(July 1941)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Abner Sundell
Format:
Standard Silver Age Size, Color; Glossy cover; Newsprint interior; Saddle-stitched; Was ongoing series

["Here he is fellows, the Hangman!"] (Table of Contents)

Shield; Hangman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Irv Novick
Inks:
Irv Novick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield; Dusty; Hangman
Reprints:
Keywords:
castles; gallows

[The Case of the Kid Lookout] (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten (signed)
Pencils:
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Slats Gordon; Mrs. Gordon; Sen. Blowhard; Blinker (villain); his gang
Reprints:
Keywords:
kidnapping; robbery; senator

[The Origin of the Hangman] (Table of Contents)

Hangman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten ?; Abner Sundell ?; [as Cliff Campbell]
Pencils:
George Storm
Inks:
George Storm
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hangman [Bob Dickering] (the Comet's brother, origin); The Comet [John Dickering] (death); Thelma Gordon; Big Boy Malone (villain, death); Chugger (villain)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Death of the Comet, who returns in The Adventures of the Fly (Archie, 1960 series) #30 (October 1964). Art credit via Kelly Izaj in email November 2007. Original script credit was "Joe Blair?". Both Shorten and Sundell may have used the house name Cliff Campbell according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Prisoners of the Cyclops] (Table of Contents)

Danny In Wonderland / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten (signed)
Pencils:
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks:
Lin Streeter (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Danny; a giant cyclops (villain); Kupkake; Margie
Reprints:
Keywords:
cyclops; Odyssey

Indexer Notes

story swiped from Homer's "Odyssey."

[Trapped by the Fuzzy Wuzzies] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Charles Biro ?
Pencils:
Charles Biro
Inks:
Charles Biro
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Boyle; Corporal Collins; Capt. Twerp; the Fascists; "Fuzzy Wuzzies"
Reprints:

[The Sailboat Smugglers] (Table of Contents)

Fireball / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harry Lucey ?
Inks:
Harry Lucey ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fireball [Ted Tyler]; a gang of smugglers (villains)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Paul Reinman, but none of his very special wedge shaped heads with eyes far apart and out of line are present. Compare with his signed story in #19. The faces here, with prominent cheekbones could be Lucey. Art looks like his credited story Madam Satan in #16, and signed story in Crime Does Not Pay #22. Lucey is credited to this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Corruption of Carl Janssen] (Table of Contents)

Madam Satan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Blair ?
Pencils:
Harry Lucey
Inks:
Harry Lucey
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Satan (villain); Madam Satan (villain); Carl Janssen, Anita Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. John Janssen; Brother Sunbeam
Reprints:

Special Offering for Pep Comics Fans (Table of Contents)

Pep Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
The Shield; Dusty; The Hangman; Ju Ju Watson; Bentley; The Fireball (cameo); Madam Satan; Sgt. Boyle; Twerp; Danny; Kupkake
Synopsis:
The other characters in Pep Comics welcome The Hangman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Also promo for pinup of Steel Sterling on the back cover.

[Man Without a Face] (Table of Contents)

Kayo Ward / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
George Storm
Inks:
George Storm
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Kayo Ward [Eddie Ward]; Slug (villain); Rip
Synopsis:
On his wedding day, Kayo's face is badly burned. Ashamed of his scarred face, he flees and becomes a hobo. While on a train he befriends a man who has tuberculosis. To get money to have him treated, Kayo fights a local fighter in a small town.
Reprints:
Keywords:
boxing; fire; hobo; scars; train; tuberculosis; wedding

Indexer Notes

Kayo's scarred face is never shown. Kelly Izaj in email November 2007 Identified the art as George Storm. Previous identification was Bob Wood.

The Case of the Parachute Killer (Table of Contents)

Bentley of Scotland Yard / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Blair
Pencils:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Inks:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Bentley; Roger Kimberley (villain); Sir Archibald Waverley (death), Linda Waverley; John Waverley; Reginald Waverley; Jarvis (a butler)
Reprints:

Steel Sterling pin-up (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Charles Biro ?
Inks:
Charles Biro ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Looney; Dora Cummings; Sergeant Clancy; Steel Sterling

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Here he is fellows, the Hangman!"]
    Shield; Hangman
  2. 1. [The Case of the Kid Lookout]
    Shield
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Hangman]
    Hangman
  4. 3. [Prisoners of the Cyclops]
    Danny In Wonderland
  5. 4. [Trapped by the Fuzzy Wuzzies]
    Sergeant Boyle
  6. 5. [The Sailboat Smugglers]
    Fireball
  7. 6. [The Corruption of Carl Janssen]
    Madam Satan
  8. 7. Special Offering for Pep Comics Fans
    Pep Comics
  9. 8. [Man Without a Face]
    Kayo Ward
  10. 9. The Case of the Parachute Killer
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
  11. 10. Steel Sterling pin-up
    Steel Sterling
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