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  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. contains all the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. strips from Life of Archie in 1966 and 1967. Yeah, I'm not going to spend much time reviewing this. It's okay for what it is: spy stories featuring the Archie characters. It's not nearly as good as Explorers of the Unknown or Jughead's Time Police. The jokes started wearing thing pretty early into the run. The art was good. Dan DeCarlo had a story and Bob White is always good. Bill Vigoda, brother of actor Abe Vigoda, di The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. contains all the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. strips from Life of Archie in 1966 and 1967. Yeah, I'm not going to spend much time reviewing this. It's okay for what it is: spy stories featuring the Archie characters. It's not nearly as good as Explorers of the Unknown or Jughead's Time Police. The jokes started wearing thing pretty early into the run. The art was good. Dan DeCarlo had a story and Bob White is always good. Bill Vigoda, brother of actor Abe Vigoda, did a few stories. This was undoubtedly an attempt to cash in on the spy craze of the 1960s. I have to think the guys at Archie knew the fad wouldn't last so they didn't put a ton of effort into it. "Fuck it, let's just put the Archie gang into some spy stories until this thing peters out."

  2. 4 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    The 1960s was the decade of free love, hippies, Vietnam and super spies! President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 recommendation of Ian Fleming’s From Russia, With Love sparked the world’s interest in smooth secret agents, fast cars and even faster femme fatales. With America in the midst of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the public turned to the likes of James Bond, Our Man Flynn and a host of others to provide some heroic insight into some otherwise very private dealings between the East and West The 1960s was the decade of free love, hippies, Vietnam and super spies! President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 recommendation of Ian Fleming’s From Russia, With Love sparked the world’s interest in smooth secret agents, fast cars and even faster femme fatales. With America in the midst of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the public turned to the likes of James Bond, Our Man Flynn and a host of others to provide some heroic insight into some otherwise very private dealings between the East and West. One unlikely hero during this time of international strife was a red-headed high schooler named Archie Andrews; The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.! From 1966-1967, Archie and his pals were agents of P.O.P. (Protect Our Planet) in the pages of Life With Archie. Almost two dozen stories starring The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. were written by Frank Doyle with art by Archie fan favs such as Bob White and Dan DeCarlo. The P.O.P. agents secret headquarters was operated out of Pop Chocklit’ Shoppe. Though it seemed that all of the enemy agents of C.R.U.S.H. knew this as Pop’s was often bombed, ransacked or vandalized. And if the bad guys weren’t attacking the malt shop, they were doing their best to infiltrate Lodge Enterprises. The artwork of Archie and his friends was pretty standard for 1960s Archie Comics. But the designs of those C.R.U.S.H. baddies was pretty darn sleek. Most of these villains were illustrated like a costumed villain from the pages of Marvel or DC. But they were so very good. The fire-tressed Flametrower was positioned to take over the world in some of the most dynamic poses this side of Jack Kirby. Whereas, the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.’s Sandman screamed the influence of EC’s Jack Davis and Wally Wood. The title of the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. was clearly a parody of the popular spy TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Other than the extensive use of acronyms and being about spies, that pretty much was the only real comparison between the comic book and the TV series. That is until the popularity of both properties began to wane. By the Fall of 1966, the Archie lead series began to focus on one of his girlfriends. Betty Cooper became the Girl from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. This was in response to a Stefanie Powers led spin-off called The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., that had debuted just a few months prior. Both female led series were revolutionary for their time. But the effects of a glut of spy lead franchises was beginning to take its toll on the populace. By the Spring of ‘67, Life with Archie would move on to the awakenings of the Summer of Love and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. was unemployed. It’s parent series would be promptly cancelled mid season the following year. Instead of U.N.C.L.E., it could be said that much of the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. was based off of James Bond. All of the agents of P.O.P. utilized gadgets from drugged lollipops to gas filled lipsticks. But sometimes, the team managed to get the job done with everyday household objects, such as the common vacuum cleaner. And yes- Archie and his cohorts carried guns. But they had about as much accuracy as an entire squadron of Storm Troopers! Just as James Bond was keen to use tricked out automobiles to save the day, the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. had a vehicle filled with gadgets. Archie’s jalopy, Betsy, was the vehicle of choice for P.O.P. Though the car was much more reliable in this fantasy series than in Archie’s everyday life. In this series, Betsy could do an assortment of neat tricks, like fly, float and even split right down the middle to avoid guided missiles. The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. was a great way for Archie Comics to kick off it’s Archie Comics Presents life of reprints. These stories might have been silly at times. But they were fun and thrilling. Plus, it was a great distraction in this time of social distancing and self isolation. If you are a fan of classic Archie and you in need of a pick-me-up that combines espionage and humor, order yourself a copy now! Along with print copies, Amazon and Comixology have this book available in digital formats. Or help out your struggling LCS and arrange for a copy via curbside pick-up or possible delivery! Now is the time to help out struggling small businesses while keeping yourself healthy and sane. I think any of these actions would make any of the agents of P.O.P. and the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. proud that you are doing your part to help in times of crisis!

