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Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – P

Today, we look at one of the coolest aspects of a long-lasting group of comics.

Pals and Gals

I couldn’t believe that I forgot Jughead for J (maybe next time! :)), so I figured I’d make up for it by making P Pals and Gals, after the great supporting cast Archie has amassed over the years.

What I love about that cover of 1952’s Pals and Gals #1 is how damned SUCCINCT it is! In just that one cover, you basically get the personalities of all five characters depicted there. Betty and Veronica both like Archie – natch.

Reggie is a jerk – natch.

Jughead hates girls – natch.

Talk about economy!!

Compared to that cover, this Pals and Gals cover lays it on a bit too thick…

Still, the basic formula of Archie’s two pals and his two gals is a fine one – his girl-hating best friend, the ego-maniacal frenemy, and the two gals who vie for his love – that’s the basis for a whole lot of stories!!

The early Pals and Gals covers have an interesting approach in their attempt to work all of them into each cover…

I especially love how they did the double trouble joke twice in a row! :)

Reggie, though, takes the joking a bit too far at times.

Geez, Reggie!!

“Boy, Archie sure does look like he’s in for some double trouble, Reg!”

“He will be, when I shoot him twice in the back of the head!”

“……”

This cover is a bit odd, as I have absolutely no idea what is going on on this cover. Has anyone read this issue?

Please tell me what it is about! Is Archie asking them each for their kidneys?

I love how serious this one is – I imagine the writer thinking he was truly going to reach the youth of America with this important issue.

Has anyone read this issue? Tell me what happened in it!!

Later on, more Pals and Gals, like Moose and Midge, Dilton, Ethel, Chuck and Chuck’s Girlfriend (I know her name, but come on, I dig the girl, but that’s all she really is) joined the gang.

Here is a neat cover with the a bunch of the gang (it is scary seeing Reggie so happy).

Sadly, Pals and Gals was canceled in 1991 (although it continues on in Digests). This was the last issue, which doesn’t even mention the significance of the issue!

Heck, I don’t even get the reference. What shows are they talking about in 1991?

Pals and Gals was replaced by the blandly titled Archie and Friends in 1992.

Archie and Friends DID give us this cover, though, so I guess it is not a total loss.

Archie’s Pals and Gals – a cool comic thing!!

13 Comments

Andrew Collins

April 9, 2008 at 1:25 am

Sweet, one more to go until Q is for Question!

It doesn’t get much cooler than this
The Archie books were one of those staples of my childhood

I pretty much have to learn what the importance of being a teen-ager is now, and why exactly endsville could ever be something positive.

(controls rage)
Q…
Is not…
For
Question
(shudders)
Q…
Is for…
QUASAR!
QUASAR!
A THOUSAND TIMES QUASAR!
Who else would cross over witht he defunct new universe? Who else would die, only to have his grim reaper be out of a Harvey comic book? Who else would, when told of an alien threat to earth, cover earth in an invivisble net and then start cataloging every sigle alien in the MU until he found the one he was looking for! Who else could SURVIVE THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER? Who else could rock so, so many headbands? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?

Quasar!

As a bonus, he also has a complete face — two eyes, a nose, a mouth, the whole works. Can’t say that about the Question, huh? Kinda hard to solve mysteries when you can’t even see or speak properly!

Reggie should get his own book. He’s awesome.

Yeah, I sure hope Question is next.

(Though eventually it may turn out to be Quakemaster.)

In 1991 they would have been talking about “This Old House,” I guess. I don’t even think “Home Improvement” was on yet.

Yeah, after all my campaigning watch Brian give it to Questprobe. At least we can all agree on that: don’t make it Questprobe!

“Home Improvement” did premiere in 1991, but with a September cover date the comic would have come out first.

Make Q for Quesada. I’m sure everyone would love that! :p

As far as the home improvement stuff, I imagine Bob Vila was doing some kind of show back then.

Point of Oder Mr. Chairman: the book was called “Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals,” not “Pals and Gals.” That’s an A; you still owe us a P. Have you no decency sir? At long last, have you no decency?

Might as well say it got replaced in 1992 with “& Friends.”

Quitely, dammit.

Quitely? No, we want the alphabet to stand for something good.

Like the Question.

I don’t know his name, but the artist who did issues 6 to 12 I really like…very clean, smooth lines, and great facial expressions. Anyone know his name?

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