Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Robot Archie vs The Spider
We're indebted, once again, to pal of this blog Nefarious Neil Hansen. Neil, who probably spends as much time as I do trawling the net for obscurities, sent me a link to this, a British comics super-being dust up I was previously unaware of.
The Spider we've covered before, and if you haven't checked out the arch-villain turned sort of hero, just scroll down the archives till you see him glaring at you.
But Robot Archie deserves a bit of explanation, if only for the benefit of our chums across the pond.
Archie appeared in the very first issue of Lion in 1952, and was hugely popular in the UK, as well as in France and the Netherlands.
I'm bound to say that, although I liked him well enough as a kid, I did find him a bit old fashioned, and much preferred weirder, spookier heroes like The Spider, Janus Stark & Adam Eterno.
Plus, he had his name emblazoned on his chest like his mum had written it there for his first day at school.
Still, he had charm, and was certainly much more likeable than his owners, Ken & Ted, who pretty much treated him as their personal slave. I'm amazed he didn't corkscrew their heads off.
This piece is sadly, not the best scan in the world, but it's still worth a look. There weren't enough of these kind of team-ups in British comics for me.