  3. 4 out of 5

    C. John Kerry

    Back in the sixties my circle of friends were all avid comic readers. However we mostly stuck to DC Comics and Gold Key, with the occasional Marvel tossed in. We seldom read Archie comics, with the only exceptions being the Archie's Madhouse title and stories featuring The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. which of course was a spoof of the popular Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series.The stories collected here are presented in chronological order. It is interesting to see that in the first story Ve Back in the sixties my circle of friends were all avid comic readers. However we mostly stuck to DC Comics and Gold Key, with the occasional Marvel tossed in. We seldom read Archie comics, with the only exceptions being the Archie's Madhouse title and stories featuring The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. which of course was a spoof of the popular Man from U.N.C.L.E. television series.The stories collected here are presented in chronological order. It is interesting to see that in the first story Veronica and Reggie were the bad guys and Betty had no clue what was going on. A cute touch in this story was that Archie and Jughead operated out of a dry cleaning business. In the rest of the stories all five of them were among the good guys. Another thing to note is that most of the CRUSH agents would not look out of place in a superhero story. As to the quality of the material it is quite good, not surprising given the publisher. Stories are good and the art is also well done. There are a few inconsistencies. The evil organizations starts off as CRUSH but becomes C.R.U.S.H. Also Mr. Lodge sometimes seems to know what is going on and at other times doesn't. The same might be true for Pop Tate as well. However these are minor quibbles. On the whole this is a fun collection. Stories and are are both well done. In short a fun reminder of my youth. There are supposedly future volumes to come, and I for one shall look forward to them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ross Vincent

    Once upon a time, our country was Super Spy crazy. The early James Bond movies were such a hit, they spawned TV shows, like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, Mission Impossible, and Get Smart. And it didnt stop there. Even the Riverdale gang got into the Spy game. They were Agents of P.O.P., and were The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. And if you thought James Bond had gadgets.... (At one point, their P.O.P. buttons acted like radio transmitters. Sort of like another show where the badge on the chest conn Once upon a time, our country was Super Spy crazy. The early James Bond movies were such a hit, they spawned TV shows, like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, Mission Impossible, and Get Smart. And it didnt stop there. Even the Riverdale gang got into the Spy game. They were Agents of P.O.P., and were The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. And if you thought James Bond had gadgets.... (At one point, their P.O.P. buttons acted like radio transmitters. Sort of like another show where the badge on the chest connected you with a ship or fellow away team members). This collection has some of those adventures from 1966. It was interesting to see how the first adventure had Reggie and Veronica against Archie and Jughead, and Betty was clueless about the organization. Or how the C.R.U.S.H. villains went from simple enemies with plans for evil to over the top supervillians (Sandman. Whistler. Atom Man...) I recognized a couple of stories from ones I read as a kid, when they were in the monthly Digests my grandmother would buy me. But most of the stories were new to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julio Bonilla

    No time to lose! I must take control immediately! There are two agencies in Riverdale: C.R.U.S.H. and P.O.P. P.O.P. is the good agency, that includes A.R.C.H.I.E., J.U.G.H.E.A.D., R.E.G.G.I.E. and .... No time to lose! I must take control immediately! There are two agencies in Riverdale: C.R.U.S.H. and P.O.P. P.O.P. is the good agency, that includes A.R.C.H.I.E., J.U.G.H.E.A.D., R.E.G.G.I.E. and ....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lewonczyk

    Dated, silly, paper-thin stories incorporating well-known characters into spoofs of a long-gone cultural fad - so of course I enjoyed it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arman Waggoner

    Spies from the '60s! Archie and his friends! fun book! it's got action, explosions, Gadgets and villians in supervillian tights for some reason, just like every spy movie, I think. Spies from the '60s! Archie and his friends! fun book! it's got action, explosions, Gadgets and villians in supervillian tights for some reason, just like every spy movie, I think.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olga

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leonard

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zanny

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nataliy

  12. 4 out of 5

    ian putorti

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roanna25

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luis

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brett

  18. 5 out of 5

    Veruca Athena

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

  20. 5 out of 5

    Osman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Parks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dean the Phantasy Guru

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sam Landstrom

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Lizel Chavez

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ciera Legue

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erika J

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

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