(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
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

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

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty [Dusty Simmons]; The Hangman [Robert Dickering]
Reprints:
Keywords:
castles; gallows

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

The Shield / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty [Dusty Simmons]; Slats Gordon; Mrs. Gordon; Senator Blowhard; Blinker (villain); Blinker's gang (villains)
Reprints:
Keywords:
kidnapping; robbery; senator

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

The Hangman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten ?; Abner Sundell ?; [as Cliff Campbell] (signed)
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 (John's sweetheart); Big Boy Malone (villain, death); Chugger (villain)
Synopsis:
John "The Comet" Dickering sees his brother Bob being kidnapped by a couple of Big Boy Malone's men, and flies to his aid, but is shot and killed in the process. Bob swears revenge and becomes The Hangman, and when Chugger is found not guilty because John Dickering isn't alive to testify against him, The Hangman hustles Chugger out of the courtroom, and subjects him to his own methods to extract a confession......all leading to the execution of Big Boy Malone.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Tabloid; Times-Bugle

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-supernatural
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 [Henry 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 Jensen] (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:
Carl Jensen, Anita Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. John Jensen (Carl's parents); Brother Sunbeam; Satan (villain); Madam Satan [Iola] (villain)
Synopsis:
Using the sinister name Iola and dressing in a slinky dress, Madam Satan lures Carl Jensen away from his true love, Anita, and is soon completely in the toils of the creature of the netherworld, beginning a mad and expensive orgy of merrymaking. All too soon, he is goaded into a life of crime, being asked by "Iola" to shower her with expensive gifts, even if he had to steal them. After beating up his father and shooting Anita, Carl comes to her senses....then sees "Iola" as she really was: her face a grinning, green skull!
Reprints:

Special Offering for Pep Comics Fans (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[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:
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Looney; Dora Cummings; Sergeant Clancy

Indexer Notes

Found on the back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Here he is fellows, the Hangman!"]
    The Shield; Dusty; The Hangman
  2. 1. [The Case of the Kid Lookout]
    The Shield
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Hangman]
    The 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 Jensen]
    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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