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Nose Norton


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Did anyone pick this up back in '94? I didn't, but I just read it the other night.

I occasionally read Archie comics as a kid. I never thought they were overly funny, but I did enjoy the simple humor stories. I think what I like about Archie comics is similar to what the Punisher liked about Riverdale in the comic. The comics are full of nostalgia for an idyllic, simpler time, whether it's from when you read them as a child, or for the image that many people hold of the 50's, the innocence of malt shops and sock hops. This was what the Punisher liked about Riverdale. He could imagine himself settling down in a town like this if not for the tragedy that changed his life.

The story involves a thug that looks an awful lot like Archie who winds up in Riverdale with the Punisher on his tail. The art is a great mix of John Buscema on the Punisher and Stan Goldberg on the Archie characters.

The comic was fun, if only boarderline funny. Archie had a good bit where he got "intense", like most of the heroes of the 90's. Jughead had at least one decent line, as he asked the thugs who were taking Archie for a ride if they could drop him off at home. All the characters stayed in character. Punisher didn't become goofy, though he did hit a bad guy in the face with a cake. He also let his quarry live in the end, due to the innocence of Riverdale reminding him of the person he once was.

Overall, this was an enjoyable meeting of two comic characters who were on the farthest ends of the spectrum in a year that was a peak for comics, at least for sales.


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Paste Pot Pete 

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When I heard about this issue, I thought it was a joke like the covers on this blog

http://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/

It's still amazing to me that this was real. I don't know if I read the whole issue online of just a couple of pages.

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Incriptus


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I did read it a few years back and remember being pleasantly suprised. Again not funny but fun.




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Nose Norton


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Those are some cool covers. Interesting pairings, too.

I found one blog that has 16 pages of the 48 page story posted, but that's the best I could find.


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Nose Norton


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Exactly. You don't have to worry about your sides splitting, but you will finish the book with a smile on your face.


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Mikel Midnight


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I'm only confused about the marketing behind this project. Sure it's an okay comic, but if Archie readers are going to be introduced to Marvel, ought it really be through the Punisher? Are Marvel readers likely to not be familiar with Archie comics and be introduced to them through this comic?


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Nose Norton


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That's a good question, one I didn't even concider. My only guess would be that, because it was 1994 and everything was selling, this would be a one-time collector's item that Marvel fans, Archie fans and speculators would have bought, figuring it might be worth something someday.


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Nose Norton


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That comic was actually the same story but with a different cover, published by Marvel. The other cover was published by Archie Comics. evidently, that price isn't too unreasonable, as it goes for around the same amount on mycomicshop.com.


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