- Posted by Johanna on July 3, 2013 at 7:17 am
- Category: Archie Comics
Out last week was the Archie Comics Spectacular: School Daze mini-trade/upscale digest. I don’t know quite what to call it, since it’s a hybrid. It looks like a double digest. It’s the same trim size (although with fewer pages — 128 to the digest’s 160). However, it’s got more substantial covers and thick white paper instead of the digest’s newsprint, which might explain why it’s $5.99 to the digest’s $3.99.
It’s also got an ISBN, which means, for example, it’s available on Amazon. The story content looks just like a digest, a loosely themed (Archie at school? like there haven’t been thousands of those tales) collection of reprints from all eras (and fashions). Unlike the digests, there are no pinups or puzzle pages.
This is meant to be more perennial, I suspect, with sales throughout the summer for kids going back to school. The inside back cover features the only ad in the book, and it says, “Now check out these other Archie comics graphic novels!”, suggesting that the publisher sees this as a mini-collection. After all, books keep selling, while periodicals age quickly.