(December 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:
1963-10-01
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 series drops its three regular section format (Teen, Monster, and Space) in favor of a more flexible format with sections changing from issue to issue. With this change, the hosts of each section were dropped, but would occasionally show up to host stories or appear in gags.


[Desert Route 66] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Keywords:
Arabs; camel; desert; road signs

Table of Carnie-tents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Ronald the Rubber Boy; Dr. Ben Bones; Captain Sprocket; Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Circus theme

["Nurse Sue Ture, you're a disgrace to the TV nursing profession!"] (Table of Contents)

The TV Medical Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Nurse Sue Ture
Synopsis:
A TV nurse is fired for dating a doctor from a rival TV station.

Dr. Ben's Boner (Table of Contents)

Dr. Ben Bones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dr. Ben Bones; Dr. Zooma; Walter Crankcase; Pallid Dan
Synopsis:
Dr. Ben Bones decides his future is operating on other TV programs.
Keywords:
doctors; globe; news; nurses; televison; TV broadcasts

Indexer Notes

Parodies of Ben Casey (Vince Edwards), Walter Cronkite, and Paladin (Richard Boone and Have Gun, Will Travel).

Dr. Scalpel (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; medical
Characters:
Dr. Scalpel; Nurse Klunk
Synopsis:
Three two-panel gags: testing reflexes of football player; patient keeps ringing for a pretty nurse; and status chart for a patient is going downhill.
Reprints:
Keywords:
doctors; hospital; nurses

["Just look at these fantastic photos of my space adventures!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Captain Sprocket
Synopsis:
Captain Sprocket poses for some heroic photos by sticking his head through a hole in a mural.
Reprints:
Keywords:
photographs; publicity

Space Chase (Table of Contents)

Space Marshal Dolan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody; science fiction
Characters:
Space Marshal Dolan; Xyzenon; Outians; Kitty; Blackie (villain)
Synopsis:
Space Marshal Dolan has to deal with space coach robbers, outer space Indians, and an ambush on main street in town.
Keywords:
bulletproof vest; cavalry; Indians; marshal; reward; robbers; saloon; space ships; taxes

Indexer Notes

A space version of the TV series "Gunsmoke", hitting all the cliches.

Space Ads (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
The Pink Martian (host); Dr. Ben Castaway
Synopsis:
Versions of Earth advertising on other planets.
Keywords:
advertising; Jupiter; Mars; Mercury; Saturn

Indexer Notes

Ads parodied include Charles Atlas "98 lb. weakling," Clairol hair coloring "Does she or doesn't she?", Camel cigarettes "Are you smoking more and enjoying it less?", CARE foreign aid charity, and Parke Davis "Great Moments in Medicine."

["The girls were sure backward 500 years ago!"] (Table of Contents)

Teen-Age Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch
Synopsis:
Sabrina, surrounded by bottles of lotions and perfumes, makes fun of the love charms and potions her witch ancestors used to help girls attract boys.
Keywords:
charms; love potions; makeup; perfumes

Fadsville Fun (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Donna; Inge the Swinger
Synopsis:
Donna starts all the fads at Central High School, but Inge the Swinger has decided that she will start the fads next week.
Keywords:
fads; slang

Video High (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody; teen
Characters:
Lester Cool (host); Chester Square (host)
Synopsis:
Predictions of what will happen when students have video teachers for their classrooms.
Keywords:
bikinis; commercials; quiz shows; TV teaching

Indexer Notes

Parody of long-distance teaching by television. Art previously thought to be by Orlando Busino.

["Your Honor, will you please overrule the D.A.'s last objection?"] (Table of Contents)

TV Lawyer Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Literal depictions of legal terms like overrule, file, badger, and "won't stand up in court."
Keywords:
judge; lawyers

Video Verdict (Table of Contents)

Dapper the Lawyer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dapper the Lawyer
Synopsis:
Dapper is a lawyer who always loses in court. When his nephew gets a parking ticket, he goes to court and demands a jury trial.
Keywords:
bees; judge; jury; lawyer; parking ticker; television cameras; witness

Indexer Notes

Parody of TV courtroom dramas.

The Cold Stare (Table of Contents)

Mad House Maddies / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Namook
Synopsis:
Eskimos live in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator.
Keywords:
Eskimos; freezer; refrigerator

Flying High (Table of Contents)

Mad House Maddies / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Flies can't understand why humans walk on the floors instead of the ceilings.
Keywords:
flies

Archie Says -- Get Lucky! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

Tragic Trap (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hilda the Witch (host)
Synopsis:
A tourist gets stuck in a pillory and discovers he may be there for a while.
Keywords:
pillory

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Desert Route 66]
  2. 1. Table of Carnie-tents
  3. 2. ["Nurse Sue Ture, you're a disgrace to the TV nursing profession!"]
    The TV Medical Section
  4. 3. Dr. Ben's Boner
    Dr. Ben Bones
  5. 4. Dr. Scalpel
  6. 5. ["Just look at these fantastic photos of my space adventures!"]
    Space Section
  7. 6. Space Chase
    Space Marshal Dolan
  8. 7. Space Ads
  9. 8. ["The girls were sure backward 500 years ago!"]
    Teen-Age Section
  10. 9. Fadsville Fun
  11. 10. Video High
  12. 11. ["Your Honor, will you please overrule the D.A.'s last objection?"]
    TV Lawyer Section
  13. 12. Video Verdict
    Dapper the Lawyer
  14. 13. The Cold Stare
    Mad House Maddies
  15. 14. Flying High
    Mad House Maddies
  16. 15. Archie Says -- Get Lucky!
    Archie Comics
  17. 16. Tragic Trap
  18. 17. Archie Giant Series Comics Have More of What You Buy a Comic Magazine For!
    Archie Giant Series
This issue was most recently modified by:
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Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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