One of the inspirations behind the origin of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is one in every of my very favourite moments in all of comedian ebook historical past — and it is sadly unknown. The character herself has slowly risen to fame within the a long time since her debut in 1962’s Archie’s Madhouse #22, and the Netflix tv collection Chilling Adventures of Sabrina based mostly on the character has made that situation a extremely sought-after Silver Age Archie Comics key. There’s an Archie’s Madhouse #22 (Archie, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages up for public sale this week on the 2021 November 14-15 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122146 at Heritage Auctions.
“I think we both envisioned it as a one-shot and were surprised when fans asked for more,” Sabrina co-creator George Gladir would recall in later times. We continued to do Sabrina tales on and off in MAD HOUSE till 1969 once we have been flabbergasted to listen to it was to turn into an animated characteristic. When it got here to naming Sabrina I made a decision to call her after a lady I recalled from my junior highschool days (center faculty) who was very lively in class affairs, and who assigned a variety of us to interview distinguished folks within the media. In addition, the lady’s identify had a New England ring to it. Some years later I recalled the lady’s identify was not Sabrina, however really Sabra Holbrook… sorry, Sabra.”
But inspiring the identify of the character Sabrina was not Sabra Holbrook’s first noteworthy brush with the comedian ebook business. Holbrook was a social employee, and educator who based a program known as Youthbuilders to encourage college students to interact with varied social and cultural problems with their instances, and in 1946 Holbrook and her college students satisfied Fawcett Publications to drop the character Steamboat from the Captain Marvel titles due to the racist caricature that it represented. Captain Marvel was close to the height of its reputation on the time, and this improvement as the results of Holdbrook and the Youthbuilders college students made national news.
Holbrook would go on to turn into an creator of be aware with work on an impressive array of subjects from tradition and social actions to historical past. Sabrina is a memorable character impressed partially by a memorable and spectacular particular person, and there is a copy of her first look in Archie’s Madhouse #22 (Archie, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages up for public sale this week on the 2021 November 14-15 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122146 at Heritage Auctions.
Archie’s Madhouse #22 (Archie, 1962) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Cream to off-white pages. The first look of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in addition to Delia and her evil cat Salem. Robot cowl. Dan DeCarlo artwork. CGC notes, “Centerfold detached.” Overstreet 2021 VG 4.0 worth = $304; FN 6.0 worth = $456. CGC census 11/21: 22 in 5.0, 44 increased.