(September 1978)

Archie, 1954 Series
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Price
0.35 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Twice in Jan., Sep., Oct., and Dec.; once in March, April, June and August
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand
Archie Giant Series
Barcode
0271000698609
Editing
Richard H. Goldwater
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age US; later Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
Perfect Bound; later Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Betty, what's our game plan against the boys?
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Ethel Muggs
Synopsis
Betty, Veronica and Ethel huddle up and go over their game plan for the pickup beach football game.
Reprints
Keywords
beach; football; summer

The Stand-In (Table of Contents: 1)

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; Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Pop Tate; Alice Cooper
Synopsis
Betty tells Veronica that she's going to change. Veronica responds by saying that some people have room for improvement, and starts to tell Betty everything she should change - the way she dresses, her make-up, her hair, etc. Betty tells Veronica to knock it off. She's happy with those things and the change she's talking about is her new campaign to win Archie. After doing a "scientific analysis" of all the people Archie likes best, Betty has decided that she's going to be the female version of Jughead, since Archie's always hanging out with Jughead - except that she's going to skip the part where she has to hate boys. Betty then goes to find Jughead to "observe" him and decides she has to slouch, eat lots of burgers and dress sloppily. Betty and Archie toss a baseball around, and Veronica shows up. Betty and Veronica both seem to be impressed at how well Betty's plan seems to be working, when Archie asks Veronica to go for a walk through the park. When Veronica asks if he's talking about all three of them, Archie responds by saying of course not - Betty won't mind. She's a "good ol' boy". Archie tosses the baseball to Betty and walks off with Veronica. In the last panel, Archie's telling Veronica that Betty has changed and is "comfortable - like an old shoe". As they're walking off, we see a baseball flying towards Archie's head.
Reprints

On The Wrong Track! (Table of Contents: 2)

Li'l Jinx / 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
Li'l Jinx; Hap Holliday
Synopsis
Li'l Jinx runs into the house, covered in mud. When her dad looks at her angrily (for tracking mud all over the floor), she asks what's wrong now - she wiped her feet...

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Betty's Gag Bag / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Michael Gallagher ?
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews
Synopsis
Betty is at the Chocklit Shoppe looking rather upset. When Archie asks her what's wrong, she says she's feeling lower than a bald tire, so Archie asks if she'd like to see a movie, which perks her up. In the last panel, Betty is seen sitting on a couch while Archie shows her home movies of him and Veronica.

Indexer Notes

Occupies the bottom half of the page with the Li'l Jinx strip occupying the top half.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Betty's Gag Bag / comic story / 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; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Reggie Mantle
Synopsis
Archie, Jughead and Reggie are sitting in a car, and Betty wants a ride, but Archie and the guys don't want her to because there's no room and Reggie wouldn't be able to shift if she sat on their laps. Archie tells Jughead to slam the door, which he does. As they're driving off, Reggie mentions that Betty is screaming, and Archie says that you'd think she couldn't take the bus. In the last panel, a close-up of the car door reveals a ripped-off part of Betty's dress stuck in the car door.

Indexer Notes

Appears to be from the 1950s. Occupies the bottom half of the page with the Li'l Jinx strip occupying the top half.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Dilton / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

3 for $1.00 Checklist (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Archie / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Pool Your Talents (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Hiram Lodge; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews; un-named guest of Mr. Lodge
Synopsis
A guest, possibly a business associate of Mr. Lodge, is inside the Lodge mansion, talking to Mr. Lodge. He complains that pools are attractive nuisances and act like a magnet to the worst elements in town (ie, teenagers). In the next panel, Archie shows up to join the girls, bringing his skateboard along to perform some tricks. Once again, Mr. Lodge's annoying friend complains - "young people are all miserable creatures, but BOYS are the worst!". Archie is seen climbing up the ladder to the diving board with his skateboard. At the top, Archie hops on his skateboard and goes flying off the diving board into the water. Mr. Lodge's friend once again complains about the behavior of Archie and his friends, as Betty is seen flying into the water, with a skateboard nearby, presumably by performing the same trick as Archie. Next, Veronica tries it, which again leads to disapproval from Mr. Lodge's friend, who complains that they're providing the atmosphere for a cheap carnival. In the next panel, Archie is once again climbing up the ladder to the diving board with his skateboard. Veronica says they've seen that one, but Archie says they haven't, as he does an handstand on the skateboard and goes flying off the diving board into the pool. Back inside, Mr. Lodge's friend is still complaining, saying that if it were his place, he'd soon call a halt to "that boisterous behavior", as laughter is seen coming from outside. Mr. Lodge goes outside briefly to ask them to do something "a bit less strident" while he and his guest are talking (most likely as an attempt to get his guest to shut up). Back inside, Mr. Lodge's guest is now complaining that he's allergic to the chemicals in the pool water, to which Mr. Lodge replies "That figures!". Finally, the guest decides to leave, but not before suggesting that Mr. Lodge fill in the pool and grow cucumbers. As he's leaving, the guest is looking at Archie and his friends and thinking that they're noisy nuisances, not noticing Archie's skateboard. He steps on the skateboard and goes flying, yelling for someone to stop him as the pool water will destroy his sinuses. Mr. Lodge yells for someone to stop him, and, thinking quickly, Betty kicks over a patio table, causing it to roll right in front of the guest, as he slams into it, knocking himself out. Betty apologizes saying that it was the only thing she could think of on the spur of the moment, but Mr. Lodge says that if she'd thought for a month, she couldn't have improved that. Clearly he is happy that this man has finally shut up.

