Browsing through a bookshop in Makati, I suddenly felt the urge to get another Archie Comic, this time ” Betty and Veronica”
Archie Comics has had this heartwarming effect on me since I was a kid, and in my teens, browsing Archie Comics every now and then sends a familiar happy feeling. Now that I am already 30 years old, the magic is still there. I still feel excited whenever I get to purchase an Archie Comic, whether it be Jughead on the cover or Archie himself.
To answer the question, should you collect because if one day, they will stop printing completely and comics like these can be sold for millions? Yes. if you have the patience and No if you simply don’t have the time to think of material things of this world.
If somehow the Archie comics that I am holding can stay with me for more than 30 to 40 years, then that would be great, but I won’t obsess about it. I guess we will see about it, but for the most part, since it is still a wonderful nostalgic item- I am definitely going to keep my Archie Comics for a long time.
History of Archie Comics:
Archie Andrews first became popular with his friends at Pep Comics until it was canceled in 1987, After that Archie was relaunched in 1942 as simply Archie Comics #1. Archie #1 was published in Winter of 1942 and was still scarce back then, there are only a few copies in circulation, which meant that they were very expensive.
Archie Comic Publications, Inc. the added other characters like Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Sabrina Spellman, and Josie and the Pussycats.
Why we love Archie Comics so much?
The story revolved around a fictional town, an ideal one, where Archie Andrews and his friends have always existed in harmony. The Archie comics was not designed to imitate real life, it has a life of its own and momentum. Archie provided a sense of relief, another world for readers who want for a time to relax, and just generally live a life in colors with no pressures and no actual repercussions, through the eyes of Archie Andrews and other characters.
The comics have a simple plot, the main character Archie is a klutz but is a well-meaning kid, who breaks things by mistake whenever he visits the house of Veronica Lodge, but at the same time he is fun to be around and loves his mother.
Archie Comics has inspired countless of characters in movies and other comics and has become a model image for a lot of stories that we know today. It was even able to add some popular gay characters and introduced racial and ethnic diversity in comics.
Archie Comics used to be sold in comic book racks and mom-and-pop candy stores, but as the digital readership started to increase, there are lesser chances of seeing the Comics sold. Due to this, Archie apps were created. But despite the existence of the apps, a lot of readers and collectors still prefer to hold the comics in their hand and browse it as they enter another dimension- Riverdale. Where everything is happy and sunny. The creators of the comics made sure that Riverdale was relatable and welcoming to anyone, this is why it always feels comfortable and happy to read Archie Comics.
In Riverdale, there are no drug issues, gangs, and bullies are always defeated- Archie was designed to live in a world where we like to be in. It is offered to a reader like a candy, allows them to switch off from work for a while, and to forget the ugliness of the news for a while. Gorelick’s make sure that there is nothing too complicated about the plot, and the only real dilemma he has is who to choose, should it be Betty or Veronica, but even that, was not turned into a serious problem- the characters all live cohesively and still love hanging out with each other, without drama and pressure of real-life relationships.
The creator of Archie knows that while he will not live forever, Archie will go on, as the perpetual smiling youth that he is in the comics.
Why is the Archie Comics Valuable?
Archie Comics remains a strong force in the comics industry, and the surprising thing here is it does not even need to sell sex, violence or drugs, there are no superheroes involved and still, the comics are achieving mainstream success. Archie continues to be popular in a grocery store check out lines and is still one of the most syndicated comic strips in the world. Some of the spinoffs like Josie & the Pussycats, as well as Sabrina the Teenage witch were able with get TV series and feature films during the 70’s and 90s’.