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Here come the holidays, and Archie and his friends make the greatest gift of all! Packed with over 400 pages of classic Christmas tales, this festive collection is sure to get you in the spirit! The ARCHIE’S FAVORITE COMICS series gathers some of the most beloved comic book stories ever for fans of all ages! Filled with warmth and laughter, ARCHIE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COMICS Here come the holidays, and Archie and his friends make the greatest gift of all! Packed with over 400 pages of classic Christmas tales, this festive collection is sure to get you in the spirit! The ARCHIE’S FAVORITE COMICS series gathers some of the most beloved comic book stories ever for fans of all ages! Filled with warmth and laughter, ARCHIE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COMICS collects the most fun, humorous and heartwarming holiday tales from the past seven decades. Laugh at the antics of Riverdale’s teens as they seek the perfect Christmas tree, go on a sleigh ride, help those less fortunate, give one another cherished holiday gifts and more as they enjoy the magic of the season!


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Here come the holidays, and Archie and his friends make the greatest gift of all! Packed with over 400 pages of classic Christmas tales, this festive collection is sure to get you in the spirit! The ARCHIE’S FAVORITE COMICS series gathers some of the most beloved comic book stories ever for fans of all ages! Filled with warmth and laughter, ARCHIE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COMICS Here come the holidays, and Archie and his friends make the greatest gift of all! Packed with over 400 pages of classic Christmas tales, this festive collection is sure to get you in the spirit! The ARCHIE’S FAVORITE COMICS series gathers some of the most beloved comic book stories ever for fans of all ages! Filled with warmth and laughter, ARCHIE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COMICS collects the most fun, humorous and heartwarming holiday tales from the past seven decades. Laugh at the antics of Riverdale’s teens as they seek the perfect Christmas tree, go on a sleigh ride, help those less fortunate, give one another cherished holiday gifts and more as they enjoy the magic of the season!

