I like to think that I've got a pretty comprehensive knowledge of some of the more obscure Archie characters, but I have to admit that I've never really read much of Ginger. To be honest, though, that's understandable. The series only had ten issues back in 1952, and just to put that into context, That Wilkin Boy, the series about Jughead's cousin Bingo Wilkin, somehow managed to run for 50.

But fortunately, we now have the opportunity to get caught up thanks to the latest installment of the Archie 75 Series, which features a 75-page digital collection of Ginger's lovestruck adventures. Check out a preview below!

 

 

As you can tell from the pages above, Ginger Snapp --- not to be confused with Ginger Lopez, who would be introduced a few decades later as Riverdale's resident fashionista --- was essentially just a gender-swapped version of Archie, right down to having Dotty as a stand-in for Jughead. Considering how much of a trend that would be half a century later ---to the point of Archie even doing a story along those lines with Tania Del Rio and Gisele Lagace back in 2012 --- it's an interesting little artifact.

Here's the official solicitation:

 

ARCHIE 75 SERIES: GINGER, SWEETHEART OF A NATION (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with this special retrospective presentation! Making her debut WAY back in 1943, Ginger got her own 10-issue series in 1952 after making several guest-star appearances in Zip and Suzie Comics. A fascinating snapshot of the 1950s, Ginger's wacky antics involve her on-and-off boyfriend Ickky, her grumpy dad, and more! Join us as we present some of the funniest stories from the series, from crazy clothing to school dance disasters!
Script/Art: George Frese, Harry Lucey, Joe Edwards
Cover: Harry Lucey
On Sale Date: 2/5
75-page digital comic
$2.99 U.S.