- Posted by Johanna on May 28, 2007 at 10:07 am
- Category: Archie Comics
Since today is Memorial Day, a national holiday in the US that traditionally kicks off the summer vacation season, let’s look at a time when Betty and Veronica went to Possum Holler.
It’s from (a slightly mouse-eaten copy of) Archie’s Girls Betty & Veronica #102, cover-dated June 1964.
Possum Holler is just down the road from Dogpatch, home of L’il Abner, based on the costumes, the exaggerated diction, and the sex-crazed, half-clothed country honeys out to nab them a man! (Who, though, came up with “cotched” for caught?)
The girls fight more literally than usual over Archie, who’s little more than a plot device afeared of gittin’ hitched. I love Veronica threatening to stomp Betty Lou “flatter’n a toad frog”. Is “toad frog” redundant? Are they typically flat?
Jughead’s still got a funny hat, but it’s a really different funny hat.
Dad’s completely out of character, after Archie to marry into the Lodge fortune (which is, as always, relative). Nice wife beater, too.
And he’s not above inserting himself in the fray. Check out that great pratfall in panel 4 of page 4! The material might be the hoariest corn, but the cartooning’s still lovely.
And then comes Reggie, with an oddly modern no-side haircut and the timeless vest, no shirt macho look.
Go Betty Lou! Smack that bear cross-eyed.
And everyone gets what they want. Reggie gets Veronica’s attention. Veronica gets to threaten. Betty gets the guy. And Archie … well, Archie doesn’t have to think.
Just to show off some more good artistry from that issue, here’s a pinup page.
The girls can look sexy even dressed normally — it’s all in the pose — and I love the way you can practically feel the breeze blowing by.