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The Huge Ongoing Thread Full Of Weird Comic Book Covers

Discussion in 'Comic Book Culture' started by Peter Paltridge, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Anthonynotes

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    Still don't get it... is it some anime/manga thing?
     
  2. MonkeyFunk

    MonkeyFunk Kids and grown-ups love me so

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    Geeze, those Betty and Veronica ones are the freakiest ones in the topic. Look at their empty, soulless eyes in the third cover!

    And their tiny, shrivelled hands in the first one!

    Fair sends a shiver down me spine.


    And yeah, Case Closed's an anime about a adult-turned-into-a-kid who solves crimes.
     
  3. Anthonynotes

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    Oh, I see. In "Little Archie"'s case, it was an actual long-running series of stories that was basicall Archie's version of Superboy---- the adventures of Archie and the gang as grade-schoolers (or "Little Archie" as everyone called him in the comic). The adventures tended to be more adventure-based than the regular Archie comics, thanks to its long running writer Bob Bolling (sp?)...

    -B.
     
  4. Geezil

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    And speaking of the Bob Bolling "Little Archie" tales, can anybody recall whether "Mad Doctor Doom" :eek: (circa 1964-65) might have earned the Archie crew a visit from Marvel's legal eagles?
     
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    I think Fat Ninja was mostly making fun of him. I remember a friend of mine having it in 6th grade. You know how ninjas do the thing wherre they hide behind a thin tree and vanish? Didn't work for this guy.

    ::looks at Betty and Veronica covers::
    My God...that's...that's horrible! 10 cents? What year was that? Is that how they tried to attract girl readers?! Sheesh! I thought they actually liked Archie...wasn't Betty supposed to be the sweet one? I guess they only like messing with his mind, those witches are straight out of MacBeth!!! I wonder what the actual comic was like. I guess now we know how Archie ended up in that shallow grave.
     
  6. Anthonynotes

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    Comics were priced 10 cents from the 1930's through about the early 60's, when companies raised them to 12 cents. Hence the classic book about comics "All In Color For a Dime".

    Re: Mad Doctor Doom: I guess not---figure the "Mad" prefix might've thrown the lawyers off, though would guess they'd change his name if they ever made a "Little Archie" (*not* "The New Archies") TV cartoon.

    Some covers:

    The last issue of "Batman" and "Detective Comics" during the "Wacky space Aliens" era of the late 50's and early 60's, before the "New Look" Bats debuted in the respective titles' very next issues:

    http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/87/400/87_4_0326.jpg

    http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/141/400/141_4_0000163.jpg

    IIRC, the Joker one's been reprinted in "The Greatest Joker stories Ever Told" TPB. Guess could imagine the Joker doing something like that still (he set up a fake town with his "populace"[henchmen] disguised in Joker-costumes, all to set up a kangaroo court "trial" for Bats)...

    Choice covers from the "wacky space aliens" era:

    http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/87/400/87_4_0316.jpg

    http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/87/400/87_4_0322.jpg
     
  7. Peter Paltridge

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    Wrong, Brainatra....I have a Little Archie digest with a reprint of a "Dr. Doom" story in it, and he's never called "MAD Doctor Doom" in it. I wondered about that myself. (I also thought the story was rather scary as a kid--it's about Doom getting control of a giant flying metal eel and sending it after Archie to kill him. A lot of Bolling's work was darker than the Archie usual.)

    Anyway.....wow, I can't believe it. Not only does the "Big Boy" restraunt icon have his own series....
    [​IMG]
    ...but that's issue #123! People were THAT interested in knowing what the statue did when their backs were turned?
     
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  8. Anthonynotes

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    I *did* say "I *guess* not"; maybe they changed his name later on to avoid Marvel's wrath? Granted, if that were the case, Marvel would also be going after "The Simpsons" (since Marvel had a character since the 60's called "The Radioactive Man", vs. the Simpsons superhero who has his own actual comics published from time to time...)(Shrug)


    Think the Simpsons made fun of this in a comic issue (involving the "Lard Lad" donut place's statue, in some story drawn by Scott Shaw!)
     
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    Then it's more than likely that the story in your digest was a one-off (or a "two-off"). I distinctly recall at least one or two others in which his first name had indeed become "Mad," which at least suggests the change was the result of a later inter-company intervention. (BTW, one of those was played more for whimsy, as it involved Little Archie making his escape from MDD's lockup thanks to a whole lot of cases of "Icky Slicky" hair tonic.)

    As to how that digest reprint still slipped under the radar intact, maybe we can chalk that up to yet another "Little Archie Mystery."
     
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    and a quick p.s. on the "Mad Doctor Doom/Not Mad Doctor Doom" boondoggle...!

    Here's a nice detailed link about the history of the Doc as well as Little Archie himself, for anyone not quite familiar. And it just happens to include the cover plus a synopsis of the very issue I referred to in post #49 above! :D

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/oddball/index.cgi?date=2004-02-20
     
  11. Peter Paltridge

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    In an amazing Oddball coincidence (and I’m sure it really was a coincidence, similar to the coincidental X-Men/Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing/Man-Thing parallels) Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s “Doctor Doom” first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics’ FANTASTIC FOUR No. 5 (July, 1962), and Bob Bolling’s “Mad Doctor Doom” first appeared Archie Comics’ THE ADVENTURES OF LITTLE ARCHIE No. 24 (Fall, 1962) in the story “Robot Of Doom!” Although it’s difficult to ascertain which comic was actually written, drawn and published first, it seems that both comics appeared on newsstands at approximately the same time!

    Well hey, there's your answer.

    "Yipe! He's wiping out my icky sucky!" --Chester
    o_O

    Anyhow.....
    http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/4994/400/4994_4_001.jpg
    I'm not showing this one directly because I have no clue if it's supposed to be obscene or not. I say I have no clue, even though I'm looking at it, because the characters are so lumpy I can't tell if something is a boob or a tarantula. Better to not risk it, right?

    It's well-titled, too.
     
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  13. Anthonynotes

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    OK!

    Wonder if Batman had "enough time to prepare" for *that* one... ;-p

    -B.
     
  14. Peter Paltridge

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    Today: this obviously isn't a comic book, but there's nothing wrong with going off the path every once in a while.....

    It was among them anyway, and it just had to be brought to attention:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Today, it's GINGER! The SWEETHEART OF THE NATION!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Today!.....

    [​IMG]

    Once again, you saw it here first.....hopefully.
     
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    Yeah, I can really see why Ginger is America's sweetheart :shrug:

    And I think I saw that Superboy in stores, I dunno
     
  18. Peter Paltridge

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    [​IMG]

    Sorry about this, but it had to appear sometime.....
     
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  19. Ed Liu

    Ed Liu That's 'Cause I ATE IT!!!
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    Howdy,

    Speaks for itself:

    [​IMG]

    From Beau Smith, the Manliest Man in Comics, via his Busted Knuckles column. As if it could have come from anywhere else.

    The little dancing squirrel in the foreground of the main image is what makes it really manly, isn't it?

    -- Ed/Ace
     
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    No it didn't, Martianinvader, you're supposed to AVOID The Noid.

    And Ace, I think it's those socks pulled all the way up that makes it manly.
     
    #60 Christopher Glennon, Sep 27, 2005
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