Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - Odd Jobs!

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Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - Odd Jobs!

 

I bought this beat up copy for $1

 

One month after I was born (25 days actually), this hit the newsstands and buying it for $1 in this condition is perfect to me. Not the greatest Bob White cover ever done, but it brings a smile to my face when I read the corny joke. 

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with cover art by Bob White)

 

 

By 1963 Betty and Veronica was Dan DeCarlo's book and for US, that's a great thing. Years and years of issues to pick up that are filled with DeCarlo art! I love this splash page - it tells us everything we need to know without a single word necessary! Veronica is mowing the lawn and is annoyed with Betty being bored and Archie enjoying himself in the pool. All three facial expressions are classic!

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

Of course, Veronica is having none of it...

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

I know Jamie Hernandez has always stated his Archie influence, and in particular, pointed out his great love of Harry Lucey's work - but every once in awhile I'll see some DEFINATE Dan DeCarlo influence in his work )especially the inking). This could be a Love and Rockets panel...

 

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

Speaking of Harry Lucey, he was still the primary Archie artist and his artwork was a part of most of the ads...

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Harry Lucey)

 

 

This issue features an early 'variant' appearance of Big Ethel - in this one she actually is BIG - rather than tall and gangly. It's well-known enough it's even referenced in her (Ethel Muggs) Wikipedia entry!

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

And naturally, Betty and Veronica make her over into a fabulous looking woman! That clothing she was wearing earlier must've been EXTRA baggy I guess...

 

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

 

But as in all things Archie, one little sneeze undoes the whole thing! Gotta love Jughead's reaction...

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

 

The last story is a clever and interesting take on Veronica thinking everyone is wallowing in their 'poverty', because SHE is wealthy! If this were released TODAY, it might be seen as a sly commentary on how the wealthy look down on the have-nots. 

 

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(Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA #95 - cover-dated November 1963, on newsstands September 1st, 1963 with art by Dan DeCarlo)

 

A great issue! 

 

 

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