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Betty sells her soul




"One of the most talked-about Archie Comics stories ever [...] This one has taken on such legendary status that many don't even believe it exists."

--Paul Castiglia, Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #5



In 2012, One Million Moms protested against the marriage of Kevin and his boyfriend Clay in Life with Archie. I wonder what they would've made of this story, back when it was first published.

'I hope you like warm climates, Betty!' )
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Betty the Beatnik

It's well known that Archie Comics was one of the leading publishers behind the implementation of the Comics Code Authority which kept comics squeaky-clean and decent for the tiny tots. But are you familiar with the expression "getting crap past the radar?"

Like, you, daddy-o! I learned it from watching you, dig? )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-08-08 09:59 pm

The Nobody'd blown up a hospital.

The Black Hood was south of the scene with his thought-dead predecessor (whose being alive he'd just learned about) when he heard about it.

The two of them were heading over when they heard about another explosion in the area.

The Hood who'd " died " and come back to find someone else wearing his mask, Kip Burland, figured that the completionist assassin they were after setting off that one made sense.

That one's site was the former home of his unasked-for successor.

" But why the hospital? What's that mean to you?

" Did you ever work there? Did your parents die there? "

" No. " answered Greg Hettinger, the other Black Hood.

" I was born there. "

They drove through the night. )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-08-01 09:59 pm

The Black Hood confronted the Black Hood.

Kip Burland confronted Greg Hettinger.

The former Hood overpowered the latter.

" It's over, Hettinger.

" You've caused far more harm than good. A lot of innocent people have died as a result. "

" You know what?

" You're right. "

" .. I'm what? "

Kip walked over to Greg. )
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Josie and the Pussycats (2nd series) #1





"Weirdly enough, our version of 'Josie' is not all-ages, nor is it some monstrously hardcore run. Audrey’s magnificent art is delightful, energetic, beautiful and fun, but our dialogue is definitely quick, crackling and — hopefully — goes over the young’uns heads in places. The girls are flawed, funny, earnest, and struggling to make their way in the world in their early 20s. We wanted outrageously over-the-top adventures that had genuine emotional crisis at their warm milk chocolate center."
--Marguerite Bennett, CBR interview 1 Sept. 2016

'I can recite Anna Karenina from memory!' --'Not now, Mel.' )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-07-25 10:31 pm

The Black Hood chased the Nobody across the United States.

The latter made stops along the way.

The former knew why he was making them.

The Black Hood made it to the second stop too late.

All he could do was take in the aftermath. )

NS: Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comics ending, SEGA moving the comic to a new publisher

There had been considerable speculation for some time as to the state of the longest-running North American licensed comic book ever since January, but now it's official - the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series has ended, at least in its current form, and likely moving to a new publisher.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-07-18 10:14 pm

The Nobody held Greg Hettinger at gunpoint.

The killer who was'd tracked the vigilante who'd been to Santa Monica.

The latter sat there, watching the former pull the trigger. Then he moved.

The shot went askew, off his arm.

The Nobody knocked him aside.

" So there's still a little fight left in you, Mr. Hettinger. Good. "

" What- what did you call me? "

" I followed your little hero's journey across the country.

" Couldn't help yourself, could you, Greg?

" Well guess what.

" I'm about to undo all of that. "

" Do I know you? "

" No. Not really. But a lot of people are going to die unless you stop me. "

" Who the hell are you? "

" Wouldn't you like to know. "

The Nobody turned and walked away.

Greg, having heard police sirens approaching the scene of the commotion he'd been in, went the same way in another direction.

He went downtown. )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-07-11 09:03 pm

Season 2 of The Black Hood ended last month.

It'd begun last October.

Officer Greg Hettinger, who'd donned the black hood of a man he'd shot in the line of duty, had fled the wake of his vigilantism.

He left his hood behind him on the outskirts of Philadelphia and went away.

He wound down to California.

There, he wore a bluer hood and threw himself at crime again.

He did so for the same reasons he'd done so before. )
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Summer of Love 50th: Archie and friends get drafted!





Yes, you read that right. In 1971, Archie Comics took a rare foray into current events and an even rarer stance on political issues with "Summer Prayer for Peace," which sees Archie, Jughead and Reggie inducted into the army, then debating the morality of draft dodging with a radical friend.

'Sing, sing of freedom / Sing a song of joy...' )

NS: Now's an Ideal Time to Catch Up on Mega Man (and Sonic, and more)

I wish I had more time to make a post which best illustrates just why Mega Man is a great comic book to get into, and hopefully this post will at least serve as an impetus for that. If nothing else, I included what tags I could to make looking for previous posts easier.

But the main thing is to spread word that ComiXology is having a line-wide sale on Archie comics, of which Mega Man is one, and between the 50% discount and the already-low price of $1.99 USD per issue, you can basically get the entire run for $55. Less, if you decide to trim the Sonic crossover stuff out (incidentally, the Sonic stuff is on sale, too, and worth reading).

The trades have stalled following the hiatus, leaving that option for reading the series in doubt, so that makes this the best way to get caught up. And hey, maybe buying these will show enough support that Archie decides to take the book off "hiatus."

You can find further details here.

Do note that the single issues are the better value over the trades which are available, unless you really like variant covers (which can be found online anyway) and bonus content.
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[personal profile] thanekos2016-07-01 10:54 pm

The Black Hood ended this week with issue #11.

It's starting again with a new #1 in September.

The end this week set up the upcoming beginning with a tale of Kip Burland, the first Black Hood.

It opened in California, on him looking at the work of one he was hunting.

It was bloody work. )