(November 1944)

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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1944
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Miss America Publishing Corp.
Editing
Bessie H. Little; Melvin D. Blum (art director); Annette Blackman (junior advisory editor); Pauline O'Sullivan (fashion editor); May Mann (Hollywood representative); Jean Goodman (supervising editor); Martin Goodman (publisher)
Color
color
Dimensions
magazine size
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE is published monthly by MISS AMERICA PUBLISHING CORPORATION at 4600 Diversey Avenue, Chicago, Ill. Price 10c per copy, $1.00 per year. Vol. 1, No. 2, November 1944 issue. Copyright 1944 by Miss America Publishing Corporation, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York 1, N. Y. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, and all manuscripts should be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Application for second-class entry pending. Chicago Advertising office: William R. Stewart, 9 South Clinton Street, Chicago 6, Illinois; New York Advertising office: Allen F. Quigley, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York 1, N. Y. Printed in the U. S. A.

21 pages of comic content in this issue. The outer 8 wraps, which contain the comics, are printed in color (14 pages of Miss America in the front, 7 pages of Patsy Walker near the back, with the other pages of text on those wraps featuring small color illustrations unlike the black and white / grayscale printing throughout the rest of the magazine.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Miss America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Colors
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Miss America [Madeline Joyce] (photo of Dolores Conlon)

Indexer Notes

Model portraying Miss America is Dolores Conlon, age 15. Hair style by Michel of Helena Rubenstein.

Miss America Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jean Goodman (editorial letter)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Jean Goodman's column introduces the magazine format.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Mystery of the Shocker! (Table of Contents: 2)

Miss America / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Pauline Loth
Inks
Pauline Loth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Miss America [Madeline Joyce]; The Shocker (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Madeline Joyce witnesses a bank robbery by a bizarre man with electrical powers and gives chase as Miss America.

Indexer Notes

Begins on page 3 (first interior page).

Art spotting from atlastales.com attributed to Dr. Michael Vassallo. Pencils previously credited here to Ken Bald, who drew other Miss America stories.

Writer credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

[Pattern Your Wardrobe After Miss America] (Table of Contents: 3)

Miss America / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fashion
Characters
Madeline Joyce

Indexer Notes

Paper doll of Madeline Joyce with fashion outfits to cut out.

Don't Be A Pin-up Girl... (Table of Contents: 4)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Helene Wanderman
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
teen

Win $1000 in Cash Prizes! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

Hear the Bluebells Ring... (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Maxine Shore
Pencils
Louise Alston (illustration); ?
Inks
Louise Alston (illustration); ?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
teen
Characters
Meg Warner; Dierdre Sheriton; Jock Warner; Mary Warner

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 20, 21, 62 (half page), 63 and 64 (half page). Alston is credited with the two illustrations. Two small color illustrations on pages 62 and 63 are most likely by another artist.

Are You Having Date Problems? (Table of Contents: 7)

photo story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jane Withers (as told to May Mann)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
romance; teen
Characters
Jane Withers (photo); Jimmy Lydon (photo)

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 22, 23 and 51. Small color illustration on page 51.

Janie's Awakening... (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 3.63 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Martin Webber
Pencils
James Billmyer (illustrations)
Inks
James Billmyer (illustrations)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
romance; teen
Characters
Janie; Delia; David; Rusty

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 24, 25, 48 and 49.

A Wallflower Blooms... (Table of Contents: 9)

photo story / 3.17 pages (report information)

Script
Dorothy Day
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
romance; teen

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 26, 27, 49 and 50.

An Almost Girl... (Table of Contents: 10)

photo story / 2.65 pages (report information)

Script
Tess Lawrence
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
biography
Characters
Margaret Preston [Maggie Preston] (photo of Jeanne Crain)

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 28, 29, 45 and 46. Photos from the movie "In the Meantime, Darling."

Are You Lonesome? (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John F. Oliven, M. D.
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
advocacy; teen
Characters
Cora

Indexer Notes

Article appears on page 30 with a photo and continues on pages 61 and 62 with a small color illustration.

Big Sister (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sgt. Margaret Jane Taggs
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
military; teen
Characters
Pat

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 31, 46 and 48.

For Girls Only! (Table of Contents: 13)

text article / 2.25 pages (report information)

Script
Nina Wilcox Putnam; ? (editor's note)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction; teen

Indexer Notes

Article appears on pages 32 and 33 with a photo of Nina Wilcox Putnam and continues on page 66 with a small color illustration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Dear Betty Ann:- / text story / 3.1 pages (report information)

Script
Victoria "Vickie" Allen Dunford
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
teen
Synopsis
Vickie writes a letter to her friend Betty Ann with tales of Hollywood celebrities.

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 34 and 35 with a border consisting of movie star caricatures and continues on pages 64 and 65 with a small color illustration.

Your Voice and You (Table of Contents: 15)

text article / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Susan Larkin
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 36 and 60 (half page).

