by Bradley S. Cobb
What was the first thing you
did involving Archie Comics?
I hope you forgive me, but my memory doesn't serve very well
regarding those events which led to my association with Archie
Comics in the dim, dark past. What I do remember is that they
contacted me about packaging a line of mystery titles based on
some material they'd published back in the 40's. Up until then,
I'd functioning in the industry strictly as an artist/sometimes
writer, but never as an editor. It seemed like a worthwhile
challenge, so I accepted.
If I remember correctly, the first thing I did was design some
When did the Black Hood
story "Life is not like a Comic Book" (Drawn by Neal
Adams) get written/drawn? It made it's first appearance in
Archie's Super-Hero Digest #2.
I can't tell you anything about the Super-Hero digest. Don't
think I ever saw one. I don't know whose idea the Black Hood was
initially, but I welcomed the opportunity to do a constumed
crimefighter in a more REALISTIC view than was the custom. At
least, that's what I tried to do.
Any idea why the
Black Hood series got cancelled after only 3 issues?
The reason for the cancellation of the Hood, Madhouse, and
Sorcery remains a mystery to me. Sometime later, I ran into one
of the line's salesmen who told me that although the books were
doing well, Goldwater, the publisher, ordered them dropped for
whatever reasons of his own.
Did you have any
stories written/drawn for Archie that never saw print?
I have no unpublished Archie material.
Favorite Red Circle
I guess the Hood ranks as my favorite Archie character.
Overall, what were
your thoughts on your work there?
We had some of the best talent available. Alex Toth, Frank
Thorne, Jesse Santos, Marv Channing, Vicente Alcazar, etc... I
think we put out a good product. I was glad to be involved.
As for career highlights? Too many to list here. But a few of
the top ones would have to be my tenure on the Tarzan and Buck
Rogers strips, and my own Orion and Edge of Chaos features.
Thank you for your interest in my scribblings!