(January 1972)

Archie, 1969 Series
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Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
5 times a year in Jan., April, July, Sept., and Oct.
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
That Wilkin Boy, Inc.
Brand
Archie Giant Series
Editing
Richard Goldwater
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age US; later Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Mr. Smythe's Clean Scene (Table of Contents)

That Wilkin Boy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
?
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe; Sampson Smythe; Tough Teddy; Buddy Drumhead

The Heart Doesn't Lie (Table of Contents: 1)

That Wilkin Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe; Sampson Smythe; Tough Teddy; Sheila Smythe
Synopsis
Samantha tells us the story of how her father tried to push her away from Bingo and toward Teddy, and how her mother managed to set things right.
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Indexer Notes

The first of a series of stories done in romance-comics style. In this case, what would normally be a standard comedy story is outfitted with flowery first-person narration by Samantha to give it a more dramatic feel.

Bingo and Samantha Tell It Like It Is! (Table of Contents: 2)

letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Eda Edwards [as Bingo and Samantha]
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe
Synopsis
Wise advice to readers from Bingo and Sam.

Mood Madness (Table of Contents: 3)

That Wilkin Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Gus LeMoine
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe; Sampson Smythe; Sheila Smythe; Tough Teddy; Uncle Herman; Rebel
Synopsis
As part of his homework for an acting course, Bingo has to be churlish and unpleasant for four hours, followed by four hours of nonstop smiling.
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Mr. Smythe's Clean Scene (Table of Contents: 4)

That Wilkin Boy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Malmgren
Pencils
Gus LeMoine
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe; Sampson Smythe; Tough Teddy
Synopsis
Outside a chemical factory, Mr. Smythe finds his daughter, Bingo and Teddy protesting against pollution, leading to an argument about environmentalism, picketing, and the dangers that big business is inflicting on the planet.
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Indexer Notes

Starting with this story and "There's Something About a Soldier" in the same issue, Mr. Smythe becomes an arch-conservative arguing with the kids about social and political issues. This new approach may have been inspired by the smash success of the TV series "All In the Family" a few months earlier; Mr. Smythe's new characterization is very similar to Archie Bunker.

Sound Barrier! (Table of Contents: 5)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Edwards
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Hap Holliday

How's That Again? (Table of Contents: 6)

Dilton's Teach In / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; non-fiction; teen
Characters
Dilton Doily; Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Betty Cooper; Moose Mason
Synopsis
Dilton teaches his friends about the picture game known as a Rebus.
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There's Something About a Soldier (Table of Contents: 7)

That Wilkin Boy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Malmgren
Pencils
Gus LeMoine
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Bingo Wilkin; Samantha Smythe; Sampson Smythe; Tough Teddy; Wilma Wilkin
Synopsis
After Bingo passes his army physical, Mr. Smythe, Bingo and Teddy argue about draft-dodging, which Mr. Smythe considers un-American. Bingo and Teddy defend the people who refuse to fight in an immoral war, but finally agree that if they're drafted, they'll go and fight even though they oppose the war.

Indexer Notes

One of the few stories to directly address the Vietnam war and opposition to the draft.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Mr. Smythe's Clean Scene
    That Wilkin Boy
  2. 1. The Heart Doesn't Lie
    That Wilkin Boy
  3. 2. Bingo and Samantha Tell It Like It Is!
  4. 3. Mood Madness
    That Wilkin Boy
  5. 4. Mr. Smythe's Clean Scene
    That Wilkin Boy
  6. 5. Sound Barrier!
    Li'l Jinx
  7. 6. How's That Again?
    Dilton's Teach In
  8. 7. There's Something About a Soldier
    That Wilkin Boy
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