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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Archie Digest Christmas Special
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Review by Scott Tingley, December 20, 2008

Every year the big and little comic companies publish Christmas and Holiday specials featuring the company's most prominent characters. If you sorted a decade's worth you would find that some are good, some are so-so, and some, in my opinion, are not so hot.

No matter how good or not so good a Holiday issue is though, the fact is, few of them will fit nicely in a Christmas stocking. Enter the Archie Digest Christmas Special (Archie Digest #248), which should be on the checkout aisle shelf of your local convenience store and Wal-Mart checkout right now. It is easily stuffed into a stocking, and since Archie readers don't seem to be as fanatical about the condition of their books, bending it a little to make it fit shouldn't be a problem.

But are the stories any good? Well, some are good, some are so-so, and some, in my opinion, are not so hot. But, for $2.49 you get nine stories and two single page jokes (I always loved those), not to mention a very nice Dan Parent cover (his terrific art shows up all over the Archie line of books. His heavy lines and attractive characters become easily recognizable once you know what to look for). With eleven different stories, a dud or two is okay (and your "dud" will likely be different than my "dud". I think that is one of the great things about the digests; so much to choose from).

As is always my complaint with the digests, there are no credits given for any of the older stories, only the new. I want to know who wrote and drew these stories; that is one of the fun things about being a comic fan - being able to follow the classic artist and illustrators. Even having a breakdown for each digest on their website would be nice.

Okay, rant over. This issue is fun, a great value and easily picked up before Thursday. I'm giving mine to my nephew.



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