(November 1944)

Marvel, 1944 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1944-09-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Miss America Publishing Corp.
Editing
Bessie H. Little (credited) (editor); Melvin D. Blum (credited) (art director); Annette Blackman (credited) (junior advisory editor); Pauline Loth (credited as Pauline O'Sullivan) (fashion editor); May Mann (credited) (Hollywood representative); Jean Goodman (credited) (supervising editor); Martin Goodman (credited) (publisher)

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.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1944, New Series, Vol. 39, No. 4, p423.

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
Hal Reiff (credited) (photograph)
Inks
Hal Reiff (credited) (photograph)
Colors
Hal Reiff (credited) (photograph)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Madeline Joyce (photo of Dolores Conlon)
Universe
Marvel : mainstream

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 / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Dear Girls: (Table of Contents: 2)

Hello Girls / text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Jean Goodman (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Jean Goodman's column introducing the magazine format.

Appears alongside the Table of Contents on the inside front cover.

The Mystery of the Shocker! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Madeline Joyce; The Shocker (villain, introduction, death)
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
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 credits from atlastales.com attributed to Dr. Michael Vassallo. Pencils previously credited here to Ken Bald, who drew other Miss America stories.

Script credit from textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

Miss America's Own Fashions (Table of Contents: 4)

Miss America / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pattern your wardrobe after Miss America fashions...
Genre
fashion; superhero
Characters
Madeline Joyce
Keywords
paper dolls

Indexer Notes

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

Title comes from the Table of Contents.

Don't Be a Pin-up Girl... (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Helene Wanderman (credited)
Pencils
Marion Gerrick
Inks
Marion Gerrick
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
teen

$1,000 Miss America Prize Contest Announcement (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

Hear the Bluebells Ring... (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Maxine Shore (credited)
Pencils
Louise Altson (credited) (painting); ?
Inks
Louise Altson (credited) (painting); ?
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). Altson is credited with the two illustrations (though her name is misspelled "Alston"). Two small color illustrations on pages 62 and 63 are most likely by another artist.

Are You Having Date Problems? (Table of Contents: 8)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
May Mann (credited) (as told to); Jane Withers (credited)
Pencils
?; ? (photograph)
Inks
?; ? (photograph)
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: 9)

text story / 3.63 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Martin Webber (credited)
Pencils
James Billmyer (credited) (painting)
Inks
James Billmyer (credited) (painting)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"You will come, too!" Janie planted her fists on the gathers of her candy-striped dirndl, flung back her fair hair, and stamped her saddle shoe so hard her knee jerked.
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: 10)

text story / 3.17 pages (report information)

Script
Dorothy Day (credited)
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Maybe you have had those moments of fierce anxiety when it seems nobody is going to ask you for a dance.
Genre
romance; teen

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 26 (1p), 27 (1p), 49 (0.17p), and 50 (1p).

An Almost Girl... (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 2.65 pages (report information)

Script
Tess Lawrence (credited)
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: 12)

Body and Soul / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Oliven (credited as John F. Oliven, M. D.)
Pencils
?; ? (photograph)
Inks
?; ? (photograph)
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: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sergeant Margaret Jane Taggs (credited)
Pencils
? (painting)
Inks
? (painting)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come in, Pat. Certainly we're going to have that long talk we promised each other—beginning this very minute.
Genre
military; teen
Characters
Pat

Indexer Notes

Story appears on pages 31, 46 and 48.

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

For Girls Only / text article / 2.25 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, girls! Here is a new friend for you…
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. Page 32 also contains a lengthy editor's note giving Nina's biography.

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

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

Script
Victoria Allen Dunford (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Since you went away…
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: 16)

text article / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Susan Larkin (credited)
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: 17)

Tricky Tests for Teens / activity / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Panzer (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
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: 18) (Expand) /

advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

Happy Sitting (Table of Contents: 19)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Lorna Ellis (credited)
Pencils
Mary Gibson
Inks
Mary Gibson
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; teen

Indexer Notes

Babysitting tips.

