Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Even Reggie had his own title in this retro 1963 series. Then, the Little Devil Hot Stuff heats things up with the Big Book from Harvey in the early 90s.



Ok, so Archie had a book, Jughead had a book and Betty and Veronica had a book. Then why not Reggie? Originally touted as Archie’s Rival Reggie, Reggie became the name of the new title after an 11-year hiatus.

The new series was short-lived as it soon gave way to the long-running Reggie and Me moniker. Mostly forgotten in the issues of Archie published in the 21st Century, Reggie used to be a prime antagonist of the clean-cut American teen. Reggie’s lack of prominence in the current Archie series makes for rather bland reading compared to the issues of this classic-but-forgotten title.









Hot Stuff Big Book

Like many of his contemporaries, Hot Stuff the Little Devil appeared in these 52-page reprint issues labeled as “Big Books.”The Harvey Company of the early 90s felt that a good way to conduct business was to have various format titles with larger page counts than the standard 36 pages. It’s too bad they weren’t more imaginative with the titles like back in the 60s when a similarly formatted book would bear a title like Sizzlers.



Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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