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Golden Age Christmas – Archie Learns the Dangers of Having Some Money to Spend Come Christmas Time

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Welcome to the latest edition of Golden Age Christmas, where we will feature a different Golden Age Christmas comic book story every day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today we look at the trouble Archie Andrews can get into when he comes into some money around Christmas time.

In 1943’s Pep Comics #46, writer Ed Goggin, writer/penciler Harry Sahle and inker Virginia Drury told a fun tale about Christmas “cheer,” which also served as the first appearance of a major character in the Archie mythos.

Archie receives $50 from his grandfather. As you might imagine, $50 was a LOT of money for a teen in 1943. But right from the get go, his fortune was diminished…


I like that Archie is a good enough kid that he really doesn’t protest too much about the war bond.

However, “tragedy” occurs when the list is lost and found by the WORST person to find it…




As it turns out, though, Gabby STILL told everyone (what the hell, Gabby?!!?) so Betty, Veronica and Jughead are all looking forward to their expensive new presents (I bet Gabby even tried to tell Oscar!) and are surprised to find something different all together…


However, Archie’s friends aren’t bad people, either, so they of course understand…


What a swell tale. Although now I really, really hate this Gabby character.