Friday, July 02, 2010

Number 764

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:


Chuck Wells said...

I just had to mention that you've had a great run of posts lately, Pappy. Have a terrific 4th of July!

Mykal Banta said...

Pappy: With regard to your senior high hijinks - sorry, guy, but you have to have red hair and freckles to pull of that move! Still, you can't blame a guy for trying!

I love that Feldstein art! I have always felt he was a great stylist that was vastly under-appreciated. The Rogers stuff is great, sure, everyone tends to accept that - the the Feldstein stuff is the real show here (in my - ahem - humble opinion).

Happy 4th, pal. -- Mykal