Wednesday, November 13, 2013

And Don't Get Archie STARTED on Betty's Low-Cut Tight-Fitting Blouses!

Just taking a moment to finish up Pep Comics #30, which had the first appearance of "Captain Commando and the Boy Soldiers":

It was de rigueur back in the day to have one of two kinds of groups: Either your group consisted of a fat person, a really smart person, a nondescript person and some undersized hellion or you had a group that consisted of a bunch of people with different nationalities.  If your group featured the latter, you could count on heavy accents and lots of slang that the country of origin probably hadn't used in 50 years.  And there was usually a lot of interlocking arms and singing in unison.

And, might I add, not enough of moments like this

I quickly grew bored with Captain Commando and found the Archie story, where Betty has found the secret to popularity:

And then Archie makes a suggestion that, had it been anyone but Betty, would have resulted in Archie nursing a bloody nose:

And then Archie takes that first step in the sordid life of pimpin':

Why this panel hasn't circulated the Internet with the frequency of "Joker's Boner," I do not know.  But remember who had it first.

In any event, I'm sure that the Riverdale Police soon set up a vice squad.

No, Captain Commando was not in charge of Riverdale's Vice Squad.  I don't know who it was, but I'm certain it wasn't him.  Stop being so silly!

Although, now that I think about it, that would have been awesome.

See you tomorrow!


Buzz said...

spinach AND a bath?!?!?!


MarvelX42 said...

Wow, there is so much that could be said about that first panel with Captain Commando and he Boy Soldiers. First: There was a Captain that was known for not wearing underwear? Second: Billy Grayson? Was he related to a Dick Grayson maybe? Maybe his father or grandfather? Third: Armand De Latour was a "free" Frenchman? Was slavery common in France around the time this comic came out?

Adam Barnett said...

I wondered about the Grayson connection, because Robin certainly existed at the time. But the Free French was indeed a thing. It was Charles de Gaulle's resistance movement against the Axis, rejecting the 1940 armistice. And THAT'S one to grow on! :-)

Yael said...

Also regarding that first panel, that's a very unfortunate shade of brown that got picked for their uniforms, there. Looks rather, err, jugend-ish.

MarvelX42 said...

Yes, well, I do realize that Robin was around at the same time that this comic came out. It is just hard to remember that sometimes being, Robin is still around seventy years later.