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.