(April 1963)

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:
1963-01-25
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

["Hurry! You're holding up flight #17!"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Samm Schwartz
Inks:
Samm Schwartz
Colors:
?
Letters:
Samm Schwartz

Genre:
humor
Keywords:
brooms; witches

Welcome to Mt. Funmore (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Hilda the Witch; Lester Cool; Chester Square; The Pink Martian
Synopsis:
Characters drawn in imitation of Mt. Rushmore.
Keywords:
Mt. Rushmore

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

["What's keeping Les?"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Lester Cool (also as Super Cool); Chester Square (also as Super Square); Bess; Tess
Synopsis:
Les makes himself a superhero suit and also makes one for Ches.
Keywords:
costume; strait-jacket

Sister Sorceress (Table of Contents)

Sabrina the Teen-age Witch / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters:
Sabrina; Della the Head Witch; Wanda DeMoola; Hal Flipp
Synopsis:
Della the Head Witch gives Sabrina the assignment to hex Wanda DeMoola and break up her romance with Hal Flipp. What Della doesn't tell Sabrina is that Wanda is a witch, too, and the two girls use spells and potions against each other.
Reprints:
Keywords:
flat tire; love charm; nap; picnic; rain; witches

Indexer Notes

Credits from the reprint in Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo (2010 series) #4 (October 2012).

More Bounce to the Ounce (Table of Contents)

Ronald the Rubber Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters:
Ronald the Rubber Boy (recap of origin); Gladys; The Smasher; Lester Cool (host); Chester Square (host)
Synopsis:
The Smasher keeps bullying Ronald, who finally gets fed up and challenges him to a boxing match. In the ring, Ronald uses his stretching powers to outwit the Smasher.
Keywords:
boxing; chewing gum; hot foot; juke box; stepladder; Twist

Indexer Notes

Reference to the Bobby Vee song "Rubber Ball."

["Excellent, Space Cadet Martin!"] (Table of Contents)

The Space Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Samm Schwartz
Inks:
Samm Schwartz
Colors:
?
Letters:
Samm Schwartz

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian
Synopsis:
A space cadet passes all the astronaut tests except being able to read a copy of Mad House.
Keywords:
centrifuge; freezer; weightlessness

["Introducing a fabulous new character--The Ace of Space..."] (Table of Contents)

Captain Sprocket / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
Captain Sprocket (introduction); President John F. Kennedy (silhouette); Neptunia (villainess)
Synopsis:
The President calls on Captain Sprocket to defeat Neptunia, the girl from Venus, who is scouting the Earth for a possible invasion.
Keywords:
broom closet; kissing; laundry; limburger cheese; phone booth; ray gun; rocket jacket

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Captain Sprocket, who would become a recurring character in Madhouse. In this early appearance, he is more of a space adventurer than the superhero he would become as the 60s camp craze began.

Captain Sprocket mistakenly changes into The Jaguar's uniform at first. His costume in this story is red shirt and blue tights, with no cape.

Space Dates! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian (host)
Synopsis:
The Pink Martian shows us the teens from other planets that may steal away our girlfriends.
Reprints:
Keywords:
gold; homework; kangaroo; television

Indexer Notes

The "Rubber Men from the planet Bounci-Bounci" have the same powers as Ronald the Rubber Boy in another story in this issue. Credits from the reprint in the World of Archie Double Digest #17 (June 2012).

Moon Boon (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Dan DeCarlo
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian (host); Hal; Nancy; Jimmy
Synopsis:
Hal explains to Nancy that on the Moon, they only weigh about one-ninth of their normal weight. Nancy thinks that means she can overeat without gaining weight.
Keywords:
diet; gravity; Moon

["Vote now for Miss Universal Witch."] (Table of Contents)

Hilda's Monster Section / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Samm Schwartz
Inks:
Samm Schwartz
Colors:
?
Letters:
Samm Schwartz

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch; Sophia; Wontonia; Alibarbara; Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Synopsis:
Hilda puts up a poster with four candidates for Miss Universal Witch of 1963.
Keywords:
beauty contest; poster

The Gold Bug (Table of Contents)

Professor Transistor / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
Hilda the Witch (host); Professor Transistor; Alice (goose)
Synopsis:
A failed experiment turns Professor Transistor into a human geiger counter, who is sensitive to the presence of gold.
Keywords:
experiment; Fort Knox; geiger counter; gold fish; golden egg; goose; pet shop

The Show Must Go On (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
All the characters on television shows take a break outside the TV set before returning inside when the TV is turned back on.
Keywords:
television

Dig This Crazy Offer! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Monsterland Stamps (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch (host)
Synopsis:
Postage stamp parody featuring monster-themed stamps.
Keywords:
postage stamps

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

These Misses Are Hits! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Hurry! You're holding up flight #17!"]
  2. 1. Welcome to Mt. Funmore
  3. 2. ["What's keeping Les?"]
    Teen-Age Section
  4. 3. Sister Sorceress
    Sabrina the Teen-age Witch
  5. 4. More Bounce to the Ounce
    Ronald the Rubber Boy
  6. 5. ["Excellent, Space Cadet Martin!"]
    The Space Section
  7. 6. ["Introducing a fabulous new character--The Ace of Space..."]
    Captain Sprocket
  8. 7. Space Dates!
  9. 8. Moon Boon
  10. 9. ["Vote now for Miss Universal Witch."]
    Hilda's Monster Section
  11. 10. The Gold Bug
    Professor Transistor
  12. 11. The Show Must Go On
  13. 12. Dig This Crazy Offer!
    Archie's Pals 'n' Gals
  14. 13. Monsterland Stamps
  15. 14. These Misses Are Hits!
    Betty and Veronica Spectacular
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