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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

One thing that amazed me whilst looking through these old Archie comics is how quickly Dan DeCarlo would get Betty and Veronica naked - or damn close to it.  DeCarlo had a long illustrious history of drawing naughty cartoons for Playboy (and other adult publications), so I guess it shouldn't surprise me.  Plus, it was the seventies, and everybody seemed to be in some state of undress during that decade.

I've been accused of having an overactive libido when it comes to retro-observations; and I'll agree that I have, on occasion, put a sexual spin on something when it wasn't there. However, I don't think that is the case today.  There's somethin' sexual goin' on in my 1970s Archie comics that I heretofore had not acknowledged.

Exhibit A: A perponderance of shower scenes and locker room scenes.  I mean, I understand the comic is about two fashion conscious chicks, so you'd expect there to be panels where they are changing clothes... but good Lord, if ever something deserved a "Twisted Impressions" post, this is it!

Archie's Girls: Betty & Veronica Issue 228 December 1974 - basically the whole story involves the two girls getting undressed and lathering up in showers. If I was a 10 year old boy getting a hold of this comic, there's no telling what would happen next.  Let's just say, you wouldn't want that comic back and leave it at that.

Ah, yes. A good soak in a hot tub. Is this the beginning of a late night movie on Cinemax? Nope. It's an Archie comic complete with a disrobing Veronica.

Oh, look. Veronica is topless, and Betty is taking her top off too. I'm sure it's critical to the storyline.

In this issue, Veronica isn't hitting the hot tub; she's stripping down to take a nice cool bath. Isn't that special.

More bath scenes. These girls were clean.

This may look innocent enough. But to a boy in junior high in the 1970s, this is wonderfully filthy.

Betty Cooper in bra and panties. DeCarlo was the master. Convinced yet?

Two more with B & V in their underwear.  I don't know which is more distressing, that DeCarlo put so much cheesecake in Archie comics... or that I actually have these in a collection.  Please don't answer that.

Only a guy could have come up with the plot to this issue - Veronica tears her miniskirt, must discretely hide her exposure with the help of Betty, and then change in the locker room.

Up next are some panels that don't necessarily have B & V half naked, but nonetheless will raise some eyebrows. DeCarlo must surely have chuckled when illustrating the following panels...

The look on those lifeguards' faces says it all. 
Great Odin's Raven! I am rendered speechless.

Ye gods! What did these two just do?

Ummmmm. The less said about this one the better.

No. Actually, it looks kinda like a dick.

I wonder what Archie is thinking about.  Hmmmm.

Stop asking stupid questions, Archie.

She's talkin' about the tickets, Mr. Weatherbee. Get your mind out of the gutter. Get it together man!!

Strange sensation? Is Veronica's dad sporting wood-- ? I think it's best if we stop here before things start taking a dark turn. It's been fun - I hope I haven't tainted Archie comics for you in the future.


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