(Spring 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
An MLJ Magazine
Editing:
Harry Shorten
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Shield, Wizard / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Harry Sahle?
Inks:
Harry Sahle?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

The Invasion (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Vigoda ?
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda ?
Inks:
Bill Vigoda ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Mr. Smith (coward)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The artwork is identical to the next Shield story in this issue signed by Vigoda. Compare the special way of running and the many close up faces and rapid inking. He is credited on this feature as writer and artist by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.
Dusty's last name "Simmons" removed because it never appears in a comic. Lou Mougin reports that he invented the name in a fan fiction story called "War With the Wizard" and gave Dusty that name just to give him a last name.

Devils of the Deep (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Inks:
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Fritz Kessel (spy)
Synopsis:
Shield and Dusty are chasing a U-boat off Coney Island.
Reprints:

Blackmail (Table of Contents)

Shield / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Reprints:

Merchants of Murder (Table of Contents)

Wizard / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Vigoda ?
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda ?
Inks:
Bill Vigoda ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Wizard [Blane Whitney]; Mary (parrot)
Synopsis:
A parrot is used as a spy messenger.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Face close-ups with long nose are found in many signed Vigoda stories, but it also looks very much like Ed Robbins.

["MLJ Leads the Way"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Vigoda [as Wm. Vigoda] (signed)
Inks:
Bill Vigoda [as Wm. Vigoda] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

Indexer Notes

House ad for 7 MLJ titles: Pep Comics, Top-Notch Laugh, Black Hood Comics, Zip Comics, Shield Wizard, Archie, and Jolly Jingles.

The Little Rug That Wasn't There (Table of Contents)

Roy the Super-Boy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Harrison ?
Inks:
Clem Weisbecker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Roy; Imar the Mystic
Synopsis:
Roy gets a job as a salesman in a rug department and meets a mystic with a flying carpet.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Harrison is only credited on pencils on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and Clem on ink, but inking is quite similar to Harrison's signed Boy Buddies story in Hangman #8. So credits could be turned around here. Compare Clem's more angular inking in the next Wizard story

Story title corrected by Dick Sabo via the GCD Error Tracker.

The Vain Robot (Table of Contents)

Wizard / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Clam Weisbecker [as Clam] (signed)
Inks:
Clam Weisbecker [as Clam] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Wizard [Blane Whitney]; Roy the Super-Boy; Jonathon (robot); Westley (inventor)
Synopsis:
A thinking robot escapes from his inventor and finds a nazi training camp. Wizard and Roy are on its trail.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

next app. in FLY MAN #33; Roy's next app. in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield, Wizard
  2. 1. The Invasion
    Shield
  3. 2. Devils of the Deep
    Shield
  4. 3. Blackmail
    Shield
  5. 4. Merchants of Murder
    Wizard
  6. 5. ["MLJ Leads the Way"]
  7. 6. The Little Rug That Wasn't There
    Roy the Super-Boy
  8. 7. The Vain Robot
    Wizard
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  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Steinar Ã…dland
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