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.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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