(December 1941)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1941-10-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Abner Sundell
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date as submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1941, New Series, Volume 36, Number 3. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B 519606.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Shield; Hangman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty; Hangman [Bob Dickering]
Reprints
Keywords
giants; globes; Japanese Imperial Navy ensign; swastikas; World War II

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Shield G-Man Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page (report information)

[Death of a Double] (Table of Contents: 3)

Shield / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Death hangs over Senor Hernandez, South American ambassador, as he makes his way...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Senor Hernandez; Ludwig (villain); spies; Senor Hernandez's double (death); Dusty; Ju Ju Watson; Mamie; Fifi (dog); Betty Warren
Keywords
Capitol Building

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Hangman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Harry Lucey
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With Lennie in jail, there remains only the diabolically ingenious Betruchi, and Laval, the boomerang thrower, of the Unholy Three.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hangman [Bob Dickering]; Betruchi (villain, death); Lennie (villain, death); Laval (villain, death); Reinmann

Indexer Notes

This is most probably Lucey, when comparing with his signed stories in #25 and #29. Notice long rounded chins.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Spumoni the Puppet Master] (Table of Contents: 6)

Danny in Wonderland / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Lin Streeter
Inks
Lin Streeter
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All Wonderland rings with acclaim for the puppet master...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Danny; Kupkake; Spumoni (villain, introduction); Snapper (dog)

[A Little Detour to France] (Table of Contents: 7)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Wood ?
Pencils
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Inks
Carl Hubbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Twerp! Look at what just came from G.H.Q.!
Genre
war
Characters
Sergeant Boyle; Corporal Collins; Nazis
Synopsis
Sgt. Boyle travels to France to help a young lady rescue her father from the Nazis.

Indexer Notes

continued in Blue Ribbon Comics (Archie, 1939 series) #20

[The Breakup of the Sky Pirates] (Table of Contents: 8)

Jolly Roger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hoot mon!
Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Nazis; Price; Jolly Roger; Frank Root; Marty Martin
Synopsis
Orders come down reassigning each Sky Pirate to a different squadron. During an intense dogfight, the Sky Pirates break formation from their squadrons to fly together and they manage to thwart the Nazis from bombing London; afterward, the Sky Pirates are officially commissioned by the R.A.F. as the Jolly Roger Squadron.
Keywords
dogfight

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Bloom (signed)
Pencils
Bob Montana (signed)
Inks
Bob Montana (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just a matter of skill, that's all!
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews [Archibald Andrews; Chick]; Betty Cooper; Sam Cooper; Mildred Cooper; Fred Andrews; Edna Andrews; Gramps Andrews; Jughead Jones [Forsythe P. Jones] (introduction for all)
Synopsis
Archie meets Betty, a girl who has just moved into the neighborhood. He shows off for her, claiming he can do anything. At a carnival that weekend, Betty meets a man who needs a tight rope walker. Betty, remembering that Archie can do anything, volunteers Archie with humorous results.
Reprints
Keywords
circus; taffy

Indexer Notes

Only Fred Andrews is identified by name in this story. The other parents' names would change over the years.
Archie and Betty are a few years younger than usual.

First comic story of Archie. First appearance of Betty and Jughead.

Archie and his parents first appeared as a promotional advertisement cameo in Top Notch Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #22 released 5 days prior per Catalog of Copyright Entries.

[The Case of Crummy King] (Table of Contents: 10)

Kayo Ward / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Art Seymour
Inks
Art Seymour
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Right in the old bread basket, Slugs, from me to you!
Genre
sports
Characters
Kayo Ward; Crummy King (introduction); Julie King (introduction); Slugs Logan (introduction)
Keywords
boxing

Indexer Notes

Most probably Seymour, when comparing with his signed stories in #24 to 26.

[The Case of the Sea Serpent] (Table of Contents: 11)

Bentley of Scotland Yard / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A quiet country lake in England is turned to a scene of panic and confusion...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bentley; Foxleigh (villain); Stanley Wade (death); Somerset; Stonebrook; Claude Stonebrook
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield; Hangman
  2. 1. ["Use this entire coupon!!!"]
    Shield G-Man Club
  3. 2. ["In these grim times we all feel the need for something to laugh at."]
  4. 3. [Death of a Double]
    Shield
  5. 4. ["With Lennie in jail, there remains only the diabolically ingenious Betruchi, and Laval, the boomerang thrower, of the Unholy Three."]
    Hangman
  6. 5. ["Shield-Wizard No. 5"]
  7. 6. [Spumoni the Puppet Master]
    Danny in Wonderland
  8. 7. [A Little Detour to France]
    Sergeant Boyle
  9. 8. [The Breakup of the Sky Pirates]
    Jolly Roger
  10. 9. ["Just a matter of skill, that's all!"]
    Archie
  11. 10. [The Case of Crummy King]
    Kayo Ward
  12. 11. [The Case of the Sea Serpent]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
  13. 12. ["Blueprint reading for better jobs - bigger pay"]
  14. 13. ["O.K. fellows! Here they are!"]
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