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July 07, 2018, 07:33:01 am #15 Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 11:14:26 am by DeCarlo Rules
Quote from: Captain Jetpack on July 06, 2018, 07:09:28 am
I remember a 70s era comic, with Betty possessed.
In that case, by a haunted teddy bear (true story).


But Archie Comics, doing "The Exorcist",  as a homage?
With Betty doing the pea-soup thing?
Sure.
Why not. 8)


LIFE WITH ARCHIE #125 (September 1972), "Nightmare Nursery".


There has been at least one direct sequel to this story:

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #58 (August 2002), "Return to Nightmare Nursery"

In addition, the Cheryl Blossom story "Highland Spirit" (CHERYL BLOSSOM #31, May 2000) shares a vaguely similar plotline (the theme here being the spirits of the restless departed) - although no teddy bears were involved. Both stories were written and drawn by Holly Golightly.

Of course, Betty was also once possessed by the spirt of an evil gypsy woman, Felicity Goodbody (in BETTY & ME #80-81, a plot thread in the ongoing epic (8 parts!) drama of "Betty Cooper, Betty Cooper!" which ran in BETTY AND ME between the October 1976 and August 1977 issues (#79-86).




None of those tales can stack up against JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #72's "Vengeance From the Crypt", however -- in which Josie's body is possessed by the vengeful demonic spirit of Alexandra's dear departed ancient Aunt Julia. In the ensuing panic following Josie's possessed rampage, Alexandra takes charge of the group and exorcises the evil relative's ghost by using a handy Bible and forcing Josie to remain in contact with it, repelling the ectoplasmic bodynapper. The fact that the girls all engaged in this fearful struggle against supernatural evil while clad only in their bikinis would have made it the perfect scenario for a drive-in movie. Surprisingly, Al Hartley had nothing to do with this story (credit or blame must fall squarely on the shoulders of Frank Doyle and Stan Goldberg). Josie had earlier proven to be susceptible to supernatural influence in the story "The Falcon's Claw" in issue #68, and of course the late Julia Cabot hadn't been the first Cabot to dabble in the Black Arts -- generations earlier there had been Sebastian Cabot, for whom Alexandra's cat was named, and briefly, Alexandra herself (there is the vague hint that the cat is the original warlock Sebastian Cabot reincarnated, which while never so stated outright, would explain why Alexandra could invoke magical hexes while in contact with her pet) and although there's nary a passing reference to her earlier experiments in dark sorcery in this particular story, it would certainly explain how she's the first to recognize the danger but keep her wits about her, and know exactly what to do to counter the supernatural threat.




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