(Summer 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1940-06-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Harry Shorten
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard golden age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Mistakenly numbered as #5 in indicia.

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 459479. Was recorded as issue #5 by the Copyright Office.

Dusty does not appear with Shield.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield; The Wizard / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Irv Novick
Inks:
Irv Novick
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard [Blain Whitney] (also in inset); The Shield [Joe Higgins] (also in inset); The Spirit of '76
Reprints:

[The Origin of the Shield] (Table of Contents)

The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (origin told in detail for the 1st time); Lt. Tom Higgins (Joe's father, introduction, death); J. Edgar Hoover; Dick (District Attorney); Hans Fritz (villain, introduction); un-named Nazi spies (villains)
Synopsis:
When his father is killed by German spies in 1916, young Joe Higgins continues his work to create a formula to give a person super strength and invulnerability. He uses those powers to clear his late father's reputation involving the Black Tom explosion.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Black Tom Explosion

Indexer Notes

Story takes place before Pep Comics #1.

[The Origin of the Shield: Part 2] (Table of Contents)

The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Ju Ju Watson (G-Man, origin, 1st chronological appearance); J. Edgar Hoover; John Ingot (introduction); Ruby Ingot (John's daughter, introduction); un-named company guards (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Joe Higgins joins the F.B.I and goes on his first case to rescue John Ingot from kidnappers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Next Shield appearance is in Pep Comics #1.

[Lou Zepke's Murder Syndicate] (Table of Contents)

The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; J. Edgar Hoover; un-named District Attorney; un-named Mayor; Ilia Morgan (introduction); Ju Ju Watson; Ilia's father (death); Lou Zefke (villain, introduction); un-named lawyer for Zefke (villain)
Synopsis:
Joe Higgins and Ju Ju Watson are sent to investigate why all the witnesses in Lou Zepke's trial end up dead.
Reprints:

The Vampire Murders (Table of Contents)

The Shield / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Shield [Joe Higgins]

The Historical Story of Blane Whitney (Table of Contents)

The Wizard / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (introduction, origin); John Whitney (Blane's father, death); Mary Whitney (Blane's mother); Grover Blane (Blane's brother); General George Washington; Paul Revere; Thomas Jefferson; Samuel Adams; Ezra Sellers (villain, introduction); the Indians (villains); the British (villains)

The Battle of Bunker Hill (Table of Contents)

The Wizard / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
The Wizard [Blane Whitney]; General George Washington; Nathan Hale; James Blane (Blane's uncle, introduction); The British (villains)

Indexer Notes

All stories take place during the Revolutionary War.

[The Treason of Benedict Arnold] (Table of Contents)

The Wizard / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Shorten [as H. Shorten] (signed)
Pencils:
Edd Ashe [as Ed. Ashe] (signed)
Inks:
Edd Ashe [as Ed. Ashe] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Wizard (Blane Whitney]; General George Washington; Colonel Benedict Arnold (villain); the British (villains); Ezra Sellers (villain, death); General Henry Cornwallis (villain); Major John Andre (villain, introduction)
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield; The Wizard
  2. 1. [The Origin of the Shield]
    The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Shield: Part 2]
    The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary
  4. 3. [Lou Zepke's Murder Syndicate]
    The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary
  5. 4. The Vampire Murders
    The Shield
  6. 5. The Historical Story of Blane Whitney
    The Wizard
  7. 6. The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Wizard
  8. 7. [The Treason of Benedict Arnold]
    The Wizard
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Keith Chandler
  • Craig Delich
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Ramon Schenk
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