(December 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68 ?
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
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

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)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Ad for Blue Ribbon Comics.

[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 Lewis] (Table of Contents)

SporTopics / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

[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! / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

[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.

[humor filler] (Table of Contents)

Lonesome Luke / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
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 / filler / 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 Lewis]
    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. [humor filler]
    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:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Edgar Loftin
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Lionel English
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin