Archie Americana Series #4 - Best of the Seventies
(1998)

Archie, 1991 Series
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Price
9.95 USD; 11.95 CAD
Pages
100
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
ISBN
1-879794-05-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781879794054 50995
Editing
Paul Castiglia (Americana Series editor); Victor Gorelick (Managing Editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
17.5cm x 25.5cm
Binding
Perfect Bound

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rex W. Lindsey (signed)
Inks
Rex W. Lindsey (signed)
Colors
Heroic Age (credited)
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Dilton Doiley (cameo); Hot Dog (cameo)
Reprints
Keywords
bicentennial; disco; glam rock; guitar; hot tub; Skylab; urban cowboy

Love Is the Answer (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Archie Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Archie Americana Series: Best of the Seventies (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Credits and indicia. No art.

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 3)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper

Indexer Notes

Table of contents with two illustrations.

Introduction (Table of Contents: 4)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Shirley Jones (credited)
Pencils
? (photo); Lou Maldonado
Inks
? (photo); Lou Maldonado
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Shirley Jones (photo); Partridge Family (illustration)

Indexer Notes

Introduction in verse reviewing celebrities, events, and fads from the 1970s.

Protest (Table of Contents: 5)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
?
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Fred Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Alan; Pat
Synopsis
Archie wants to organize a protest like all the other teenagers are doing in America, but is appalled to find that all the other kids are happy and have nothing to protest about.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script identifiable as Frank Doyle by his style and distinctively flowery dialogue (the first line in the story is "Whither goest, light of my life, apple of my eye and borrower of my jazziest ties?").

Hot Pants (Table of Contents: 6)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir ?
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Hal Cooper; Ethel Muggs
Synopsis
Betty and Veronica interview people on the street, seeking their views on the latest trend in women's fashions.
Reprints

Decisions, Decisions (Table of Contents: 7)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Marty Epp
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Smithers
Synopsis
Archie resolves to be more decisive, but keeps vacillating over whether to ask Betty or Veronica for a date.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A panel from this story was mistakenly used as an example of Dan DeCarlo art in Vanity Fair's 65th anniversary piece on Archie comics. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2006/12/archie200612

The name of Veronica's date, "Tex Daylor," is based on the name of Little Archie artist Dexter Taylor.

Bubble Trouble! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Archies / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
The Archies [Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge]; Li'l Harry
Synopsis
After The Archies get a bad review in a music magazine for being a bubblegum rock group, they go to watch Li'l Harry, one of the pioneers of rock.
Reprints
Keywords
bubble gum; bubblegum music; music critics; rock 'n' roll; rock music

The Late Archie Andrews (Table of Contents: 9)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Marty Epp
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Fred Andrews; Geraldine Grundy; Principal Waldo Weatherbee; Reggie Mantle; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
Mr. Weatherbee tries an experiment: seeing if Archie can be on time for school if he sleeps overnight in the faculty lounge.
Reprints

A Gallery of Classic 1970s Covers (Table of Contents: 10)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprints of four 1970s covers.

Patch Match (Table of Contents: 11)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
The fad for sewing patches on jackets is causing Archie to spend all his time getting patches sewn on by Betty, and Veronica doesn't like it one bit.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script identifiable as Gladir by his distinctive style, title choice, and obsession with current fads.

Loyalville U.S.A. (Table of Contents: 12)

Archie at Riverdale / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Mr. Lodge
Synopsis
Archie and Betty try to help out a salesman who is stuck with a huge supply of Riverdale pennants and no sporting event to sell them for.
Reprints

No Fuel Like an Old Fuel (Table of Contents: 13)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Stan Goldberg
Inks
Jon D'Agostino
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
The gang wants to go on a picnic, but due to a gas shortage, can't get any fuel. They rig a sail for Archie's jalopy, which works fine for taking them to the country. However, when it's time to go, there isn't any wind and it's a long push home.
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Indexer Notes

Credits from the reprint in Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg #1.

