Well, I’ve already stated my case for neglected Archie artist Bob White (1928-2005), but persistent reader interest has (ever so gently) forced my hand in the matter. You crave more, and who am I to deny such a reasonable request? Besides, these suckers are rather thin on the ground.
Comics scholar Bart Beaty‘s experience appears to match mine in this regard. He notes, in Twelve-Cent Archie, his compelling study of the period, that « … high-grade copies of most Archie comics from this period do not seem to exist on the market. » And I heartily agree with his assessment that « much more available are copies that have been treated in the ways they were intended – copies that show the well-worn tattering of having been read and reread repeatedly by children. » The selfsame quandary arises with other loved-to-rags series such as DC’s Sugar and Spike, whose issues all-too-frequently turn up sans their paper dolls feature… and a story page or two on the reverse side.
Here, then, is my second batch of Bob White covers from his prime period, which, not so coincidentally, arguably matches the prime of Archie comics.
I appreciate the mention of the lovely Simone Simon in what’s merely one of my all-time favorite films!
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When the occasion calls for it, I love to flit from medium to medium. Art is rarely created in a vacuum, after all. DS and I watched Curtis Harrington’s Night Tide last month, and I posited then that it was ‘basically Cat People with mermaids’, which in due course led us back to Lewton and Tourneur’s classic. And then there was that Bob White cover… what’s a poor boy to do? 😉