(May 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Monthly except January, March and September
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Brand
An MLJ Magazine
Editing
Harry Shorten
Color
color
Dimensions
standard golden age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling; Red Rube / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harry Sahle
Inks
Harry Sahle
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Red Rube [Reuben Reuben]; Steel Sterling [John Sterling]

The Wand of Weirdness (Table of Contents: 1)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Sergeant Clancy McGinty (Policeman); Apollo Bates (villain, introduction, death); Muley (villain, introduction, death); Dippy Dugan (villain, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Apollo and Muley break into a museum and are confronted by a guard, so Apollo grabbed a scepter out of a case to use as a club. It was the "Wand of Weirdness", supposedly belonging to Merlin the Magician which had a curse that said anyone using the wand for evil purposes would have it visit back upon them. Sure enough, it does and both die. The wand next brings bad luck to a cab driver and racketeer Dippy Dugan, who is killed when he wishes for bullets to go around him. Steel Sterling retrieves the wand and returns it to the museum.
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[Stencho's Woman Problems] (Table of Contents: 2)

Senor Banana / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Goggin (signed)
Pencils
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks
Terry Szenics (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Senor Banana; Stencho Odora; Dolores Odora (wife); Rosita
Synopsis
Stencho's wife wants to find out if he still loves her. A red wig and a new dress will do the trick.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

last appearance

County Fair (Table of Contents: 3)

Applejacks / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Sahle?
Pencils
Harry Sahle (signed)
Inks
Terry Szenics (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Slappy Applejack; Happy Applejack; Professor
Synopsis
The Applejack boys are on a gas balloon trip and land near the house of a screwy professor, who turns them into monkeys.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

last appearance

[Frank Swinatra] (Table of Contents: 4)

Ginger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Goggin (signed)
Pencils
Virginia Drury [as Ginger] (signed)
Inks
Virginia Drury [as Ginger] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
teen
Characters
Ginger Snapp; Dotty; Frank Swinatra (introduction)
Synopsis
Ginger meets Frank Sinatra.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Janice Valleau, but Jerry Bails' Who's Who has GINGER as pen name for Virginia and says she is confused with Janice Valleau. Janice's pen name was JANICE J.

[The Fourth Dimensional Dr. Karvalla] (Table of Contents: 5)

Red Rube / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Inks
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Red Rube [Reuben Reuben]; Dr. Karvalla (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The wicked scientist, Dr. Karvalla, invented a formula that enabled him to travel in the fourth dimension.
Reprints

The Future and the Past (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Rose
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Harry Rose (narrator); Forbes
Synopsis
A corpse is found on a beach on Tahiti.
Reprints

[Introducing the Flying Dragons] (Table of Contents: 7)

Flying Dragons / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Pencils
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Inks
Bill Vigoda (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
The Flying Dragons [Hank O'Toole, Spud] (introduction); The Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
The American Volunteer Group in China is disbanded and some join the Army Air Corps.
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Indexer Notes

only appearance
Vigoda is credited on both script and art on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Very different artwork compared with his signed Red Rube story.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling; Red Rube
  2. 1. The Wand of Weirdness
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. [Stencho's Woman Problems]
    Senor Banana
  4. 3. County Fair
    Applejacks
  5. 4. [Frank Swinatra]
    Ginger
  6. 5. [The Fourth Dimensional Dr. Karvalla]
    Red Rube
  7. 6. The Future and the Past
  8. 7. [Introducing the Flying Dragons]
    Flying Dragons
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