introduction by (the one and only) Jaime Hernandez First off, we'd like to nominate this book as the single most overdue volume in the history of comics. It may not win, but it will certainly be a contender. If there is one single artist that comics readers need to increase their consciousness of, it's Harry Lucey. Any comic book reader over forty is almost certainly already familiar with Lucey's work as he pencilled hundreds of stories for Archie Comics, including the majority of its flagship title for fifteen years. So, anyone who read a few Archie Comics from before 1975 – or any of the ubiquitous Archie Digests that were seemingly everywhere through at least the 1980s – has read at least a few Harry Lucey stories – but there is no way they would have known it: because LUCEY NEVER* GOT ANY CREDIT – until, finally, now. With all due respect to Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo and all the other fine artists who worked for Archie Comics over the past seventy years, Harry Lucey was the best comics artist who ever worked for Archie and his work is their greatest legacy. While this volume does not come close to presenting "The Best" of Lucey's work, the fact that it is subtitled "Volume One" fills us with hope that, when taken together with an ever expanding series of subsequent volumes, it will ultimately live up to it's title.
*Well, that's not entirely true, as Lucey did sign some of his earlier 1950s work for Archie.