ImageWhat can one say about this book? Two excellent stories featuring the Shield and the Hangman (please post PEP #21 someday so we could read the first part of that Hangman tale), some decent backup stories, and – to top it off – the first-ever appearance of a comic book icon by the name of Archie Andrews! Reading the ARCHIE story, I was surprised about how both unfamiliar (seeing Archie, Betty, and Jughead drawn as children of 11 or 12 rather than as the more familiar teenagers) and familiar(seeing more than a few classic Archie situations off the bat)it was at the same time. I wonder if the people at MLJ ever thought that the character they launched in the middle of that issue of PEP would become a full-fledged comics icon.

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