- Posted by Johanna on July 21, 2010 at 7:45 am
- Category: Archie Comics
This one’s for KC — I found this list of “25 Books Starring Comic-Book Teenagers Who Tried in Vain to Topple Archie from His Teen Humor Throne” educational. It’s a breezy read, and it sheds new light on what was once a thriving genre, now only left to be represented by the publications of Archie Comics itself. There were a lot of these comics in the 40s and 50s, paralleling the origin of the concept of the teenager. Particularly amusing: the convoluted history of Patsy Walker, from teen book to romance comic to tangled superhero soap opera. Plus, it’s odd how Wilbur is nearly the only one that doesn’t end in a diminutive “e” ending: Buzzy, Suzie, Dudley, Howie, Bunny, and Binky (“the first DC character to debut in the first issue of his own self-titled comic. (Suck on that, Batman!)”) are just a few examples.