Satan is Alive And Well In Archie Comics! Well, okay, it's the 1970s and supernatural forces had a clawlike grip on pop culture through films like ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, THE OMEN, BEYOND THE DOOR, BEYOND THE DOOR II, THE EXORCIST II, BLACULA, and ABBY. Formerly god-fearing citizens, seeing their tidy world crumble in a few short years, figured the only logical explanation had to be the touch of Satan. And comic books reflected this trend, through a whole slew of swamp-monsters, vampires, zombies, and werewolves by nights. Even Archie got into the act with this tale of demonic posession infiltrating the lives of our very own Pussycats!
Another fun afternoon hanging out at the Cabots, visiting the family mausoleum, filling our lungs with the stench of death. That Cabot family; always up for wacky hijinx!
Possessed by a lingering, malignant spirit, Josie's eyes become mere dots floating inside half-circles, and... no, wait, those are just your normal Archie character eyes. Never mind.
Nobody noticed Josie's sudden case of emphysema? Taken up cigar smoking, Josie?
Evil spirits, or did Josie just need a cigarette? That would explain the coughing!
I find it hard to believe that the gals could lounge around in bikinis for any length of time without Alex being fully aware of everything that was going on. I'm just sayin'.
Here's Josie in full Satanic demon-flip-out mode. Or in other words a typical teenage girl tantrum, am I right parents? Huh?
And let's look on the bright side, this is the furthest Alex has gotten with Josie in well, ever.
Luckily the Bible (tm) wards off all evil spirits. This is why your local Motel 6 is the safest place to be in case of demon attack, all those Gideon Bibles, you know. You can bang hookers - I mean, enjoy the freely agreed upon services of a professional sex worker, sorry Chester Brown - AND be protected from devils at the same time!
This week on Archie's TV Funhouse, it's Archie's Exorcism! Starring Josie & The Pussycats and faces contorted into masks of indescribable evil! Have fun kiddies.
Woof! Lay off the Mexican food Josie!
Oh HEY dad, nice of you to notice the HORRIFYING DEMONIC POSSESSION taking place in your house. Turns out it was mean old Aunt Julia all along, and it also turns out that if you're cranky and bitter in life, you'll come back as a cranky and bitter ghost bent on destruction and horror! Sign me up.
I would also like to point out that years ago, previous Josie comics established Alexandra as having magical witch powers, which begs the question, why doesn't this comic climax with a Harry Potter style magical bolt death-duel? Because that would be awesome.
Not all the strength of Hell can prevail against one page of "The Good Book." The question is, WHICH ONE PAGE? I hope it's the page about not weaving two different kinds of fabrics together!
As they say in the movies, there's trouble until the robins come. And as the power of GOD HIMSELF banishes Aunt Julia to the netherworld we're reminded that Betty Cooper isn't the only Archie character who can sling a Bible around. So behave!
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