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

Charm Rou-Teens... (Table of Contents: 20)

text article / 1.4 pages (report information)

Script
Mary M. Aherne (credited)
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
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: 21)

text article / 1.8 pages (report information)

Script
Vera Lawson (credited)
Pencils
?; ? (photograph)
Inks
?; ? (photograph)
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: 22)

text article / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Karen Van Lissel (credited)
Pencils
Elmer Tomasch (credited) (painting)
Inks
Elmer Tomasch (credited) (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Article appears on pages 44 and 45.

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

Hollywood's Younger Set / text article / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script
Trudy Smith (credited)
Pencils
?; ? (photograph)
Inks
?; ? (photograph)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sun-suits, slacks, and playclothes…
Genre
non-fiction; teen
Characters
Gloria de Haven (photo); Diana Lynn (photo); Shirley Temple (photo); Ann Blyth (photo); 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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Script
Stuart Little (sourced)
Pencils
Ruth Atkinson (sourced)
Inks
Ruth Atkinson (sourced)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Meet adorable Patsy Walker... she's not the figment of an author's imagination. Patsy is real, a typical teen-ager; she's wholesome, mischievous, she's – why, Patsy and her family might be your next-door neighbor...
Genre
drama; humor; romance; teen
Characters
Buzz Baxter (introduction); Mary Walker (introduction); Mickey Walker (introduction); Patsy Walker (introduction); Stanley Walker (introduction); Hedy Wolfe (introduction, see notes)
Universe
Marvel : mainstream
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 credits from atlastales.com, attributed to Dr. Michael J. Vassallo.

Script 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, stated in an interview with Joe Lovece that her husband was the original creator. (posted March 15, 2015 at http://timely-atlas-comics.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-1st-stag-and-original-… in the comments section; retrieved July 21, 2016).

Patsy Walker Dream Fashions (Table of Contents: 25)

Patsy Walker / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
fashion
Characters
Patsy Walker
Keywords
paper dolls

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Miss America
  2. 1. Miss America Contents
  3. 2. Dear Girls:
    Hello Girls
  4. 3. The Mystery of the Shocker!
    Miss America
  5. 4. Miss America's Own Fashions
    Miss America
  6. 5. Don't Be a Pin-up Girl...
  7. 6. $1,000 Miss America Prize Contest Announcement
  8. 7. Hear the Bluebells Ring...
  9. 8. Are You Having Date Problems?
  10. 9. Janie's Awakening...
  11. 10. A Wallflower Blooms...
  12. 11. An Almost Girl...
  13. 12. Are You Lonesome?
    Body and Soul
  14. 13. Big Sister
  15. 14. ["Hello, girls! Here is a new friend for you…"]
    For Girls Only
  16. 15. ["Since you went away…"]
    Dear Betty Ann
  17. 16. Your Voice and You
  18. 17. Tricky Tests for Teens...
    Tricky Tests for Teens
  19. 18. Tops for Teens...
  20. 19. Happy Sitting
  21. 20. Charm Rou-Teens...
  22. 21. Beauty Isn't Everything
  23. 22. It's Fun to Act
  24. 23. ["Sun-suits, slacks, and playclothes…"]
    Hollywood's Younger Set
  25. 24. ["Meet adorable Patsy Walker... she's not the figment of an author's imagination. Patsy is real, a typical teen-ager; she's wholesome, mischievous, she's – why, Patsy and her family might be your next-door neighbor..."]
    Patsy Walker
  26. 25. Patsy Walker Dream Fashions
    Patsy Walker
  27. 26. ["Imagine! These lovely flowers glow in the dark!"]
  28. 27. ["You, too, can be more beautiful, charming and popular!"]
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Katie
  • Henry Andrews
  • David Banuelos
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Mark Bowen
  • Peter Croome
  • Bill Devine
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Rob Johnson
  • Dan Kocher
  • Darrel McCann
  • Lou Mougin (R.I.P.)
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Douglas Sederberg
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Jim Van Dore