This is an altered Al Wertheimer photo showing Elvis traveling by train to Memphis on July 4, 1956. He is reading Betty and Veronica and Jughead comic books, which have been colorized. I found the picture on the website Dial B for Blog, the self proclaimed World’s Greatest Comic Blogazine. The site once did a four-part series on the connection between Elvis and Captain Marvel Jr., and I condensed it for an ElvisBlog article back in 2005.
As much as Elvis liked the Archie series comic books, it seems the feeling was mutual. This is a 1957 issue where Jughead imitates Elvis and sings “All Shook Down.” Jughead’s Folly is believed by experts to contain the very first reference to Elvis Presley in a comic book. For that reason, a very good quality copy of it sold for $460 at a 2005 auction.
This Archie and Me issue has a drawing of Elvis on the cover. This artwork is much better than the one of Fats Domino’s face. It looks like the artist didn’t know who Fats was and painted Big Joe Turner instead. This comic book was part of a lot of 41 that sold at auction in 2008, so its value can’t be reported here.
This time it’s Archie, not Jughead, with the guitar on the cover. Jughead doesn’t seem to be too happy about it. I guess he liked being the one making like Elvis. This Life with Archie cover showed up on Google, and the year wasn’t noted. But, it’s original price was just ten cents, same as the first one above that came out in 1957.
Marvell Comics also put Elvis on the cover of a comic book. Actually, this issue of Spoof featured a galaxy of rock stars. Starting from bottom left above the railing, you can recognize the Jackson 5 (isn’t little baby Michael cute?). Above them are the Osmonds. Moving right we see John Lennon administering the oath of office to David Cassidy. To the right of John is Yoko Ono, then George, Paul, and Ringo. Next is Mick Jagger and another member of the Rolling Stones. Finally, we get to Elvis (did he ever really say “Far out?”). I guess the guy in the fluffy
shirt is David Bowie. This 1973 issue sold for $60 in 2007.
I don’t know if Charlton Comics are still around, but they put out this I Love You issue in 1966 with a drawing of Elvis on the cover. Too bad we can’t see what the “Here Comes Elvis” story is all about. This comic sold for $1,300 in 2011.
This is a little different. Instead of a drawing of Elvis on the cover, here we get an actual photograph. The price is ten cents, so it probably came out around 1957.
We’ll finish up with other Elvis-related comic books I found on the internet. This one is a kind of interesting variation on the Elvis stamp. Check out what’s in Ren/Elvis’ hand. It’s not a mic, it’s a hotdog.
I don’t know anything about Starman. If he’s a good guy, then the guy in the Elvis jumpsuit must be the villain.
Is this Elvis-looking dude a villain? Or maybe all those zombies are the bad guys and King is just a scary-looking good guy.
There’s no doubt that Trencher is the bad guy here. What’s up with Elvis’ hair? And what’s that sticking out of his mouth?
We’ll end with a comic book cover that portrays Elvis as he really looked. Crossfire and Rainbow are the two characters at the bottom. The title of the story inside is “This Isn’t Elvis.” If not, he still had two fine side-kicks. Wish I could read the story.
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