(May 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
Monthly, except January, April, July and October
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc. [not printed on item]
Brand:
An MLJ Magazine
Editing:
Harry Shorten
Format:
Standard Silver Age Size, Color; Glossy cover; Newsprint interior; Saddle-stitched; Was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indexed from scanned copy that appears to be missing the back cover (inner and outer).


["Boy! How's that for a catch, Shield?"] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Harry Sahle (signed)[as Sahle]
Inks:
Harry Sahle (signed)[as Sahle]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; superhero; teen
Characters:
The Shield; Archie Andrews (as a fish); Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
The Shield, Betty, and Veronica catch something unexpected while fishing.
Reprints:
Keywords:
fishing; rowboats; swimsuits

Indexer Notes

Cover redrawn as cover of Super Comics (F.E. Howard, 1943 series) #v2#6.

Shield G-Man Club (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Joe Higgins]
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Letter from Joe Higgins [aka The Shield] to recycle paper to help the war drive. Also includes coupon to join the Shield G-Man Club.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Curse of the Black Monkey (Table of Contents)

Shield and Dusty the Boy Detective / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Clem Weisbecker ?
Inks:
Pen Shumaker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jinx (a black monkey, introduction); Legs Sardi (Introduction, Death); Shield; Dusty
Synopsis:
A monkey that seems to always be associated with death comes into the life of the Shield and Dusty.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Sy Reit ?", but his style is much cruder and with thinner inklines, as in credited story in Planet Comics #16. This story has much in common with Captain Commando by Clem and Pen, but they are both only credited on ink on this feature. Novick is credited only on pencils at this period, but there is none of his large action panels. The long rectangular faces often with sharp corners can also be found in other stories signed by Clem/Pen

The Corpse on the Checkerboard (Table of Contents)

Black Hood / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Clem Weisbecker ?
Inks:
Pen Shumaker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Arthur Pendle (Introduction, villain); Joshua Martin (Introduction, Death); Black Hood; Martin
Synopsis:
The Black Hood uses the pieces left on a checker board to solve a murder that's meant to look like a suicide.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Black Hood's previous appearance was in Top-Notch Laugh Comics #44 (April 1944).
Originally credited "Bill Vigoda ?", but compared with his signed stories in Shield-Wizard Comics, those faces are much more rounded and with smaller ears. Clem and Pen are both credited on inking this feature, but as it is so similar to the signed Captain Commando story, most probably they made this one too. Compare the rectangular faces.

Camera Bugs (Table of Contents)

Archie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Mr. Weatherbee; Miss Grundy; Jughead Jones; Fred Andrews; Kappy (introduction); Veronica Lodge
Synopsis:
Archie gets a new camera and starts taking pictures that get him in trouble.
Reprints:

Special Communique #14 (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Clem Weisbecker [as Clem] (signed)
Inks:
Pen Shumaker [as Pen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Alastair Morganbilt (Introduction, Death); Captain Commando
Synopsis:
Alastair Morganbilt joins the army as a prissy gentleman but leaves in a body bag as a fighting man.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Gil Kane ?", but Pen is pen name for Pen Shumaker. Pen Star is Kane's pen name. Weisbecker is credited on pencils and Shumaker on ink on this feature, all according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Money (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Promo to win a subscription to Pep Comics or a War Stamp by writing a letter about what your favourite character is.

["Li'l Chief Bugaboo will appear in Jolly Jingles..."] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Li'l Chief Bugaboo
Synopsis:
Promo announcing that Li'l Chief Bugaboo will start appearing in Jolly Jingles Comics as of issue 13.

["Our little friend, here, was playing cops and robbers..."] (Table of Contents)

Pep's Puzzle Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
A maze with a copy of Pep Comics at the center, a man holding a sign with scrambled letters and how to draw a face.
Reprints:

["I see the thrills of a lifetime in store for you."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Black Hood
Synopsis:
A witch looks in her crystal ball and sees a new comic called Black Hood now on sale.
Reprints:

The Hick Cop (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Leo Hoban (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery
Reprints:

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

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

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

Synopsis:
A man with an MLJ Logo for a head is the skipper of a rowing crew where other MLJ Comics are the rowers.
Reprints:

Do You Know??? (Table of Contents)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ed Goggin (signed)
Pencils:
Ed Goggin (signed)
Inks:
Ed Goggin (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Four trick questions and answers including how to tell the left bank of a river from the right bank.
Reprints:

Prizes for You ~~ Come an' Get 'em (Table of Contents)

Mr. Jim Thayer / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Ad for prizes for delivering Collier's magazine.

[The Jumping Potion] ["Seeking shelter from a storm Joe is knocking..."] (Table of Contents)

Catfish Joe / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Fuddy Goober; Duddy Goober; Catfish Joe
Synopsis:
Two mad scientists give Catfish Joe pills that make him able to jump really far.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance of Catfish Joe, although this story says it is to be continued in the next issue.

["Bruce Graebner of Cleveland Ohio says he saw a monkey..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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.

The Great Genghis Khan (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Carl Hubbell ?
Pencils:
Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell]
Inks:
Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; historical
Characters:
Genghis Khan (introduction); Marco Loco
Synopsis:
Marco Loco meets Genghis Khan and tries to stop his wedding.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Boy! How's that for a catch, Shield?"]
    Shield; Archie
  2. 1. Shield G-Man Club
  3. 2. The Curse of the Black Monkey
    Shield and Dusty the Boy Detective
  4. 3. The Corpse on the Checkerboard
    Black Hood
  5. 4. Camera Bugs
    Archie
  6. 5. Special Communique #14
    Captain Commando
  7. 6. Money
  8. 7. ["Li'l Chief Bugaboo will appear in Jolly Jingles..."]
  9. 8. ["Our little friend, here, was playing cops and robbers..."]
    Pep's Puzzle Page
  10. 9. ["I see the thrills of a lifetime in store for you."]
  11. 10. The Hick Cop
  12. 11. ["MLJ Leads the Way"]
  13. 12. Do You Know???
  14. 13. Prizes for You ~~ Come an' Get 'em
    Mr. Jim Thayer
  15. 14. [The Jumping Potion] ["Seeking shelter from a storm Joe is knocking..."]
    Catfish Joe
  16. 15. ["Bruce Graebner of Cleveland Ohio says he saw a monkey..."]
    Animal-Antix
  17. 16. The Great Genghis Khan
    Marco Loco
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