(Summer 1944)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
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

Issue Notes

Last issue. Order of sequences and other corrections made by Gary Watson, April 2008.


[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
Steel Sterling; Red Rube

The Strange Case of the Timid Corpse (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Clancy McGinty (Police); Diamond Jim (villain); Dr. Trent; Roger Miek
Synopsis
McGinty takes a injured lady to the hospital and is standing guard to watch her big diamond, the Koh-Noor, worth 50.000 dollars. It dissappears, sewn into another patient by the crooked surgeon.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Weisbecker as writer and Irv Novick on art. Clem is most probably pen name for Clem Weisbecker.
"Pen" is a pen name for Pen Shomaker according to Jerry Bails' Who's Who.
Both are credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.
Which one is the penciler and which one the inker is uncertain. The long faces with big eyes point to Weisbecker as penciller.

"Gee, I'll never forget that first date..." (Table of Contents: 2)

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; Tommy
Synopsis
Ginger is reading in her diary about her first date with Tommy.

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.

Red Rube and El Tornado (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; El Tornado (bull)
Synopsis
The ambassador in Mexico and his whole staff comes down with the measles, and Red Rube is sent down to smooth things over.

The Case of the Talking Dog (Table of Contents: 4)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irv Novick ?
Inks
Pen Shumaker [as Pen] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Clancy McGinty (Police); Ventro the Ventriloquist; Charlie (doll)
Synopsis
A ventriloquist has killed a man for cheating him for years.

Indexer Notes

next app. in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 (1966)
Originally credited "Irv Novick ? [as Pe-a]". Signature could be Pen at bottom left in splash panel, and then it is Pen Shumaker who is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Some faces with "angry" eyebrows look much like Novick.

Red Rube and the Martians (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]
Synopsis
America is invaded by Martians, which turns out to be a Nazi trick to lower the fighting spirit.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling; Red Rube
  2. 1. The Strange Case of the Timid Corpse
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. "Gee, I'll never forget that first date..."
    Ginger
  4. 3. Red Rube and El Tornado
    Red Rube
  5. 4. The Case of the Talking Dog
    Steel Sterling
  6. 5. Red Rube and the Martians
    Red Rube
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Gary L. Watson
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Lou Mougin
  • Gary L. Watson