(April 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:
?

Genre:
superhero; war
Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]
Reprints:
Keywords:
bomber aircraft; naval mines; submarines; World War II

[The Mines of Count Zongarr] (Table of Contents)

Shield / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Count Zongarr (villain, introduction, death); J. Edgar Hoover
Synopsis:
A mysterious plane is dropping mines in New York harbor.
Reprints:

[The Pawn of "Satan"] (Table of Contents)

Comet / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Comet [John Dickering]; "Satan" (villain, introduction, death); Zadar (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Comet returns home after working with the police. Drugged as he sleeps and kidnapped, traveling for five days he arrives in California and Satan's clutches. The Comet is hypnotized, after three days, by Zadar to hate the law, hate the police and to kill anyone who stands in his way. The Comet begins to rob and kill for Zadar and Satan. Suddenly Zadar finds out Satan was cheating him. Zadar commands The Comet to Kill Satan. After Satan is dead, The Comet returns to Zadar, but forgets to lower his lens and disintegrates him, breaking the trance. The Comet realizes he's now an outlaw.
Reprints:

[The Return of Von Leo] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Abner Sundell
Pencils:
Mort Meskin (signed)
Inks:
Mort Meskin (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy; superhero
Characters:
Press Guardian [Perry Chase]; Von Leo (villain); the Moronia Bund (villain)

[The Drug Slaves of Ghor] (Table of Contents)

Fu Chang / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Fu Chang (detective); Tay Ming (fiancee); Ghor (villain, introduction, death); Tay Ming (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

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

[Escape from Germany] (Table of Contents)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Abner Sundell (signed)
Pencils:
Charles Biro (signed)
Inks:
Charles Biro (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Characters:
Sergeant Boyle; The Nazis (villains)

The Border Patrol (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Eugene Cunningham
Pencils:
? [as M.] (signed)
Inks:
? [as M.] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction; western-frontier
Characters:
Patrolman Frank A. Finnegan

[The Sub Formula Spies] (Table of Contents)

Midshipman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Wood?
Pencils:
Ed Ashe
Inks:
Ed Ashe
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Midshipman Lee Samson

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Bob Wood?", but it must be the same artist as on the first signed Ashe story in issue #1.

[City of the Batmen] (Table of Contents)

Rocket and the 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:
Rocket [Sir Rocket]; Queen of Diamonds; The Batman (villains, introduction, death); their king (villains, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

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

[The Socker Benson Setup] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Phil Sturm
Pencils:
Bob Wood
Inks:
Bob Wood
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Kayo Ward [Eddie Ward]; Ace Brady (villain, introduction); Marie (villain, introduction); Spud (villain, introduction); unnamed hood (villain, introduction); Socker Benson (introduction)

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Harry Shorten?" and "Phil Sturm". Sturm is credited as writer on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the art is identical to Wood's signed story in # 2.

[The Murder of the Three Officers] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Inks:
Sam Cooper (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Inspector Bentley; Capt. Horrocks (villain, introduction, death); Lt. Twisdon (introduction, death); Col. Jaffrey (introduction, death); Lt. Dillard (introduction, death); Maj. Stuart (introduction); Capt. Frome (introduction)

Indexer Notes

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield
  2. 1. [The Mines of Count Zongarr]
    Shield
  3. 2. [The Pawn of "Satan"]
    Comet
  4. 3. [The Return of Von Leo]
    Press Guardian
  5. 4. [The Drug Slaves of Ghor]
    Fu Chang
  6. 5. [Escape from Germany]
    Sergeant Boyle
  7. 6. The Border Patrol
  8. 7. [The Sub Formula Spies]
    Midshipman
  9. 8. [City of the Batmen]
    Rocket and the Queen of Diamonds
  10. 9. [The Socker Benson Setup]
    Kayo Ward
  11. 10. [The Murder of the Three Officers]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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