Archie Comics Digest #40 [Newsstand]
(February 1980)

Archie, 1973 Series
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Price
0.75 USD
Pages
132
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Barcode
0271000699402
Editing
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Color
Color
Dimensions
Digest size
Paper Stock
Cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Perfect Bound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie / cover / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I had no idea a big drag could be so much fun!
Genre
teen
Characters
Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Santa Claus
Keywords
Christmas; sled

Indexer Notes

Redrawn from the cover of Archie #225

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

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

When You Gotta Glow (Table of Contents: 2)

Archie / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
Veronica offers Archie some Christmas lights that her family isn't using any more, but they turn out to be more trouble then they're worth.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Archie's Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
My uncle is visiting us!
Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Reggie Mantle
Synopsis
Archie's uncle is a china watcher.

The Protector (Table of Contents: 4)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Jingles; Santa Claus
Synopsis
Trying to prove that he's not just a "delinquent brownie," Jingles tells Betty and Veronica that he will protect them from all harm.
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Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

Snooze Cruise (Table of Contents: 5)

Jughead / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen
Characters
Jughead Jones; Hot Dog; Moose Mason; Dilton Doiley
Synopsis
Jughead takes a tour of the neighborhood in a hammock without even waking up.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this index.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Jughead's Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do you see Archie's car yet, Juggie?
Genre
teen
Characters
Reggie Mantle; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones
Synopsis
Reggie, Veronica and Jughead are looking for Archie's car.

Yule Never Believe It (Table of Contents: 7)

Archie / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
?
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Moose Mason
Synopsis
Archie claims that nothing bad can happen to him during the Christmas season. Reggie repeatedly tries to prove him wrong by hitting him with a snowball, and repeatedly misses. But Archie's friends all start to think he's pushing his luck.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

Archie Christmas Shopping (Table of Contents: 8)

Archie / activity / 1 page (report information)

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Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews
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Indexer Notes

Unscramble the mystery phrase to discover what the sales girl asked Archie.

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

Big Moose Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
How did you sprain your hand, Moose?
Genre
teen
Characters
Moose Mason
Synopsis
Moose hurt his hand thinking he was bionic.

Christmas Hero (Table of Contents: 10)

Sabrina / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen
Characters
Sabrina Spellman; Aunt Hilda; Harvey; Cousin Ambrose; Aunt Zelda
Synopsis
Hilda discovers a book that gives her a reason to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed on this digest.

The Santa Switch (Table of Contents: 11)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
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Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
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Colors
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Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Pop Tate
Synopsis
Betty and Veronica believe that Santa Claus is a woman.
Reprints

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

Mr. Weatherbee Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mr. Weatherbee, I like to go to hospital to visit Lars!
Genre
teen
Characters
Mr. Weatherbee; Svenson
Synopsis
Svenson's brother is in the hospital.

Yuletide-Turn (Table of Contents: 13)

Jughead / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Malmgren
Pencils
Jon D'Agostino
Inks
Jon D'Agostino
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Jughead Jones; Reggie Mantle; Archie Andrews; Moose Mason; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Midge Klump
Synopsis
Jughead is wearing a Christmas wreath on his head, but he learns it's made of mistletoe when all the girls want to kiss him.
Reprints
Keywords
mistletoe

Indexer Notes

Credits from the reprint in Jughead's Double Digest (Archie, 1989 series) #176, no credits are listed in this digest.

Snow Fort (Table of Contents: 14)

Li'l Jinx / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
children
Characters
Li'l Jinx; Gigi; Greg; Charley Hawse
Synopsis
Li'l Jinx and Gigi build a snow fort.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Jughead's Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy, I feel like seeing a good movie!
Genre
teen
Characters
Jughead Jones; Archie Andrews
Synopsis
Jughead and Archie try to find a movie they haven't seen.

