Saturday, January 13, 2007

IF - 80's: Archie Comics


I was totally hooked on Archie Comics when I was 12 — I believe it was around 1987-1988 and my friends and I read Archie, Betty and Veronica and good ol' Jughead Double Digest Magazines for hours! I still kept all my classic Archie Digests - those were fun memories!

63 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter likes and reads the Archie Digest books. She mostly likes the Betty and Veronica titles.
Another great illo. So fun to see these drawn in your style. Who's next?

9:41 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Good ol memories! This is so great Michelle! You did a beautiful job on these characters and the interior, the idea is so cool too!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm digging the jukebox.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhh... I also loved Archie Comics. I recall that my sister Lilia used to draw Archie, Betty, Veronica and Carlos on little pieces of paper in order to play with them. I loved to see her playing like that, she even made a cardboard house for them!

I like ur illo very very much! It's gorgeous and very detailed :)

This week on IF has made me truly happy. Contributions are great!

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really love your work! They're so adorable and nostalgic. :)

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is great... you have such a crisp clean and unique style!

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing...Archie was antique even in the 80's, he's the same age as Bob Dylan!

6:52 AM  
Blogger Kitty Loco said...

Love it! I too was big on the Archie comics...my fave was always Betty. Great job!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archie and his gang are ageless. The sixties were when I was reading their exploits... and there was that bubblegum band of studio musicians. But that's another decade.

Your characters are so much more expressive than what is sold in those comics.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your work is specially enchanting, a sweetness touche, Michelle you are brilliant!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh! this is fantastic! I loooooooooooooved archie comics when I was a kid. I used to make my mom buy me them everytime I went to the grocery store with her! Great job!

8:11 AM  
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Beautiful illustration and memory- your colors are always awesome!

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I used to read them in the sixties :P I even had Betty and Veronica paper dolls! This is excellent Michelle :)

8:24 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

HA ! HA !! Great idea!! Love the fun and color in your illo!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I always wondered if Archie was ever to get Veronica & Betty into a threesome...

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice interpretation of the characters, with your own style shining through.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved Archies comics as well, although I was reading them in the 60's. Very cute.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

Oh My You Did a Great Job!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What fun! I love that jughead is in the background snapping his fingers to a tune. I wonder what's playin on the jukebox? Could it be a hit song by the Archies?

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! Delicious! Lovely use of colour. And I really enjoy the kinda simplification of the Archie style.

I was reading about some or other new controversy recently. Apparently the publishers are trying out a new 'photorealistic' look for one special issue. It looks hideous!

I think you should urgently submit your look to them. If they've GOT to change Archie, at least let them change it for the better!

My 80s stab is Old lady. (You've already seen it. Thanks for you lovely comment!)

Blue skies
love
Roy

3:11 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Awesome work and a great idea! Yea!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extra cool as usual!

xoxo

Bino

http://binoland.blogspot.com/

4:36 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

I LIKED ARCHIE TOOO!!!!!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful illustration. Clean and colorful.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Once again your style shows through...the first time I saw an Archie comic I thought it was an 'antique' issue that had been preserved and was upset there wasn't any spidey or superman about...I'm still amazed that certain comics continue as the modern youth's tastes seem so far removed from such styles...

9:54 PM  
Blogger marcisenders said...

I love this! I used to read that and I loved when it became a Sat morning cartoon.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks for all the messages everyone!!! Really appreciate all the comments! Thanks!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, great piece! I'm glad you stopped by my blog, since it gave me a chance to visit yours! Excellent work, I really like your style. I am trying to "simplify" some of my work lately and you have hit the nail on the head here. Cool also that you are a fan of Garth Bruner's work... he and I have been friends for many many years... lots of great art stories there! Anyway, keep up the greatness. Very inspiring!!

10:50 AM  
Blogger isay said...

I love reading them, too and even until now. so cool illustration michelle!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heehhe, good illustration, Brandon Walsh is there!!!

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

archie, jughead and company lol wow thats going back for me way before the 80's but then archie is one of those toooons that is timeless. like ur version too great colors

4:41 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

It's awesome that you are able to illustrate this in your own style, yet there is no mistaking the Archies. Nice work Michelle!

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice take on the archie crew. Nice to see them lanaized. :)

7:56 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

i love this, i was a fan also and seeing it with your style makes it that much more special

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, lots of great memories this topic. Great job!!

4:02 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! VERY CUTE Archie commics, nice work! :-D

12:01 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

That whole 1950s redux was huge then, I recall. Have you seen the newest version of Veronica and Betty? Ugh...they tried to "update" them...now they look like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. No joke!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! I used to do that too! I loved Archie's! This is soooo perfect! Great illo!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome Archie! Great work on all of the characters. Archie should probably kept his eyes on the ice cream float though. He-he..

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great!!! I love your Buzz too!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fun work - very nice!

5:46 PM  
Blogger esillustration said...

AWEsomE! Archie rules! I drew a diner in my IF this week too!!!! :-) !

7:40 PM  
Blogger coloribus said...

I love your colors of the Eighties;
that creates a young and merry environment ;o)

1:09 AM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

eeep! u make me wana read one now - i think i'll buy one. I adoredddddd archie comics. I love how you drew them in your style !

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! so different from anyone else!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very happy take on the subject!
Thanks for your lovely comment on my illo!

8:35 AM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

I loved archie too! great illo!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. I was addicted to Archie Comics. Awesome, Mitch.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks guys...
Thanks Roz :)

2:20 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I love that jukebox and the whole scene is Archie-really good likeness in each face. So much fun in this piece, and your unique style is always a treat!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Great fun colors! I had just one Archie comic that I read over and over again! The cartoon was good too.

7:31 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

I remember those comics. Fun! And I like your illustration!

Anette Heiberg
www.wynlen.no

2:43 AM  
Blogger Cereja said...

wow, i was too for awhile! ;) Great work!

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've succeeded in making these classic characters your own! Love it!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Rob Smith jr said...

Excellent work! I love your depiction!

The Archie comics are great! I've a couple friends who draw those and apparently it's a great company to work for.

Did you hear their changing the Archis Comics line??? I read about it from comics expert R.C. Harvey that had it in a column of his. I briefly checked the Archis site and didn't see the page Harvey had linked to. I did see the Katy Keene page and that's the style they're going for. Here's that link:
http://www2.archiecomics.com/katy-keene/katy-keene-fashions.html

There's such a demand to be "realistic". Realistic???? It's comics!!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Rob...Thanks for the message...ya, they do want to go towards the "realistic type" this time...I do like the ol' cartoony style better though. Thanks for stopping by!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle, what a blast from the past! I, too, loved Archie comics, and have kept all my digests. My favorites were the double digests, and I'd buy them when my family went on roadtrips. They kept me occupied for hours!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohh I've always loved Archie. Was one of my favorite comic when I was growing up, great momories :)

Cute and darling work as always!!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your stuff! I'm just starting to learn the medium of the computer, and your images are really inspiring.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Archie was one of my favorite comics as well!

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Archie was one of my favorite comics as well!

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog! I've never read an archie comic (i think they've never been published in germany) but i like your illustration :)

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so cute Michelle! I love the bold 80's colors!!

9:02 PM  

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