(December 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-10-20
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

On sale date from the publication date found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 34, 1939, Number 4. Second class periodical. Copyright number 431785.


Featuring Rang-A-Tang (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
animal
Characters
Rang-a-Tang

Indexer Notes

Formerly credited to Norman Danberg, but Danberg was a writer, not an artist.

[The Vandemeer Arson Case] (Table of Contents: 1)

Rang-A-Tang / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre
animal; detective-mystery
Characters
Rang-A-Tang (dog); Detective Hy Speed; Vandemeer (introduction); Pierre (villain, introduction)
Reprints
  • Credit ID's by Martin O'Hearn. Writing formerly credited to "Will Harr ?" and art to Norman Danberg.
    Jerry Bails's Who's Who indicates Edd Ashe may be the artist.

[The Platinum Asteroid] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dan Hastings / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Clem Gretter
Inks
Clem Gretter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dan Hastings; Dr. Carter; Bob Carter; Gloria Carter (Dr. Carter's daughter); Crissman (villain, introduction, death); Arnold Barnes (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Barnes asks Carter for his daughter Gloria's hand in marriage, he's rebuffed because he's middle-aged and poor. Carter is more interested in a meteorite that he's convinced is made of platinum and he sends Barnes and Dan Hastings to stake a claim. Barnes calls upon Jan Crissman to help him ambush Hastings and steal the ore. Hastings fights both off, and Crissman abandons Barnes and flees. Barnes comes to his senses, and confesses all to Hastings. He even proves his reformation in saving both Hastings, himself and the ship when Hastings falls unconscious after destroying Crissman and his ship.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance.

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.

[A Bad Bargain: Part 2] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Buck Stacey (range detective); Sandra Cummings (rancher); Steve Vance (crooked rancher); Ben Hackerman (foreman)

Indexer Notes

last appearance
The faces and realistic horses are all identical to his credited stories in Cowboy Western Comics #38, and Hi-Lite Comics #1.

Experiment in Death (Table of Contents: 4)

Dan Hastings / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Clem Gretter
Inks
Clem Gretter
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dan Hastings; Dr. Carter; Bob Carter; Gloria Carter (Dr. Carter's daughter)

Indexer Notes

Art notes as for the Dan Hastings story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Knight Off / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fire! Fire!
Genre
humor

[Enter: The Marvel] (Table of Contents: 6)

Scoop Cody / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Charles Biro
Inks
Charles Biro
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Scoop Cody (newspaperman); the Marvel (introduction); King Carr (villain; introduction)
Synopsis
A white masked individual called The Marvel helps Scoop track down King Carr.

Indexer Notes

Faces with prominent chin, and large hands look much like Biro's early work, as in Corporal Collins in this issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Strange But True / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The man who smokes with his eyes
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Alfred Langevin
Synopsis
Smoking, football and ukulele.

[The Stolen Porridge] (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
?
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sugar; Honey; Huggin; Willie Wolf (villain, introduction)

In This Corner! "Billy" Conn! (Table of Contents: 9)

Sport-O-Grams / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Wood (signed)
Inks
Bob Wood (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; sports
Characters
Billy Conn (boxer)

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

Do You Know? / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Richard Speed ?
Pencils
Richard Speed ?
Inks
Richard Speed ?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
That the persimon tree is a source of food...
Genre
non-fiction

The Scourge of the Underworld (Table of Contents: 11)

Bob Phantom / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten ?
Pencils
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick [as Irving Novick] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Bob Phantom [Walt Whitney] (introduction); Butch Brady (introduction); Dan Danning (introduction); The Purple Gang (villains, introduction for all)

Indexer Notes

An earlier version of Bob Phantom appeared in Star Comics #1 and Keen Komics #1. He was not a costumed hero.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Maple

[Murder on the VENTURA] (Table of Contents: 13)

Devils of the Deep / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Nagle
Pencils
Edd Ashe ?
Inks
Edd Ashe ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Devils of the Deep [Jim; Bill; Ted] (introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ashe is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Sabotage at the Balkan Oil Fields] (Table of Contents: 14)

Secret Assignments / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; spy
Characters
Jack Strand (introduction); Parker Halsey (introduction)

[Origin of the Silver Fox] (Table of Contents: 15)

The Silver Fox / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Silver Fox (a police chief, introduction, origin)

[The Coming of Corporal Collins] (Table of Contents: 16)

Corporal Collins / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Abner Sundell ?
Pencils
Charles Biro ?
Inks
Charles Biro ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Corporal Collins [Jim Collins] (introduction, origin); The Nazis (villains)

Indexer Notes

Biro is credited as a creator on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Your Second Helping (Table of Contents: 17)

Just a Moment / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Indexer Notes

editorial, various artists

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Featuring Rang-A-Tang
    Rang-A-Tang
  2. 1. [The Vandemeer Arson Case]
    Rang-A-Tang
  3. 2. [The Platinum Asteroid]
    Dan Hastings
  4. 3. [A Bad Bargain: Part 2]
    Buck Stacey
  5. 4. Experiment in Death
    Dan Hastings
  6. 5. ["Fire! Fire!"]
    Knight Off
  7. 6. [Enter: The Marvel]
    Scoop Cody
  8. 7. ["The man who smokes with his eyes"]
    Strange But True
  9. 8. [The Stolen Porridge]
    Sugar, Honey and Huggin'
  10. 9. In This Corner! "Billy" Conn!
    Sport-O-Grams
  11. 10. ["That the persimon tree is a source of food..."]
    Do You Know?
  12. 11. The Scourge of the Underworld
    Bob Phantom
  13. 12. ["Maple"]
    Brain-Teasers
  14. 13. [Murder on the VENTURA]
    Devils of the Deep
  15. 14. [Sabotage at the Balkan Oil Fields]
    Secret Assignments
  16. 15. [Origin of the Silver Fox]
    The Silver Fox
  17. 16. [The Coming of Corporal Collins]
    Corporal Collins
  18. 17. Your Second Helping
    Just a Moment
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