(April 1962)

Archie, 1959 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
seven times a year in February, April, June, August, September, October, and December
On-sale date:
1962-01-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Archie Series
Editing:
John Goldwater (editor); Richard Goldwater (managing editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

With this issue, the Archie characters are officially dropped in favor of a magazine with distinct sections, each of which contains its own host and one-off stories, though such stories had previously appeared in the Archie era issues.


["Doesn't that make you homesick, Zenon?"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Edwards ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Keywords:
aliens; telescope

Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Phantom Frank; Lester Cool; Chester Square; The Pink Martian Man

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents with illustrations.

["Welcome, dear reader to our Monster Section!"] (Table of Contents)

Monster Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Phantom Frank; Clyde Diddit (mentioned)

Indexer Notes

Art previously credited to Orlando Busino.

The Phantom's Comeback! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
Phantom Frank (host); The Phantom of the Opera
Synopsis:
The Phantom of the Opera is out of date. He decides to re-invent himself as a rock 'n' roll singer.
Keywords:
guitar; opera; rock 'n' roll; slang

Followed! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Phantom Frank (host)
Synopsis:
A man notices a big ugly man following him and tries to elude him. The man finally catches up to him and there's a twist ending.

Indexer Notes

Aside from the cartoony art, this could have been a straight suspense story until the final panel.

["We're giving away free copies of Archie's Pals 'n' Gals!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Archie's Pals 'n' Gals / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

["This is the Pink Martian Man inviting you to share in our out of this world adventures!"] (Table of Contents)

Outer Space Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; horror-suspense
Characters:
The Pink Martian Man
Synopsis:
The Pink Martian Man shows all the documents needed for space travel.
Keywords:
flying saucer; passport; red tape

Charming Choice! (Table of Contents)

Mad House / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob White
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian Man; Matty
Synopsis:
The Pink Martian Man offers to take Matty to Mars, where he would have no homework. But after seeing photos of Martian girls, Matty decides that homework is a better choice.
Keywords:
algebra; aliens; homework; Martian; photographs

Strange Custom! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian Man (host)
Synopsis:
Aliens can't understand Earth families gathering together to watch television.
Keywords:
aliens; television

Earth in 2062 A.D. (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian Man (cameo, host)
Synopsis:
Duck-like aliens visit Earth in 2062 A.D. and find that robots are in charge and humans are slaves. Or so it seems.
Keywords:
2062 AD; aliens; robots; slaves

Indexer Notes

The aliens bear a resemblance to Archie's "Super Duck" character and come from the planet Onisub, which is Busino spelled backwards, a reference to Archie artist Orlando Busino.

To Each His Own (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian Man (host)
Synopsis:
A spaceship from Earth makes a good will trip to the planets; delivering art to Mercury, books to Mars, and rock 'n' roll records to Planet X.
Keywords:
art; book; Mars; Mercury; records

["This is Square Chester and Cool Lester inviting you to the..."] (Table of Contents)

Teen-Age Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis:
Les steals Chester's date.

["If you were suddenly gifted with special powers..."] (Table of Contents)

Ronald the Rubber Boy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Lester Cool (host); Ronald the Rubber Boy (origin)
Synopsis:
Ronald swallows so much chewing gum, his body becomes stretchable. He first uses his powers for good, then becomes an arrogant jerk and meets with a sad end.
Keywords:
cheating; chewing gum; erasers; football; pencils

Indexer Notes

Though Ronald appears to meet his demise at the end of the story, he returns for further adventures in later issues. Art previously credited to Orlando Busino.

Go East Young Man (Table of Contents)

Les 'n' Ches / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis:
A swami climbs a rope to catch a ride on a flying carpet.
Keywords:
flying carpet; rope trick

Piece of Pizza (Table of Contents)

Les 'n' Ches / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis:
Les and Ches face a monster made of pizza.
Keywords:
pizza

Indexer Notes

Lester is shown reading Archie's series "Tales Calculated To Drive You Bats."

Ape Caper (Table of Contents)

Les 'n' Ches / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square; Mildred; Mr. Congo (ape)
Synopsis:
The giant ape Mr. Congo falls in love with the teen girl Mildred.
Keywords:
giant ape

Indexer Notes

Previously credited to Orlando Busino.

A Spectacular Event (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Betty and Veronica Spectacular / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Shoe Show (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Edwards
Inks:
Joe Edwards
Letters:
Joe Edwards

Genre:
humor; science fiction; teen
Synopsis:
A harried shoe salesman has a problem finding shoes to fit a teen girl with four legs.
Keywords:
shoes

["Follow the star-studded trail of the biggest buy in comics!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Archie Giant Series Magazines / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Doesn't that make you homesick, Zenon?"]
  2. 1. Contents
  3. 2. ["Welcome, dear reader to our Monster Section!"]
    Monster Section
  4. 3. The Phantom's Comeback!
  5. 4. Followed!
  6. 5. ["We're giving away free copies of Archie's Pals 'n' Gals!"]
    Archie's Pals 'n' Gals
  7. 6. ["This is the Pink Martian Man inviting you to share in our out of this world adventures!"]
    Outer Space Section
  8. 7. Charming Choice!
    Mad House
  9. 8. Strange Custom!
  10. 9. Earth in 2062 A.D.
  11. 10. To Each His Own
  12. 11. ["This is Square Chester and Cool Lester inviting you to the..."]
    Teen-Age Section
  13. 12. ["If you were suddenly gifted with special powers..."]
    Ronald the Rubber Boy
  14. 13. Go East Young Man
    Les 'n' Ches
  15. 14. Piece of Pizza
    Les 'n' Ches
  16. 15. Ape Caper
    Les 'n' Ches
  17. 16. A Spectacular Event
    Betty and Veronica Spectacular
  18. 17. The Shoe Show
  19. 18. ["Follow the star-studded trail of the biggest buy in comics!"]
    Archie Giant Series Magazines
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Keith Alan Morgan
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Luke A.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • James Ludwig
  • Tom Sager
  • Mike Nielsen