Camera-ready comic strip for Archie

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Archie comic strip shows Veronica hosting a party and suggesting to Archie that he and Jughead can later sleep on the couch, which turns into a bed. Archie suggests to Jug that pressing the button for the foldout couch will also provide him food.
Robert William "Bob" Montana (1920-1975), in his youth, drew caricatures of customers in his father’s restaurant in New Hampshire. Later he became a freelance illustrator and at age twenty-one, in the 1940s, Montana created and started drawing Archie for the comic book series Pep Comics, and soon after the Archie comic strip. Montana drew the daily and Sunday Archie strips as well as Archie comic books until his death in 1975.
Archie (1947- ) is said to have been based on the 1930s and 1940s Andy Hardy movies, such as A Family Affair and Love Finds Andy Hardy. Even though the comic subject was originally included as filler in the publication called Pep Comics, which included mostly superhero stories, after about a year Archie appeared on the comic book cover. Archie was syndicated in newspapers across the country beginning in 1947. The subject was also included in radio and television spin-offs.
Currently not on view
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date made
graphic artist
Montana, Bob
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
King Features Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 15.1 cm x 48.3 cm; 5 15/16 in x 19 in
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Family & Social Life
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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