Apr 17, 2011

Easter Eggs in Comics: Familiar Faces in THE PUNISHER MEETS ARCHIE!

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As part of my loot in yesterday's Summer Komikon, I finally got a copy (thanks to Sandy of Comic Odyssey) of THE PUNISHER MEETS ARCHIE, which is so incredibly fun that you all need to read it. Imagine John Buscema and Stan Goldberg collaborating on the same book.

I mean, come on, that's just really fun.

So in one scene, Riverdale is having a 1950s sock hop (thereby explaining why the then-90s Archie crowd is wearing their classic 1950s outfits). In one panel, we see some familiar faces hobnobbing with each other.

This isn't even the full panel. The full panel has even more Easter Eggs. But I'm going to focus on these girls.

Millie is Millie the Model, one of Marvel's title characters in the 40s all the way to the 60s, back when they were still called Timely! Interestingly, despite starting out as a brunette, the blonde look Millie sported was popularized by none other than Dan DeCarlo, who defined the look for the Archie Universe we know today!

Katy is Katy Keene, Archie's resident model, to whom readers INDEED sent fashion suggestions every issue!

Patsy and Hedy are a couple of Marvel teenage stars from the 50s, and Hedy appeared as a sidekick to Patsy most of the time. When Patsy says "I feel like a kid again," she's right.

But what's interesting is the anachronism involved here! You see, Patsy Walker was not just a teen-comic star. In 1976, she met the Avengers and was given superpowers, being transformed into the agile Hellcat!

And the big anachronism here? Patsy Walker, at the time of the publication of PUNISHER MEETS ARCHIE, was dead!

First one to explain this adequately gets a no-prize!


Paul C said...

Wasn't she in Hell after committing suicide, or something ghastly like that?

Duy Tano said...

Yeah, I think that's exactly what it was.

I think that Millie and Patsy are both in that new MODELS comic that also stars Mary Jane...

Unknown said...

I'd blame it on Belasco. Or Mephistopheles. Or de divil.

Booksteve said...

I've interviewed both writer Batton Lash and Stan Goldberg who drew the Archie bits, and both consider this one-off wackiness a career highlight...and rightly so. Could have failed miserably like the more recent Punisher/Eminem team-up.

Duy Tano said...

They should damn well be proud of this. It worked out beautifully and had absolutely no reason to work!

Rai_Yan@yahoo.com said...

Can't wait for Wolverine dates Veronica...


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