(October 1963)

Archie, 1959 Series
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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
seven times per year: February, April, June, August, September, October and December
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Archie Series
Editing:
?
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

["Get your souvenirs of Venus here!"] (Table of Contents)

Archie's Madhouse / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Keywords:
astronaut; flying saucer; Venus

Indexer Notes

Later redrawn for Madhouse Comics Digest #4

Special Dolled Up Issue (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square; Hilda the Witch; The Pink Martian; Bess; Tess

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Characters presented as wind-up dolls.

[Mad House Supermarket] (Table of Contents)

The Teen Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis:
Lester and Chester in a supermarket for teens.
Keywords:
shopping cart; supermarket

Stretch Strategy (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Ronald; Gladys; The Smasher
Synopsis:
Ronald and Gladys try to spend time at the beach, but the Smasher keeps pestering Ronald.
Reprints:
Keywords:
beach; buoy; trash can; volleyball; water-skiing

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the reprint in World of Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2010 series) #8, no credits listed in this issue.

The Mad House Guide to Proper Beach Behavior (Table of Contents)

Bess 'n' Tess Present / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bess (cameo, host); Tess (cameo, host)
Synopsis:
Humorous advice on how to act at the beach.
Keywords:
beach; littering; radio

Teen Scene Fashion Parade of 1983 (Table of Contents)

Bess 'n' Tess / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bess (cameo, host); Tess (cameo, host)
Synopsis:
A humorous look ahead at what the fashions will be in 1983.
Keywords:
1983; fashions; rocket belts; skiing; vending machines; wrist telephones

["And I award this "Boris" to Hilda for being the Best Witch of the Year!"] (Table of Contents)

Monster Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch
Synopsis:
Hilda wins an Academy of Monster Award for best witch of the year.

Indexer Notes

Instead of an Oscar, the award is a "Boris," named after Boris Karloff.

Cat-Girl's Cat-astrophe (Table of Contents)

Cat-Girl / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Cat Girl [Ann Gora]; Cyrus Klump; Grand Master; Hilda the Witch (cameo, host)
Synopsis:
Cat Girl is given a mission to free the cats in the zoo. She bungles that and has a hard time pleasing the Grand Master when he comes to visit. On her second chance at the zoo, she manages to release an ape instead of a panther.
Reprints:
Keywords:
ape; catfish; dog pound; key; panther; zoo

Indexer Notes

Many cat-related puns.

Monster Wind-Up Dolls (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch (host); Dracula; Mole Man; Frankenstein; Mummy; Invisible Man; King Kong
Synopsis:
Humorous wind-up monster dolls.
Keywords:
wind-up dolls

["Let the Pink Martian put you in the driver's seat!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
Pink Martian
Synopsis:
The Pink Martian is running a Space Travel Agency with rent-a-rockets.
Keywords:
rocket; travel agency

Indexer Notes

Parody of the "Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat" TV commercials.

The Terrible Three (Table of Contents)

Captain Sprocket / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Captain Sprocket; Jeeves; Supreme Council of Villains [Atomic Tom; Sir Sand; Green Man]
Synopsis:
Sprocket fights three villains at the same time.
Reprints:
Keywords:
cement; fourth wall; giant; sand

Indexer Notes

'Villians" is how the villains spell it. The Green Man looks like the Jolly Green Giant and has growth powers. Sir Sand has the same basic powers as Spider-Man's Sandman villain, and is called Sandman in one panel, though he doesn't look the same. The Marvel character first appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (September 1963), while this issue is dated October 1963. So this is apparently just a coincidence. Credits from the index of World of Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2011 series) #8.

Suitable Suit! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian (host)
Synopsis:
Cynthia has a dreamy space suit to display her figure on a water world.
Keywords:
spacesuit; underwater

Space Visitors (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian (host)
Synopsis:
Four cartoons with aliens trying to figure out Earth people.
Keywords:
aliens; automobile; drum; flying saucer; stoplights

Ark Lark (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; science fiction
Characters:
The Pink Martian (cameo)
Synopsis:
With the ice caps melting, rockets are sent out to find a suitable planet for Earth's animals.
Keywords:
melting ice caps; Noah's Ark; rocketship

Nonsense Zone (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Three two-panel gags: witches on radar; advice on painting Martian canals; inspector tag in a mummy case.
Keywords:
Martian; mummy; painting; radar; witches

Indexer Notes

Three two-panel gag cartoons.

["The Archie Giant Series Comics have more of what you buy a comic magazine for!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

["Get a lucky piece..free when you join the Archie Comic Book Club!"] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

Archie Comic Book Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Shock Doc (Table of Contents)

Hilda Presents / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch (cameo)
Synopsis:
A mad scientist creates a "monster formula" but he thinks it doesn't work.

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Get your souvenirs of Venus here!"]
    Archie's Madhouse
  2. 1. Special Dolled Up Issue
  3. 2. [Mad House Supermarket]
    The Teen Section
  4. 3. Stretch Strategy
    Ronald the Rubber Boy
  5. 4. The Mad House Guide to Proper Beach Behavior
    Bess 'n' Tess Present
  6. 5. Teen Scene Fashion Parade of 1983
    Bess 'n' Tess
  7. 6. ["And I award this "Boris" to Hilda for being the Best Witch of the Year!"]
    Monster Section
  8. 7. Cat-Girl's Cat-astrophe
    Cat-Girl
  9. 8. Monster Wind-Up Dolls
  10. 9. ["Let the Pink Martian put you in the driver's seat!"]
    Space Section
  11. 10. The Terrible Three
    Captain Sprocket
  12. 11. Suitable Suit!
  13. 12. Space Visitors
  14. 13. Ark Lark
  15. 14. Nonsense Zone
  16. 15. ["The Archie Giant Series Comics have more of what you buy a comic magazine for!"]
    Archie Giant Series
  17. 16. ["Get a lucky piece..free when you join the Archie Comic Book Club!"]
    Archie Comic Book Club
  18. 17. Shock Doc
    Hilda Presents
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Keith Alan Morgan
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • James Ludwig
  • Tom Sager
  • Mike Nielsen