(May 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Monthly, except January, April, July and October
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc. [not printed on item]
Brand
An MLJ Magazine
Editing
Harry Shorten
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Indexed from scanned copy that appears to be missing the back cover (inner and outer).


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Harry Sahle [as Sahle] (signed)
Inks
Harry Sahle [as Sahle] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! How's that for a catch, Shield?
Genre
humor; superhero; teen
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Archie Andrews (as a fish); Betty Cooper; Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
The Shield, Betty, and Veronica catch something unexpected while fishing.
Reprints
Keywords
fishing; rowboats; swimsuits

Indexer Notes

Cover redrawn as cover of Super Comics (F.E. Howard, 1943 series) #v2#6.

Shield G-Man Club (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Curse of the Black Monkey (Table of Contents: 2)

The Shield and Dusty the Boy Detective / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Clem Weisbecker ?
Inks
Pen Shumaker ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Dusty [Dusty Simmons]; Jinx (a black monkey, introduction); Legs Sardi (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Jinx is a blind black monkey, surviving owner after owner managing to survive until it comes to Dusty, the Shield’s kid partner. The Shield discovers through an anthropologist friend that the monkey is an idol of sorts to the Thuggi cult of India and represents all evil and bad luck to all but the Thuggi. Higgins arranges for the monkey to be sent to Japan.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Sy Reit ?", but his style is much cruder and with thinner inklines, as in credited story in Planet Comics #16. This story has much in common with Captain Commando by Clem and Pen, but they are both only credited on ink on this feature. Novick is credited only on pencils at this period, but there is none of his large action panels. The long rectangular faces often with sharp corners can also be found in other stories signed by Clem/Pen.

The Corpse on the Checkerboard (Table of Contents: 3)

Black Hood / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Clem Weisbecker ?
Inks
Pen Shumaker ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Black Hood [Matt Burland]; Martin; Joshua Martin (introduction, death); Arthur Pendle (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Black Hood uses the pieces left on a checker board to solve a murder that's meant to look like a suicide.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Black Hood's previous appearance was in Top-Notch Laugh Comics #44 (April 1944).

Originally credited "Bill Vigoda ?", but compared with his signed stories in Shield-Wizard Comics, those faces are much more rounded and with smaller ears. Clem and Pen are both credited on inking this feature, but as it is so similar to the signed Captain Commando story, most probably they made this one too. Compare the rectangular faces.

Camera Bugs (Table of Contents: 4)

Archie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Goggin [as Goggin]
Pencils
Harry Sahle [as Sahle]
Inks
Virginia Drury [as Ginger]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Archie Andrews; Betty Cooper; Mr. Weatherbee; Miss Grundy; Jughead Jones; Fred Andrews; Kappy (introduction); Veronica Lodge
Synopsis
Archie gets a new camera and starts taking pictures that get him in trouble.
Reprints

Special Communique #14 (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Clem Weisbecker [as Clem] (signed)
Inks
Pen Shumaker [as Pen] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Alastair Morganbilt (Introduction, Death); Captain Commando
Synopsis
Alastair Morganbilt joins the army as a prissy gentleman but leaves in a body bag as a fighting man.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Gil Kane ?", but Pen is pen name for Pen Shumaker. Pen Star is Kane's pen name. Weisbecker is credited on pencils and Shumaker on ink on this feature, all according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Money (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Pep's Puzzle Page / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our little friend, here, was playing cops and robbers...
Synopsis
A maze with a copy of Pep Comics at the center, a man holding a sign with scrambled letters and how to draw a face.
Reprints

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

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

The Hick Cop (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Leo Hoban (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Reprints

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

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

Do You Know??? (Table of Contents: 12)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ed Goggin (signed)
Pencils
Ed Goggin (signed)
Inks
Ed Goggin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Four trick questions and answers including how to tell the left bank of a river from the right bank.
Reprints

Prizes for You ~~ Come an' Get 'em (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Mr. Jim Thayer / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Jumping Potion] (Table of Contents: 14)

Catfish Joe / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Harris ?
Pencils
Larry Harris (credited)
Inks
Larry Harris (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Seeking shelter from a storm Joe is knocking...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Fuddy Goober; Duddy Goober; Catfish Joe
Synopsis
Two mad scientists give Catfish Joe pills that make him able to jump really far.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance of Catfish Joe in Pep Comics, although this story says it is to be continued in the next issue. The feature does appear again in Wilbur Comics (1944 series) #4.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Animal-Antix / cartoon / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bruce Graebner of Cleveland Ohio says he saw a monkey...
Synopsis
Three fun facts about animals as submitted by readers. Address says to submit to "Catfish Joe", so presumably this was a sub-feature of that strip.

The Great Genghis Khan (Table of Contents: 16)

Marco Loco / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Hubbell ?
Pencils
Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell]
Inks
Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; historical
Characters
Genghis Khan (introduction); Marco Loco
Synopsis
Marco Loco meets Genghis Khan and tries to stop his wedding.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Boy! How's that for a catch, Shield?"]
    The Shield; Archie
  2. 1. Shield G-Man Club
  3. 2. The Curse of the Black Monkey
    The Shield and Dusty the Boy Detective
  4. 3. The Corpse on the Checkerboard
    Black Hood
  5. 4. Camera Bugs
    Archie
  6. 5. Special Communique #14
    Captain Commando
  7. 6. Money
  8. 7. ["Li'l Chief Bugaboo will appear in Jolly Jingles..."]
  9. 8. ["Our little friend, here, was playing cops and robbers..."]
    Pep's Puzzle Page
  10. 9. ["I see the thrills of a lifetime in store for you."]
  11. 10. The Hick Cop
  12. 11. ["MLJ Leads the Way"]
  13. 12. Do You Know???
  14. 13. Prizes for You ~~ Come an' Get 'em
    Mr. Jim Thayer
  15. 14. [The Jumping Potion]
    Catfish Joe
  16. 15. ["Bruce Graebner of Cleveland Ohio says he saw a monkey..."]
    Animal-Antix
  17. 16. The Great Genghis Khan
    Marco Loco
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