You Came a Long Way, Baby (Table of Contents: 14)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; Miss Grundy; Mr. Weatherbee
Synopsis
Betty and Veronica are amused by the selection of Miss Grundy to give a lecture on women's rights. It takes Mr. Weatherbee, outlining all the pioneering gains Miss Grundy fought for in her past, to change the girls' opinion.
Reprints

Bicentennial Banter (Table of Contents: 15)

Archie and the Gang / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Reggie Mantle; Professor Flutesnoot; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Moose Bauman; Dilton Doily; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Big Ethel Muggs; unnamed Riverdale High students
Synopsis
The girls teach the boys about some of the females who played decisive roles in the American Revolution during rehersal for a play.
Reprints

Over and Out (Table of Contents: 16)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Pop Tate
Synopsis
Archie and Veronica get CB radios and use pet names for their handles, not realizing that others hear their broadcasts.
Reprints
Keywords
CB radio

Indexer Notes

This story, tying in with the CB craze of the era, includes some information on how to use CBs and the legal limits of how they can be used, and ends by asking readers to write in and share their experiences with CB radios. In this reprint the company address is replaced with large "Void" lettering.

A Gallery of Classic 1970s Covers (Table of Contents: 17)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Four cover reprints from the 1970s.

Pet Parade (Table of Contents: 18)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones; Reggie Mantle; Moose Mason; Betty Cooper
Synopsis
In the midst of the pet rock craze, the gang is driving Archie crazy by adopting pet sticks, pet hinges, and pet bolts.
Reprints
Keywords
pet rock

A Fool for Cool (Table of Contents: 19)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Smithers (cameo); Pop Tate; Mr. Cooper
Synopsis
Archie is convinced the way to succeed with women is to imitate the arrogant leather-jacketed TV star "Funzee."
Reprints
Keywords
Fonzie; haircut; Happy Days; leather jacket; motorcycle; TV series

Indexer Notes

"Funzee" is a direct swipe of Henry Winkler's Fonzie character from the TV series "Happy Days."

Video Vexation (Table of Contents: 20)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
?
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Midge Klump; Reggie Mantle; Archie Andrews; Moose Mason; Pop Tate; Dilton Doily
Synopsis
All the boys are more interested in video games than girls. The girls decide to become experts at video games and beat the boys, in the hope that it'll kill their interest in the games.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The script for this story is a partial remake of the story "Speed Deed" from Betty and Veronica #126, also by Gladir and DeCarlo. In that story, the girls and boys took up model car racing; here that's replaced by video games.

Costume Caper (Table of Contents: 21)

Reggie and Me / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Reggie Mantle; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Mr. Weatherbee; Miss Grundy; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
Reggie sabotages Archie's costume for the school costume contest.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Most of the costumes are knock-offs of characters from Star Wars, with Reggie as Darth Vader and Archie as R2-D2.

Melvin's Angels (Table of Contents: 22)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman ?
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; Olga
Synopsis
A parody of "Charlie's Angels", with Betty and Veronica as the angels.
Reprints
Keywords
health spa

Indexer Notes

When reprinted in World of Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2010 series) #51, inks are credited to Jim DeCarlo.

Disco Dude (Table of Contents: 23)

Jughead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir ?
Pencils
Stan Goldberg
Inks
Stan Goldberg
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Jughead Jones; Midge Klump; Moose Mason; Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews
Synopsis
Jughead gets permission from Moose to enter a disco contest with Midge, just as long as they only win second prize.
Reprints

"Hey T. V. fans! Be a T. V. drama critic and win cash prizes!" (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Archie Drama Critics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The '70s (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

Archie / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Archie
  2. 1. Love Is the Answer
    Archie Annual
  3. 2. Archie Americana Series: Best of the Seventies
  4. 3. [Table of Contents]
  5. 4. Introduction
  6. 5. Protest
    Archie
  7. 6. Hot Pants
    Betty and Veronica
  8. 7. Decisions, Decisions
    Archie
  9. 8. Bubble Trouble!
    The Archies
  10. 9. The Late Archie Andrews
    Archie
  11. 10. A Gallery of Classic 1970s Covers
  12. 11. Patch Match
    Betty and Veronica
  13. 12. Loyalville U.S.A.
    Archie at Riverdale
  14. 13. No Fuel Like an Old Fuel
    Archie
  15. 14. You Came a Long Way, Baby
    Betty and Veronica
  16. 15. Bicentennial Banter
    Archie and the Gang
  17. 16. Over and Out
    Archie
  18. 17. A Gallery of Classic 1970s Covers
  19. 18. Pet Parade
    Archie
  20. 19. A Fool for Cool
    Archie
  21. 20. Video Vexation
    Betty and Veronica
  22. 21. Costume Caper
    Reggie and Me
  23. 22. Melvin's Angels
    Betty and Veronica
  24. 23. Disco Dude
    Jughead
  25. 24. "Hey T. V. fans! Be a T. V. drama critic and win cash prizes!"
    Archie Drama Critics
  26. 25. The '70s
    Archie
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