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Author Topic: Archie Barber Shop  (Read 378 times)

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dylan17

Archie Barber Shop
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:17:21 PM »
Hey Guys.


I Have a little challenge for the hardcore Archie fans here! I was told this image is from an Archie Comic. Would anybody know if this is true? If so does anyone know what issue it is from?


Thanks a ton guys

Re: Archie Barber Shop
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 03:25:40 AM »
It's easy to see how this might happen to Archie, but I don't recognise the artist as an Archie artist

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Archie Barber Shop
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 05:51:52 AM »
Not an Archie Comic. Andy Hardy, actually -- from DELL FOUR COLOR #480 (July 1953).



There's an apocryphal story that says that John Goldwater was inspired by seeing a long line of teenagers queued-up to get tickets for an Andy Hardy movie, which in turn inspired Goldwater with the idea that he ought to publish some teenage humor comics. Some speculate that the film in question might have been Life Begins for Andy Hardy, which was released on August 15, 1941. That would fit the production lead time for PEP COMICS #22 (cover-dated December, 1941), which would have been on the stands sometime in October of that year. There's one big problem with that theory, however... in his first appearance, Archie -- and Betty and Jughead, who all appeared in that first story -- weren't teenagers. They were about 12 years old. MLJ Magazines DID have a teenage humor character prior to Archie Andrews, though... Wilbur Wilkin. Wilbur first appeared in ZIP COMICS #18 (cover-dated September 1941), which would have been on the stands sometime in July 1941. Too early to be inspired by THAT particular Andy Hardy picture, but Goldwater could have been inspired by an earlier film, like Andy Hardy's Private Secretary, which had been released in February 1941, enough time to get a writer and artist working on cobbling together a story about hapless teenager Wilbur.

Translating the idea of a popular movie genre into a comic book wasn't any particular stroke of genius, either. The concept of the humorous antics of teenagers in comics goes back as far as The Love Life of Harold Teen, a newspaper comic strip (later shortened to just Harold Teen) that first appeared on Sunday, May 4, 1919 in The Chicago Tribune (later famed as the home paper of Dick Tracy). "Harold Teen" could truly be said to be on the cutting edge, in the sense that the very concept of the teenager (and coining of the word itself), as a distinct social group with its own independent ways and fads and foibles, was only just beginning to be recognized by adult society after the first World War, as the nineteen-teens turned into the nineteen-twenties. Henry Ford had given them the mobility to congregate in small groups free of parental supervision, at just about the same time that the idea of a parental gratuity called an "allowance" was taking hold.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2017, 07:23:47 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

dylan17

Re: Archie Barber Shop
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 08:08:12 PM »
Hey Delcarlo, Thanks for in info!

Re: Archie Barber Shop
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 07:12:47 AM »
Good job, De Carlo.
Pie is my favorite Vitamin.

 


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