- Posted by Johanna on June 1, 2007 at 6:21 am
- Category: Archie Comics
In response to this reader query on my previous Archie story post:
Was it normal at the time for the Archie books to do such one-off parodies?
my resident Archie expert, KC Carlson, passes along the following:
It appears that a fair amount of Archie stories go “strange” starting around the time of the “Monster Craze” in 1961. Elements of magic (genies, elves, magic mirrors, etc.), visits by alien beings and monsters, odd phenomena (spontaneous shrinking, Midas touch), and just plain WEIRD stuff (Betty & Veronica get a dinosaur for a pet, B&V sell their souls to the Devil, Archie gets sucked into a TV and becomes part of the shows) appear with great frequency.
The “gang as cave-people” stories begin around here as well, and there are occasional one-off stories set in a historical context (Ancient Rome) with no explanation given. Just this weekend, I rediscovered a story where the entire cast is Japanese. (Why?) Plus, on the artistic side, DeCarlo, Lucey, and Schwartz were at their peak, making for a lot of great — and surreal — reading.
I’m having a ball researching this era of Archie — it didn’t last long, only a couple of years — and it’s probably the only thing keeping my interest in comics going right now.
Johanna again. It’s great fun when KC shares the oddest examples with me (to share with you all), and I definitely recommend old Archies as a comfortable favorite.