(January 1940)

Archie, 1940 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 Silver Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Shield / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]
Reprints:
Keywords:
ray guns; robots

G-Man Extraordinary (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten
Pencils:
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks:
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (some origin details revealed); J. Edgar Hoover; Klotz (villain; introduction)
Synopsis:
The Shield is sent to stop a Stokian spy ring.
Reprints:

[The Coming of the Comet] (Table of Contents)

Comet / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Comet [John Dickering] (introduction; origin); Dr. Archer (villain; introduction; death)
Synopsis:
After injecting himself with a gas fifty times lighter than hydrogen, John Dickering discovers he can now take leaps that are more like flying. Beams now shoot from his eyes and when the rays cross what ever he's looking at disintegrates. Glass is the only thing that can stop the beams. He vows to use his new powers for good. He starts by going after a typhoid racketeer. Killing three associates The Comet comes upon Dr. Archer and takes him up into the sky to convince him to stop his typhoid racket. After Dr. Archer pleads to be let down The Comet lets him go, letting him fall to his death.
Reprints:

[The Road Contract] (Table of Contents)

Jocko / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Jocko (Introduction; only appearance?)
Reprints:

[Introducing Sgt. Boyle] (Table of Contents)

Sgt. Boyle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sgt. Henry "Hank" Boyle (introduction; origin)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Biro is credited to this feature from 1940 by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. He can be difficult to distinguish from Carl Hubbell.

[The Rocket Lands] (Table of Contents)

Queen of Diamonds / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks:
Lin Streeter(signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
The Queen of Diamonds (introduction); the Rocket (introduction); Rado Von Kelter (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer from Bails' Who's Who. Confirmed by Bob Hughes. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

[Duel with the Dragon] (Table of Contents)

Fu Chang / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks:
Lin Streeter (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Fu Chang (introduction and origin); Tay Ming (fiancee); The Dragon (introduction, villain)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Archie & Friends #150 2010 but lists Lin Streeter as Jim Streeter
Signed Lin Streeter on last page. Writer from Bails' Who's Who. Confirmed by Bob Hughes. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

Murderer's Brew (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Harr
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Reprints:

[Mystery of the Mayfair Monster] (Table of Contents)

Bentley of Scotland Yard / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Inks:
Maurice Gutwirth (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Bentley (introduction); The Mayfair Monster [Sir Rupert Napier] (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer from Bails' Who's Who. Confirmed by Bob Hughes. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses. Artist signed on last page.

Klondike Cafe Robbed (Table of Contents)

Press Guardian / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Press Guardian [aka The Falcon; Perry Chase] (introduction)
Reprints:

[The Rivalry] (Table of Contents)

Midshipman / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Harr (signed)
Pencils:
Edd Ashe (signed)
Inks:
Edd Ashe (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Midshipman Lee Samson (introduction)
Reprints:

[A Boxer Is Born] (Table of Contents)

Kayo Ward / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Eddie "Kayo" Ward (introduction; origin); Lew Black (introduction); Connie (introduction); One Round Hogan (villain; introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sturm is credited on script by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and art is identical to the signed Bob Wood story in next issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield
  2. 1. G-Man Extraordinary
    Shield
  3. 2. [The Coming of the Comet]
    Comet
  4. 3. [The Road Contract]
    Jocko
  5. 4. [Introducing Sgt. Boyle]
    Sgt. Boyle
  6. 5. [The Rocket Lands]
    Queen of Diamonds
  7. 6. [Duel with the Dragon]
    Fu Chang
  8. 7. Murderer's Brew
  9. 8. [Mystery of the Mayfair Monster]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
  10. 9. Klondike Cafe Robbed
    Press Guardian
  11. 10. [The Rivalry]
    Midshipman
  12. 11. [A Boxer Is Born]
    Kayo Ward
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