The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Archie #1


from Weak End Guest
(artists unknown)
(Laugh #152; November, 1963)

7 comments :

Christopher said...

I was always a Veronica kinda guy...Looks like shes had a run in with the Id monster!

Tommy O'C said...

Veronica just got goosed.

VP81955 said...

There's a good chance this came from the great Dan DeCarlo, who did "good girl" art better than just about anyone, as his drawings of Veronica, Betty, Sabrina, Josie, etc. prove.

swac said...

Dan was the definitive Archie artist of the '60s, and I'd say it's a safe bet that this is his work. It's sad the way the publisher gave him the boot when he dared suggest that Josie and the Pussycats might have been his idea, when they were about to make a fair pile off the live action film version.

Mike S. said...

Very Jack Kirby-esque story, and all too common, unfortunately. Unexpectedly cutthroat, the comix biz.

Murdercycles said...

Betty was hotter. Check out the 1950's Mad Magazine spoof, "Starchie".

Vanwall said...

The best Archie parody ever:

http://tcj.com/journalista/goodmangoesplayboy.pdf