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The premise started as a joke by Archie editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick when the company was trying to find an idea for its first IntercontinuityCrossover with a superhero publisher. Writer Batton Lash submitted an actual proposal for how the premise might actually work, and both Marvel and Archie decided the idea was just CrazyEnoughToWork.

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The premise started as a joke by Archie editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick when the company was trying to find an idea for its first IntercontinuityCrossover with a superhero publisher. Writer Batton Lash submitted an actual a proposal for showing how the premise might idea could actually work, be done, and both Marvel and Archie decided the idea it was just CrazyEnoughToWork.

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The premise started as a joke by Archie editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick when the company was trying to find an idea for its first IntercontinuityCrossover with a superhero publisher. Writer Batton Lash submitted an actual proposal for how the premise might actually work, and both Marvel and Archie decided the idea was just CrazyEnoughToWork.


* BizarroEpisode: No one can deny it's a strange outing for Archie.




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* BizarroEpisode: No one can deny it's a strange outing for Archie.


* ArtShift[=/=]NonStandardCharacterDesign: Frank and the other Marvel characters are drawn by John Buscema, while the ''Archie'' characters are drawn by Stan Goldberg. This leads to Frank looking far more realistic than the ''Archie'' cast.


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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Frank and the other Marvel characters are drawn by John Buscema, while the ''Archie'' characters are drawn by Stan Goldberg. This leads to Frank looking far more realistic than the ''Archie'' cast.


-> ''The team-up you thought would never happen... Archie and the Punisher wish you were right!''
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-> ''The ''"The team-up you thought would never happen... Archie and the Punisher wish you were right!''
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After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. [[AudienceAlienatingPremise Wait... what?]]

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After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. Andrews]].

[[AudienceAlienatingPremise Wait... what?]]


After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. [[AudienceAlientatingPremise Wait... what?]]

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After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. [[AudienceAlientatingPremise [[AudienceAlienatingPremise Wait... what?]]


After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. Wait... what?

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After dealing twice with Creator/DCComics' Franchise/{{Batman}}, the next logical IntercontinuityCrossover for Creator/MarvelComics' no-nonsense vigilante Comicbook/ThePunisher was for him to try to shoot that delightful neighborhood rapscallion [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]]. [[AudienceAlientatingPremise Wait... what?
what?]]

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* PublisherChosenTitle: Marvel and Archie published separate editions of the book, and both publishers ordered their character first in the titling.

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** The entertainment at the dance is implied to be Dino Manelli of the Howling Commandoes (he mentions the kids reminding him of a friend he names as Junior Juniper). [[note]] This would be oddly anachronistic. Perhaps he's an LMD? [[/note]]

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* ArtShift[=/=]NonStandardCharacterDesign: Frank and the other Marvel characters are drawn by John Buscema, while the ''Archie'' characters are drawn by Stan Goldberg. This leads to Frank looking far more realistic than the ''Archie'' cast.

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-> ''The team-up you thought would never happen... Archie and the Punisher wish you were right!''
-->--Cover Blurb

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* PetTheDog: Frank does one for the entire town, as it is obvious that Riverdale's innocence has touched him. It's very apparent when he lets Red escape. Sure, he justifies it to himself by saying he can always get him later, the Feds are closing in, etc. But there's also the fact that Archie and the rest of the gang are there, and Frank clearly knows that it's the night of the big dance, everyone had a little adventure, no one got hurt, ''and these kids don't need to see a man gunned down right in front of them.'' Riverdale's innocence would be gone forever if he did that.


* LighterAndSofter: Deliberately invoked in-story, even Lampshaded by Microchip. Its implied to be because Riverdale's innocence reminds Frank of what could have been... he even spares Red Fever in an uncharacteristic move, because he doesnt want to expose Archie and the other residents of the town to the bloodshed and cruelty that he lives with every day.

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* InternalMonologue: Frank has one while walking through empty halls of Riverdale's school, mostly about about what a nice place it is and how we would like to keep it safe by killing the bad guys... [[MoodWhiplash then he notices mural]] that says "It's up to you to keep Riverdale clean!"
* LighterAndSofter: Deliberately invoked in-story, even Lampshaded by Microchip. Its implied to be because Riverdale's innocence reminds Frank of what could have been... he even spares Red Fever in an uncharacteristic move, because he doesnt doesn't want to expose Archie and the other residents of the town to the bloodshed and cruelty that he lives with every day.

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