(November 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-09-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Louis Silberkleit; Harry Chesler
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 432477.


Meet Rang-A-Tang (Table of Contents)

Rang-A-Tang / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Edd Ashe ?
Inks
Edd Ashe ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
animal; detective-mystery
Characters
Rang-A-Tang (dog); Detective Hy Speed
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Norman Danberg, but Danberg was a writer.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Hold That Line! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm always on the winning side!
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

inside front cover

Hello (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

[Origin of Rang-a-Tang] (Table of Contents: 3)

Rang-A-Tang / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Norman Danberg (signed)
Pencils
Edd Ashe ?
Inks
Edd Ashe ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
animal; detective-mystery
Characters
Rang-A-Tang (a dog) (introduction); Hy Speed (detective, introduction); Amazing Boy [Ritchie Waters]; Blackie Blade (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Rang-A-Tang, the wonder dog, is a dog at a small carnival, but escapes from his cruel trainer and was living in the streets until he saves Detective Speed’s life. After helping him, he gets full status with the police department.

Indexer Notes

Credit identification's by Martin O'Hearn. Writer formerly identified as "Will Harr ?".

Danberg formerly mis-identified as the artist.

Jerry Bails's Who's Who indicates Edd Ashe may be the artist.

[The Mexidian Raiders] (Table of Contents: 4)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder ?; Ken Fitch ?
Pencils
Clem Gretter
Inks
Clem Gretter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dan Hastings; Dr. Carter; Bob Carter; Gloria Carter; Europas (villain); Ursulis (villain)

Indexer Notes

Gretter is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and faces, hands and figures are very much like his signed stories in US Marines Comics #1 and in Ray and Gail from DC Comics. Continued from Star Comics (Chesler) feature.

Binder credit by Craig Delich.

A Bad Bargain (Table of Contents: 5)

Buck Stacey / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
W. M. Allison
Inks
W. M. Allison
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Stacey (range detective, introduction); Sandra Cummings (rancher); Steve Vance (villain, crooked rancher); Ben Hackerman (villain, foreman)
Synopsis
In the Old West, Buck, considered a "range detective", is hired to find some cattle rustlers by ranch owner Sandra Cummings, eventually capturing both the rustlers and the heart of Sandra.

Indexer Notes

Continued next issue.

The story is printed in black, white, and red.

The faces and realistic horses are all identical to Allison's credited stories in Cowboy Western Comics #38, and Hi-Lite Comics #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Brain-Teasers / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

[The Picnic] (Table of Contents: 7)

Foxy Grandpa / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; sports
Keywords
mountain-climbing

[The Trap] (Table of Contents: 8)

Sugar, Honey, and Huggin' / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
? (black, white, and red)
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sugar; Honey; Huggin' (three bears); Billy Fox (Introduction, villain)

Indexer Notes

Signed on second page.

Secret Agent -- B.O. (Table of Contents: 9)

Ima Slooth / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
? (black, white, and red)
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Ima Slooth (introduction)

Indexer Notes

next app. in DYNAMIC COMICS #11 (Chesler / Dynamic).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Laughs / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
? (black, white, and red)
Letters
?

Genre
humor

[The Big Fight] (Table of Contents: 11)

Boodini the Great / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Schwab
Pencils
Fred Schwab
Inks
Fred Schwab
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Boodini (a magician / escape artist)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Previously credited to WIll Eisner apparently due to an erroneous (or at least as yet unexplained) entry linking Boodini to Eisner in Who's Who. All known Boodini appearances are by Fred Schwab, who is also credited with wr/pen/inks/ in Who's Who. Much of Schwab's early work is signed, and this matches the style exactly.

[The Radium Ore Robber] (Table of Contents: 12)

Burk of the Briny / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Frollo ?
Inks
Frank Frollo ?
Colors
? (black, white, and red)
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jack Burk (introduction); Johnson (villain, dies)

Indexer Notes

only appearance; story in black and white and red.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Ages of Animals / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Richard Speed ?
Inks
Richard Speed ?
Colors
? (black, white, and red)
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Hand lettered text with illustrations. Former Chesler feature.

[Down with the King] (Table of Contents: 14)

King Kole's Court / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Nagle (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole
Inks
Jack Cole
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural; historical
Characters
King Kole

Indexer Notes

series continued from Chesler's earlier Star Comics.

Village of Missing Men (Table of Contents: 15)

Joe Jordan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Cliff Thorndyke] (signed)
Pencils
Rafael Astarita ?
Inks
Rafael Astarita ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Joe Jordan of the Diamond Patrol (introduction); Denny (introduction); Barrett (villain, introduction); Barrett's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Major Joe Jordan and Denny are with the Diamond Patrol in Africa to investigate smuggling, illegal mining, etc. They are after a man named Barrett who holds women and children of a native village hostage to force the natives to reveal the location of and mine the stones for him and his gang.

Indexer Notes

Story in printed in black, white, and red.

Thorndyke is only credited as byline by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Death around the Bend (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Pat Gleason
Pencils
Edd Ashe ?
Inks
Edd Ashe ?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
adventure; jungle
Characters
Jim Steele

Indexer Notes

Art identical to Rang-A-Tang story.

[The Man in the Moon] (Table of Contents: 17)

Little Nemo / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob McCay ?
Pencils
Bob McCay ?
Inks
Bob McCay ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Little Nemo; Dr. Pill; Flip; The Man in the Moon (villain); a Moon Man
Reprints

Indexer Notes

next app. in ?
McCay credited as writer and artist by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

It's Really a Fact / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction

The Murderous "Red" Keenan Gang (Table of Contents: 19)

Crime on the Run / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; crime
Characters
Detective Cody; Lieutenant Storey; Keenan Gang (villains)
Reprints
Keywords
Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Ohio

Indexer Notes

true-crime story

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Meet Rang-A-Tang
    Rang-A-Tang
  2. 1. ["I'm always on the winning side!"]
    Hold That Line!
  3. 2. Hello
    Just a Moment
  4. 3. [Origin of Rang-a-Tang]
    Rang-A-Tang
  5. 4. [The Mexidian Raiders]
    Dan Hastings
  6. 5. A Bad Bargain
    Buck Stacey
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Brain-Teasers
  8. 7. [The Picnic]
    Foxy Grandpa
  9. 8. [The Trap]
    Sugar, Honey, and Huggin'
  10. 9. Secret Agent -- B.O.
    Ima Slooth
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Laughs
  12. 11. [The Big Fight]
    Boodini the Great
  13. 12. [The Radium Ore Robber]
    Burk of the Briny
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Ages of Animals
  15. 14. [Down with the King]
    King Kole's Court
  16. 15. Village of Missing Men
    Joe Jordan
  17. 16. Death around the Bend
  18. 17. [The Man in the Moon]
    Little Nemo
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    It's Really a Fact
  20. 19. The Murderous "Red" Keenan Gang
    Crime on the Run
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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  • Jochen G.
  • James Zee
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  • Lou Mougin
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