I know very little about Archie’s cousin Andy Andrews, but it appears there’s some interesting Silver-Age comic book history to be had here and that it’ll make the upcoming Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. story arc all the more worthwhile.
The decision to include the original story as part of the new storyline in Archie #610-614 was a pretty ingenious publishing idea from Archie Comics, and what’s more…you can read the first 10-pages (and they’re adding more) here on the Archie home page.
Also, a little more on what to expect from a recent interview Archie writer Tom DeFalco had with Comic Book Resources:
But what about this long-lost character created in the 1950s who will be seeing his print debut here? As it turns out, it’s no Sentry-style hoax; Andy Andrews is the real deal. From November 2009 through February 2010, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art hosted an exhibit entitled ‘The Art of Archie Comics’ and at the exhibit, the publisher unveiled for the first time the unpublished tale of Andy Andrews. In covering the exhibit, the New York Times detailed the tale’s provenance. ‘One of the best discoveries is a 13-page story featuring Andy Andrews, Archie’s cousin, that never saw the light of day. ‘It was in an old art file that we had in the warehouse,’ said Victor Gorelick, the co-president and editor in chief of Archie Comic Publications. ‘It was still in the original wrapping from some 50 years ago.’ Mr. Gorelick, who began working for the company in 1958, said the story was written and drawn before his arrival. The plot was described as a cold-war thriller.’
That tale, entitled ‘The Iron Caper’ begins with Archie reading a letter to his class from Cousin Andy (who is apparently an international man of mystery) about his exploits in the world of overseas espionage, which form the meat of the story. DeFalco adds, ‘I believe the story was written and drawn by the always-incredible Harry Lucey, who also did ‘Sam Hill’ and ‘The Dover Boys’ as well as countless ‘Archie’ stories.’ DeFalco got the idea to work Andy into his tale after learning of the character from Victor Gorelick, but to what extent the original tale will influence DeFalco’s take on Andy remains to be revealed.
The first issue in the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. 4-issue story arc (Archie #610-614) hits shelves today, and I think I’ll keep my eyes peeled for this one. And, hey, while you’re at the Archie home page, be sure and take a listen to the old radio serials they feature in the ‘Fun’ section.