(February 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
Monthly except June and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines
Brand:
An MLJ Magazine
Editing:
Harry Shorten
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield; Archie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks:
Harry Sahle (signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero; teen
Characters:
The Shield; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones
Keywords:
ice sculptures; snow; snow shovels; statues of Archie Andrews

Shield G-Man Club (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
The Shield; Dusty
Synopsis:
Coupon to enroll in the Shield G-Man Club.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Tales of a Safety Pin (Table of Contents)

The Shield / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Irv Novick ?
Inks:
Irv Novick ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Silky Malone (villain, introduction); Miser (villain, introduction); The Shield; Dusty
Synopsis:
A safety pin that seems to be followed by bad luck helps The Shield and Dusty solve a crime.
Reprints:

The Ferryboat Admiral (Table of Contents)

Captain Commando and the Boy Soldiers / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sy Clein ? (signed)
Inks:
Sy Clein ? (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Karl Van Hoosen (Introduction, death)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Signed on the first page but signature is illegible.

Dead Men's Eyes Tell Tales (Table of Contents)

The Hangman / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Bob Fujitani [as B. Fuje]
Inks:
Bob Fujitani [as B. Fuje]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Dutch Kane (as a corpse); Doc Einstone (introduction); Rabbit (introduction); Southpaw Sears (introduction); Hangman
Reprints:

The Ghost of Henry Schmidt (Table of Contents)

The Shield / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Vivian Berg [as Vivian]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield

Christmas Cheers (Table of Contents)

Archie / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Sahle [as Sahle]; Ed Goggin [as Goggin]
Pencils:
Harry Sahle [as Sahle]
Inks:
Virginia Drury [as Ginger]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Gabby (introduction); Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Jughead Jones; Fred Andrews; Pop Tate (introduction)
Synopsis:
Archie gets a cheque for $50 from his grandfather, makes a list of what he wants to buy for his friends, but most of the money is gone by the time he buys the gifts.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Signed in the last panel. This story contains the first appearances of Gabby, the town blabbermouth, and Pop Tate, the owner of Pop's Chocklit Shop. In this story, his restaurant is called Tate's and he is a skinny, older man with gray hair and a mustache. Also, the Shorten Special on page 4 is a reference to MLJ editor Harry Shorten.

MLJ Leads the Way (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Promo for other MLJ Comics with a runner winning a race with an MLJ Logo for a head.

[The Landgoing Tugboat] ["Ahoy mate!"] (Table of Contents)

Catfish Joe / comic story / 5.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Harris (credited)
Pencils:
Larry Harris (credited)
Inks:
Larry Harris (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Captain Barney Keel (introduction); Catfish Joe; Kitty Keel; Gabby
Synopsis:
Captain Barney Keel is driving a tugboat along the land when a dam breaks and he and Catfish Joe find themselves floating around on a newly created lake rescuing animals.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

To be continued in the next issue.

["I'm Jim Crow, Hello!"] (Table of Contents)

Animal-Antix / filler / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Three fun facts about animals as submitted by readers. Address says to submit to "Catfish Joe", so presumably this was a sub-feature of that strip.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

When reprinted in Black Hood, all the addresses of the kids who submitted the stories were changed to Canadian cities to make it seem more home-grown there.

[The Bear Cub] ["Bugaboo and Fido the friendly mountain lion are off once more in search of adventure in the forest!!!"] (Table of Contents)

Li'l Chief Bugaboo / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Theresa Woik ?
Pencils:
Dave Higgins (signed)
Inks:
Dave Higgins (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Li'l Chief Bugaboo; Fido
Synopsis:
Li'l Chief Bugaboo and Fido find a bear cub and accidentally anger its mom.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

See notes in Black Hood #[nn] index for changes done to reprint.

[Marriage of the Medusa] ["Funny, Snooch I'd swear I've pulled this pirate out..."] (Table of Contents)

Marco Loco / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; historical
Characters:
The Medusa (Introduction, villain); Snooch; Marco Loco
Synopsis:
Marco Loco and Snooch are hypnotised by the Medusa but then capture her and take her to the King to collect a reward.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

See notes in Black Hood #[nn] index for changes done to reprint.

Remove Ugly Blackheads or No Cost (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Get Super Strength through these 4 Easy Steps (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

New Commando Krak-A-Jap Machine Gun (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

On back cover of comic.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield; Archie
  2. 1. Shield G-Man Club
  3. 2. Tales of a Safety Pin
    The Shield
  4. 3. The Ferryboat Admiral
    Captain Commando and the Boy Soldiers
  5. 4. Dead Men's Eyes Tell Tales
    The Hangman
  6. 5. The Ghost of Henry Schmidt
    The Shield
  7. 6. Christmas Cheers
    Archie
  8. 7. MLJ Leads the Way
  9. 8. [The Landgoing Tugboat] ["Ahoy mate!"]
    Catfish Joe
  10. 9. ["I'm Jim Crow, Hello!"]
    Animal-Antix
  11. 10. [The Bear Cub] ["Bugaboo and Fido the friendly mountain lion are off once more in search of adventure in the forest!!!"]
    Li'l Chief Bugaboo
  12. 11. [Marriage of the Medusa] ["Funny, Snooch I'd swear I've pulled this pirate out..."]
    Marco Loco
  13. 12. Remove Ugly Blackheads or No Cost
  14. 13. Get Super Strength through these 4 Easy Steps
  15. 14. New Commando Krak-A-Jap Machine Gun
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