(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)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (also inset); The Wizard [Blane Whitney]; The Japanese

"Remove Ugly Blackheads or No Cost" (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Invasion] (Table of Contents)

The Original Shield and Dusty, the Boy Detective / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; 4-L (agent); Mr. Smith (a coward, faked death); Nazi commander (villain); the Nazis (villains, some fake deaths)
Synopsis:
The Shield and Dusty take part in a play production to convince Americans to support the war effort. In the play, the pair make their way to the underground in a small town and are advised that the Nazis are bringing in a munitions train, which the duo wish to blow up. However, an American, who believes that the Germans are not so bad, betray the crimefighters to the German commander.
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.

Script and art credits verified by Craig Delich.

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)

The Shield and Dusty, the Boy Detective / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Fritz Kessel (villain, a Nazi spy, death); un-named Nazi Kapitan (villain, death); some Nazi sailors (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
The Shield and Dusty spot a F.B.I. wanted spy at Coney Island, and watch him boarding a Nazi submarine. They soon board the vessel, but are overcome by gas, and the Shield is packed in a coffin and dumped into the sea to drown.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Coney Island; U-Boat

Blackmail (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Roger Callaway (former government worker); Don Callaway (Roger's son); three Nazi agents (villains)
Synopsis:
The Shield helps a former government worker to save his son, who has been kidnapped by the Germans and forced to pay blackmail to them.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Ohayo Mountain; U-Boat; Woodstock

Merchants of Murder (Table of Contents)

The Wizard / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Warren King
Inks:
Warren King
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard [Blane Whitney]; un-named U.S. Army General; Jim (F.B.I. agent, cameo); Mr. Dorman (munitions manufacturer); Mary (villain, a parrot); fake Dorman (villain); fake Dorman's partner (villain)
Synopsis:
A parrot is being used as a spy messenger by the Nazis and it's up to the Wizard to invesigate the activities of a suspect munitions company.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Dorman Aviation Company

Indexer Notes

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

Script revision from Abe Vigoda ? to ? and artwork revised from Abe Vigoda ? to Warren King by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does not indicate Vigoda was involved with this strip and there is no information extant to indicate otherwise. The Who's Who does indicate that King drew the strip in 1943.

ODDITY: After throwing his cape into a wind machine to save his live, the Wizard races away to get the villains, wearing the cape, which is never seen again in the story.

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

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

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

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Roy; Imar the Mystic; some thugs (villains)
Synopsis:
Roy gets a job as a salesman in a rug department in order to earn money to buy the Wizard a Christmas present, 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.

Note: Penciler revision from George Harrison ? to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does NOT credit Harrison with any work on this strip (just pencils on the Dusty strip for 1943) and no other evidence extant contradicts that.

Note: Inker revision from Clem Weisbecker ? to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does NOT credit Weisbecker with any work on this strip (just inks on the Dusty strip in 1943) and no other evidence extant contradicts this.

Original indexer must have confused the Dusty strip with the Roy strip.

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

The Who's Who credits Abe Vigoda with script and art in 1943, Paul Reinman with pencils in 1943 and Eddie Robbins with art in 1943.

The Vain Robot! (Table of Contents)

The Wizard and Roy the Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Camy [as Cam] (signed)
Inks:
Al Camy [as Cam] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard [Blane Whitney]; Roy the Super-Boy; Westley (an inventor); Jonathon (a robot); Willy Blane (circus owner); Nazi soldiers (villains)
Synopsis:
A thinking and speaking robot escapes from his inventor and finds a Nazi training camp. It's up to the Wizard and Roy to track him down, and they find him at a circus as a side-show performer.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art revision from Clem Weisbecker to Al Camy by Craig Delich. The Who's Who does NOT credit Weisbecker with art on this feature and no extant source contradicts that. However, the Who's Who DOES credit Camy (pen-name CAM) with art on this strip.

The Wizard's next appearance in Fly Man #33.

Roy's next appearance in Mighty Crusaders #4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield; The Wizard
  2. 1. "Remove Ugly Blackheads or No Cost"
  3. 2. [The Invasion]
    The Original Shield and Dusty, the Boy Detective
  4. 3. Devils of the Deep
    The Shield and Dusty, the Boy Detective
  5. 4. Blackmail
    The Shield
  6. 5. Merchants of Murder
    The Wizard
  7. 6. ["MLJ Leads the Way"]
  8. 7. The Little Rug That Wasn't There
    Roy the Super Boy
  9. 8. The Vain Robot!
    The Wizard and Roy the Superboy
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • David Wilt
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin