(Summer 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
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.

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 / ? pages (report information)

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

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

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
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