Pep Comics were among the first comics I downloaded many, many years ago, and I've read the first 65 issues. I'm probably in the minority, but I've never much cared for the Archie character or stories. I think the first one was in Pep 22, when he insisted everyone call him "Chick". (He didn't like his name) Mostly, I read Pep for The Shield and Hangman stories. The last Shield was in the issue after the one we are discussing. I understand the move from a hero comic to a "funny" comic, but that's when I quit downloading and reading them. I do like "funny" comics, but the later Peps just weren't that good or funny!
The Archie story was okay, just not my cup of tea.
My sister used to buy Katy Keene so I was familiar with the character. This one was good for what it was.
Enjoyed The Shield story, though not one of his best. I also wonder about the circus/crime connection.
Also enjoyed the Gloomy Gus feature. Good writing, fun art, and a quite different type of character!
The rest of the book wasn't bad, just a bit forgettable.
This issue was quite average, so just an "okay" rating from me. But thanks for reintroducing me to Pep Comics! Cheers, Bowers