Indexer Notes

Throughout the story, it is quite clear that Mr. Lodge is annoyed with his guest's comments.

The Numbers Game (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Jughead Jones; un-named female cousin of Dilton's
Synopsis
Archie stops by Veronica's, carrying a piece of paper and telling her that he needs help. Before he can explain the problem, Veronica goes into a big spiel about how Archie would be absolutely lost without her, behind every man is a woman helping him, woman has always needed man, etc. Archie, apparently annoyed at Veronica's spiel, simply says "that's all great", and goes on to explain the problem - an equation with improper fractions. Since he's apparently not too good at improper fractions, and Veronica took the same math courses, he's hoping she can help him. She says she generally tries to stay away from anything improper, but she'll help him - what are friends for? Just as Archie's about to explain the situation more, Veronica calls Betty and says she's sending Archie over, and asks Betty to help him out. As Archie is leaving, Veronica looks out the window and thinks Archie's a birdbrain - he should know that Veronica would have failed math if it weren't for Betty's help. Archie is running off to Betty's, as she quickly gets her hair done, puts on makeup, etc. Betty takes one look at the problem, gives Archie the answer, then flops down on the couch saying "And NOW what would you like to do darling?". Veronica them looks in a nearby window and yells at Betty, calling her "Madam Black Widow" and saying that Archie wants to open the door and trot on back to her place where he belongs. Betty and Veronica continue to argue for three more panels, and then realize that Archie's gone. They go outside, but still can't find him, which then makes Betty ask why he'd have a math problem in the middle of summer. They go to find Jughead, since he always knows what Archie's doing. Jughead tells them that he can't imagine why Archie would have a math problem in the middle of summer - unless it's Dilton's cousin. He explains that she's a math nut and likes to play with numbers. In the last panel, we see a beautiful girl, presumably Dilton's cousin, sitting under a tree, and Archie laying near her with his head in her lap. She seems to be impressed that Archie got the answer, and Archie simply says "it's nothing when you know how".

Indexer Notes

Dilton's cousin is not given a name in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My Problem Is Myself
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
A regular feature where readers can write letters to Betty and Veronica, asking for advice. The editors pick a couple of letters, have Betty and Veronica "answer" these letters, and print the letters in the magazine, with the answers.

Indexer Notes

This was a regular feature in the "Betty and Veronica Spectacular" issues of the "Giant Series". It has now become a regular feature in several titles - "B & V Spectacular", "Betty and Veronica", "Betty" and "Veronica". Recently, a similar feature was introduced where boys can write to Archie and Jughead for advice, although readers have asked for Archie or Jughead to answer letters in the past.

Floaters (Table of Contents: 10)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 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; Marty
Synopsis
Betty and Veronica struggle to find a place on the beach to work on "the perfect tan" where they won't be bothered by boys.
Reprints
Keywords
summer

Indexer Notes

This is a classic example of something being done in comic books that isn't possible in real life. According to numerous websites, a cubic foot of helium is only enough to lift 28 grams - approximately 0.06 pounds. Therefore, there is no way an inflatable raft filled with helium would float with someone laying on it.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Betty, what's our game plan against the boys?"]
    Betty and Veronica
  2. 1. The Stand-In
    Betty and Veronica
  3. 2. On The Wrong Track!
    Li'l Jinx
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Betty's Gag Bag
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Betty's Gag Bag
  6. 5. ["Think Small and order the BIGGEST Archie comic ever!"]
    Dilton
  7. 6. 3 for $1.00 Checklist
    Archie
  8. 7. Pool Your Talents
    Betty and Veronica
  9. 8. The Numbers Game
    Betty and Veronica
  10. 9. ["My Problem Is Myself"]
    Dear Betty and Veronica
  11. 10. Floaters
    Betty and Veronica
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