This is the seventh in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous six.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: DC had an ongoing comic that simply repackaged old TV tie-in comics.
In 1969, in the 81st issue of Showcase, DC tried out a new pair of teen characters, Windy and Willy, who were two hippy friends.
The first story was titled “The Haunted Hippie.”
The story was popular enough to launch a Windy and Willy ongoing title, which only last four issues.
However, the really interesting thing about Windy and Willy is that they were really Dobie Gillis and Maynerd G. Krebs!!
Ya see, DC once put out a tie-in comic based on the TV series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Well, years later (while DC was in the midst of still trying to compete with Archie for the, well, Archie demographic), DC dusted off the Gillis stories (from 5-6 years earlier), retitled the characters, changed their hair colors, and switched out any outdated references, and ta da….
This comic (Dobie Gillis #18)….
became THIS comic (Windy and Willy #1)…
Luckily, Bob Oksner drew the first series and was still available to do the retouches.
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