(June 1976)

Archie, 1954 Series
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Price:
0.35 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Twice in Jan., Sept., Oct., and Dec.; Once in March, April, June and August
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Archie Giant Series
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Richard H. Goldwater
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age US; later Standard Modern Age US
Binding:
Perfect Bound; later Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Editor's name appears in "Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation" printed on the bottom of page 8 in the comic.


["The World's Wealth"] (Table of Contents)

Betty and Veronica / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
?
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Ethel Muggs; un-named friend of the girls
Synopsis:
Betty and Veronica try to figure out the ins and outs of economics.

Indexer Notes

This issue's title is Betty & Veronica Spectacular.

A Lift For A Chairlift (Table of Contents)

Josie; Hostess / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Jim DeCarlo
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Characters:
Josie McCoy; Valerie Brown; Melody Valentine; un-named ski instructor; Alexandra Cabot
Synopsis:
Josie and the gang are at the ski slopes enjoying the sights (ie the handsome ski instructors). As usual, all the guys are drooling over Melody, but once again, Josie has something Melody doesn't - a knapsack filled with Hostess Fruit Pies. Josie shares a chair on the ski lift (and her fruit pies) with a handsome ski instructor.

Indexer Notes

Josie and the gang were featured in numerous ads for Hostess products in the 1970s, although this is the first time I can recall Josie having to share the bill with "Fruit Pies"...

Name That Tune (Table of Contents)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Doyle
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
?
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Hiram Lodge; Smithers the butler; un-named record producer; un-named son of said record producer
Synopsis:
Archie and Jughead are having fun making up nonsense lyrics to classic songs ("Way down upon the Gorgonzola ...", "Peeling -- coming through the ceiling!", etc.), and consequently annoy Betty and Veronica with their corny lyrics and bad rhymes (changing "France" to "Frence" so it will rhyme with "sense"). As they're singing their latest creation ("stomp fritter, polly wock, kittatinny koo!"), a kid who just happens to be the son of a record producer walks by with a portable tape recorder. This kid decides to tape the song, and takes it home to his dad to hear. In the next panel, after following a nice little dashed line from the previous panel, we see Betty and Veronica listening to the radio in the Chocklit Shop as the DJ announces the next tune - "Stomp Fritter", and Archie and Jughead are heard on the radio. In the final panel, Betty and Veronica are seen sitting at a table in the Lodge mansion trying to come up with their own nonsense lyrics, while Smithers and Mr. Lodge try to figure out what they're talking about.
Reprints:
Keywords:
music

Final Notice! (Table of Contents)

Li'l Jinx's Pal, Fat Charley / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Edwards
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Charley Hawse; Russ
Synopsis:
Charley tells Russ that he thinks Gigi is finally starting to notice him, because she spoke to him for the first time today. When Russ asks what she said, Charley says that she said "Get out of my way, creep!"

Indexer Notes

Occupies the top half of the page. The bottom half of the page is shared with half of an Archie's Gag Bag strip and the "Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation" that the postal service requires them to print every year.

Gag Bag (Table of Contents)

Archie / filler / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Montana
Pencils:
Bob Montana
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Mr. Waldo Weatherbee; Miss Bernice Beazly; Miss Geraldine Grundy
Synopsis:
Betty asks Mr. Weatherbee to come down to the kitchen - Miss Grundy and Miss Beazly have gotten into an argument over whether to have mashed potatoes or squash for lunch. Both are now covered in mashed potatoes and/or squash.
Reprints:
  • from ?

Indexer Notes

Due to having to print the Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation in this issue, the gag bag story only contains one gag strip instead of the usual two. This particular strip appears to be from the 1950s.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Veronica's Name Maze (Table of Contents)

Veronica / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Joe Edwards
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Characters:
Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
Readers must work their way through a maze, crossing through the letters "V", "E", "R", "O", "N", "I", "C" and "A" in order and finish in the center at a picture of Veronica
Keywords:
Puzzle

Indexer Notes

Like many of the mazes that appeared in Archie comics, this one looks challenging.

