Monday, July 25, 2016

Who is Freddy?

I've written several times about Charlton Neo, which is a resurrection of the classic Charlton Comics lines; as well as Pix-C Web Comics, which features public domain characters from Charlton Comics as well as a few other original characters. Pix-C Web Comics features strips from a variety of genres, including superhero, horror, action, and humor romance. Pix-C Web Comics recently launched two new strips. We're going to talk in this blog post about one of those strips: FREDDY!!

Freddy made his debut back in 1958 in a comic book titled FREDDY #12. Basically, he was one of Charlton Comics' attempts at capitalizing on the teen humor craze. I'm not 100% certain, but I'm fairly sure that FREDDY's sales were nothing compared to ARCHIE. But FREDDY was published sporadically through 1965.

And I'm pretty sure that Freddy hasn't been seen until he made his Pix-C debut this past weekend! This new version of FREDDY features writing by Paul Beale, pencils by Jenny Godin, inks by Donnie Willman, colors by Michel Plourde, and lettering by Paul Polley. Here is a brief snippet from the first two strips:


And so, who is Freddy? (I hear you cry.) Freddy is the teen next door. He has an on-again/off-again girlfriend. He enjoys going on adventures with his best friend. He suffers through all sorts of indignities. And he's just like you!


He even has his own version of Betty, Jughead, Reggie, Mr. Weatherbee, and Mr. Wilson:


I decided that I wanted to check out FREDDY #12 on Comic Book Plus. Comic Book Plus is an online collection of public domain comic books. I wanted to check out Freddy's first comic adventure. I discovered "Teacher's Pet Problem," where Miss Bunsen instructed all of the students to bring their pets to school so they could "fully discuss them."


I'm still not sure what class  Miss Bunsen teaches, but she really didn't think through this assignment. I'm sure she thought that everyone would bring their dogs and cats, which would be problematic enough. But these are weird kids! One of them has a pet bear and another one has a box full of bats!


Fortunately, the bear didn't eat anyone and all of the students got to go home early from school.

This is pretty standard humor when it comes to FREDDY. And I expect more of the same from Pix-C Web Comics' new FREDDY comic strip -- though with a 21st century twist! You too can keep up with FREDDY and the rest of these new weekly strips, but you first need to have access to Pix-C Web Comics' premium site if you want to see what's happening! You too can read FREDDY -- not to mention Yang, No NameTuffy Turtle, N.E.O., Kid MontanaThe KnightingalesDeathwatchThe SpookmanSadistikMs. Molecule, and several other great characters, by becoming a patron of Pix-C Web Comics. Those who become patrons (for as little as $1 per month) gain access to several weekly online comic strips. The more you pledge, the more perks you qualify for. I've been contributing $30 per month towards this venture. I encourage to you to become a patron too!

Incidentally,  you can now read older Pix-C Web Comics on this Free website. Becoming a Pix-C Web Comics patron will give you advanced access to new Pix-C stories that are not readily available to those who access the Free website (such as FREDDY), so definitely make your pledge today!

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