Grundy, Mr. Flutesnoot, Miss Shapely, Miss Beazly the cafeteria cook, Svensen "de Yanitor," and Coach Kleats. Includes 800 comics from September 1960—when the school year begins—to spring vacation in April 1963.
11" x 8.5" hardcover, 276 pp., $39.99. ISBN: 978-1-61377-669-8.
Bob Montana was born into a showbiz family. His father, Ray, was a banjo player on the Keith vaudeville circuit and his mother, the former Roberta Pandolfini, was a Ziegfeld dancer. As a young boy, the future cartoonist and his sister would sometimes put on their dancing shoes and join their dad in his finale. It wasn't as a hoofer, however, that brought fame to Bob Montana—it was his talent at the drawing board. He drew inspiration from the facts, fantasy, feelings, and fun of his own high school days in Haverhill, Massachusetts to bring to life the Archie characters originally conceived by John L. Goldwater.