Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Craig Boldman and Rex Lindsey's Jughead run!
Typically speaking, when I do these things, I'm going to try to keep them as condensed as possible. Like, for instance, I won't say "Peter David's Hulk run." I would, instead, pick a particular storyline from David's Hulk run.
When it comes to Craig Boldman and Rex Lindsey on Jughead, however, I'm going to make an exception, mostly due to the general set-up for Archie Comics. First off, they don't have extended storylines, so 50 issues of Jughead really won't advance the plot as much of, say, 10 issues of a different title, so a 100+ issue run on an Archie title is pretty similar to a 12 issue run on a different comic. Additionally, most Archie titles don't have "runs" by creators. Sure, certain writers tend to work on certain books, but, for instance, there isn't really a "regular" writer on Betty.
Jughead, though, has basically had a set creative team from issue #89, when Boldman and Lindsey first began working together on the character.
As you can see, in that issue, Boldman and Lindsey introduced one of the best characters introduced into the Archie "universe" in...well...damn...maybe in almost thirty years (depending on what you think of Cheryl Blossom, it could be even LONGER!).
That character was named Trula Twyst, a teen who was fascinated with Jughead's bizarre psyche, to the point where she was determined to "break" Jughead.
Issues when Trula show up are a particular treat.
But even when she isn't around, the book is still quite fun, as Boldman never seems to run out of inventive ideas for stories (the covers tend not to be all that descriptive of the story within, so you'll likely have to trust me on this)...
Lindsey is a strong artist - one of the sharpest artists in the Archie "house style," and as you can tell, there's not a whole lot of room for a unique artistic vision when you're working in a "house style," but Lindsey clears does what he can. He's a strong storyteller. Rich Koslowski has inked the great majority of their run, but not every issue (Jim Amash inked the most recent issue, for instance).
Just a year or so ago, the pair celebrated their 100th issue together...
The next issue of Jughead will be #200, and "sadly" (as it's not that big of a deal, of course), just like how Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle were taken off of their great Detective Comics run so that a writer known for outside comic work could do the big anniversary issue, Boldman and Lindsey will not be doing the 200th issue of Jughead (well, Lindsey will, but Robot Chicken's Tom Root will be writing it instead of Boldman).
The most recent issue was one of their best issues, with a truly inspired initial story where Trula is enlisted by a group of girls who want Jughead to stop being, you know, Jughead.
Her plan is to have each of the girls act like Jughead, as Jughead would never do something that everyone ELSE was doing. The plan works, but perhaps a bit TOO well...
Here are the first few pages from the issue...
I really appreciate how Boldman never seems to go for the quick gag. He also seems to put a lot of thought into his issues - and I love that they are All-Ages without dumbing themselves down for a younger audience.
I hope they're on the book together for another one hundred issues!!