The Daily Comic Book Coffee, number 67: Sabrina the Teenage Witch #60

The Daily Comic Book Coffee, number 67: “Power Shortage” from Sabrina the Teenage Witch #60, penciled by Dan DeCarlo, inked by Rudy Lapick, written by Frank Doyle, lettered by Bill Yashida, and colored by Barry Grossman, published by Archie Comics in June 1980.

Sabrina and her boyfriend Harvey are walking home from school when they see a flying carpet whiz by carrying groceries. Sabrina rushes home and demands to know why her Aunt Hilda is using a flying carpet during the middle of the day. Hilda explains that she forgot her weekly magical recharge again. She doesn’t have the power to just “zap” some groceries home like she usually does, and needs to rely on the carpet. To demonstrate her weakened power, Hilda attempts to levitate her coffee cup over, and it crashes to the floor. Sabrina tells her Aunt she had better get a recharge soon. Hilda then realizes that she forgot to pick up lemons at the market, and she sends the flying carpet out again. Naturally enough, hilarity ensues.

Dan DeCarlo was definitely adept at drawing comedy. His style was very well suited to Archie Comics, where he did great work for nearly half a century, from the early 1950s to the late 1990s. For many years DeCarlo’s art served as the basis for the company’s house style. Sabrina the Teenage Witch was one of the characters he had a hand in creating.

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