Collectors of comics who are of a certain age generally pine for the days of yore when a trip into a grocery store, pharmacy or department store (what's that, you ask?) meant seeing either stacks or spinning racks of pamphlet comic books from DC, Marvel and a whole pantheon of now vanished production companies.
There's an argument to be made about whether Comic Books committed a kind of suicide during the latter 1970s into the 80s resulting in their getting exiled from the mainstream world of magazine distribution (e.g., I used to be able to buy the Jim Aparo Brave and the Bold comics at 7/11 - anything you can get at a 7/11 is a fairly ubiquitous item). Had the 'fad' of the American comic book simply run out of steam?
Another twist on this is the more probable suicide of crappy paper and printing but combined with clever weaving and ducking by the mainline companies, with DC and Marvel surviving due to the lucky break of a safety net built out of comic book specialty shops. This combined with big hit movies and TV programs, along with that whole dumpster load of ancillary items, has buoyed the comics with a bubble keeping them alive without having to rely entirely on actual sales and exposure of the traditional pamphlet comic.
But here then is the Archie Comics Digest, racked into grocery stores right along with Prevention, People Magazine and all the other literary detritus of pop magazines. Whatever Archie has going for it, it has the ability to infiltrate to a place where people can buy it without making a special car trip. What do they say about business' first rule? "Location-location-location."
Archie Comics index
Betty and Veronica
Pep Comics, May 2011, Dan Parent Cover Betty and Veronica
Afterlife with Archie #2, January 2013, Archie Comics
Pep Comics, May 2011, Jughead and Veronica at odds
Pep Comics, May 2011, Jughead and Veronica battle via hot sauce
Archie Summer Splash #1, 2010, Dan Parent Page
Archie Comic Digests of Winter 2012
Archie Comic Christmas Spectacular of Winter 2012
Archie Comics: magazine size Life with Archie, the Obama/Palin issue, etc
Archie USPS stamp - Famous Funnies postal stamp
Archie #265 on the racks
Betty and Veronica #203 on the rack
Archie Comics Digest #261
The Sarah Palin and Barack Obama issue of Archie
Art Baltazar artworkfrom the World of Archie Double Digest #5
World of Archie Double Digest #5 cover
Archie Comics and the End of the Comics Code Authority - 2011
Pep Comics #22, Dec 1941, Cover art by Irv Novick