(August 1942)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1942-05-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Harry Shorten
Color
color
Dimensions
standard golden age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Available as a scan from goldenagecomics.co.uk. The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 3.


Baron Gestapo Pits His Nazi Cunning Against American Courage (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling; The Web / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Inks
Bob Montana [as Montana] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; The Web [John Raymond]; Baron Gestapo
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Irv Novick (as it is credited in Overstreet) but cover is signed "Montana" at the bottom of the chalkboard. Signature spotted by Mr. Bedrock at http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=... .

Zip Proudly Presents (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Contents of the issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Also includes indicia.

Dragons of Doom ["All America thrilled to the heroic tale of General McBride..."] (Table of Contents: 2)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Baron Gestapo (villain)
Synopsis
Baron Gestapo is loose again and his dread hand is reaching across the vast Pacific, hovering over America's greatest General like a talon of death. But zipping to the rescue, in a desperate race against time, Steel Sterling, Man of Steel, takes on the crafty villain.

[Coming of the Web ["There can be no doubt of it!"]] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Web / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irv Novick ?
Inks
Irv Novick ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Web [John Raymond] (origin in flashback); Tom Raymond (the Web's brother, introduction, flashback); Count Berlin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
"The Web is born! How did this unique, awe-inspiring force for justice come into being? Why did he adopt the guise of a web? The answers are told in a story that reaches a crashing crescendo of thrills and excitement." [from Table of Contents]

Death Trumps the Black Seven ["The Seven Strikes Death"] (Table of Contents: 4)

Black Jack / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Warren King [as King] (signed)
Inks
Warren King [as King] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Jack [Jack Jones]; The Black Seven (villain, death)
Synopsis
A fortune teller warns Black Seven that his luck will finally end, and when a robbery goes bad, he flees from Black Jack. He runs into a "Chamber of Horrors" at a local carnival and manages to get the upper hand over the hero and ties him up to a guillotine. But, lightning strikes the blade and trying to dodge it, Black Seven stumbles backwards into a pit, complete with death-dealing spikes.

Indexer Notes

Last indexed as Robin King, but this King signature is found in features credited only to Warren: Hangman, Miss Shady, The Fox, The Wizard, The Shield, Keith Cornell, The Firefly, Bob Phantom. Also features credited him and with similar artwork: Banshee, Spider Queen, and even in some features at Archie not credited to any of them, like Captain Valor.

Robin King's art is quite different, like his Sailor Danny in Military Comics. His only credited Archie feature is Black Jack, but the King signature with long vertical line under the G is Warren's. Robin's signature was ROBIN, according to Who's Who.

Most King signed stories are credited Warren here at GCD.

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

World Wonders / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mary Goss ? [as Goss]; Dale Goss ? [as Goss]
Inks
Mary Goss ? [as Goss]; Dale Goss ? [as Goss]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Men with tails
Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Weird facts.

Indexer Notes

Signed "Goss". Jerry Bails' Who's Who gives both Mary and Dale as people who were working for Archie at this time doing filler work.

Fourth of July Blues ["The third of July in Westfield starts off with a bang..."] (Table of Contents: 6)

Wilbur / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Lin Streeter
Inks
Lin Streeter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Wilbur Wilkin; Robert Wilkin (dad); Jimmy; Marmaduke
Synopsis
Wilbur and Jimmy get Marmaduke to make them fireworks for the 4th of July but have to hide them in an un-used cannon when Wilbur's dad walks by.

The Grave Gives Up Its Dead ["The Devil's Hand"] (Table of Contents: 7)

Stories of the Black Witch / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Warren King (signed) [as King]
Inks
Warren King (signed) [as King]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Black Witch; Philip Wylie; Tom Grayson
Synopsis
A shriveled hand brings bad luck to whoever possesses it.

Indexer Notes

Art notes as for Black Jack.

Pep Comics is Never Satisfied (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

John V. Newkirk - Scarsdale Jack (Table of Contents: 9)

Zip's Hall of Fame / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; war
Characters
John Newkirk
Synopsis
Scarsdale Jack fights with the Flying Tigers to keep the Pacific safe.

Indexer Notes

First appearance.

All Out For Freedom ["In the shadows of night's grim darkness an aged sea-captain plunges..."] (Table of Contents: 10)

Zambini the Miracle Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gerald Kean (signed)
Pencils
Paul Reinman (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Zambini; Rex (a sea captain); Rex (a sea captain, in flashback); Rex's wife (death, in flashback); Zog (magician, in flashback)
Synopsis
Zambini relates he story of an ancient magician Zog and another ancient sea captain named Rex (from the days of ancient Rome and Greece) to another old sea captain named Rex who was thinking of committing suicide as opposed to being a burden on his wife and daughter. The story inspires him that, while he is able, he can devote himself to fighting for freedom and do some kind of service for his country. And, while he can do that, he's not a burden.
Keywords
Land of Fester

Indexer Notes

Writer and art credits revised per Leonard Wolinsky, from splash page signature, 1/19/2007.
Previously credited as writer: Harry Shorten and art: "J. K. Phillips ?"

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

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Morgenthal, Jr. (credited)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury
Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
The publishers donated this space, on behalf of the U.S. Savings Bonds and War Stamps campaign, to published a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., encouraging the boys and girls of America to buy at least one 10 cent Savings Stamp each week to help the war effort.

A Portrait Picture of Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

Will You Let Me Prove I Can Make You A New Man? (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Baron Gestapo Pits His Nazi Cunning Against American Courage
    Steel Sterling; The Web
  2. 1. Zip Proudly Presents
  3. 2. Dragons of Doom ["All America thrilled to the heroic tale of General McBride..."]
    Steel Sterling
  4. 3. [Coming of the Web ["There can be no doubt of it!"]]
    The Web
  5. 4. Death Trumps the Black Seven ["The Seven Strikes Death"]
    Black Jack
  6. 5. ["Men with tails"]
    World Wonders
  7. 6. Fourth of July Blues ["The third of July in Westfield starts off with a bang..."]
    Wilbur
  8. 7. The Grave Gives Up Its Dead ["The Devil's Hand"]
    Stories of the Black Witch
  9. 8. Pep Comics is Never Satisfied
  10. 9. John V. Newkirk - Scarsdale Jack
    Zip's Hall of Fame
  11. 10. All Out For Freedom ["In the shadows of night's grim darkness an aged sea-captain plunges..."]
    Zambini the Miracle Man
  12. 11. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury"]
  13. 12. A Portrait Picture of Gen. Douglas MacArthur
  14. 13. Will You Let Me Prove I Can Make You A New Man?
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