(December 1942)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
An MLJ Publication
Editing:
Harry Shorten
Format:
Standard Silver Age Size, Color; Glossy cover; Newsprint interior; Saddle-stitched; Was ongoing series

[America's Fastest Growing Comic Magazine!!] (Table of Contents)

Shield; Hangman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Fujitani (signed)
Inks:
Bob Fujitani (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield; Hangman
Reprints:
Keywords:
bondage; hypodermic syringes; skeletons; stereotyping of Germans; swastikas; torture; World War II

Indexer Notes

Signed on the cobble stone at bottom.

[The Rug of Death] (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Woolfolk?
Pencils:
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Slogg (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A cheap, gaudy rug turned up at several murders.

Meet the Editor (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Scott Feldman
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Harry Shorten

Indexer Notes

Harry Shorten bio

Sabotage! (Table of Contents)

Hangman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Woolfolk?
Pencils:
Bob Fujitani (signed)
Inks:
Bob Fujitani (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hangman [Bob Dickering]; Thelma Gordon (reporter); Miguel Lopez (warden); Captain Swastika (villain, death); Ice-Pick (villain, death)
Synopsis:
An organizes band of saboteurs operates on American oil fields in Mexico.

Murder Makes a Phone Call (Table of Contents)

The Hangman / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Scott Feldman
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hangman

[Rebellion in Norway] (Table of Contents)

Captain Commando / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger ?
Pencils:
George Harrison
Inks:
Pen Shumaker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; war
Characters:
Captain Commando; Billy Grayson (commando); Gerald Sykes (commando); Armand De Latour (commando); Mr. Jansen (introduction, Erik's father); Mrs. Jansen (introduction, Eric's mother); The Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
Captain Commando goes on a mission to destroy German coastal batteries in Norway.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Irv Novick, but not him. Faces, hands and ears are all signs of Harrison on pencils, and probably inked by Shumaker. They are both credited this way by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Magician's Apprentice] (Table of Contents)

Danny In Wonderland / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy
Characters:
Danny; Kuppie; Yoyi Jergisen (a magician, in a dream, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Swedish mystic plays magical tricks on Kuppie.

[The Nitroglicerin Mistake] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Inks:
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Boyle; Slapsie; Captain Twerp; Corporal Collins (guest-star); Kreplach (introduction); The Fascists (villains)
Synopsis:
Collins is carrying a case of nitroglycerine on a plane bound for the front in Africa.

Indexer Notes

The Swiss flag at the airport is reverse in colors, making it a Red Cross flag.

[The Limerick Contest] (Table of Contents)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Red Holmdale ?
Pencils:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Inks:
Red Holmdale (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Miss Grundy; Fred Andrews; Mrs. Andrews
Synopsis:
Archie spends $100, thinking he won a limerick contest. He gets into hot water when Jughead tells him it was a gag.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Probably done by Holmdale because Montana was working on Archie Comics (Archie, 1942 seriea) #1.

[Case of the Steamshovel Death] (Table of Contents)

Bentley of Scotland Yard / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Blair?
Pencils:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks:
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bentley (detective); Dr. Edwards (villain, introduction, death); Lord Gannett (introduction, death); Duchess of Bedford (introduction); Duke of Bedford (introduction); Jennings (introduction)
Synopsis:
There were four things... a death by lightning, a steam shovel, an unreported flight plan, and a piece of wire... four things which didn't add up.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [America's Fastest Growing Comic Magazine!!]
    Shield; Hangman
  2. 1. [The Rug of Death]
    Shield
  3. 2. Meet the Editor
  4. 3. Sabotage!
    Hangman
  5. 4. Murder Makes a Phone Call
    The Hangman
  6. 5. [Rebellion in Norway]
    Captain Commando
  7. 6. [The Magician's Apprentice]
    Danny In Wonderland
  8. 7. [The Nitroglicerin Mistake]
    Sergeant Boyle
  9. 8. [The Limerick Contest]
    Archie
  10. 9. [Case of the Steamshovel Death]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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