(October 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
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Archie Series
Editing:
Richard Goldwater (uncredited)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

This issue introduced Sabrina the Teen-Age witch, created by Dan DeCarlo and George Gladir. She would make intermittent appearances in "Mad House" throughout the decade, finally getting her own comic in the early '70s after Filmation turned her into a Saturday morning cartoon.


["Can't you read the sign?"] (Table of Contents)

Archie's Mad House / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy

Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch (Table of Contents)

Archie's Mad House / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
humor; fantasy; teen
Characters:
Sabrina; Salem; Della
Synopsis:
Meet Sabrina, a sexy teen witch who lives a typical teen-age life -- except that her job is to hex her fellow teens. She introduces us to the rules of witchery: witches can't cry, can't sink when they're in the water, and if they ever fall in love, they lose their powers.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of Sabrina, her cat Salem, and Della the Head Witch.

Much of this early version of Sabrina appears to be based on the play "Bell, Book and Candle" and the film version, starring Kim Novak. The rule about witches losing their powers if they fall in love and the inability of witches to cry (both of which were dropped in subsequent versions of Sabrina) were used in "Bell, Book and Candle," and Sabrina's cat Salem is similar to Pyewacket, the witch's familiar in "Bell, Book and Candle."

In the COMICS v10 #5 G. Gladir states that Sabrina was named after a woman he remembered from his teens who he later found out was actually named Sabra not Sabrina. He also states that he wrote all Sabrina and Hilda stories until Sabrina went to Saturday morning animation in 1969.

Name Game (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Characters:
Chester Square; Lester Cool
Synopsis:
Chester can't get in a fancy restaurant, but Lester can.
Reprints:

Big Rig (Table of Contents)

Les Cool and Ches Square / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis:
Les goes into a haunted house full of mouse traps.
Reprints:

Scare Your Fellow Monsters (Table of Contents)

Monsters / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
An advertisement for methods that monsters can use to scare each other.

A Funny Thing About Monsters... (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

The Romances of Marcia the Mermaid (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Characters:
Marcia Mermaid
Synopsis:
The tale of Marcia, a mermaid who constantly falls in love with human teenage boys.
Reprints:

The Act (Table of Contents)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Orlando Busino
Inks:
Orlando Busino
Colors:
?
Letters:
Orlando Busino ?

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
A journalist is sent to interview a ventriloquist.

Hexy Pin-Ups (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
Hilda and Ava, the witches, fight each other by proxy.
Reprints:

Bombs Away (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
Two aliens encounter a hideous weapon on earth.
Reprints:

Animals From Outer Space (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Hybrid animals from other planets.

Space Sports (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
Aliens try to go to a sci-fi movie.

Go Modern Young Man (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
A witch doctor's son comes back to Africa after studying in America.

Snowboy (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Characters:
Art Tick; Dagmar
Synopsis:
A living snowman gets the cold shoulder from all the other teens until he falls in love with a warm-blooded girl.
Reprints:

Happy Endings (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Gladir
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
Rudy Lapick
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
teen; humor; fantasy
Synopsis:
In answer to complaints about the lack of happy endings in this comic, four panels with generic happy endings.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Can't you read the sign?"]
    Archie's Mad House
  2. 1. Contents
  3. 2. Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch
    Archie's Mad House
  4. 3. Name Game
    Les n' Ches
  5. 4. Big Rig
    Les Cool and Ches Square
  6. 5. Scare Your Fellow Monsters
    Monsters
  7. 6. A Funny Thing About Monsters...
  8. 7. The Romances of Marcia the Mermaid
  9. 8. The Act
  10. 9. Hexy Pin-Ups
  11. 10. Bombs Away
  12. 11. Animals From Outer Space
  13. 12. Space Sports
  14. 13. Go Modern Young Man
  15. 14. Snowboy
  16. 15. Happy Endings
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Jaime Weinman
  • Jim Stangas
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • James Ludwig
  • Tom Sager
  • Mike Nielsen