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