I loved Archie comics when I was a kid. I remember spending my allowance partly on 45s(little records), and partly on the latest Archie Comics Digest. I still have a huge box filled with them, being that, even then, I compulsively hoarded books! 😛

What I did not know then, was that Archie began in the 40s! And how I know that now, is from reading the 1000 pager digests I bought for my sons. There are whole sections of the classic comics in them. VERY cool!

Amazingly, and I wish I had known this a few years ago, is that my boys love Archie comics as much as I ever did! I truly thought that they might be a “girl thing”. But no, and apparently mine are not alone, either. The series continues to evolve to keep up with the times, and appeals to both boys and girls. Talk about something that can quiet down the rowdiness fast! I bought the first one, after noticing that my oldest had picked it up in Wallymart and couldn’t seem to put it down. I decided to buy it for all three to share, and he carried it around the store the whole time reading it. Gone was the usual “out shopping with Mom, and we’re bored, so lets chase each other around” thing, of which he is the usual instigator. lol He continued to read it in the van the whole way home, and at home for another hour or so. WOW! That thing engrosses him, and my other two, like nothing ever has. So the quiet continues on long car trips, when they have to wait around anywhere we go, and when it is “time to settle down now” in the house after running around all day whooping it up. Like a “mute button” for children! Woo Hoo! hahaha!

Some people think comics are a waste of time, and that kids should mostly be reading chapter books when they read. All well and good for opinions. My oldest is the only one, so far, that can get engrossed in a chapter book. I bought him a Kindle for that reason. MY opinion is, however, that I am happy they are reading ANYTHING in this world of techy distractions. And Archie is clean. In a world full of continuous and constant smut and violence in nearly every form of entertainment. In a world that makes PG movies with the f-word in them. :-\

I ended up buying three 1000 pagers. To swap between each other. And I will buy more as easy birthday gifts. Plus, I actually like to read them too. And I can join in the chatter about the characters and stories, in yet more geekery bonding moments with my sons! lol

They bring back such good memories, and apparently, continue to make more…. 🙂