Sunday, December 22, 2013

Archie & Friends Become "Holiday Heroes" in ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #246!

I recently heard that Archie Comics had stepped up in a big way with its support for the Toys For Tots program by donating over one million dollars worth of children's book to the program. Toys For Tots is a not-for-profit charity organization dedicated to providing Christmas toys to needy children:
"We couldn't think of a worthier or better charity to donate our books to than Toys For Tots," said Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. "We are extremely proud to encourage children to discover reading who may not have the opportunity and hopefully enrich their lives through our characters."
This story was in the back of my head when I read a new story in ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #246 titled "Holiday Heroes." This story was written by Alex Simmons and penciled by Jeff Schultz. It tells the story of how Kevin, Betty, and Jughead recruit Archie and Chuck to collect and deliver new toys to needy kids:

Archie is a reluctant volunteer, but quickly gets into the spirit. But will the day be ruined when their last toy delivery gets ruined by a nasty water leak? Maybe not -- Archie has a plan!

"Holiday Heroes" was a lot of fun. It showed the Riverdale Gang at their best -- doing a good deed for a good cause, while overcoming a major obstacle.

I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that this was the first time that Kevin Keller has shown up in any of Archie Comics' digest comic books. Usually I see him running around with Veronica, so it was actually good to see him teaming up with the rest of the gang for a change.

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