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Monday, September 22, 2014

PEP COMICS #77
(On Newsstands in November 1949)
and
LAUGH COMICS #37
(On Newsstands in December 1949)

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The last two Archie publications of the year both featured Bob Montana covers. The first on Pep Comics #77, centering around the never ending quest of Archie to ‘get closer’ to Veronica…

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by Bob Montana)


…the other featuring one of my favorite Montana cover females, and centering around Archie’s complete fascination (obsession?) with pretty girls he sees! (I have a really nice copy of this don’t I?))

(from Laugh Comics #37 - Dec. 1949, artwork by Bob Montana)


These are good themes to feature on the cover, because when you open up to the book inside… Archie is right on cue!

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


As timeless as many of these stories seem, every once in awhile something in the story reminds you how long ago they were written and drawn!

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


An advertisement for Jughead #1 and a puzzle page that someone did…65 years ago?
Who would've thought then, that a puzzle filled out in a comic book would be the focus of 10 cent comic book analyzed by people all over the world...

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by ? Looks like Bill Vigoda’s Archie…)


Suzie references Super Duck in Freddie’s dream…

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by uh, anyone know who did these early Suzie stories?)



Here’s a Jughead story featuring a very ethnic looking fortune teller. Seriously, have you ever seen a hooter that big on a female in an Archie comic?

(from Pep Comics #77 - Nov. 1949, artwork by most likely Samm Schwartz)


One of my favorite Archie stories from the 40’s has the awesome title ‘Oh Fudge’ and features the tried and true plot device of an Archie/Veronica misunderstanding.
Bill Vigoda works it to perfection here.
And Betty gets gum in her hair.

(from Laugh Comics #37 - Dec. 1949, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


War Surplus, sold for cheap! It was all the rage back in 1949…

(from Laugh Comics #37 - Dec. 1949, artwork by Samm Schwartz)


A Jughead story, where this time Jughead IS an athlete.
But with some of the same interests.

(from Laugh Comics #37 - Dec. 1949, artwork by Bill Vigoda)


Jughead in a suit! And not too happy about it either!

(from Laugh Comics #37 - Dec. 1949, artwork by Bill Vigoda)



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