Fall is finally in the air! Kids are back in school, temperatures are getting cooler, and stores are finally filling their shelves with pumpkin spice everything.
In this month's Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #282, we open with a pleasantly surprised Archie over the size of the pumpkin he grew. Jughead suggests Archie enter it in the state fair, but getting the larger-than-life gourd there seems to present a bit of an issue. The story is very typical Classic Archie, largely in part to Dan Parent writing the script and Bill Golliher penciling the tale. We even get a minor appearance by Mr. Lodge, who has the funniest line in the story. It's an exceptional way to open up the digest.
My favorite story out of this digest, though, goes to "Archie's New Look", which is drawn by arguably one of my favorite artists, Rex W. Lindsay. Veronica does some funny fourth wall breaking, informing Archie that a few people think he needs a new look. When he questions Veronica, she points to the reader and insists we all think he needs an update.
The story is fun and unique, and has some genuinely funny one-liners. Rich Margopolous wrote a great story here, and I'm inclined to seek out other stories of his because of it. Maybe Archie should reach out to both of these creators again and bring them in for new, classic stories.