Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ace Andrews: Road Racer Makes His Debut in ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #12!

I continue to slowly catch up with my comic book reading, specifically ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #12. This digest features the introduction of "new" characters: Ace Andrews: Road Racer and his sidekick Wheels. They have a high-stakes, high-speed mission to rescue a stolen package from agents of the evil Dr. Dufeg. I'm sure there's an anagram hidden in that name, but I haven't figured it out yet!

It's one of the more action-oriented Archie Comics stories that I've seen in a while. Ace finds himself propelled from two moving vehicles and dodging bullets over the course of three pages.

They deliver the rescued package, which turns out to be a box of cookies from Mama B's Cookies, a new Riverdale business. That's when we learn that Ace and Wheels are comic book characters created by Chuck Clayton to attract young fans to this Riverdale cookie business.

I thought that the short story's final page was confusing, especially the final gag. But I enjoyed the action adventure and wouldn't mind seeing more adventures featuring Ace Andrews: Road Racer and Wheels. And it was nice to see Chuck actively involved with a new story.

Here was another thing that confused me. The artist made a spread of the main characters on the first page of this story, including Ace Andrews, Wheels, Betty, and the owner of Mama B's Cookies. But there's also this other girl with pink highlights and I have no clue who she is. She showed up two different times in the story and even had a line, but I have no clue who she is. I can't help wondering why they didn't use someone more recognizable -- especially if they weren't going to identify her within the story -- like Veronica or Nancy or Cheryl or even Two-Fisted Toni Topaz?

Can anyone educate me on her identity??

"Road Racer" was written by Alex Simmons, penciled by Tim & Pat Kennedy, inked by Jim Amash, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Digikore Studios.


Toshi said...

Could that be a different rendition of Sheila Wu? By the way, I enjoy your blog entries that focus on Archie! Learning a lot about the digests' new stories that I would have otherwise missed!

Jon said...

Yeah, I'm thinking its probably Sheila.

Thanks for the nice compliment btw, Toshi!

Toshi said...

I've been reading your Archie entries since last night (from the latest to older posts) and resumed this morning.

I can't wait to buy the digest with the new Secret Santa story. I'm a fan of minor characters, especially Adam and the "new kids."

Would you know if Joani and Debbie stories have reprinted in recent digests? :)

Jon said...

I haven't seen those two in recent digests, but I'm sure they've appeared in digests at some point or another. I'll keep my eyes out for them both.

Dennis said...

Yep, going by the purple streaks in her hair, the green eyes, and the skin tone, that's Sheila Wu all right. Don't forget, Dan Parent's version of her is the one we're used to seeing. This is Fernando Ruiz' rendition (I don't think he's drawn her anywhere else, has he?)