(1956)

Archie, 1956 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand
Archie Series
Editing
Harry Shorten

Issue Notes

This issue marks the first appearance of Little Archie.

In his interview with Gary Brown in Comic Book Artist (March 2004), Little Archie's creator Bob Bolling recalled that editor Harry Shorten called him in and said "I want you to do a book of Archie as a little boy, but before you do, I want you to do some sketches and I'm going to mail them to [publisher] John Goldwater." Bolling designed the Archie characters as children, and once they were approved by Shorten and Goldwater, he wrote and drew the entire first issue.

Bob Bolling told Gary Brown that Bob White inked most of this issue.

[No! You're not seeing things! This is really Archie when he was a little kid!] (Table of Contents)

Little Archie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Bolling
Inks
Bob White
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Archie Andrews; Little Betty Cooper; Little Veronica Lodge

[Hunting] (Table of Contents: 1)

Little Archie / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Bolling
Pencils
Bob Bolling
Inks
Bob White
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Bolling

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Archie Andrews; Little Jughead Jones; Little Betty Cooper; Little Veronica Lodge; Fred Andrews; Mary Andrews
Synopsis
After Archie's mom asks him to stop playing hunter inside the house, he and his friends go outside to hunt wild animals, and come upon a snapping turtle.

Indexer Notes

The characters call the title character "Archie" in these early stories. In later stories this would change, and he would always be addressed as "Little Archie."

[Racing] (Table of Contents: 2)

Little Archie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Bolling
Pencils
Bob Bolling
Inks
Bob White
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Bolling

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Archie Andrews; Little Jughead Jones; Little Betty Cooper; Little Veronica Lodge; Little Moose Mason; Little Reggie Mantle
Synopsis
Archie builds an "imported Italian sports racer" for the soapbox derby.

[Playing House] (Table of Contents: 3)

Little Archie / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Bolling
Pencils
Bob Bolling
Inks
Bob White
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Bolling

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Archie Andrews; Little Betty Cooper; Little Veronica Lodge; Fred Andrews; Mary Andrews
Synopsis
Archie and Ronnie play house and fight even more than real married couples. Betty tries to get in on the act by marrying her cat to Archie's dog.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Betty's cat, who would later be named "Caramel." Little Archie's dog would soon be re-designed and evolve into his regular dog, Spotty.

[Troops] (Table of Contents: 4)

Little Archie / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Bolling
Pencils
Bob Bolling
Inks
Bob White
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Bolling

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Little Archie Andrews; Little Jughead Jones; Little Veronica Lodge; Little Moose Mason
Synopsis
General Archie and Sergeant Moose try to prevent Ronnie from joining their army, but she gains the troops' loyalty with her "secret orders."
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [No! You're not seeing things! This is really Archie when he was a little kid!]
    Little Archie
  2. 1. [Hunting]
    Little Archie
  3. 2. [Racing]
    Little Archie
  4. 3. [Playing House]
    Little Archie
  5. 4. [Troops]
    Little Archie
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