(October 1962)

Archie, 1959 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
seven times a year in February, April, June, August, September, October, and December
On-sale Date
1962-07-30
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Brand
Archie Series
Editing
Richard Goldwater (uncredited)

Issue Notes

This issue introduced Sabrina the Teen-Age witch, created by Dan DeCarlo and George Gladir. She would make intermittent appearances in "Mad House" throughout the decade, finally getting her own comic in the early '70s after Filmation turned her into a Saturday morning cartoon.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie's Mad House / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob White ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can't you read the sign?
Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob White
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Have you seen the new TV show featuring skin-diving witches?
Genre
humor
Characters
Hilda the Witch; Chester Square; Lester Cool; The Pink Martian
Keywords
hot foot; undersea

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Two cartoons.

Presenting Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Sabrina; Salem; Della; Archie Andrews (cameo); Betty Cooper (cameo)
Synopsis
Meet Sabrina, a sexy teen witch who lives a typical teen-age life -- except that her job is to hex her fellow teens. She introduces us to the rules of witchery: witches can't cry, can't sink when they're in the water, and if they ever fall in love, they lose their powers.
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Indexer Notes

First appearance of Sabrina, her cat Salem, and Della the Head Witch.

Much of this early version of Sabrina appears to be based on the play "Bell, Book and Candle" and the film version, starring Kim Novak. The rule about witches losing their powers if they fall in love and the inability of witches to cry (both of which were dropped in subsequent versions of Sabrina) were used in "Bell, Book and Candle," and Sabrina's cat Salem is similar to Pyewacket, the witch's familiar in "Bell, Book and Candle."

In the COMICS v10 #5 G. Gladir states that Sabrina was named after a woman he remembered from his teens who he later found out was actually named Sabra not Sabrina. He also states that he wrote all Sabrina and Hilda stories until Sabrina went to Saturday morning animation in 1969.

Name Game (Table of Contents: 3)

Les n' Ches / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Chester Square; Lester Cool
Synopsis
Chester can't get in a fancy restaurant, but Lester can.
Reprints

Big Rig (Table of Contents: 4)

Les Cool and Ches Square / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Lester Cool; Chester Square
Synopsis
Les goes into a haunted house full of mouse traps.
Reprints

Scare Your Fellow Monsters (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Starchie [Archie Andrews] (cameo)
Synopsis
An advertisement for methods that monsters can use to scare each other.
Reprints

A Funny Thing About Monsters... (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Frankenstein's Monster
Synopsis
Article about the definition of monsters, ranging from dinosaurs to Frankenstein's monster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text with 1/3 page illustration.

Dig This Crazy Offer! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Archie's Pals 'n' Gals / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Romances of Marcia the Mermaid (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Marcia Mermaid; Mark the Shark; Father Neptune; Max the Lifeguard; Scuba Dooba
Synopsis
The tale of Marcia, a mermaid who constantly falls in love with human teenage boys.
Reprints

The Act (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Orlando Busino
Inks
Orlando Busino
Colors
?
Letters
Orlando Busino

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Synopsis
A journalist is sent to interview a ventriloquist.
Reprints

Your Money Buys More When You Buy Archie Giant Series Magazines (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Archie Giant Series Magazines / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Hexy Pin-Ups (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Hilda; Ava
Synopsis
Hilda and Ava, the witches, fight each other by proxy.
Reprints

Bombs Away (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
The Pink Martian (host)
Synopsis
Two aliens encounter a hideous weapon on earth.
Reprints

Animals From Outer Space (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Pink Martian (host)
Synopsis
Hybrid animals from other planets.
Reprints

Space Sports (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Synopsis
Aliens try to go to a sci-fi movie.
Reprints

Go Modern Young Man (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Synopsis
A witch doctor's son comes back to Africa after studying in America.
Reprints

Snowboy (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Characters
Hilda the Witch (host); Art Tick; Abe Ominable; Dagmar
Synopsis
A living snowman gets the cold shoulder from all the other teens until he falls in love with a warm-blooded girl.
Reprints

Happy Endings (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Letters
Vincent DeCarlo

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; teen
Synopsis
In answer to complaints about the lack of happy endings in this comic, four panels with generic happy endings.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Wanted! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

The World of Jughead / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Can't you read the sign?"]
    Archie's Mad House
  2. 1. ["Have you seen the new TV show featuring skin-diving witches?"]
  3. 2. Presenting Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch
  4. 3. Name Game
    Les n' Ches
  5. 4. Big Rig
    Les Cool and Ches Square
  6. 5. Scare Your Fellow Monsters
  7. 6. A Funny Thing About Monsters...
  8. 7. Dig This Crazy Offer!
    Archie's Pals 'n' Gals
  9. 8. The Romances of Marcia the Mermaid
  10. 9. The Act
  11. 10. Your Money Buys More When You Buy Archie Giant Series Magazines
    Archie Giant Series Magazines
  12. 11. Hexy Pin-Ups
  13. 12. Bombs Away
  14. 13. Animals From Outer Space
  15. 14. Space Sports
  16. 15. Go Modern Young Man
  17. 16. Snowboy
  18. 17. Happy Endings
  19. 18. Wanted!
    The World of Jughead
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