Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Haunted House on Halloween Hill

We live by a couple of rules here at Karswell Kastle, and one of them is simply this: Everyday is Halloween! Those that follow my other blog know this to be true, and the same goes for here as well, as today we find Little Archie and the gang running into some real honest to goodness All Hallows Eve horror-- plus, some fun 'n games to keep you all extra entertained, from the December 1976 issue of Little Archie #113. And speaking of my other blog, don't miss another story from this issue posted over there last week-- just click HERE after you read The Haunted House on Halloween Hill!

I really love this submitted drawing of Jughead by 8 year old Lark Jarvis too!


Brian Barnes said...

OK, there's got to be something behind the mad scientist/cartoonist thing. I can't tell if it's gentle nudging or somebody had it out for somebody else.

More fun art, and it's your ol' mistaken identity monster story. I think the Mummy story was superior. I have to say I don't think dressing up as "a tramp" is going to fly anymore!

I wonder if some pages got cut? Notice Betty and Veronica have the same costume and the way they are introduced looks like the setup to a joke, yet it never pays off. Either they scripted it up and just forgot it or something got cut.

Mestiere said...

The cartoonist turned mad scientist, Dexter, is Dexter Taylor, who was responsible for Little Archie from 1965 to 1983. Before that he would alternate with the legendary Bob Bolling.

Little Archie, especially those written and drawn by Bob Bolling, were more sentimental, more melancholic than the teenage version. There was more danger, more fantasy, even science fiction. The stories were often longer and they contained many characters with no counterpart in the teenage version. I often liked Little Archie better than teenage Archie.

Dexter Taylor died in 2015 but Bob Bollings is still alive at 89.

Guy Callaway said...

Madness (I mean that in the best way)!
Having no memory of Little Archie, I hit the internets and found that, like Regular Archie, he formed a band though, sadly, they never had an LP.

Brian Barnes said...

Thanks Mestiere, I know very little about Archie comics and that fills in that gap!

Mr. Cavin said...

I liked the Cinderella aspect of this story. As far as any Prince Charming would know or care, that principal has been unequivocally proven, by official fairy tale forensic procedure, to be the very same monster who ran away from the party earlier in the evening. That's as good as a marriage license back then.

I wish Little Archie had worn that maskless skeleton catsuit in the story, too. "I was a Pre-Teenage X-ray!" Man, what a great costume!

Guy Callaway said...

Add my kudos to Brian's, Mestiere, as Archie (or his pals) never launched my canoe, but I'm interested in their history.

Mestiere said...

When I wrote my comment no comment had been published yet and when they appeared it looked like I was addressing Brian!

Still, it wouldn't hurt to get more familiar with the work of Bob Bolling, somebody whose talent—especially on Little Archie—is compared to Carl Barks'. In fact, Bolling's Little Archie stories were among the best comics of the '50s an '60s.

You can read about him here.

Tom said...

I loved Little Archie when I was a kid, more so than the regular Archie titles. And I really loved the Halloween issues. I have one from another year around here somewhere. I need to dig it up.

Craftypants Carol said...

Omg that pic of Jughead and his hamburger thought is so awesome!