Though the people at the Archie Comics company has done a decent job of keeping the Riverdale gang's classic adventures in print—via "best of" trade paperback collections and via monthly digests—they've stayed focused more on the children's market than the collector/historian market. That may be changing now that IDW Publishing—the company responsible for the remarkable Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie reprint series—has signed a deal with Archie Comics to begin reprinting vintage material. The partnership kicks off with a deluxe hardcover series reprinting the Archie newspaper strip, and will continue with special volumes dedicated to the Archie Comics work of legendary artists like Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo and Stan Goldberg. The attempt to properly corral one of the largest and most successful bodies of work in comics history is well-past-due.

Hat tip: The Beat.