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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pep Comics 48

It's RIVERDALE DAY at the old online column, the day when we lead with a classic or just plain weird cover featuring Archie, his pals, his gals, or some combination thereof. Archie made his debut in PEP COMICS #22 [December, 1941]. That story was written by Vic Bloom and drawn by Bob Montana, working from ideas by MLJ publisher John L. Goldwater.

Today's bizarre cover is from PEP COMICS #48 [May, 1944] and drawn by Harry Sahle. There's no comment I can make to add to this wacky image, so I'll just give you the contents and credits of the issue from the GRAND COMICS DATABASE [www.comics.org]:

The Shield in "The Curse of the Black Monkey," a ten-page tale which may have been drawn by Sy Reit;

Captain Commando in "Special Communique #14," a nine-page tale pencilled by Clem Weisbecker;

The Black Hood in "The Corpse on the Checkerboard," a nine-pager tentatively credited to artist Bill Vigoda;

Archie in "Camera Bugs," an eight-page tale pencilled by Sahle and inked by Janice Valleau;

"The Hick Cop," a two-page text story by Leo Hoban;

Marco Logo in "The Great Genghis Khan," a six-page story drawn and perhaps written by Carl Hubbell; and,

an untitled six-page Catfish Joe story drawn and perhaps written by Larry Harris.

If you need PEP #48 for your "humanoid fish cover" collection, the OFFICIAL OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE opines that a near-mint condition copy of the issue will cost you in the neighborhood of $465. The COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE STANDARD CATALOG OF COMIC BOOKS pegs a near-mint copy at $280. A quick search of eBay revealed no ongoing or recently completed auctions.

RIVERDALE covers are part of the regular rotation here at TOT Central. Look for one every other week or so.

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back with a full-length column on Friday.

Tony Isabella

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