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Artist: Harry Lucey

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 10, 2015
tags: Banes Harry Lucey

Like I've mentioned before, I was…and am…a big Archie fan. As a youngster, I would pick up a digest from the grocery store checkout line whenever I had the money.
I would usually flip through the digest before buying, to see if there were any stories drawn by…“that artist”. Back then, the writers and artists weren't credited in the books for some reason.

But there was a certain artist that connoted the best stories to me. Somehow, the stories drawn by that guy were always funnier…and funner…than the other stuff.
It wasn't until recent years that I found out the artist was Harry Lucey.

As far as I can tell, he wasn't often the writer of the stories. But his art was full of such energy and fun, with the characters often running around wildly, thanks to some crisis or other.

Even if the story was more dialogue-heavy (as Archie stories often are), Harry Lucey's excellent portrayal of the various personalities, big emotions, and facial expressions made every story more engaging. I often laughed at his stories, which, as much as I love the characters, is rare with any of the other Archie artists. Nobody does the patented Archie comics “baffled” expression better than Harry Lucey did!

(he could render a pretty sexy Betty or Veronica too)

Unfortunately, Harry Lucey passed away quite awhile ago, before fandom really knew who he was. But looking back, he did what I would really love to do with strong characterization and facial expression (…and hapless characters running around wildly).

He did a lot of other comic work as well, but it's Archie that I know him for, and where he really left his mark.

Harry Lucey, thanks for the many, many ongoing laughs!



Banes at 12:56PM, Sept. 14, 2015

Thanks Ironscarf! You've helped explain part of why I'm so taken in by this guy's work!

Ironscarf at 2:21PM, Sept. 10, 2015

That's some great art, thanks for highlighting this talented chap! I love his layouts too - the way he has characters running half in or half out of panels is really dynamic. In that first full page, panel 1, Archie looks like he's being almost sucked out of the panel at speed. The reverse effect applies in panel three, where it feels like he's never going to reach that cigar in time. He has that magical quality of drawing you into the action. And what are you all talking about? He looks exactly like George Peppard!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:54PM, Sept. 10, 2015

He DOES look like Giovanni Ribisi!

KimLuster at 6:33AM, Sept. 10, 2015

Everything you said is spot on - very nice tribute article Banes!!

KAM at 6:05AM, Sept. 10, 2015

If you're good at spotting Lucey's style, the Grand Comics Database ( could use your help cataloging Archie stories. Personally I think his 1950's work is easier to spot than his 1960's work which I tend to confuse with Bob White's work.

Banes at 4:30AM, Sept. 10, 2015

Ha! I thought he looked exactly like Giovanni Ribisi.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:51AM, Sept. 10, 2015

He resembles Jason Segel in that pic. There should be a Harry Lucey biopic starring Segel in the lead role. I would watch it!

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