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Nolan, Michelle: Archie’s Rivals in Teen Comics, 1940s–1970s. An Illustrated History. Jefferson: McFarland, 2020. (250 S.) 
Added by: joachim (08/19/2020 10:44:00 AM)   Last edited by: joachim (08/19/2020 10:46:23 AM)
Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4766-7758-3
BibTeX citation key: Nolan2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Children’s and young adults’ comics, Historical account, Illustrated text, USA
Creators: Nolan
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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Abstract
This is the first book to comprehensively examine the multitude of non-Archie teen humor comic books, including girls and boys such as Patsy Walker, Hedy Wolfe, Buzz Baxter and Wendy Parker from Marvel; Judy Foster, Buzzy, Binky and Scribbly from DC; Candy from Quality Comics; and Hap Hazard from Ace Comics. It covers, often for the first time, the history of the characters, who drew them, why (or why not) they succeeded as rivals for the Archie Series, highlights of both unusual and typical stories and much more. The author provides major plotlines and a history of the development of each series. Much has been written about the Archiecharacters, but until now very little has been told about most of their many comic book competitors.

Table of Contents

Preface (1)
Introduction: The Rivals of Riverdale (3)

Section I: Overview: The 1940s (7)
1. Here She Comes in Miss America Comics: Patsy Walker (10)
2. Patsy Walker’s Groundbreaking Title (16)
3. Marvel Teens in the 1940s (23)
4. Judy’s Date with Success (37)
5. Buzzy, Binky and Scribbly in the 1940s (40)
6. Candy’s Antics (48)
7. Hap Hazard and the Ace Gang (54)
8. Wilbur, the Forgotten Success Story (60)
9. Topsy-Turvy, Cookie and The Kilroys (65)
10. Why My Date Didn’t Go So Well (70)
11. Comics Advertised “For Teen Girls” (76)
12. Ozzie and Babs—Fawcett’s Only Teen Stars (80)
13. Junior, Sunny and Corliss (85)
14. Slick Chick Comics and the Dearfield Duo (89)
15. Other Short Run Pre-Code Girls (96)
16. Teena and the Strip Reprints (102)
17. Hi-Jinx—­Teen-Age Animal Funnies (106)

Section II: The 1950s (111)
18. Patsy Walker, Something of a Supergirl (113)
19. DC’s Teen Humor: A Favorite in the ’50s (121)
20. The Unique Wendy Parker (127)
21. My Girl Pearl: Dumb and Dumber (134)
22. The Joy of Meeting Miss Bliss (139)
23. Henry Aldrich and the Dell Teens (143)
24. Jetta, ­Teen-Age Sweetheart of 2052 (146)
25. The Mystery of Candy in the 1950s (149)
26. The Amazing Mazie and Her Boyfriends (153)
27. Why Ginger Deserved a Better Fate (160)
28. The First Kathy and Company (165)
29. Lucy, the (All Too Soon) Real Gone Gal (171)
30. Oh, What a Brother! (175)
31. The Most Obscure Teen Humor Comic Book (180)
32. Junior Hopp and the Hopp Rod (183)
33. The ­Short-Run Guys in the ­Not-So-Nifty ’50s (187)

Section III: Introduction: The 1960s and 1970s (197)
34. John Stanley’s Masterpiece: Thirteen (199)
35. Patsy and Hedy: A Novel Approach in the 1960s (204)
36. An Early ’60s Bright Spot: Marvel’s ­Teen-Age Tornado! (210)
37. Judy, Dobie, Freddy and the Early ’60s (217)
38. Tippy Teen’s Surprise Appearance (222)
39. Josie, Pussycats and All (228)
40. A Word on the Working Girls (234)

Appendix: Teen Humor Comics Outside the Archie Universe, 1940s to 1970s (237)
Bibliography (245)
Index (247)


  
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