- Posted by Johanna on April 7, 2008 at 9:55 pm
- Category: Archie Comics
KC’s been picking up loads of old Archie comics, and you find some of the strangest things in them! From Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #13, Summer 1960, comes this odd little tale in which Archigail (Archigail?) and Regina are the skirts chased by boys Buddy and Roddy. Wait until you see this gender swap!
First, Betty speaks directly to the reader with a completely generic opening. Tea party, anyone?
That’s much too pedestrian for what comes next. (I suspect it’s on purpose, to try and distract from some of the weirder implications of all this.) First is a typical “grass is greener in the other gender” discussion to set the stage. The boys complain about having to pay for everything on a date, while the girls gripe about waiting for boys to ask them out. That’s what life was like in the 50s, kids, when girls who initiated dates were considered man-crazy and laughed at, and the only money in her purse was a dime in case she needed to make an emergency phone call.
No one mentions corsets, which have to be in play for those wasp waists. Either that, or rib removals.
Anyway, Betty coyly looks away from us while mentioning oh, she had this dream…
Ronnie’s bang looks darn odd as a ducktail, but Betty (Buddy) comes out quite the stud. (After all, it’s her dream.) Roddy’s lost all class … and did he say “dust” or “bust”? Regina’s also hot, while Archie looks like… a boy in drag.
I’ve left out two pages in which the girls turn up their noses at those low-class boys, the boys get tossed out of Archigail’s mansion, they fight over the girls, and they need money for dates. Lots happened quickly, in contrast to the leisurely opening, but if you’ve ever read an Archie comic, you’ve seen it all before.
Then we see that Midge is still a girl and Moose is still a guy, and we pick up with Buddy misunderstood as having hit on Moose’s sweety.
Did you ever have a nightmare that threw you out of bed? Nope, me neither. And it’s quickly back to the perfectly proper visit with Betty, where she wants us to know she’s glad she’s a girl. (So are the readers, darling, with that form-fitting top.) Did you notice, though, that she’s wearing the same dress to visit with us that she did during the conversation with the gang “yesterday”?