30 review for Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    I've never read any classic Archie comics before this. I've read various riffs; I've seen them crossed over with zombies, werewolves, Batman, Predator (twice). I've read a fair bit of the New Riverdale reboot, where the likes of Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson got to retool the characters in a slightly more realistic fashion; I even watched two seasons of the Netflix sort-of-grim-and-gritty-but-also-very-silly Riverdale. Despite all of which, this is my first encounter with the comic I've never read any classic Archie comics before this. I've read various riffs; I've seen them crossed over with zombies, werewolves, Batman, Predator (twice). I've read a fair bit of the New Riverdale reboot, where the likes of Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson got to retool the characters in a slightly more realistic fashion; I even watched two seasons of the Netflix sort-of-grim-and-gritty-but-also-very-silly Riverdale. Despite all of which, this is my first encounter with the comics people mean when they refer offhand to Archie. And they are...exactly what I expected. Genial, low-stakes hijinks in an idealised American small town. For which I am a sucker at this time of year, or at least I am when the stories are this short, not the 90+ minutes you get on some Hallmark atrocity. Which will of course also tend to have a creepy conservatism to them, whereas Archie...for all that it's a byword for old-fashioned values, a lot of these stories are quietly, surprisingly progressive, and I don't just mean Betty being much more mechanically minded and generally practical than Archie. One very early story here includes what's what's entirely recognisable as a mansplaining incident, played for just the same laughs it would be now. Even more so, there's something fascinating about the way that, long before their recent embrace of gay characters &c, the comics company long seen as America's most anodyne was quietly promoting a model whereby most of the characters seem to be dating more than one person and this is sometimes chafed against, but for the most part accepted as fine (while Jughead, even before he was officially asexual, mainly finds all the dating drama a terrible impediment to his other interests, specifically indolence and grub). There is an ominous warning at the start that some of the stories include outdated attitudes – with clanging placement right after the editorial exhortation to enjoy, like the small print on a radio ad. This had me expecting horrors, but it turned out the biggest problem was that the editorial introductions to each section were deeply trying, all written with forced cheer and boilerplate phrasing which suggest the tone of Mandatory Fun that had always put me off Archie (in particular, the description of "resident prankster" Reggie felt more desperately 'You don't have to be mad to work here!!!' with each appearance). Granted, there is one Christmas celebrated with a spot of mob violence, but the target is Moose, so that's alright, and in terms of problematic depictions, the main one I spotted was in the earliest depictions of Archie himself, all bulging eyes and buck teeth, and genuinely terrifying. But he's soon settled into recognisable form – not threateningly handsome, but plausibly appealing – and while there is undoubtedly a house art style, it's enough to allow for a degree of individuality from the various artists. Which was a little disconcerting when it's Gisele Lagace, whose style I mainly know from her sex comedy Menage A 3, meaning I kept expecting at least some of the Riverdale characters to get naked. If the clothes stay on, that's about the only thing from a list of classic sitcom mishaps that doesn't go wrong. Food gets eaten that shouldn't be, misunderstandings occur, social dilemmas – but it's all good-natured, mild peril stuff, even in the story which echoes the Pine Barrens episode of The Sopranos. And all that snow, all those decorations and shops and parties, do feel just right for Christmas, especially this year when doing it for real is so thoroughly out of reach. The stories with supernatural elements are less satisfactory; I'm fine with Santa himself popping up, but once his minions Jingles the elf and the Sugar Plum Fairy crop up, they're far more irksome. It doesn't help that in a collection which mostly exists in the same eternal, fundamentally idyllic present as Just William, the only two stories here with any degree of continuity are presented in the wrong order. Even beyond that, though, the sort of magical powers which these supernatural beings were heedlessly throwing around put the whole business a whisker away from turning into apocalyptic horror, or at least they do if you think too hard, which I do. Even aside from supernatural stories, every now and again there are premises which ring false. I don't mean the run-throughs of recurring comedy tropes - of course Archie comes flying through the Lodges' front window again and again, that's just what he does, same as Lucifer rebels and Holmes detects and Del Boy mispronounces stuff. I mean stories like the one where Veronica is working really hard on a surprise Christmas Eve costume party, incommunicado, having not told any of her presumed guests about it. How's that supposed to work? I could believe it from the British government, obviously, but she's meant to be an accomplished if slightly self-centred hostess, surely she can see the impracticality! For the most part, though, this absolutely scratched the itch as a big chunk of festive replacement therapy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    A fabulous holiday collection of Archie comics! Including comics from Archie and friends' first Christmas, and things like Jingles the Elf, as well as many many great holiday memories, this was a lot of fun to read over the holiday season, I really enjoyed it. A fabulous holiday collection of Archie comics! Including comics from Archie and friends' first Christmas, and things like Jingles the Elf, as well as many many great holiday memories, this was a lot of fun to read over the holiday season, I really enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer N

    This was a nice collection of Archie Christmas stories. There was a wide variety sorted into sections such as parties, Jingles, Sugarplum Fairy etc. I was disappointed that most of the stories were from the 2000s. I was hoping for more of a mixture among the decades.

  4. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    This is a great book for comic book lovers and makes an amazing gift because it is over 400 pages of Riverdale fun. if you haven't read the fun Archie comics, grab this huge spectacular comic. This is a great book for comic book lovers and makes an amazing gift because it is over 400 pages of Riverdale fun. if you haven't read the fun Archie comics, grab this huge spectacular comic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I always enjoy Archie comics, but they're even better at Christmas time. I always enjoy Archie comics, but they're even better at Christmas time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karizma Limbu

    Wow fun full stories n it’s feels nice to read during Xmas.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    Great assortment of Archie Christmas stories. I really liked how they were broken up. It seemed to be top heavy with stories from the 2000s. I would have liked more classic stuff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirin Y

  9. 4 out of 5

    Skywriter27

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geo George

  11. 4 out of 5

    RainyDaze

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily Boivin

  13. 4 out of 5

    Don Christian

  14. 4 out of 5

    Book Worm 777

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amani

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Rainsbury

  17. 5 out of 5

    Destini

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bradyfredrickson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Barber

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mics

  22. 4 out of 5

    DAISY

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Pullen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iqr'a Tariq Mansoor

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  26. 4 out of 5

    Graham

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Roitmire

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sofia C

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