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'The Art of Archie': See classic comic covers from new collection -- EXCLUSIVE

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Wish you could go back to a simpler time when everything was swell, kids called their junky cars “jalopies,” and mainstream feminism was nothing but a housewife’s distant fever dream? This new Archie Comics art book has you covered.

The Art of Archie: The Covers follows in the footsteps of last year’s The Art of Betty & Veronica, celebrating more than 70 years of teenage hijinks by collecting some of the venerable franchise’s most memorable covers. Warning: Thumbing through these images, which were selected by both Archie fans and the comic’s creators, will make you feel nostalgic — even if your own adolescence began long after Archie’s first published appearance. (Archie Andrews made his debut in 1941, alongside Betty Cooper. Take that, Veronica!)

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“Comic book covers featuring muscle bound guys wearing capes and spandex (a.k.a. superheroes) have action. Comic book covers featuring funny animals like Donald Duck were usually clever. Archie covers could have both those qualities, but leave it to the folks at Archie to thankfully put the COMIC in comic books. Not only in but ON,” cartoonist and comics historian Craig Yoe writes in the book’s forward. “You CAN judge an Archie book by its cover. The cover starts with a good laugh, and you know you are going to be laughing all the way to the back.”

Look above and below for a few peeks inside The Art of Archie: The Covers, out from Archie Comics today. And if you’re an Archie fan in the New York City area, take note: Co-editors Victor Gorelick and Yoe are holding four book signings in November. Scroll down for details.

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Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Paramus
765 N State Rt 17
Paramus, NJ

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Strand Books
828 Broadway
New York, NY

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, City Center
230 Main Street
White Plains, NY

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Gardiner Manor Mall
842 Sunrise Hwy
Bay Shore, NY

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