February 1, 2017


When I covered the 1960s spy issues of Archie Comics (Archie, Cold War Archie, R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.), I focused mainly on issues of Archie and Life With Archie, which famously payed homage to James Bond and spoofed The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series. So it was a cool surprise the other day when this issue of Pep crossed by radar via the groovy efforts of my pal, Jhalal Drut. This 1966 cover of issue #190 sports a number of wonderful gags and references to the spy boom. As Archie and friends lounge around in trench coats, Jughead sips quietly from the "Goldfinger Punch" bowl. The "U.N.C.L.E. File" cabinet includes drawers for Top Secrets and Bottom Secrets. And the red phone is "tapped by agent 007 1/2." If they had chosen "003 1/2" they would have achieved an even deeper level of appreciation from Bond collectors. It's curious that the couch has sleek lines and bold red fabric (to match the publication's masthead), but the curved feet and trim looks pretty Victorian. Pep also included pinups that now serve as fun time capsules spotlighting Mod fashions. Enjoy!

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