Candy Comics #8

Candy Comics #8

Candy burst onto the scene as one of Quality Comics’ forays into the bustling “teen-humor” market, which had been set ablaze by the phenomenal success of Archie. Sensibly, Quality opted to stick close to the winning formula, centering the series around Candace O’Connor, affectionately known as Candy, who resides in the quaint town of Hartwick. The stories unfold around her escapades with boyfriend Ted Dawson, her pals Tina and Trish, and, of course, her female arch-nemesis, Cornelia Clyde.

Candy Comics #7

Candy Comics #7

Candy Comics #30

Candy Comics #30

Candy made her debut in Police Comics issue #37 in 1944 before graduating to her own title three years later. The series enjoyed a respectable run of 64 issues until July 1956, just before Quality Comics faced bankruptcy and its assets were acquired by DC Comics.

The brainchild of Harry Frank Sahle, Candy found her voice with the help of writer Elmer Groggin. Together, they also brought Candy to life as a syndicated comic strip, which graced the pages of the Chicago Times.

Despite covers depicting Candy in what we’ll generously call “extreme grumble mode” during hiking and beach outings, issues #7* from December 1948 and #30* from September 1952 reveal a much kinder, gentler Candy within their pages.  Turns out, even the feistiest of teens has her moments of sweetness!

* Sold copy