Fair Exchange (Table of Contents: 16)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Samm Schwartz
Inks
Samm Schwartz
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Samm Schwartz

Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Reggie Mantle; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Andy
Synopsis
Archie is buying Veronica's Christmas present but Reggie plays a practical joke on him.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the reprint in Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2011 series) #264, no credits listed in this digest.

Incident in a Snow Bank (Table of Contents: 17)

Betty and Veronica / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dan DeCarlo
Inks
Jim DeCarlo
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Archie Andrews
Synopsis
Veronica laughs at a little girl stuck in a snowbank, but Betty and Archie think she might actually be in trouble.
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Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

Sooner Than You Think! (Table of Contents: 18)

Mr. Weatherbee / activity / 1 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

Unscramble the message puzzle dealing with Mr. Weatherbee's weight loss.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

Mr. Weatherbee Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I put up the sign you vanted, Mr. Weatherbee!
Genre
teen
Characters
Mr. Weatherbee; Svenson
Synopsis
Svenson hangs a sign that says "Think".

Animal Crackers (Table of Contents: 20)

Sabrina / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Al Hartley
Pencils
Al Hartley
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Sabrina Spellman; Waldo Weatherbee; Veronica Lodge; Moose Mason; Reggie Mantle; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Dilton Doily
Synopsis
Sabrina shows us what the Archie gang would be like as animals. In the animal kingdom, everyone is having fun at Christmas, until Dilton the Owl reminds them that Christmas should be more than just a "make-believe time."
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Another example of a typical Christian-comics message in Hartley's stories: Dilton argues that the theory of evolution only applies to the pre-Christian world: "It used to be survival of the fittest, but the miracle of Christmas changed all that!"

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits are listed in this digest.

Canine Convert (Table of Contents: 21)

Hot Dog / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Gladir
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Rudy Lapick
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
teen
Characters
Hot Dog; Jughead Jones; Fred Andrews; Gaston; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
While pulling a sled full of presents for Jughead, Hot Dog learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the reprint in Jughead and Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2014 series) #17, no credits listed in this digest.

Christmas Gifts for Archie and the Gang (Table of Contents: 22)

Archie / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Moose Mason; Dilton Doiley; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Betty Cooper; Hiram Lodge; Coach Kleats; Mr. Weatherbee; Miss Grundy; Pop Tate
Synopsis
Humorous suggested gifts for Archie and his friends.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

Big Moose Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm trying to get a basketball team together...
Genre
teen
Characters
Moose Mason; Reggie Mantle
Synopsis
Moose tells Reggie he should get Max for his basketball team.

Dogging It (Table of Contents: 24)

Reggie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Genre
teen
Characters
Reggie Mantle; Moose Mason; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
Reggie cheats to win a dogsled race.
Reprints
Keywords
dogsled

The Tree (Table of Contents: 25)

Mr. Lodge / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Samm Schwartz ?
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Samm Schwartz ?
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Letters
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Genre
teen
Characters
Hiram Lodge; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones
Synopsis
Veronica brings home a scrawny Christmas tree as a joke, but her father decides that he likes it better and doesn't want a nicer one.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

Christmas (Table of Contents: 26)

Teach-In / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Various Christmas related facts.
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Keywords
Christmas; mistletoe; pinata; yule log

Dear Santa (Table of Contents: 27)

Li'l Jinx / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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Genre
children
Synopsis
Li'l Jinx's letter to Santa Claus.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

Archie's Pop Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm hungry!
Genre
teen
Characters
Fred Andrews; Mary Andrews
Synopsis
Fred is on a diet.

Card Shark (Table of Contents: 29)

Archie and the Gang / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Al Hartley
Pencils
Al Hartley
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Bill Yoshida

Genre
humor; religious; teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Reggie Mantle; Moose Mason; Dilton Doily; Ethel Muggs; Sabrina Spellman; Waldo Weatherbee; Geraldine Grundy; Miss Haggly; Mr. Svenson
Synopsis
After hearing Dilton complain that all the store-bought, mass-produced Christmas cards are too impersonal, Sabrina uses her magic powers to give each of her friends the ability to create their own personalized Christmas cards. Thanks to Sabrina's magic, a miracle happens and we see cards that represent each character's view of Christmas.
Reprints
Keywords
Christmas; Christmas cards

Indexer Notes

Credits from the index of the original printing, no credits listed in this digest.

