Occult #13: Another Satanic Possession in Archie Comics

Who can forget the post I did not too long ago on the devil possession story in a Josie & the Pussycats comic?  The post received tons of traffic, due in no part to my 'expert' commentary, but rather the sheer unbelievably insane nature of it all.  An Archie comic depicting a very graphic demonic possession? Really?

It wasn't just that an Archie comic character's soul was being tortured by Satan that made it so chilling.  It was the wording of the panels: "Josie's face contorted into a mask of indescribable evil." It's as if William Peter Blatty or Malachi Martin took over the writing. but the illustrations were still in that lighthearted Dan DeCarlo style.... which made it all the more disturbing.

Well, imagine my surprise when I rolled across another Demoniac themed Archie story.  This one is from a Sabrina comic called Chilling Events in Sorcery as told by Sabrina (1972).  Naturally, one can expect some supernatural themes in a Sabrina comic, so no surprises there.  However, you'll soon see that shit gets outta hand quick like.

I'm sorry, but the words "unclean and depraved" do not belong in an Archie comic.  Once this girl puts on the jewel, it becomes abundantly clear that this comic book chick has been possessed by the "Father of Lies, Prince of Darkness, Bringer of Death" or whatever infernal name you want to call him.  But, as in the Josie story, she is finally saved by the power of The Bible.

Now, we all know there was a line of Christian Archie comics (Spire comics); however, this ain't it. This has no relation to those Spire Archies - this is a normal Archie comic influenced, once again, by the popularity of The Exorcist and the prevailing occult fanaticism of the day.

For those interested, I've posted the story in entirety below. (click to enlarge)


  1. I remember the period of the 70 where every soap opera had possessed characters because of that movie(even being made fun of on 'SOAP!'), but the way this comic is written seems less about heads spinning and vomiting and more churchy.

    What's the story with the creators or Archie Comics? Didn't they pull their license from Spire at one point because they didn't want to be associated with 'god comics'?

    Great post

  2. Why does Andrea look just like Veronica? Or is it only me that thinks so?

    1. I too thought it was Veronica at first. Particularly when looking at the second picture. Was this a one shot deal for Adrea. I don't associate her with Archie Comics what so ever. So strange, I don't know who this would appeal to not funny at all.

  3. It would have been more effective in a creepy, EC comics style, but it was still pretty good. "Her whirling dance somehow unclean and depraved . . ."

  4. "She wasn't a bad girl...she just liked pretty things." Ha ha!!!

  5. "She wasn't a bad girl...she just liked pretty things." Ha ha!!!

  6. Tune in next week, when Archie tries on Uncle Merlin's evil ring with sapphire-eyed goats' heads worked into the gold...

  7. Was it just me, or did she seem hotter when she was possessed, lol.

  8. Archie comics have often fit in "topical" stories. Homosexuality (currently), and if I recall there has been stuff done on bullying and the like. To find demonic possession in there isn't all that surprising. (Now I'm thinking of an idea for my next book!)

  9. It's interesting that in both stories posted, this one Sabrina tells about Andrea, and in the one where Josie ends up being possessed, it is when they come in contact with a Bible that whatever spirit that controlled the girl is broken. Although these stories were different than the Spire versions, the element of God is there. Just sayin'.

  10. I remember buying a couple of these comics. The stories were anthologies with a horror or occult theme. I suppose this was Archie Comics attempt to cash in on similar horror comics that were popular at that time, albeit with the Archie's brand of safe, not-to-threatening story-telling.