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Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories - A complete list of the Riverdale commemorative family album

The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories
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The best of Archie Comics will be collected all under one roof - err, cover - in an upcoming 700+ page special coming this fall. 

The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories (opens in new tab) will commemorate the good times in Riverdale and the surrounding area, and do so in a unique format: one story from each year Archie Comics has been in business, going all the way back to Archie Andrews' debut in 1941. Think of it as snapshots of the best story each year, from 1941 to 2021.

Here's a complete list of the stories in The Best of Archie: 80 Years, 80 Stories:

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  • 2021: 'Crisis on the Riverdale Earths,'  from Archie 80th Anniversary Digest #1
  • 2020: 'Dogging the Cat Burglar,' from Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #309
  • 2019: 'Name Fame,' from Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #302
  • 2018: Archie #700, from Archie #700
  • 2017: 'Cosmo Go,' from Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #275
  • 2016: 'Caketastrophe,' from Archie's Funhouse Double Digest #22
  • 2015: Archie #1, from Archie #1
  • 2014: 'Here Comes Harper,' from Archie #656
  • 2013: 'Don't Fret, My Pets,' from Archie Comics Double Digest #244
  • 2012: 'The Christmas Challenge,' from Jughead Double Digest #176
  • 2011: 'Meet Kevin Keller,' from Veronica #207
  • 2010: 'It Starts with a Kiss,' from Archie #608
  • 2009: 'A Typical Day,' from Archie #597
  • 2008: 'That Old Buggy,' from Archie Comics Double Digest #239
  • 2007: 'The Legend of the Lost Lagoon,' from Free Comic Book Day 2007
  • 2006: 'Will the Real Jughead Jones Please Stand Up?' from Archie's Pal Jughead Comics #170
  • 2005: 'Double Trouble' from Archie Comics Double Digest #219
  • 2004: 'I Was a Teenage Comic Book Character,' from Free Comic Book Day 2004
  • 2003: 'The Kid Who Wrecked Riverdale,' from Free Comic Book Day 2003
  • 2002: 'One Man's Trash,' from Jughead with Archie Double Digest #170
  • 2001: 'Lesson Plan,' from Archie Comics Double Digest #183
  • 2000: 'Welcome to the New Millennium,' from Betty & Veronica Spectacular #40
  • 1999: 'The Last Summer of the Century,' from Archie & Friends #36
  • 1998: 'Career Sphere,' from Archie & Friends #29
  • 1997: 'High School 2021 AD,' from Betty #46
  • 1996: 'History of Arch,' from World of Archie #19
  • 1995: 'Hats Off,' from Jughead #70
  • 1994: 'Kid Stuff,' from World of Archie #12
  • 1993: 'It's Our Business,' from World of Archie #6
  • 1992: 'Double Date,' from Archie & Friends #2
  • 1991: 'Moose,' from Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #222
  • 1990: 'The Fame Game,' from Everything's Archie #148
  • 1989: 'The Triangle,' from Betty & Veronica #20
  • 1988: 'What Else is New?' from The New Archies #2
  • 1987: 'Tips and All,' from Archie… Archie Andrews, Where Are You? Comics Digest Magazine #52
  • 1986: 'The Celebrity,' from Betty's Diary #1
  • 1985: 'Flame Out' from Archie #333
  • 1984:  Flash Dance,' from Betty and Me #137
  • 1983: 'It Seams Sew Sad,' from Archie's T.V. Laugh-Out #91
  • 1982: 'Car-Runch,' from Pep #386,
  • 1981: 'Sword & Sorcery,' from Everything's Archie #93
  • 1980: 'A Crying Shame,' from Reggie & Me #123
  • 1979: 'Pomp Romp,' from Archie #284
  • 1978: 'Cover Story,' from Everything's Archie #63
  • 1977: 'Skateboard Bummer,' from Everything's Archie #60
  • 1976: 'Why Me?' from Archie and Me #81
  • 1975: 'The Literary Giant,' from Archie's T.V. Laugh-Out #31
  • 1974: 'The Letter,' from Little Archie #84
  • 1973: 'The Land of the Free,' from Archie at Riverdale High #9
  • 1972: 'Bubble Trouble,' from Everything's Archie #21
  • 1971: 'Komic Kooks,' from Archie and Me #46
  • 1970: 'Long Green, Long Gone,' from Everything's Archie #9
  • 1969: 'Visit to a Small Panic,' from Everything's Archie #1
  • 1968: 'The Line,' from Archie #182
  • 1967: 'Knack of Time,' from Archie as Capt. Pureheart #4
  • 1966: 'The Quiet Man,' from Archie and Me #9
  • 1965: 'How to Write Comics,' from Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #34
  • 1964: 'Measure Up,' from Archie #148
  • 1963: 'Leader of Men,' from She's Josie #4
  • 1962: 'Playback,' from Archie's Pal Jughead #90
  • 1961: 'The Tale Bearer,' from Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #69
  • 1960: 'Split Decision,' from Archie #109
  • 1959: 'Don't Robot In,' from Archie's Pal Jughead Annual #7
  • 1958: 'Snug as a Bug,' from Pep Comics #126
  • 1957: 'Fan Clubbed,' from Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #6
  • 1956: 'Brawn Yesterday,' from Archie Comics #80
  • 1955: 'Lip Service,' from Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #16
  • 1954: 'Tape a Chance!' from Archie's Pal Jughead #22
  • 1953: 'Fool House,' from Ginger #7
  • 1952: 'It's a Snap,' from Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #1
  • 1951: 'Athlete's Feat,' from Archie Annual #3
  • 1950: 'Mistaken Identity,' from Archie's Pal Jughead #2
  • 1949: 'The Great Lover,' from Archie Comics #36
  • 1948: 'The Old Home Town,' from Archie Comics #35
  • 1947: 'Car Trouble,' from Laugh Comics #22
  • 1946: 'The Lucky Coin,' from Archie #18
  • 1945: 'Junk for a Junket,' from Pep Comics #55
  • 1944: 'Friday the 13th,' from Archie Comics #8

In addition to this 'best of' collection, Archie Comics have promised to include some special, 'behind the scenes' anecdotes about the creation of the Archie family of characters over the years.

The throwback spirit of Archie Comics isn't just on the page (or on the screen in CW's Riverdale), but also behind the scenes. The New York-based company is the largest, and longest-running family-owned company in comics, with some of the descendants of its early 20th century founders John L. Goldwater, Louis Siilberkleit, and Maurice Coyne continuing to run it to this day.

The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories goes on sale on August 25 in comic shops and Comixology, and then September 14 in bookstores and Kindle.

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Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)