Friday, July 02, 2010
I was a teenage Archie!
Senior year in high school was my Archie year. I had two girlfriends, one blonde, one brunette. I thought I could finagle them both, play one off against the other. As it turned out, by the end of the year each was so disgusted by my ratty behavior I lost them both. Shame on me. Would that have happened to Archie? I don't think so. But that's what I got for using a comic book character as a role model.
Dudley is someone we've met, having been featured in this blog a few times (go to the link below and click on "Dudley" to see the other entries). At least the comic, Dudley, by Boody Rogers, lasted three issues. Adventures of Homer Cobb, with this story drawn by a callow Al Feldstein, only lasted one issue in 1947. Both Dudley and Homer Cobb hewed close to the Archie formula, but Archie is still around and they're not.
From Dudley #2, 1949:
Holy Charlie Brown! Check out Homer's sweater, three years before the Peanuts strip was born. Was this a fashion of the time that Feldstein and Schulz picked up on?
From The Adventures of Homer Cobb #1, 1947: