(September 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

Tim O'Casey's Wrecking Crew (Table of Contents)

The Fly / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Simon
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fly; Tim O'Casey
Reprints:

Tim O'Casey's Wrecking Crew! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Fly / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon
Pencils:
Dick Ayers; Joe Simon (see notes)
Inks:
Paul Reinman; Joe Simon (see notes)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Ferguson ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fly [Tommy Troy]; Tim O'Casey; Bertrand; Drews; Finn MacCool; Mr. March
Synopsis:
A sharpie named Drews is dogged by "not a midget", but a real leprechaun who thinks Drews stoles the treasure horde of Finn MacCool from Ireland! The leprechaun sics giant robots on Drews. Tommy Troy becomes The Fly, hides Drews in a cave, smashes robots, and stuffs the leprechaun in a trash can. Drews is visited by the ghost of Finn MacCool and confesses he stole the treasure and sank it off-shore. The Fly posed as Finn. The leprechaun thanks him for this kind deeds and vanishes.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Finn MacCool; Ireland; leprechaun; robots

Indexer Notes

Joe Simon may have penciled and/or inked pages 1;4-5, with Ayers/Reinman on the remainder. Info per Nick Caputo, May 2013.

The Sea Tiger (Table of Contents: 2)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

One of Our Skyscrapers is Missing! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script:
Joe Simon ?
Pencils:
Al Williamson
Inks:
Angelo Torres
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fly [Tommy Troy]; Dolly
Synopsis:
One morning, citizens find a big hole where a skyscraper stood. The Fly dives down and meets Toad(?) People who plan an invasion, so staged a test by stealing the skyscraper. The Fly battles a Mud Toad(?) in the arena, then a long-necked dinosaur-beast. The Toads are convinced an attack would be suicidal and return the skyscraper.
Reprints:
Keywords:
dinosaur; skyscraper; toad people

Sneak Attack (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script:
Joe Simon ?
Pencils:
Joe Simon
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Ferguson ?

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
An "enemy" fleet of bombers soars toward an "unsuspecting country". The Shield jumps atop a wing and fires lightning bolts, dodges shells, crashes jets, and wrecks the fleet. The Army thinks it "must have been a stray meteor or a freak storm." The Shield is "The Man Who Spies on Spies!"
Reprints:
Keywords:
bomber planes; parachute

Indexer Notes

A cleverly disguised and self-admitted "sneaky way to introduce" The Shield, featured in The Double Life of Private Strong, the second issue of which is shown and advertised as "Now On Sale!".

Marco's Eyes (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script:
Joe Simon ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Ferguson ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fly [Tommy Troy]; Mister Marco; Dolly; Slats Dillon; J.B. Bascombe; Dolly
Synopsis:
At a talent show, Marco loses. He gets mobsters to finance a big-eyed billboard that hypnotizes bankers and jewelers to steal goods and deliver to thugs. The Fly beats a thug and learns the sign has periscope and speaker that magnifies Marco's hypnotism. The Fly enters and is hypnotized, but cons Marco into taking a bow, breaking his glare. "The 'eyes' have it!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/tag/fly

Previous indexer credited Simon as co-penciller.

Wolf Pack! (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Synopsis:
A RCMP Mountie adopted a wolf pup named "Lobo" who returned to a wolf pack. Years later the Mountie was ambushed by a criminal but saved by a huge wolf leading a pack. "I'm pretty sure it was Lobo saved my life that day."

Bobby Bell's Judo Page (Table of Contents: 7)

Bobby Bell / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bobby Bell; hapless opponent
Synopsis:
Bobby Bell, Captain of the Young Shields of America, demonstrates how to defend yourself against a heavier opponent.
Keywords:
judo

The Master of Junk-Ri-La! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Fly / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon ?; Jack Kirby ?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon; Paul Reinman ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Howard Ferguson ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fly [Tommy Troy]; Hans Yunkmann; Mister March
Synopsis:
Cruel Mister March takes Tommy's fly ring for slacking washing floors. Later a junk-plane flies over the city and rips out bank vaults with magnetism. The plane lands in the desert where Hans Yunkmann, the "Junkman", crafted the plane for thugs. Another pass over town rips loose metal, and Tommy snatches his ring from the air. Becoming The Fly, he flies to the desert, dodges thugs and a giant mechanical flyswatter. He sets the magnetism machine to trigger too high, and super-magnetism rips the compound apart. Back home, Tommy gets permission to retrieve his ring.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Kirby pencils per Harry Mendryk's blog:

http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/simonandkirby/archives/tag/fly

Possible Reinman inking assistance per Nick Caputo. Previous indexer credited Simon as co-penciller and Kirby as co-inker.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Tim O'Casey's Wrecking Crew
    The Fly
  2. 1. Tim O'Casey's Wrecking Crew!
    The Fly
  3. 2. The Sea Tiger
  4. 3. One of Our Skyscrapers is Missing!
    The Fly
  5. 4. Sneak Attack
    The Shield
  6. 5. Marco's Eyes
    The Fly
  7. 6. Wolf Pack!
  8. 7. Bobby Bell's Judo Page
    Bobby Bell
  9. 8. The Master of Junk-Ri-La!
    The Fly
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