Follow the Leader (Table of Contents)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Doyle
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Jim DeCarlo
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; various un-named Riverdale High students
Synopsis:
Betty and Veronica are discussing classifications ("rich and poor", etc.). Betty mentions that there are only two kinds - rich and poor. Veronica disagrees, saying that there are others - fat and thin, boy and girl, short and tall... - but they're all insignificant (even "rich and poor"). The only kinds in her mind are leaders and followers - Lodges ("and a few other special families") are leaders, and the rest are followers. Veronica claims that she's a shepherd and her friends are sheep. After hearing Betty "baa" like a lamb, Archie goes to see what's going on. When Betty tells him all about Veronica's idea that she's a leader, Archie complains about it - calling it arrogance and "more of that women's lib garbage". He says that the guys are getting tired of bossy women, and that men have always been the leaders. Betty and Veronica quickly agree, and go along with it to avoid making Archie mad. Veronica then goes off the deep end (again) and goes to yell at girls about being bossy - telling them to "follow forcefully" and not to let anyone push them around.

Indexer Notes

In the 5th panel on page 5, Betty's hair is red instead of yellow.

The Searchers (Table of Contents)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Doyle
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Miss Geraldine Grundy
Synopsis:
Veronica and the gang are at school. Veronica mentions that she has the results of her search for her roots, which results in Archie, Jughead and Betty each responding with a bad tree-related pun ("I tried that but I kept BARKING up the wrong tree", "Maybe you should've BRANCHED out" and "LEAF it alone"). When Veronica says that she's traced her family tree back over a thousand years, Jughead says her family has "root rot". A discussion in the library leads to Miss Grundy guessing that there wasn't any royalty in Veronica's family after all. Betty then starts talking about her ancestry - some ancestors were mixed up with trouble-makers like George Washington, one ancestor was a pony express rider, and several helped build the railroad. When Veronica again tries to push that Betty's ancestors were just common folk, Betty thinks about it and decides that although they weren't royalty, they sure weren't common folks.

["I Have A Problem"] (Table of Contents)

Dear Betty and Veronica / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Eda Edwards [as Betty and Veronica]
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
An advice column featuring letters written to Betty and Veronica from readers, and "answers" from the two characters. Also included a box telling readers where to send their letters.

[Something Special] (Table of Contents)

Jughead / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones
Synopsis:
An ad encouraging readers to fill out the order form and return it with their payment to receive Jughead With Archie Comics Digest #27.

Indexer Notes

Cost of the digest was only 60 cents. Offer expired September 30th, 1978. Postage & Handling was included in the price.

3 for $1.00 Checklist (Table of Contents)

Archie / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones
Synopsis:
An order form where readers could check off their favorite comics and receive any three issues for $1 (or individual issues for 35 cents each).

Indexer Notes

This was a regular feature. This month's titles were T.V. Laugh-Out #59; Archie & Me #102; Betty & Me #94; Reggie & Me #106; Sabrina #46; Mad House #112; Reggie's Jokes #45; Jughead's Jokes #59; Archie's Christmas Stocking #464; Archie's Christmas Love-In #466; Betty and Veronica Christmas Spectacular #465; Sabrina's Crhistams Magazine #467. The last four were part of the "Archie Giant Series". Postage and Handling was included. Offer expired September 30th, 1978. Occupied the bottom half of the page. Top half was the offer for the Jughead With Archie digest.

Take Me To Your Leader (Table of Contents)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Doyle
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
?
Colors:
Barry Grossman
Letters:
Bill Yoshida

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; un-named t-shirt store employee; un-named Riverdale High students; Archie Andrews
Synopsis:
Veronica is all set to become the buzz around school with her new blouse, and Betty shows off her new "Archie's Girl" shirt. When everyone starts commenting on Betty's shirt, and Veronica doesn't get any comments on her blouse, she of course gets angry and hits the t-shirt store. The next day, every girl in Riverdale High is wearing an "Archie's Girl" shirt - except Veronica. Veronica thinks that this will make Archie sick and tired of the t-shirts, and since she's the only one not wearing one, Archie will of course want to hang out with her. Veronica's plan backfires though, as Archie decides he's the leader of the girls, and doesn't want to play favorites. This makes Veronica look like an idiot, as Archie walks through the halls followed by every girl at Riverdale High.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["The World's Wealth"]
    Betty and Veronica
  2. 1. A Lift For A Chairlift
    Josie; Hostess
  3. 2. Name That Tune
    Betty and Veronica
  4. 3. Final Notice!
    Li'l Jinx's Pal, Fat Charley
  5. 4. Gag Bag
    Archie
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. Veronica's Name Maze
    Veronica
  8. 7. Follow the Leader
    Betty and Veronica
  9. 8. The Searchers
    Betty and Veronica
  10. 9. ["I Have A Problem"]
    Dear Betty and Veronica
  11. 10. [Something Special]
    Jughead
  12. 11. 3 for $1.00 Checklist
    Archie
  13. 12. Take Me To Your Leader
    Betty and Veronica
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