Monday, October 03, 2022

Today in Comics History, October 3: Happy birthday, Chubby Checker!

Born on this day: Mrs. Checker's li'l baby boy Chubby Checker, who grew up to become the great rock singer and dancer we salute in this post!

"The King of Twist" from Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #85 (Archie, January 1963), pencils and inks by John Rosenberger (?)

Checker not only sang classic early rock hits but he popularized dances such as the Pony, The Fly, and — you mighta done it yourself sometime — The Twist!

from "Twit-sters" in MAD #349 (September 1996), script by Arnie Kogen, pencils and inks by Paul Coker

"Same thing we do every night, Elvis...THE TWIST!"

from "The Rock 'N' Roll Senior Citizens' Problem" in MAD #74 (October 1962), script by Larry Siegel, pencils by Mort Drucker

Please do the Twist today in honor of his birthday!

from "What If Hollywood Were to Follow the Trend Towards Long and Pretentious Titles for TV Dramas?" in MAD #82 (October 1963), script by Larry Siegel, pencils and inks by George Woodbridge

Happy birthday, Chubby!

"The Twist" by Chubby Checker (Parkway, 1960), written by Hank Ballard; video from American Bandstand (ABC, August 6, 1960), introduced by Dick Clark

1 comment:

Blam said...

It’s a little-known fact that Chubby Checker and Fats Domino both took their stage names from the forgotten crooner Pudge Backgammon.