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Monday, 30 April 2012

I know I've been going Archie crazy these past few months, but I think this one'll probably do it for a while. As you know, I'm a great admirer of Dan DeCarlo's work, and Archie comics take me back to the good ol' days like nothing else can. IMHO there can never be too many Archie posts, even nonsensical ones like this one.

DeCarlo was a master at framing a scene, clearly portraying the action, and conveying the appropriate emotions of the characters.... not as easy a task as you might think. Take a look at any comic books of a similar genre (in other words, not superhero, action or horror comics), and you'll quickly see how superior the Archie comics were in terms of illustration.  There were a ton of Archie knock-offs (i.e. Tippy Teen, Swing with Scooter, Go-Go and Animal) but none come anywhere close to the original, thanks in large part to DeCarlo's fabulous artwork.

So, as final salute to DeCarlo (there'll be more Archie posts, I'm sure - but not for a while), I've collected a bunch of panels with wonderfully silly sound effects and action from the Betty & Veronica comics. Indeed,  these characters were not static figures outlined in ink.  They were dynamic and real.  What better way to demonstrate DeCarlo's fantastic ability to make these characters come alive than this? Enjoy.


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