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Archie: The Best of Samm Schwartz Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Samm Schwartz
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Nov. 29 2011 Archie: The Best of Samm Schwartz
Samm Schwartz was one of the main Archie artists in the 1950s and 1960s. He worked on all the major Archie characters, but is most remembered for his portrayal of Jughead. Jughead in particular was a highpoint for Schwartz. Samm's greatest talents were his storytelling ability, depicting facial expressions and body language. But the key ingredient along with his talent, was his keen sense of humor that brought the characters to life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Volume of Classic Archie Dec 5 2011
By Kasey G TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
IDC Publishing has now begun releasing these wonderful Archie keepsake books at a brisk pace; this is the fourth one I've bought this year. The format remains the same: approximately 150 high-quality glossy pages in a hardback volume that measures about 9x11.5 inches. There are 25 different stories in this book that all come from the "Jughead" series circa 1959-65. It's wonderful to see them on crisp white pages, large-sized, rather than in the old Archie Digests on newsprint paper.

Makes a great gift or a treat for yourself if you grew up with these comics in the 1960s or 1970s. Don't wait to buy this because these are quickly going out-of-print. The first volume of Dan DeCarlo did so in less than a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Volume of Classic Archie Dec 5 2011
By Kasey G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
IDC Publishing has now begun releasing these wonderful Archie keepsake books at a brisk pace; this is the fourth one I've bought this year. The format remains the same: approximately 150 high-quality glossy pages in a hardback volume that measures about 9 x 11.5 inches. There are 25 different stories in this book that all come from the "Jughead" series circa 1959-65. It's wonderful to see them on crisp white pages, large-sized, rather than in the old Archie Digests on newsprint paper.

Makes a great gift or a treat for yourself if you grew up with these comics in the 1960s or 1970s. Don't wait to buy this because these are quickly going out-of-print. The first volume of Dan DeCarlo did so in less than a year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked comic genius Jan. 16 2012
By km - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up in the '80s and '90s, I was a big Archie fan, especially of the digests (which even as a kid I knew was a better deal). Unfortunately, they had a strange practice of not listing story credits except on the first one, so it took a while until I realized that I actually had a favorite artist in particular, whose style was unique from the "standard" Archie look.

The dynamic body language, offbeat panel composition, zany background details, silhouettes, and those ubiquitous brick half-walls and wooden fences... I'll still sometimes look through used issues at the comic shop to see which have the most Samm Schwartz material.

I was expecting a wider array of his work in this book, but only his early '60s work is on display here (presumably future editions will continue the chronology). What's most noticeable is how refined and modern it looks compared to his later stuff, which actually felt more loose and whimsical. There also aren't as many of his trademark background details (like graffiti on fences, or puzzled/irritated passersby). Still, it's great to have an entire book dedicated to Schwartz, and the stories are entertaining in their own right.

As far as "bonus" material, there's only an essay from Schwartz's daughter here, which does give some insight into his life. Hopefully if there are future installments, they'll include sketches or interviews. (Looking at the Dan DeCarlo series, it seems they've had 3 editions, each coming less than a year apart.)

All in all, this a must-have for the lucky people who are able to recognize the greatness of Samm Schwartz, and a great gift for those who grew up with Archie comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greats Nov. 26 2011
By Keil Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Samm Schwartz. A name that is pretty much synonymous with Jughead. Firstly, these collections by IDW are top notch. The pages are slightly larger than the original comics, and the art looks fantastic. The art is on glossy paper, and the comics really pop.

This collection contains some early stuff by Samm - a lot of Jughead stories from the late 50's through 1964 or so. It's great to see Samm's early style. I would argue that he was at his peak as a penciller in the 70's and early 80's. His Jughead stuff from the 70's gave the character a feel of his own - it was as if Samm's offbeat pencilling style was made for an offbeat character like Jughead. Samm also did some great, weird work in Mad House Glads in the 70's and 80's. His distinctive voice and his outstanding pencils make him one of the greats in the history of Archie comics.

This volume is a great introduction to his work. I'd say it is a must-have for any fan of Jughead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff... More, please. Dec 3 2011
By A. Kline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At long last, my favorite Archie artist gets his due! I grew up devouring Jughead Jones digests, which were then packed full of wonderful stories drawn by Samm Schwartz. This collection skews towards his earlier work, which was wonderful, if a little more Archie-house-style than where he ended up. I'll cheerfully purchase any additional volumes covering the rest of Schwartz's exceptional work. The storytelling, body language, sight gags... Nobody else compares.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 24 2012
By ximenola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has great classic Archie comic stories. Some of them I had never read before. The stories are very funny and the drawings and quality of the book is very nice. I had a great time reading it.
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