(November 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-09-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Louis Silberkleit; Harry Chesler
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 432477.


Meet Rang-A-Tang (Table of Contents)

Rang-A-Tang / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Edd Ashe ?
Inks:
Edd Ashe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal; detective-mystery
Characters:
Rang-A-Tang (dog); Detective Hy Speed

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Norman Danberg, but Danberg was a writer.

["I'm always on the winning side!"] (Table of Contents)

Hold That Line! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

inside front cover

Hello (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[Origin of Rang-a-Tang] (Table of Contents)

Rang-A-Tang / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Norman Danberg (signed)
Pencils:
Edd Ashe ?
Inks:
Edd Ashe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
animal; detective-mystery
Characters:
Rang-A-Tang (a dog) (introduction); Hy Speed (introduction); Blackie Blade (Introduction, villain)

Indexer Notes

Credit ID's by Martin O'Hearn. Writer formerly identified as "Will Harr ?". Danberg formerly misidentified as the artist.
Jerry Bails's Who's Who indicates Edd Ashe may be the artist.

[The Mexidian Raiders] (Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Ken Fitch ?
Pencils:
Clem Gretter
Inks:
Clem Gretter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Dan Hastings; Dr. Carter; Bob Carter; Gloria Carter; Europas (villain); Ursulis (villain)

Indexer Notes

Gretter is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and faces, hands and figures are very much like his signed stories in US Marines Comics #1 and in Ray and Gail from DC Comics. Continued from Star Comics (Chesler) feature.

A Bad Bargain (Table of Contents)

Buck Stacey / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
W. M. Allison
Inks:
W. M. Allison
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Buck Stacey (range detective, introduction); Sandra Cummings (rancher); Steve Vance (crooked rancher); Ben Hackerman (foreman)

Indexer Notes

continued next issue; story in black, white, and red
The faces and realistic horses are all identical to his credited stories in Cowboy Western Comics #38, and Hi-Lite Comics #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Brain-Teasers / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

[The Picnic] (Table of Contents)

Foxy Grandpa / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; sports
Keywords:
mountain-climbing

[The Trap] (Table of Contents)

Sugar, Honey, and Huggin' / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Sugar; Honey; Huggin' (three bears); Billy Fox (Introduction, villain)

Indexer Notes

Signed on second page.

Secret Agent--B.O. (Table of Contents)

Ima Slooth / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ima Slooth (introduction)

Indexer Notes

next app. in DYNAMIC COMICS #11 (Chesler / Dynamic).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Laughs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

[The Big Fight] (Table of Contents)

Boodini the Great / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab
Pencils:
Fred Schwab
Inks:
Fred Schwab
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Boodini (a magician / escape artist)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Previously credited to WIll Eisner apparently due to an erroneous (or at least as yet unexplained) entry linking Boodini to Eisner in Who's Who. All known Boodini appearances are by Fred Schwab, who is also credited with wr/pen/inks/ in Who's Who. Much of Schwab's early work is signed, and this matches the style exactly.

[The Radium Ore Robber] (Table of Contents)

Burk of the Briny / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frollo ?
Inks:
Frank Frollo ?
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jack Burk (introduction); Johnson (villain, dies)

Indexer Notes

only appearance; story in black and white and red.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ages of Animals / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Richard Speed ?
Inks:
Richard Speed ?
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Hand lettered text with illustrations. Former Chesler feature.

[Down With the King] (Table of Contents)

King Kole's Court / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Nagle (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; fantasy-supernatural; historical
Characters:
King Kole

Indexer Notes

series continued from Chesler's earlier Star Comics.

Village of Missing Men (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Cliff Thorndyke (byline)
Pencils:
Rafael Astarita ?
Inks:
Rafael Astarita ?
Colors:
? (black, white, and red)
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Barrett (villain); Denny; Joe Jordan of the Diamond Patrol.
Synopsis:
Barrett holds native's wives captive to force them to mine diamonds for him.

Indexer Notes

story in black, white, and red
Thorndyke is only credited as byline by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Death Around the Bend (Table of Contents)

text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Pat Gleason
Pencils:
Ed Ashe ?
Inks:
Ed Ashe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
adventure; jungle
Characters:
Jim Steele

Indexer Notes

Art identical to Rang-A-Tang story.

[The Man In the Moon] (Table of Contents)

Little Nemo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob McCay
Pencils:
Bob McCay
Inks:
Bob McCay
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Little Nemo; Dr. Pill; Flip; The Man In the Moon (villain); a Moon Man

Indexer Notes

next app. in ?
McCay credited as writer and artist by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

It's Really A Fact / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction

The Murderous Red Keenan Gang (Table of Contents)

Crime On the Run / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Detective Cody; Lieut. Storey; Keenan Gang
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

true-crime story

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Meet Rang-A-Tang
    Rang-A-Tang
  2. 1. ["I'm always on the winning side!"]
    Hold That Line!
  3. 2. Hello
    Just a Moment
  4. 3. [Origin of Rang-a-Tang]
    Rang-A-Tang
  5. 4. [The Mexidian Raiders]
    Dan Hastings
  6. 5. A Bad Bargain
    Buck Stacey
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Brain-Teasers
  8. 7. [The Picnic]
    Foxy Grandpa
  9. 8. [The Trap]
    Sugar, Honey, and Huggin'
  10. 9. Secret Agent--B.O.
    Ima Slooth
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Laughs
  12. 11. [The Big Fight]
    Boodini the Great
  13. 12. [The Radium Ore Robber]
    Burk of the Briny
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Ages of Animals
  15. 14. [Down With the King]
    King Kole's Court
  16. 15. Village of Missing Men
  17. 16. Death Around the Bend
  18. 17. [The Man In the Moon]
    Little Nemo
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    It's Really A Fact
  20. 19. The Murderous Red Keenan Gang
    Crime On the Run
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Mike Nielsen
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