Archie turns superhero in the latest issue of Archie and Friends Double Digest #7, in a classic Pureheart the Powerful story that first ran in 1965. That was back in the Silver Age, and everyone was getting on the superhero bandwagon—the Batman television show may be the most famous example of superhero camp, but Archie beat them to it. The story, written by Frank Doyle and penciled by Bob White, is amazingly fresh; thanks to Archie’s timeless look, it could have been published last week. In fact, this Double Digest goes on sale in comics shops next week. While you’re waiting, enjoy the first few pages of Archie’s very first Pureheart the Powerful story.
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.