Bob Bolling Archie comics are some of the best
comics ever made, but how do you know you're reading a Bob Bolling work?
The easiest way:
Bob signed it.
During the early to
mid-1960's very few Archie artists were allowed to sign their work. Yet
Bob was. Go figure. If you are lucky enough to have an old LITTLE
ARCHIE comic (#1-38), take a look - Bob's stories will be signed yet the other
artists work will not. You'll usually find Bob's signature surrounded by a
box in the story's first panel on page 1.
Weasel Williams, Beefy Brawnson, Clyde Crimp, Fangs Foggarty,
Dewey Lippersnipper, Evelyn Everner or any of the classic "Bolling" names that
either share the same first initial, or mimic a tongue twister that you can't
say 10 times fast.
Other signs of a Bob Bolling work to look for:
Flim Flam Film Studios,
Kindly Mother Kellers Pies
Doctor Doom & Chester (no one seems to be overly concerned that the Dr. has green
skin and a
the Pride of Walvis Bay, (the boat that Mad Doctor Doom & Chester always end up
Bob's most infamous line.
"HA!HA! THASSA JOKE!"
After one of the good old gang tells a bad joke,
they inform you that they have, in fact, just told a joke. The recipient
is usually making a face or outwardly groaning. Always a tell-tale
sign that you are reading a great Bolling work.
The story title has a second sub-title:
While not EVERY Bolling story
will be sub-titled, in fact they are harder to track down than I thought
originally. I do believe that Bob was the only guy to use this fun device.
Sometimes it will even have 3 titles when Bob's really on a roll!
example: Little Archie in 'PAPER BOY' or
'The Strange Case of Mrs. Skratchlow's Cat' or
The lesson learned at the end of the tale will be a play on words.
Many of Bob's stories had a moral story at the end (and usually really good) -
quite often Bob would take the time to have the moral lesson be a play on words,
like the examples below.
and from Little Archie #15...
Now that you know what to look for - start digging through your old digests &
comics and find out how many of your favorite stories were Bob Bolling works!