Puzzlers (Table of Contents: 30)

Li'l Jinx / activity / 1 page (report information)

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Characters
Li'l Jinx
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Indexer Notes

A crossword puzzle and a color in the dots picture.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31)

Archie Gag Bag / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's buggin' you, Arch?
Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Jughead Jones
Synopsis
Archie doesn't know what to get Veronica for Christmas.

The Greatest Gift (Table of Contents: 32)

Archie / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Doyle
Pencils
Harry Lucey
Inks
Harry Lucey
Colors
?
Letters
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Genre
teen
Characters
Fred Andrews; Archie Andrews; Veronica Lodge; Betty Cooper; Hiram Lodge
Synopsis
Archie goes out in a blizzard to deliver some Christmas ribbon to Veronica.
Reprints
Keywords
blizzard; Christmas

Indexer Notes

Pencil and Ink credits from the printing in World of Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2010 series) #53.

Archie's Christmas Card (Table of Contents: 33)

Archie / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge; Jughead Jones; Reggie Mantle

[Laugh Comics Digest #27] (Table of Contents: 34) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

[Jughead with Archie Digest #37] (Table of Contents: 36) (Expand) /

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["I had no idea a big drag could be so much fun!"]
    Archie
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. When You Gotta Glow
    Archie
  4. 3. ["My uncle is visiting us!"]
    Archie's Gag Bag
  5. 4. The Protector
    Betty and Veronica
  6. 5. Snooze Cruise
    Jughead
  7. 6. ["Do you see Archie's car yet, Juggie?"]
    Jughead's Gag Bag
  8. 7. Yule Never Believe It
    Archie
  9. 8. Archie Christmas Shopping
    Archie
  10. 9. ["How did you sprain your hand, Moose?"]
    Big Moose Gag Bag
  11. 10. Christmas Hero
    Sabrina
  12. 11. The Santa Switch
    Betty and Veronica
  13. 12. ["Mr. Weatherbee, I like to go to hospital to visit Lars!"]
    Mr. Weatherbee Gag Bag
  14. 13. Yuletide-Turn
    Jughead
  15. 14. Snow Fort
    Li'l Jinx
  16. 15. ["Boy, I feel like seeing a good movie!"]
    Jughead's Gag Bag
  17. 16. Fair Exchange
    Archie
  18. 17. Incident in a Snow Bank
    Betty and Veronica
  19. 18. Sooner Than You Think!
    Mr. Weatherbee
  20. 19. ["I put up the sign you vanted, Mr. Weatherbee!"]
    Mr. Weatherbee Gag Bag
  21. 20. Animal Crackers
    Sabrina
  22. 21. Canine Convert
    Hot Dog
  23. 22. Christmas Gifts for Archie and the Gang
    Archie
  24. 23. ["I'm trying to get a basketball team together..."]
    Big Moose Gag Bag
  25. 24. Dogging It
    Reggie
  26. 25. The Tree
    Mr. Lodge
  27. 26. Christmas
    Teach-In
  28. 27. Dear Santa
    Li'l Jinx
  29. 28. ["I'm hungry!"]
    Archie's Pop Gag Bag
  30. 29. Card Shark
    Archie and the Gang
  31. 30. Puzzlers
    Li'l Jinx
  32. 31. ["What's buggin' you, Arch?"]
    Archie Gag Bag
  33. 32. The Greatest Gift
    Archie
  34. 33. Archie's Christmas Card
    Archie
  35. 34. [Laugh Comics Digest #27]
  36. 35. [no title indexed]
  37. 36. [Jughead with Archie Digest #37]
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