(December 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1939-10-20
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

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 431785.


Featuring Rang-A-Tang (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
animal
Characters:
Rang-a-Tang

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Norman Danberg, but Danberg was a writer, not an artist.

[The Vandemeer Arson Case] (Table of Contents)

Rang-A-Tang / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
animal; detective-mystery
Characters:
Rang-A-Tang (dog); Detective Hy Speed; Vandemeer (introduction); Pierre (villain, introduction)
Reprints:
  • Credit ID's by Martin O'Hearn. Writing formerly credited to "Will Harr ?" and art to Norman Danberg.
    Jerry Bails's Who's Who indicates Edd Ashe may be the artist.

[The Platinum Asteroid] (Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 5 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 (Dr. Carter's daughter); Crissman (villain, introduction, death); Arnold Barnes (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Barnes asks Carter for his daughter Gloria's hand in marriage, he's rebuffed because he's middle-aged and poor. Carter is more interested in a meteorite that he's convinced is made of platinum and he sends Barnes and Dan Hastings to stake a claim. Barnes calls upon Jan Crissman to help him ambush Hastings and steal the ore. Hastings fights both off, and Crissman abandons Barnes and flees. Barnes comes to his senses, and confesses all to Hastings. He even proves his reformation in saving both Hastings, himself and the ship when Hastings falls unconscious after destroying Crissman and his ship.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance.

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.

[A Bad Bargain: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
W. M. Allison
Pencils:
W. M. Allison
Inks:
W. M. Allison
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

last appearance
The faces and realistic horses are all identical to his credited stories in Cowboy Western Comics #38, and Hi-Lite Comics #1.

Experiment In Death (Table of Contents)

Dan Hastings / text story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Dan Hastings; Dr. Carter; Bob Carter; Gloria Carter (Dr. Carter's daughter)

Indexer Notes

Art notes as for the Dan Hastings story.

["Fire! Fire!"] (Table of Contents)

Knight Off / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

[Enter: The Marvel] (Table of Contents)

Scoop Cody / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Biro
Inks:
Charles Biro
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Scoop Cody (newspaperman); the Marvel (introduction); King Carr (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
A white masked individual called The Marvel helps Scoop track down King Carr.

Indexer Notes

Faces with prominent chin, and large hands look much like Biro's early work, as in Corporal Collins in this issue.

["The man who smokes with his eyes"] (Table of Contents)

Strange But True / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Alfred Langevin
Synopsis:
Smoking, football and ukulele.

[The Stolen Porridge] (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:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Sugar; Honey; Huggin; Willie Wolf (villain, introduction)

In This Corner! "Billy" Conn! (Table of Contents)

Sport-O-Grams / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks:
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; sports
Characters:
Billy Conn (boxer)

["That the persimon tree is a source of food..."] (Table of Contents)

Do You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Richard Speed ?
Pencils:
Richard Speed ?
Inks:
Richard Speed ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

The Scourge of the Underworld (Table of Contents)

Bob Phantom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten ?
Pencils:
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bob Phantom [Walt Whitney] (introduction); Butch Brady (introduction); Dan Danning (introduction); The Purple Gang (villains, introduction for all)

Indexer Notes

An earlier version of Bob Phantom appeared in Star Comics #1 and Keen Komics #1. He was not a costumed hero.

["Maple"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

[Murder on the VENTURA] (Table of Contents)

Devils of the Deep / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
George Nagle
Pencils:
Edd Ashe ?
Inks:
Edd Ashe ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Devils of the Deep [Jim; Bill; Ted] (introduction)

Indexer Notes

Ashe is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Sabotage At the Balkan Oil Fields] (Table of Contents)

Secret Assignments / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Jack Strand (introduction); Parker Halsey (introduction)

[Origin of the Silver Fox] (Table of Contents)

The Silver Fox / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Silver Fox (a police chief, introduction, origin)

[The Coming of Corporal Collins] (Table of Contents)

Corporal Collins / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Abner Sundell ?
Pencils:
Charles Biro
Inks:
Charles Biro
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Corporal Collins [Jim Collins] (introduction, origin); The Nazis (villains)

Indexer Notes

Biro is crdited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Your Second Helping (Table of Contents)

Just a Moment / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

editorial, various artists

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Featuring Rang-A-Tang
    Rang-A-Tang
  2. 1. [The Vandemeer Arson Case]
    Rang-A-Tang
  3. 2. [The Platinum Asteroid]
    Dan Hastings
  4. 3. [A Bad Bargain: Part 2]
    Buck Stacey
  5. 4. Experiment In Death
    Dan Hastings
  6. 5. ["Fire! Fire!"]
    Knight Off
  7. 6. [Enter: The Marvel]
    Scoop Cody
  8. 7. ["The man who smokes with his eyes"]
    Strange But True
  9. 8. [The Stolen Porridge]
    Sugar, Honey and Huggin'
  10. 9. In This Corner! "Billy" Conn!
    Sport-O-Grams
  11. 10. ["That the persimon tree is a source of food..."]
    Do You Know?
  12. 11. The Scourge of the Underworld
    Bob Phantom
  13. 12. ["Maple"]
    Brain-Teasers
  14. 13. [Murder on the VENTURA]
    Devils of the Deep
  15. 14. [Sabotage At the Balkan Oil Fields]
    Secret Assignments
  16. 15. [Origin of the Silver Fox]
    The Silver Fox
  17. 16. [The Coming of Corporal Collins]
    Corporal Collins
  18. 17. Your Second Helping
    Just a Moment
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Lou Mougin
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