(December 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

Issue Notes

First appearance of Archie, Betty and Jughead


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield; Dusty; Hangman
Reprints:
Keywords:
giants; globes; Japanese Imperial Navy ensign; swastikas; World War II

[Death of a Double] (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; Senor Hernandez; Ludwig (villain); spies; Senor Hernandez's double (death)

[The Paths of Three Murderers: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

Hangman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hangman; Betruchi (villain, death); Lennie (villain, death); Lavalle (villain, death)

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Paul Reinman, but his faces with eyes far apart and out of line are not to be found here. Compare with Reinman's signed Bentley story in this issue. This is most probably Lucey, when comparing with his signed stories in #25 and #29. Notice long rounded chins. He is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Spumoni the Puppet Master] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
Lin Streeter
Inks:
Lin Streeter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Danny; Kupkake; Spumoni (villain, introduction)

[A Little Detour to France] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood ?
Pencils:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Inks:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Boyle; Corporal Collins; Nazis

Indexer Notes

continued in Blue Ribbon Comics (Archie, 1939 series) #20

[The Breakup of the Sky Pirates] (Table of Contents)

Jolly Roger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Blair
Pencils:
Ed Smalle (signed)
Inks:
Ed Smalle (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation; war
Characters:
Nazis

[Introducing Archie] (Table of Contents)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Vic Bloom (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Montana (signed)
Inks:
Bob Montana (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews [Archibald Andrews; Chick]; Betty Cooper; Sam Cooper; Mildred Cooper; Fred Andrews; Edna Andrews; Gramps Andrews; Jughead Jones [Forsythe P. Jones] (introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Archie meets Betty, a girl who has just moved into the neighborhood. He shows off for her, claiming he can do anything. At a carnival that weekend, Betty meets a man who needs a tight rope walker. Betty, remembering that Archie can do anything, volunteers Archie with humorous results.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Only Fred Andrews is identified by name in this story. The other parents' names would change over the years.
Archie and Betty are a few years younger than usual.

[The Case of Crummy King] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
Art Seymour
Inks:
Art Seymour
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Kayo Ward; Crummy King (introduction); Julie King (introduction); Slugs Logan (introduction)

Indexer Notes

Most probably Seymour, when comparing with his signed stories in #24 to 26.

[The Case of the Sea Serpent] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Joe Blair
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bentley; Foxleigh (villain); Stanley Wade (death); Somerset; Stonebrook; Claude Stonebrook
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield; Hangman
  2. 1. [Death of a Double]
    Shield
  3. 2. [The Paths of Three Murderers: Part 2]
    Hangman
  4. 3. [Spumoni the Puppet Master]
    Danny In Wonderland
  5. 4. [A Little Detour to France]
    Sergeant Boyle
  6. 5. [The Breakup of the Sky Pirates]
    Jolly Roger
  7. 6. [Introducing Archie]
    Archie
  8. 7. [The Case of Crummy King]
    Kayo Ward
  9. 8. [The Case of the Sea Serpent]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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