(August 1942)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Harry Shorten
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Bob Montana (signed)
Inks
Bob Montana (signed)
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; The Hangman [Robert Dickering]
Keywords
bondage; branding irons; Japanese Imperial naval ensign; skeletons; stereotyping of Japanese; swastikas; torture

Indexer Notes

Art originally credited to Irv Novick.

Bulletin No. 10 (Table of Contents: 1)

Shield G-Man Club / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
? [as Joe Higgins (The Shield)]
Letters
typeset

[The Strangler] (Table of Contents: 2)

The One And Only Shield With Roy The Boy Detective / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty [Dusty Simmons]; Monsieur Bergere (Vichy Consul in Washington, Evonne's father, death); Evonne Bergere (opera singer); The Strangler (villain, introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
An experiment to restore the Shield's super powers fails, and, it seems, he is faced with losing his super powers permanently. In the meantime, the Shield and Dusty become involved in helping to rescue the French Vichy Consul from the clutches of the Strangler and his Nazi gang.
Reprints
  • in The MLJ Companion: The Complete History of the Archie Comics Super-Heroes (TwoMorrows, 2016 series) #nn (August 2016)

Indexer Notes

The MLJ Companion identifies Shorten as the scripter, so question mark removed.

The 3rd panel on page 5 has opera program signed by artist, Irv Novick.

Rhymed Invitations to Death! (Table of Contents: 3)

Hangman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Woolfolk ?
Pencils
Harry Lucey ?
Inks
Harry Lucey ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hangman [Robert Dickering]; Mother Goose [John Dickson] (villain, introduction, death); Simon Dickson (introduction, death); Robin Dickson (introduction, death); Mr. Dickson (introduction, death); Mason; Thelma Gordon; Mrs. Dickson (flashback)
Synopsis
The Dickson brothers receive nursery rhymes inviting them to Cradle Island.

[The Coming of Captain Commando] (Table of Contents: 4)

Captain Commando / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
Alex Blum
Inks
Alex Blum
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Commando [John Grayson] (introduction); the Boy Soldiers [Billy Grayson (introduction), Gerald Sykes (introduction); Armand De Latour (introduction); Erik Jansen (introduction] The Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Four boys wish to join the Commandoes and fight under Captain Commando.

Station D-E-A-T-H Broadcasting (Table of Contents: 5)

The Hangman / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hangman [Robert Dickering]; Thelma Gordon; Michael Lord; Jackson Bass
Synopsis
Singer Michael Lord is murdered on air.

[Nightmares, Inc.] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Bob Montana
Inks
Bob Montana
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Danny; Alice (guest-star); Kuppie; Snapper; Welsh Rabbit (introduction); Dill Pickle (introduction); I. Scream Cohen (introduction)
Synopsis
Alice is kidnapped because too many kids read her adventures and have sweet dreams instead of nightmares.

[Murder of a Rajah] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Virginia Hubbell ?
Pencils
Carl Hubbell
Inks
Carl Hubbell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Sergeant Boyle; Captain Twerp; Rajah of Bapal (introduction, death); his son (introduction); The Japanese (villains); Major Larson
Synopsis
The Rajah of Bapal is murdered and his followers think Sergeant Boyle, Captain Twerp and Major Larson did it.

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

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

[The Escort Agency] (Table of Contents: 9)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Fred Andrews; Betty Cooper; Freddie; Goody; Jughead Jones; Miss Grundy [Mimi Grundy]
Synopsis
Archie sets up an escort agency to raise money and ends up dating his teacher, Miss Grundy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Miss Grundy is now single and is no longer principal and her first name is Mimi.

Later swiped for the Chip Pipher story in Active Comics #19 (Bell Features).

[Case of the Corpse on Ice] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bentley; Donald Grayson (villain, introduction, death); Dr. Slade (introduction, death); Major Grayson (introduction, death); Foreman Walters (introduction); Julian Thomas (introduction); Joe (introduction); Al
Synopsis
A block of ice is delivered with a body in it.

God's Wrist Watch (Table of Contents: 11)

Sergeant Boyle / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Sergeant Boyle; Captain Twerp
Synopsis
Boyle and Twerp lose their clothes while swimming in a river.

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

Comicscope / 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]
    The Shield; The Hangman
  2. 1. Bulletin No. 10
    Shield G-Man Club
  3. 2. [The Strangler]
    The One And Only Shield With Roy The Boy Detective
  4. 3. Rhymed Invitations to Death!
    Hangman
  5. 4. [The Coming of Captain Commando]
    Captain Commando
  6. 5. Station D-E-A-T-H Broadcasting
    The Hangman
  7. 6. [Nightmares, Inc.]
    Danny In Wonderland
  8. 7. [Murder of a Rajah]
    Sergeant Boyle
  9. 8. ["Young Soldiers of America"]
  10. 9. [The Escort Agency]
    Archie
  11. 10. [Case of the Corpse on Ice]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
  12. 11. God's Wrist Watch
    Sergeant Boyle
  13. 12. ["Special to readers of the magazine a portrait picture of Gen. Douglas MacArthur free!"]
    Comicscope
  14. 13. ["Amazing gift offer to "comic" readers valuable encyclopedia volume worth $3.00 yours for only 7¢ - and a 3¢ stamp"]
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