I know that eventually Pep Comics will quit being a source of material...
... but as I often like to say, "That day ain't today!"
We start to see resentment from the non-Archie characters here on the cover of Pep Comics #43, as the Shield calls for us to applaud at Archie's misfortune:
Archie screamed for Jughead every time something went wrong in the early days. I guess it was supposed to be like when Lou Costello would scream for Bud Abbott.
Did you know Abbott and Costello had a cartoon in the 1960's? I didn't.
It shouldn't surprise me, though. That seemed to be the life cycle of actors back in the day. You'd do movies if you could, then tv, then Saturday morning stuff. When I was a youngster, Jim Nabors, Ruth Buzzi and Bob Denver were in all kinds of things on Saturday morning. I don't know what is going on with Saturday mornings these days, but I gather that only the very young watch Saturday morning programming any more.
Enough of that. What's inside the comic?
Why, the razor-sharp deductive skills of Dusty, the Spectacular Boy Detective! Go, Dusty!
That was Dusty, the Spectacular Boy Detective!
Meanwhile, I've got to say, Bob Fujitani drew the heck out of Hangman stories.
Tell us? My good man, comics are a visual art form. We shall not accept it unless we are shown:
Now, does all that seem familiar? It should:
Yup! Little Shop of Horrors was, of course, based on a musical that was based on the 1960 film.
Of course, this comic came out over 15 years beforehand. So, absent any evidence to the contrary, we assert that Comics Did It First! (tm!)
What is up with the look on Archie's face? I wouldn't eat that sundae, Betty... at least, not without having a toxicology report to make sure there are no roofies in there.
See you tomorrow!