(February 1941)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1940-12-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Harry Shorten

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 3.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Biro (signed as Biro)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed as Biro)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sampson Powder Co.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling

[Enter: The Rattler] (Table of Contents: 1)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair (signed as Blair)
Pencils
Charles Biro (signed as Biro)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed as Biro)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Clancy McGinty (Police); Dora Cummings; Twisto [The Rubber Man; Pig Panwood; The Rattler] (villain, introduction); Inferno [The Fire Breather] (guest-star, reforms in this story)
Synopsis
Twisto has developed a new bullet proof outfit that looks like a scaled serpent, and he now calls himself The Rattler. Steel is also in disguise to catch the criminals. Inferno saves the life of Steel when the Rattler will kill him with his poison needles.

[Dicky Finds His Father] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dicky in the Magic Forest / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
R. Louis Golden (signed as L. Golden)
Pencils
R. Louis Golden (signed as L. Golden)
Inks
R. Louis Golden (signed as L. Golden)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Dicky; Farenwell (introduction, Dicky's father); Mr. Wish (guest-star); Giant of Komo Castle (villain, introduction); the Witch (villain, death)
Synopsis
Dick has emerged from the Magic Fores with three priceless finds, a flying broom, a magic watch and a wishing bone.

[Jim Creep's Payroll Robbery Plot] (Table of Contents: 3)

Nevada Jones / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Volpe
Inks
Frank Volpe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Nevada Jones, Quick-Trigger Man
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Nevada Jones; Little Joe (sidekick); Jim Creep (villain, introduction); his gang (villains, introduction); Sue Warren (introduction)
Synopsis
Jim Creep, a rancher, has hired some of his men to rob his own payroll and cut them in.

Indexer Notes

Faces and very realistic horses identical to Volpe's credited Loop Logan story in Blue Ribbon Comics #13.

The Case of the Statues of Death (Table of Contents: 4)

Red Reagan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair ?
Pencils
Bernard Klein
Inks
Bernard Klein
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Red Reagan (Police Detective); Bertie Randolph (assistent); Grazan (villain, introduction, death); his gang (villains, introduction); some living statues (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Murder and robbery is committed by living statues. The statues are petrified human beings made by professor Grazani and sold as statues to millionaires.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Sam Cooper. Compare with Klein's signed Kardak and Bob Phantom stories in Top-Notch Comics #8, 9, 10 and 12. Especially the peculiar mean, angled eyebrows in close up sideview, and also movement of figures, and inking of suits.

There is no writer credit.

[The Secret Fascist Supply Line] (Table of Contents: 5)

War Eagles / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair ?
Pencils
Ed Smalle (signed)
Inks
Ed Smalle (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Tim Shane (pilot); Tom Shane (pilot); The Fascists (villains)
Synopsis
The outpost of Kadak in East Africa hasn't been heard from in three days, and the R.A.F. wants the twins to find out what is wrong.

[The Wrestling "Gods"] (Table of Contents: 6)

Captain Valor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Valor; Ronnie; Neek-Olaus (guest-star); Mama Claus (guest-star); Tania (guest-star); Dallas (guest-star); Zeke Pepper (introduction); Hungarian Angel (introduction); Kauliflower Karl (introduction); Bruiser O'Boyle (introduction); Flying Tackle Finnegan (introduction); The Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
The mission where Valor and his company have taken refuge, is surrounded by Zeke Pepper and his gang, who want their ammunition and weapons.

Indexer Notes

The artist signs - as "Meskin" - on both the first and last pages.

Tomorrow's Murders (Table of Contents: 7)

Scarlet Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Scarlet Avenger [Jim Kendall]; Inez Courtney [Operative No.1]; Peanut-Head (villain, introduction); his gang (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
After a suicide on the train, Inez finds a newspaper of tomorrow headlining the suicide she witnessed today.

Indexer Notes

The artist also signs - as "Novick" - on the final page.

[The Tail Men of Tanzanyika] (Table of Contents: 8)

Zambini / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair (signed)
Pencils
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks
Lin Streeter (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Zambini the Miracle Man
Genre
superhero
Characters
Zambini (magician); The Tail Men (villains, introduction); their Witch Doctor (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The witch doctor of the Tail Men will kill and eat Zambini to have part of his magic power.
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Sampson Powder Co."]
    Steel Sterling
  2. 1. [Enter: The Rattler]
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. [Dicky Finds His Father]
    Dicky in the Magic Forest
  4. 3. [Jim Creep's Payroll Robbery Plot]
    Nevada Jones
  5. 4. The Case of the Statues of Death
    Red Reagan
  6. 5. [The Secret Fascist Supply Line]
    War Eagles
  7. 6. [The Wrestling "Gods"]
    Captain Valor
  8. 7. Tomorrow's Murders
    Scarlet Avenger
  9. 8. [The Tail Men of Tanzanyika]
    Zambini
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