(August 1959)

Archie, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Radio Comics, Inc.
Brand
Archie Adventure Series
Editing
John Goldwater
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

The Fly Battles "Spider Spry"! (Table of Contents)

The Fly / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Kirby pencils and Simon inks per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Simon and Kirby on both pencils and inks.

The Strange New World of the Fly (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Tommy Troy [The Fly]
Synopsis
Orphan Tommy Troy overhears crooks and is sent to a haunted house of "wizards". Tommy finds a fly ring that opens a dimensional portal. Out steps Turan of the Fly People, a super-advanced race that devolved into flies, waiting for a person to battle crime and greed. Tommy is bequeathed powers of walking on walls, super-strength, seeing in all directions, and cunning to escape any traps. He rubs the ring and becomes a costumed man: The Fly! Now to serve justice!.. "The Fly Strikes" He wraps the orphan manager and crooks for the cops, reverts to Tommy Troy, and Turan says farewell.
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Keywords
alien; magic ring; orphan; wizard

Indexer Notes

1) Origin. Kirby pencils per Harry Mendryk's Simon and Kirby blog: http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2580. 2) Previous indexer credited Simon as co-penciller. 3) The Fly borrows tropes from Shazam! but ends up an orphan boy with super-insect powers. Since this was 1959 and Jack Kirby soon worked for Marvel, there are ongoing arguments whether The Fly inspired Spider-Man.

The Fly Discovers His Buzz Gun (Table of Contents: 2)

The Fly / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon ?
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Characters
Tommy Troy [The Fly]; Dolly
Synopsis
In the haunted house, the wizard sends Tommy for groceries. He's knocked down by fleeing crooks. He meets Dolly, a girl nearby. He rubs his ring, becomes The Fly, and tests his buzz gun. It fires stingers that put crooks to sleep. The Fly reverts to Tommy and returns to the haunted house, where he's spanked.
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Indexer Notes

1) Kirby pencils per Harry Medryk's Simon and Kirby blog: http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2580. 2) Previous indexer credited Simon as co-penciller and Kirby as co-inker.

Come into My Parlor (Table of Contents: 3)

The Fly / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Characters
The Fly; Spider Spry (first appearance)
Synopsis
Spider Spry makes nets and lassos, and swings like a spider. He sends a scuba crook to rob jewels from a freighter. Orphan Tommy Troy had read of "Waterfront Thefts". The Fly investigates, but a bright flash "upset his equilibrium" (his weakness). He falls in the water and hitches a boat ride. He battles Spider Spry in his water tower hideout, shooting his buzz gun, escaping a "web" (net). He leaves Spider hanging for the police and returns him to chop wood.
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Indexer Notes

1) Kirby pencils per Harry Medryk's Simon and Kirby blog: http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2580, 2) Previous indexer credited Simon as co-penciller.

Sign of the Triangle (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Simon (illustration)
Inks
Joe Simon (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Synopsis
In Korea(?) or WW2... A GI lost in a snow field follows red arrows, worrying about mines. Doggedly he braves the field, only to learn the arrows point back to barracks!

Indexer Notes

Simon art per Harry Mendryk's Simon and Kirby blog:

http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/2580

The "Gentle" Art of Jiu Jitsu (Table of Contents: 5)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
martial arts
Characters
Bill Bell
Synopsis
Bill Bell of The Shield's Young Americans Club demonstrates judo holds and take-downs.

The Search (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Joe Simon ?
Pencils
Joe Simon
Inks
Joe Simon
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Characters
The Fly; Private Strong [The Shield]
Synopsis
A spy seeks The Shield, asking Private Strong (The Shield). He shoots and The Shield brings him down. He's visited by The Fly. "I don't want him in trouble in my magazine!"

Indexer Notes

Short story introduces readers to Private Strong and includes a house ad for the first issue.

Magic Eye (Table of Contents: 7)

The Fly / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon ?
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
Bill Draut ?
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Characters
Tommy Troy [The Fly]; Dolly
Synopsis
Tommy and Dolly stop by an electronics shop just as a robot runs amok. The Fly swoops after the remote-control robot and punches it flat. Except the "scientist" then goes berserk with super strength and a steel jaw. Using his head, The Fly grabs the remote control. The "robot" was the scientist temporarily dazed! "I'm getting confused myself!"
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Indexer Notes

Possible Draut inks per Nick Caputo, May 2013. Previous indexer credited George Tuska.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Fly Battles "Spider Spry"!
    The Fly
  2. 1. The Strange New World of the Fly
    The Fly
  3. 2. The Fly Discovers His Buzz Gun
    The Fly
  4. 3. Come into My Parlor
    The Fly
  5. 4. Sign of the Triangle
  6. 5. The "Gentle" Art of Jiu Jitsu
  7. 6. The Search
    The Shield
  8. 7. Magic Eye
    The Fly
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