Produced by AndruCharlz
Additonal Production and Remix by Don Charles Hampton
Rendered tall, full-figured and voluptuous (dig those pointed little breasts!), Archie’s girls circa 1948 are rich eye candy for admirers of the female form, especially when they wear swimsuits (or not . . . wait ‘til you see the discreet nude scenes Bob Montana sneaked past the censors! Sometimes, even the boys showed more skin than was common in '40s media). Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drooling at the sight of Ronnie in her black ballet leotard (ooooooweee!) or her leggy drum majorette uniform. Montana got away with sneaking other absolute babes into his strips as well, and most of them were supposed to be teenagers, too.
Though Montana was long past his own teens when he helped bring Archie to life, it's clear from these early strips that he had near total recall of those years. Pushing the boundaries of what was then acceptable in the funny papers, he had the courage to show teenagers as they really were: Devilish, conniving, lazy, petty, sarcastic and even sexually precocious. (To paraphrase screen legend Mae West: When Betty was good, she was very good. Ah, but when she was bad, as shown in a 1946 football-themed story, she was even better!) He’d almost certainly enjoy the raunchy gags found in 21st century teen fare, because they really aren’t that different from what he did 65 years ago.