(Summer 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

Issue Notes

Last issue. Order of sequences and other corrections made by Gary Watson, April 2008.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling; Red Rube / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Steel Sterling; Red Rube

The Strange Case of the Timid Corpse (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Clancy McGinty (Police); Diamond Jim (villain); Dr. Trent; Roger Miek
Synopsis:
McGinty takes a injured lady to the hospital and is standing guard to watch her big diamond, the Koh-Noor, worth 50.000 dollars. It dissappears, sewn into another patient by the crooked surgeon.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Weisbecker as writer and Irv Novick on art. Clem is most probably pen name for Clem Weisbecker.
"Pen" is a pen name for Pen Shomaker according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who.
Both are credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.
Which one is the penciler and which one the inker is uncertain. The long faces with big eyes point to Weisbecker as penciller.

"Gee, I'll never forget that first date..." (Table of Contents)

Ginger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Goggin (signed)
Pencils:
Virginia Drury [as Ginger] (signed)
Inks:
Virginia Drury [as Ginger] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
teen
Characters:
Ginger Snapp; Tommy
Synopsis:
Ginger is reading in her diary about her first date with Tommy.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Janice Valleau, but Jerry Bails' Who's Who has GINGER as pen name for Virginia and says she is confused with Janice Valleau. Janice's pen name was JANICE J.

Red Rube and El Tornado (Table of Contents)

Red Rube / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Red Rube [Reuben Reuben]; El Tornado (bull)
Synopsis:
The ambassador in Mexico and his whole staff comes down with the measles, and Red Rube is sent down to smooth things over.

The Case of the Talking Dog (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irv Novick ?
Inks:
Pen Shumaker [as Pen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Clancy McGinty (Police); Ventro the Ventriloquist; Charlie (doll)
Synopsis:
A ventriloquist has killed a man for cheating him for years.

Indexer Notes

next app. in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 (1966)
Originally credited "Irv Novick ? [as Pe-a]". Signature could be Pen at bottom left in splash panel, and then it is Pen Shumaker who is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Some faces with "angry" eyebrows look much like Novick.

Red Rube and the Martians (Table of Contents)

Red Rube / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Red Rube [Reuben Reuben]
Synopsis:
America is invaded by Martians, which turns out to be a Nazi trick to lower the fighting spirit.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling; Red Rube
  2. 1. The Strange Case of the Timid Corpse
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. "Gee, I'll never forget that first date..."
    Ginger
  4. 3. Red Rube and El Tornado
    Red Rube
  5. 4. The Case of the Talking Dog
    Steel Sterling
  6. 5. Red Rube and the Martians
    Red Rube
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Gary L. Watson
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  • Gary L. Watson