Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Little Archie, We Hardly Knew Ye

Back in the early 1990s, Archie Comics realized that its Little Archie series was becoming rather stagnant. Little Archie comics were originally created in the 1950s and the stories weren't holding up to the crazy '90s. So, Archie Comics ordered a complete overhaul of Little Archie to make it more modern, more hip and more in touch with how the kids of the '90s acted. Here's a bit more information from Platypus Comix:
The main man responsible was artist Frank Rocco, who drew the bulk of what was in Issue #1. Issue #1 was excellent, but it must have tired Rocco out. He quit, and they had to find a replacement. They stupidly handed the reins over to supergeek Joe Edwards, who gave the comic a preschool mentality that nearly killed it.
Dan Parent would later take the reins turning The New Little Archie into a decent digest yet again. Sadly, The New Little Archie Digest Magazine would come to an end and replaced with your generic Little Archie from the 1950s. But the new Little Archie, with a more animated look, would be some of the best to come out of Archie Comics and they are my favorite digests, next to my collection of Laugh.

"Moider Murdar Murderr He Wrote"
Originally appeared in Little Archie Digest Magazine #4 (Jan. 1992)
Written by Bill Golliher
Penciled by R. Kevin Kramer
Inked by Ollerenshaw
Colored by Barry Grossman
Lettered by Bill Yoshida
Archie characters created by Bob Montana
All characters Copyright (C) 1992 Archie Comics Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.





"Quarter Quandary"
Originally published in Little Archie Digest Magazine #5 (Mar. 1992)
Written by Bill Golliher
Penciled by R. Kevin Kramer
Inked by Rudy Lapick
Colored by Barry Grossman
Lettered by Bill Yoshida
Archie characters created by Bob Montana
All characters Copyright (C) 1992 by Archie Comics Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.





"Little Jughead at the Bat"
Originally published in Little Archie Digest Magazine #6 (Apr. 1992)
Written by Alex Neidell
Penciled by Chris Allan
Inked by Henry Scarpelli
Colored by Barry Grossman
Lettered by Bill Yoshia
Archie characters created by Bob Montana
All characters copyright (C) 1992 Archie Comics Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.




"Crash Course"
Originally published in Little Archie Digest Magazine #6 (Apr. 1992)
Written by Dan Parent
Penciled by Bill Golliher
Inked by Rudy Lapick
Colored by Barry Grossman
Lettered by Bill Yoshida
Archie characters created by Bob Montana
All characters copyright (C) 1992 Archie Comics Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.



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