Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Lurks in the Longbox? #13

Jughead #200 Anniversary Issue!

Writer: Tom Root    Artists: Rex Lindsey, Jim Amash 

Jughead celebrates its 200th issue with an appropriate story that focuses on the title character’s one true love: food.  Jughead’s curiosity about a new diner results in him trading his most “prized earthly possession” to a witch (disguised as a waitress) in exchange for a sandwich that he describes as “paradise on a bun.”  Unfortunately, he discovers far too late that the price to be paid for that sandwich is something he has never experienced before, and it’s up to Archie, Veronica and Betty to rescue him from this predicament.

In order to help Jughead retrieve what he has lost, each of them is also forced to trade something of incredible value, resulting in a “Butterfly Effect” scenario that leads to more complications.  A special guest star steps in to put things right, but it’s Jughead that eventually saves the day and returns everyone’s life to normal, while learning a valuable lesson about healthy eating. 

The creative team provided readers with a fun all-ages story, with extra credit given for delivering a special anniversary issue without raising the cover price, like most major publishers do.

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