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Archie's ALBUM COVER Gallery!

Here @ The Pop Culture Cantina, fantasy and reality blur on a regular basis! Even blogmaster DC Hampton Jacobs has trouble separating what's real from what's not real about The Archies. Let's lay it on the line once and for all: Archie and his friends are purely fictional!  Could there be anyone who thinks otherwise?

But yes, there was a studio group that went by the name The Archies back in the late 1960s. That group recorded several bonafide hit records, one or two of which you may know about. Billboard's music archive publications log both charting singles and albums from 1968 to 1970.

DC Hampton Jacobs integrated all of those recordings into his Archie 4 Adults narratives. However, most of the original designs for Archies album covers were, in his words, drabsville! "Dan DeCarlo's group drawing for the first album is iconic, and deservedly so," he notes, "but the other covers are really nothing to write home about." He decided to commission new designs from his Cantina staff (which, BTW, is just as imaginary as Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie).

So which is better: The new look or the old look? It's a subjective judgment; but here on this special features page, let's give Stuffed Animal's colorful handiwork the benefit of the doubt! You can judge the original album designs when Cleopatra Records issues The Archies: The Complete Albums Collection in July 2016.

WTF? A real Archies box set??? 
Once again, fantasy blends with reality . . .

ARCHIE'S ALBUM BOX AD 1

AD FOR AN IMAGINARY ARCHIES ALBUM
BOX SET FROM THE 22nd CENTURY.


IMAGINARY ARCHIVE PHOTO FROM 1988, TAKEN
@ VERONICA'S HOME IN RIVERDALE IMMEDIATELY
AFTER THE ARCHIES RECORDED THEIR
DEMO TAPE FOR DON KIRSHNER.


Calendar Records
Archie's Theme (Everything's Archie)/Boys And Girls/
Time For Love/You Make Me Wanna Dance/
La Dee Doo Down Down/Truck Driver/
Catchin' Up On Fun/(Ain't No Doubt About It) I'm In Love/
Hide And Seek/Seventeen Ain't Young/
Ride! Ride! Ride!/Bang-Shang-A-Lang
The Archies
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' IMAGINARY
1988 DEBUT ALBUM ON DON KIRSHNER'S
CALENDAR LABEL. YEAR OF RELEASE
FOR THE REAL ALBUM WAS 1968.


Calendar Records
Love Light/Circle Of Blue/
Rock 'n' Roll Music/Hot Dog!/
Kissin'/Feelin' So Good (SKOOBY-DOO)/
Melody Hill/Don't Touch My Guitar/
Bicycles, Roller Skates And You/Upside-Down, Inside-Out/
You Little Angel, You/Sugar, Sugar
Everything's Archie
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' IMAGINARY
SECOND STUDIO ALBUM, RELEASED ON DON
KIRSHNER'S CALENDAR LABEL IN 1989.
THE REAL ALBUM HAD A DIFFERENT TRACK
ORDER AND WAS RELEASED IN 1969.


Kirshner Records
The Archies
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR AN IMAGINARY REPACKAGING
OF THE ARCHIES' DEBUT ALBUM, RELEASED ON
THE KIRSHNER LABEL. IN REAL LIFE, THIS
ALBUM WAS NEVER REPACKAGED.


Kirshner Records
Sugar, Sugar
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR AN IMAGINARY REPACKAGING
OF THE ARCHIES' SECOND ALBUM, RELEASED
ON THE KIRSHNER LABEL. IN REAL LIFE,
A REPACKAGING OF EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE
WAS SCHEDULED BUT NEVER PUT
ON THE MARKET.


Kirshner Records
Archie's Party/Sugar And Spice/
Justine/She's Puttin' Me Thru Changes/
You Know I Love You/Get On The Line/
Whoopie-Tye-Ay-A/Look Before You Leap/
Señorita Rita/Nursery Rhyme/
Everything's Alright/Jingle Jangle
Jingle Jangle
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' IMAGINARY
THIRD STUDIO ALBUM, RELEASED ON KIRSHNER
RECORDS IN 1989. THE REAL ALBUM
HAD A DIFFERENT TRACK ORDER AND
WAS RELEASED IN 1969.


