Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PEP COMICS "Madam Satan: Who She Is and How She Came to Be!"

Recently, Archie Comics introduced long-forgotten Golden Age villainess Madam Satan...
...into their dark, serious reboot of Sabrina: the Teen-Age Witch!
When the "Smalvillized" Archie TV series, Riverdale, became a hit, a Sabrina show was put into production with Michelle Gomez (The Mistress/Missy from Doctor Who) as Madam Satan!
Intended to be a companion show to Riverdale on the CW, there was literally no room in the schedule due to the plethora of DC Comics series currently crowding the network!
Here's the character's never-reprinted premiere and origin story from MLJ's Pep Comics #16 (1941)!
Now, this is quite different from the story Madam Satan herself tells in the Season 1 finale, but it's worth knowing so you can see how much the character was altered in the revival.
Written by Pep Comics' Editor Abner Sundell,  and illustrated by longtime MLJ/Archie artist Harry Lucey who adapted his style to the Bob Montana/Dan deCarlo look that became the Archie "house style" and kept working for Archie until was forced to retire due to multiple sclerosis in 1976.
BTW, though she debuted in Pep Comics #16, Madam Satan actually cameoed on the cover of the previous issue... a scene not in The Shield and Dusty tale on the inside!
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