(December 1963)

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
1963-10-01
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications Inc.
Publisher's Brand
Archie Series
Editing
John L. Goldwater (editor); Richard H. Goldwater (managing editor)

Issue Notes

With this issue, the series drops its three regular section format (Teen, Monster, and Space) in favor of a more flexible format with sections changing from issue to issue. With this change, the hosts of each section were dropped, but would occasionally show up to host stories or appear in gags.

[Desert Route 66] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
?
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
humor
Keywords
Arabs; camel; desert; road signs

Table of Carnie-tents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Letters
Joe Edwards

Characters
Ronald the Rubber Boy; Dr. Ben Bones; Captain Sprocket; Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Circus theme

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

The TV Medical Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nurse Sue Ture, you're a disgrace to the TV nursing profession!
Genre
humor
Characters
Nurse Sue Ture
Synopsis
A TV nurse is fired for dating a doctor from a rival TV station.

Dr. Ben's Boner (Table of Contents: 3)

Dr. Ben Bones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dr. Killjoy; Dr. Ben Bones; Dr. Zooma; Walter Crankcase; Pallid Dan
Synopsis
Dr. Ben Bones decides his future is operating on other TV programs.
Reprints
Keywords
doctors; globe; news; nurses; televison; TV broadcasts

Indexer Notes

Parodies of Ben Casey (Vince Edwards), Walter Cronkite, and Paladin (Richard Boone and Have Gun, Will Travel).

Dr. Scalpel (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; medical
Characters
Dr. Scalpel; Nurse Klunk
Synopsis
Three two-panel gags: testing reflexes of football player; patient keeps ringing for a pretty nurse; and status chart for a patient is going downhill.
Reprints
Keywords
doctors; hospital; nurses

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

Space Section / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just look at these fantastic photos of my space adventures!
Genre
humor; superhero
Characters
Captain Sprocket
Synopsis
Captain Sprocket poses for some heroic photos by sticking his head through a hole in a mural.
Reprints
Keywords
photographs; publicity

Space Chase (Table of Contents: 6)

Space Marshal Dolan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
satire-parody; science fiction
Characters
Space Marshal Dolan; Xyzenon; Outians; Kitty; Blackie (villain)
Synopsis
Space Marshal Dolan has to deal with space coach robbers, outer space Indians, and an ambush on main street in town.
Reprints
Keywords
bulletproof vest; cavalry; Indians; marshal; reward; robbers; saloon; space ships; taxes

Indexer Notes

A space version of the TV series "Gunsmoke", hitting all the cliches.

Space Ads (Table of Contents: 7)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
The Pink Martian (host); Dr. Ben Castaway
Synopsis
Versions of Earth advertising on other planets.
Keywords
advertising; Jupiter; Mars; Mercury; Saturn

Indexer Notes

Ads parodied include Charles Atlas "98 lb. weakling," Clairol hair coloring "Does she or doesn't she?", Camel cigarettes "Are you smoking more and enjoying it less?", CARE foreign aid charity, and Parke Davis "Great Moments in Medicine."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Teen-Age Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The girls were sure backward 500 years ago!
Genre
humor
Characters
Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch
Synopsis
Sabrina, surrounded by bottles of lotions and perfumes, makes fun of the love charms and potions her witch ancestors used to help girls attract boys.
Reprints
Keywords
charms; love potions; makeup; perfumes

Fadsville Fun (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Donna; Inge the Swinger
Synopsis
Donna starts all the fads at Central High School, but Inge the Swinger has decided that she will start the fads next week.
Keywords
fads; slang

Video High (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
satire-parody; teen
Characters
Lester Cool (host); Chester Square (host)
Synopsis
Predictions of what will happen when students have video teachers for their classrooms.
Keywords
bikinis; commercials; quiz shows; TV teaching

Indexer Notes

Parody of long-distance teaching by television. Art previously thought to be by Orlando Busino.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

TV Lawyer Section / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Your Honor, will you please overrule the D.A.'s last objection?
Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Literal depictions of legal terms like overrule, file, badger, and "won't stand up in court."
Reprints
Keywords
judge; lawyers

Video Verdict (Table of Contents: 12)

Dapper the Lawyer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dapper the Lawyer
Synopsis
Dapper is a lawyer who always loses in court. When his nephew gets a parking ticket, he goes to court and demands a jury trial.
Reprints
Keywords
bees; judge; jury; lawyer; parking ticker; television cameras; witness

Indexer Notes

Parody of TV courtroom dramas.

The Cold Stare (Table of Contents: 13)

Mad House Maddies / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor
Characters
Namook
Synopsis
Eskimos live in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator.
Keywords
Eskimos; freezer; refrigerator

Flying High (Table of Contents: 14)

Mad House Maddies / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Flies can't understand why humans walk on the floors instead of the ceilings.
Keywords
flies

Archie Says -- Get Lucky! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

Tragic Trap (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Edwards
Inks
Joe Edwards
Letters
Joe Edwards

Genre
humor
Characters
Hilda the Witch (host)
Synopsis
A tourist gets stuck in a pillory and discovers he may be there for a while.
Keywords
pillory

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Archie Giant Series Comics Have More of What You Buy a Comic Magazine For! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Desert Route 66]
  2. 1. Table of Carnie-tents
  3. 2. ["Nurse Sue Ture, you're a disgrace to the TV nursing profession!"]
    The TV Medical Section
  4. 3. Dr. Ben's Boner
    Dr. Ben Bones
  5. 4. Dr. Scalpel
  6. 5. ["Just look at these fantastic photos of my space adventures!"]
    Space Section
  7. 6. Space Chase
    Space Marshal Dolan
  8. 7. Space Ads
  9. 8. ["The girls were sure backward 500 years ago!"]
    Teen-Age Section
  10. 9. Fadsville Fun
  11. 10. Video High
  12. 11. ["Your Honor, will you please overrule the D.A.'s last objection?"]
    TV Lawyer Section
  13. 12. Video Verdict
    Dapper the Lawyer
  14. 13. The Cold Stare
    Mad House Maddies
  15. 14. Flying High
    Mad House Maddies
  16. 15. Archie Says -- Get Lucky!
    Archie Comics
  17. 16. Tragic Trap
  18. 17. Archie Giant Series Comics Have More of What You Buy a Comic Magazine For!
    Archie Giant Series
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Luke A.
  • Merlin Haas
  • Keith Alan Morgan
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jonathan Sari