This week--I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT ARCHIE COMICS: PART 2
In our last installment we examined Archie Comics' own attempts to mimic their most popular creation. Now we'll take a look at what some other comic companies have done with the teen comic concept.
Bunny, the Queen Of The In Crowd, was Harvey Comics' attempt to create comics for a slightly older audience than those that enjoyed their flagship titles like CASPER or RICHIE RICH.
Trouble is, BUNNY completely sucks. The artwork is sloppy and stiff, the characters are almost nonexistent, and the scripts approach surrealism in their contempt for typical story elements like plot, endings, or jokes.
We must applaud BUNNY for its attempt to depict African-Americans as either daishiki-wearing guitarists or pageboy-styled homosexuals. Oh, did I say "applaud"? I meant "condemn". Note: this story purportedly features "the Soul Gang", but after page one the story is strictly whites-only.
Nothing quite like middle-aged men trying to figure out what appeals to 13-year old girls, especially when the 1960s are involved. Yeah, that's her name, "Bunny Ball". I know it sounds like the setup to a dirty joke, but these are middle-aged men we're talking about here.
Undoubtedly incensed by the patronizing tokenism of BUNNY and "The Soul Gang", Fitzgerald Periodicals developed their own ARCHIE wannabe in FAST WILLIE, a jive-talking with-it cat from the mean, racially diverse streets of MoCity.
While I applaud FAST WILLIE JACKSON's motives in promoting equality, I gotta say that the road to bad, nonsensical comics is paved with good intentions. Mainly, these clumsily drawn stories don't make a lick of sense. Note Willie's friend JoJo, who has a funny hat, wears a sweatshirt, and eats a lot.
Next time: Tower Comics' TIPPY TEEN, How to throw a Beatnik Party, and the mystery of the TWO ANIMALS! Stay tuned!
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