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skjam ([personal profile] skjam) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-04-04 21:16

College is a hair-raising experience

Hillman Publications was one of the smaller publishers of its day, dabbling in comics among other ventures. It's best known now for its aviation comics, and especially Airboy.

But this post features a truly obscure publication, "Joe College Comics". It's teenage romantic comedy hijinks in the tradition of Archie, but with slightly older protagonists.

Fair warning and trigger warning: The cover story heavily relies on ethnic stereotypes of Native Americans outdated even in the 1950s, and some subversions of same for comedy. Because of that, I am placing the cover under the cut as well. This story is a product of its time and uses slang and loaded words that are not acceptable by today's standards. It's also kind of sexist.

Joe College Comics, Winter 1950, is in the public domain, so the following story may be brought to you in its entirety.





Note the early Comics Code marker.












And it turns out to be a "Just So" story.



Next time I'll be posting something a little more in line with what you've come to expect from me.

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] silverzeo 2012-04-05 02:28 (UTC)(link)
Huh... what do they call it when a "Billy AverageTeen" main character somehow becomes the #1 man to a dozen different girls who are willing to kiss him no matter what the situation calls for it. It seems to start here and and Archie, and is done without shame on nearly every school/teen theme anime...
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[personal profile] darkblade 2012-04-05 03:14 (UTC)(link)
The school/teen theme animes refer to it as the "Harem Genre", with the girl surrounded by boys a "Reverse Harem".
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[personal profile] biod 2012-04-05 06:18 (UTC)(link)
Ordinary High School Student. Just say it with sarcasm and bile.
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[personal profile] auggie18 2012-04-05 15:24 (UTC)(link)
There's this really good Archie story in which Betty and Veronica sit down and realize they don't really have any good reasons for why they're so attracted to Archie and so they both dump him. Immediately, all these girls start trying to date him because they want to know what made Archie so special that two super hot girls wanted him. This makes Betty and Veronica jealous, so they start trying to get him back to, the general implication being that the only thing that makes Archie attractive is the fact that other girls want him.
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[personal profile] cypherfdp 2012-04-05 05:37 (UTC)(link)
THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICA
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[personal profile] lascoden 2012-04-05 09:27 (UTC)(link)
...what is he doing in that 'HELP' panel?
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[personal profile] lissa_quon 2012-04-05 22:13 (UTC)(link)
what...did I just read.

Wow...thats special...even for the 50's. So very special.