Tricky Tests for Teens... (Table of Contents: 16)

activity / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Panzer
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Story appears on page 37 with an illustration and concludes on page 45.

Tops for Teens... (Table of Contents: 17)

photo story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photographs)
Inks
? (photographs)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
fashion
Characters
Joyce Reynolds (Warner Bros. actress)

Indexer Notes

Five fashion photos of Joyce Reynolds on pages 38 and 39.

Happy Sitting (Table of Contents: 18)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lorna Ellis
Pencils
Mary Gibson
Inks
Mary Gibson
Letters
Typeset

Genre
humor; teen

Indexer Notes

Six cartoon illustrations by Mary Gibson on pages 40 and 41.

Charm Rou-Teens... (Table of Contents: 19)

text article / 1.4 pages (report information)

Script
Mary M. Ahern
Pencils
? (photographs)
Inks
? (photographs)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
fashion
Synopsis
Grooming and make up tips.

Indexer Notes

Article appears on pages 42 and 65.

Beauty Isn't Everything (Table of Contents: 20)

text article / 1.8 pages (report information)

Script
Vera Lawson
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
fashion; teen
Characters
Helen

Indexer Notes

Article appears on page 43 with photos and continues on pages 60 and 61 with a small color illustration.

It's Fun to Act (Table of Contents: 21)

text article / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Karen van Liseel
Pencils
Elmer Tomasch (illustration)
Inks
Elmer Tomasch (illustration)
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Article appears on pages 44 and 45.

Hollywood's Younger Set (Table of Contents: 22)

text article / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
Trudy Smith
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
non-fiction; teen
Characters
Gloria de Haven; Diana Lynn; Shirley Temple; Ann Blyth; Guy Madison

Indexer Notes

Feature on teenage movie stars with photos of Gloria de Haven, Diana Lynn and Shirley Temple. Article appears on page 47 with photos and continues on page 66 with a small color illustration.

[Introducing Patsy Walker] (Table of Contents: 23)

Patsy Walker / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Stuart Little
Pencils
Ruth Atkinson
Inks
Ruth Atkinson
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
drama; romance; teen
Characters
Patsy Walker (introduction); Buzz Baxter (introduction); Hedy Wolfe (introduction, see notes); Stanley Walker (introduction); Mary Walker (introduction); Mickey Walker (introduction)
Synopsis
Patsy discovers that Hedy is taking her radio idol Swoon Strong to the prom as her date.
Keywords
soap opera

Indexer Notes

Starts on page 52.
Hedy's last name is spelled "Wolf" in this issue but is "Wolfe" by next issue.

Art spotting from atlastales.com attributed to Dr. Michael J. Vassallo.

Additionally, Wikipedia credits Ruth Atkinson as creating Patsy Walker and drawing the early stories. Jerry Bails' Who's Who lists Atkinson as working on the feature starting in 1945, but given other evidence of reliable art spotting, this seems likely to be an error (and only off by two months).

Writer credit was originally determined by textual analysis from Lou Mougin to be Otto Binder. Captain Little's wife, Bessie Little, editor of Miss America Magazine, confirmed in an interview with Joe Lovece that her husband was the original creator and therefore writer of Patsy Walker and not Otto Binder (posted March 15, 2015 at http://timely-atlas-comics.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-1st-stag-and-origina... in the comments section; retrieved July 21, 2016).

Patsy Walker Dream Fashions (Table of Contents: 24)

Patsy Walker / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fashion
Characters
Patsy Walker

Indexer Notes

Paper doll of Patsy Walker with fashion outfits to cut out.

Imagine! These Lovely Flowers Glow In the Dark (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

You, Too, Can Be More Beautiful (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Miss America
  2. 1. Miss America Contents
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Shocker!
    Miss America
  4. 3. [Pattern Your Wardrobe After Miss America]
    Miss America
  5. 4. Don't Be A Pin-up Girl...
  6. 5. Win $1000 in Cash Prizes!
  7. 6. Hear the Bluebells Ring...
  8. 7. Are You Having Date Problems?
  9. 8. Janie's Awakening...
  10. 9. A Wallflower Blooms...
  11. 10. An Almost Girl...
  12. 11. Are You Lonesome?
  13. 12. Big Sister
  14. 13. For Girls Only!
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Dear Betty Ann:-
  16. 15. Your Voice and You
  17. 16. Tricky Tests for Teens...
  18. 17. Tops for Teens...
  19. 18. Happy Sitting
  20. 19. Charm Rou-Teens...
  21. 20. Beauty Isn't Everything
  22. 21. It's Fun to Act
  23. 22. Hollywood's Younger Set
  24. 23. [Introducing Patsy Walker]
    Patsy Walker
  25. 24. Patsy Walker Dream Fashions
    Patsy Walker
  26. 25. Imagine! These Lovely Flowers Glow In the Dark
  27. 26. You, Too, Can Be More Beautiful
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • Katie
  • Bill Devine
  • Dan Kocher
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Jim Walls