(December 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
On-sale date:
1939-10-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Abner Sundell ?
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

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 431784.


Top-Notch Comics (Table of Contents)

Wizard / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wizard

Meet Rang-A-Tang The Wonder Dog (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

[The Pearl Harbor Peril] (Table of Contents)

Wizard / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Harr?
Pencils:
Edd Ashe
Inks:
Edd Ashe
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (introduction and origin); Wizard I [Blane Whitney] (called "Steven", introduction); Capt. Ambrose Whitney; Maj. Thomas Whitney; James Whitney; Thomas Whitney, Jr.; John Whitney; Grover Whitney (Wizard's brother); Jatsonians (villain, introduction)

["I get cold feet!"] (Table of Contents)

Laughing At Life / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Previous indexer wondered if this was the work of Jack Cole.

In the Worlds of Time (Table of Contents)

Scott Rand / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder [as Eando Binder] (credited)
Pencils:
Jack Binder
Inks:
Jack Binder
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Scott Rand (introduction); Dr. Joel Meade; Thor (a Viking); Princess Elda

Indexer Notes

Otto Binder said the Scott Rand stories was done for the Harry "A" Chesler shop.

[Joe Louis] (Table of Contents)

SporTopics / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Inks:
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

[Murder By Sock] (Table of Contents)

Swift of the Secret Service / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Rex Swift (introduction); Mr. Swift (his father); Aubrey J. Snite (Dies); Jack Snite (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

The faces and the thin shading inklines, and hands, chins and noses look very much like Biro on Steel Sterling in Zip Comics #1.

To-nite! Saved From the Flames! (Table of Contents)

Jungle Town Show Boat / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Dick Ryan

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Billy Hippo

Indexer Notes

only appearance

[Vendetta With Von Schiller] (Table of Contents)

Air Patrol (Wings Johnson) / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Blair
Pencils:
Irv Novick
Inks:
Irv Novick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation; war
Characters:
Ben "Wings" Johnson (introduction and origin); Mrs. Johnson (Wings's mother, introduction in flashback); Capt. Von Schiller (villain, introduction); Nazis

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Ed Smalle, but artwork is identical to Novick's signed first story in this feature, issue #2.

Murder Rap (Table of Contents)

Lucky Coyne / text story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Lucky Coyne

["44% of all traffic accidents ..."] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction

[The Bat and the Bull] (Table of Contents)

Lucky Coyne / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Characters:
Lucky Coyne; Bat Yardley (inmate); Jean Markham [Louella] (introduction); The Bull and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Lucky Coyne posing as Bat Yardley, jewel thief in prison.

Indexer Notes

Lucky Coyne called "Bat Yardley" in this story.

["OBoy! Wait'll They Git an Eyeful of This Masterpiece of Mine!!"] (Table of Contents)

Lonesome Luke / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; western-frontier
Characters:
Lonesome Luke (introduction and only appearance)

Indexer Notes

Art in Fred Schwab style.

[The Fortune Teller's Revenge] (Table of Contents)

Mystic [Kardak] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten?
Pencils:
C. A. Winter
Inks:
C. A. Winter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Kardak (a magician, introduction); Kardak's fiancee; Chuck and his gang (villains, introduction for all)

[Kornell Goes To West Point] (Table of Contents)

West Pointer / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Keith Kornell [the West Pointer] (introduction and origin); Sen. Crockett (introduction); Uncle Joe; John Kornell (Keith's father, cameo in flashback); Ned Norton

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Ed Wexler, but compared with his signed story in #3, this is not him. Faces, layout and inking are all different. Looks more like the Wizard story, credited to Ed Ashe in this issue, but uncertain.

[The Ice Cream Cone] (Table of Contents)

Impy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Robert McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Pencils:
Robert McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Inks:
Robert McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Robert McCay

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Impy

Indexer Notes

features Impy from the LITTLE NEMO strip. Robert McCay was the son of Winsor McCay.

["After lunch I guess I'll go in for a swim!"] (Table of Contents)

Speaking Of Sports / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Case 1: Master Forgers (Table of Contents)

Manhunters! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
crime
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

true-crime story; story packaged by the Harry Chesler shop

Forgets To Remember (Table of Contents)

Pokey / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks:
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Dick Ryan

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals

Spouting Wings (Table of Contents)

Yours Truly / text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Editorial about what a great comic, Top Notch Comics, is.

Indexer Notes

art may be spot art taken from panels in the stories in this issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Top-Notch Comics
    Wizard
  2. 1. Meet Rang-A-Tang The Wonder Dog
  3. 2. [The Pearl Harbor Peril]
    Wizard
  4. 3. ["I get cold feet!"]
    Laughing At Life
  5. 4. In the Worlds of Time
    Scott Rand
  6. 5. [Joe Louis]
    SporTopics
  7. 6. [Murder By Sock]
    Swift of the Secret Service
  8. 7. To-nite! Saved From the Flames!
    Jungle Town Show Boat
  9. 8. [Vendetta With Von Schiller]
    Air Patrol (Wings Johnson)
  10. 9. Murder Rap
    Lucky Coyne
  11. 10. ["44% of all traffic accidents ..."]
    It's Really A Fact!
  12. 11. [The Bat and the Bull]
    Lucky Coyne
  13. 12. ["OBoy! Wait'll They Git an Eyeful of This Masterpiece of Mine!!"]
    Lonesome Luke
  14. 13. [The Fortune Teller's Revenge]
    Mystic [Kardak]
  15. 14. [Kornell Goes To West Point]
    West Pointer
  16. 15. [The Ice Cream Cone]
    Impy
  17. 16. ["After lunch I guess I'll go in for a swim!"]
    Speaking Of Sports
  18. 17. Case 1: Master Forgers
    Manhunters!
  19. 18. Forgets To Remember
    Pokey
  20. 19. Spouting Wings
    Yours Truly
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lionel English
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin