Before Barack Obama was famous, Archie comics used the expression “Brrack!” as a sign of disgust

I was just getting around to reading some of the Archie comics digests that I’d purchased over the past few years, and I came across this panel from issue #64 of World of Archie Comics Double Digest:



Since the digests are reprints of older stories, the original story was almost certainly published many years (or even decades) before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama.

I’m not sure when or in which issue this story was originally published. My guess is that it’s from the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Also, since this is a modern day reprint of an older story, they edited the text to remove Svenson’s Swedish accent. This alteration is an unfortunate symptom of today’s political correctness. Decades ago, the whole point of the Svenson character was his accent. Without it, all of his personality is gone.

You can read the entire story (which is called “Clean Sweep”) at this link. Scroll down about 30% of the way: https://books.google.com/books?id=MhpsDQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=world+of+archie+digest+64&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx-6O1vt7eAhUM11kKHXg4BDoQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

November 18, 2018. Tags: , , , . Barack Obama, Comic books. 1 comment.

Here’s the Archie Comics cover art with Betty Cooper holding a gun that was announced but later canceled

Earlier this year, the official Archie Comics website posted this cover artwork for the upcoming Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest 253:

(Image posted under fair use. Source: http://archiecomics.com/april2017solicits/ )




However, when the title eventually got released, the cover had this other artwork instead:

(Image posted under fair use. Source:  http://archiecomics.com/firstlooks5-17-17/ )




The fact that the first cover says “comics double digest” while the second one says “summer annual” does not mean that these are different titles.  The official title is “Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest.” The words “summer annual” simply indicate that this issue has a few dozen extra pages in it – it’s still the same title. So I’m not getting one title confused with another.

Anyway, it’s sad that the powers that be canceled the release of the cover artwork with Betty Cooper holding a gun.

May 15, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Comic books, Guns. Leave a comment.

Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge cover Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” – Riverdale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lspw0yvHlg

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Music, Television. Leave a comment.