Rhyming Titles from Jughead WIth Archie Comics Digest #7:
“Wile ’n’ Guile”
“Lumps and Bumps”
“Rootin’ Tootin’ Tutors”
“Eye in the Sky”
and “Professor Jughead Lectures on How to Dig the Work Gig”
This digest also boasts a story with the intriguing, non-rhyming, non-punning title “The Salad.” And another one called just “The Statue.”
Andy Kim, the co-writer of “Sugar, Sugar” and the Neil Diamond of Canada, was part of an eclectic celebrity cast coaxed together by music producer Hal Willner a couple of weeks ago to mark the 60th anniversary of the first reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Kim—whose big solo hit was “Rock Me Gently” and who also made records as Baron Longfellow—was not singled out in news accounts of the show, though there are photographs of him sharing a mic with Kevin Drew (key collaborator on the new Andy Kim album It’s Decided), Courtney Love and Damon Fox. The event was a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. Other performers included Nick Cave, Van Dyke Parks, Tim Robbins, Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton, Macy Gray, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Will Forte, Davendra Banhart, Peaches, Petra Haden and Chloe Webb.
Three Random “New Girls” at Riverdale HIgh School
• Lollypop Lane
• China Dawl (who, according to Veronica, “has a big ol’ mean boxer dog”)
• Alicia (recipient of flowers, which Archie honestly tells Veronica are “ForAlicia,” leading her to believe it’s a strain like Forsythia or something)
• Danny Danza (trains Veronica to dance like on TV shows)
• Raul the tennis pro (makes a play for Betty until he realizes “what a devotion she has for this lad” Archie)
• Mr. Theorem, Riverdale High math teacher
The latest Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest (#232, May 2015) breaks down like this: ten Betty & Veronica stories, six Betty stories (including the two-part, four-chapter epic The Big Breakup), three Sabrina the Teenage Witch stories, two Little Betty & Veronica stories, and just one Veronica story. There are also two Betty fashion pages to Veronica’s one, plus one Little Betty fashion page, one Little Betty & Veronica fashion page and one page of Sabrina showing you how to do a magic trick. Gag pages? Two Betty, one Veronica.
What can we conclude? The Betty vs. Veronica battles have a clear victor. Veronica is nothing without Betty. As a solo act, she’s edged out by a witch.
Betty’s Co-Workers at the Jiffy Supermarket:
Denise, who falls over and is caught by Archie, a gesture which is misunderstood as romantic by Betty
Alice, who asks Betty “do a price check on this item,” just in time for her to see the clinch between Denise and Archie.
Rock song on the stereo: “Baybeh! Baybeh! Baybeh! Hold me!”
Betty: “Now I can’t hear myself think!”
Veronica: “Why would you want to anyway? You’re supposed to be studying with me, not thinking about yourself!”
Rhyming titles in World of Archie Comics Double Digest #48
Bell Spell (or The Lunchback of Notre Dame)
In a lovely titular symmetry, the hat-themed story “Put a Lid on It” is followed by one called “Bad Hair Day.”
When Chuck Clayton, cartoonist, goes to comic book conventions there are invariably references to real-life Archie artists. In Archie’s Pals ’n’ Gals #197, when Chuck drags his girlfriend Nancy to the Centerville Comic Convention, he gushes “Oh wow! There’s Dan DeCarlo who draws Josie and the Pussycats!… and he’s with fellow artist Stan Goldberg!” Archie editor Victor Gorelick critiques Chuck’s drawings; there’s a huge Archie banner behind him, which Chuck and Nancy don’t seem to notice bears a likeness of their high school classmate. A more obscure reference is when Chuck thinks a woman with a camera is going to take his picture, only to have her rush past him calling “Oh, John! John Lucas!” John Sterling Lucas was an artist who contributed to the Katy Keene revival of the 1980s.
Rhyming Titles from Jughead Double Digest #175
This digest also features a two-part tale with the atrocious pun-title “It Is Better to Have Brushed and Flossed…”