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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Bob Montana (1920–1975). Archie. “Boy! What a day!” April 11, 1948. India ink over graphite underdrawing with paste-ons. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, 2018. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00) © Bob Montana and Archie Comics, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-59749
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Bob Montana (1920–1975). Archie. “Well Hang Out the Flag!” December 5, 1948. India ink over graphite underdrawing with paste-ons. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.01.00) © Bob Montana and Archie Comics, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-68651
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Archie and Friends

Beginning as a comic book story in 1941, Archie Andrews and his teenage friends landed their own comic book line four years later—Archie Comics, which features several additional titles, including Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. Initially written by Vic Bloom and illustrated by Bob Montana, several artists and writers continue to work on the comic book stories. From 1947 until his death in 1975, Bob Montana also led the studio that brought Archie to the newspaper comic strip page, evoking an idealized version of white American teenage culture.

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