Kirshner Records
It's The Summertime/Mister Factory(live)/
Over And Over/Who's Gonna Love Me?/
Dance (live)/A Summer Prayer For Peace/
Waldo P. Emerson-Jones/One Big Family (live)/
Suddenly Susan/Love And Rock 'n' Roll Music/
Comes The Sun (live)/Sunshine
Sunshine
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' IMAGINARY
FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM, RELEASED ON KIRSHNER
RECORDS IN 1990. THE REAL ALBUM HAD
A DIFFERENT TRACK ORDER AND
WAS RELEASED IN 1970.


Kirshner Records
Sugar, Sugar/Who's Your Baby?/
Get On The Line/Over And Over/
Waldo P. Emerson-Jones/Bang-Shang-A-Lang/
Jingle Jangle/Feelin' So Good (SKOOBY-DOO)/
Sugar And Spice/Seventeen Ain't Young/
Everything's Alright/Sunshine
Greatest Hits
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' FIRST
AND ONLY IMAGINARY HITS COMPILATION
ON KIRSHNER RECORDS. YEAR OF RELEASE
FOR THE REAL COMPILATION WAS 1970.


Kirshner Records
This Is Love/Don't Need No Bad Girl/
Maybe I'm Wrong/Easy Guy/
This Is The Night/What Goes On?/
Karousel Man/Hold On To Lovin'/
Throw A Little Love My Way/Should Anybody Ask/
Little Green Jacket/Together We Two
This Is Love
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR THE ARCHIES' IMAGINARY
FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, RELEASED ON KIRSHNER
RECORDS IN 1991. THE REAL ALBUM HAD A
DIFFERENT TRACK ORDER AND 
WAS RELEASED IN 1971.


Kirshner Records
Carrie Anne/Here Comes My Baby/
Girl Watcher/The Rapper/
Love Makes A Woman/Expressway To Your Heart/
Bandala/Killer Joe/
Time Won’t Let Me/Signed, Sealed, Delivered/
Starting All Over Again/Stephany/
My Pledge Of Love/Stoned Love
Stoned Love
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR AN IMAGINARY UNRELEASED
KIRSHNER RECORDS ALBUM BY THE ARCHIES,
RECORDED IN 1992. IN THE YEAR 2076, VOX RECORDS WILL REISSUE IT UNDER THE TITLE ARCHIE'S LOWRIDER OLDIES.  THERE IS NO REAL-LIFE
EQUIVALENT FOR THIS ALBUM.


Capitol Records
Sugar, Sugar/This Is Love/
Comes The Sun (live)/Sugar And Spice/
Over And Over/Bang-Shang-A-Lang/
Sunshine/Feelin' So Good (SKOOBY-DOO)/
A Summer Prayer For Peace/You Make Me Wanna Dance/
Together We Two/Love Light/
Who's Your Baby?/Mister Factory (live)/
Don't Touch My Guitar!/Hold On To Lovin'/
Seventeen Ain't Young/Get On The Line/
Jingle Jangle/Truck Driver/
You Little Angel, You/Little Green Jacket/
Everything's Alright/Plumb Crazy
Plumb Crazy 4 Archie!
The Archies

COVER DESIGN FOR AN IMAGINARY DOUBLE-DISC
ARCHIES COMPILATION, RELEASED ON CAPITOL
RECORDS IN 1997. ALTHOUGH A 1977 TWO-RECORD
SET RELEASED BY RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS IS
SIMILAR TO THIS ALBUM, IT HAS NO
REAL-LIFE EQUIVALENT.


BOOKLET INSERT DESIGN FOR AN
IMAGINARY BOX SET COLLECTING
ALL IMAGINARY ARCHIES ALBUMS
RELEASED BY KIRSHNER RECORDS.