(December 1939)

Archie, 1939 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1939-10-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Louis Silberkleit
Color
color
Dimensions
standard golden age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

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 431784.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Wizard / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Wizard [Blane Whitney]

Indexer Notes

Same artist as the Wizard story inside.

Meet Rang-A-Tang The Wonder Dog (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[The Pearl Harbor Peril] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Wizard / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Will Harr ?
Pencils
Edd Ashe
Inks
Edd Ashe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (introduction and origin); Steven Whitney (1776); Capt. Ambrose Whitney (1812); Maj. Thomas Whitney (1865); James Whitney (1870); Thomas Whitney, Jr.(1898); John Whitney (1918); Grover Whitney (Blane's brother); Jatsonians (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
The Wizard uses his super powers to stop a Jatsonian attack on Pearl Harbor.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Laughing At Life / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I get cold feet!
Genre
humor
Reprints

In the Worlds of Time (Table of Contents: 4)

Scott Rand / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder [as Eando Binder] (credited)
Pencils
Jack Binder
Inks
Jack Binder
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Scott Rand (introduction); Dr. Joel Meade; Thor (a Viking); Princess Elda
Synopsis
Scott, a traveler through time with Dr. Meade in the "time car" (which is more of a rocket ship), the rwo they pick up Thor the viking and the lovely Elda in the past.

Indexer Notes

Otto Binder said the Scott Rand stories were done for the Harry "A" Chesler shop.

[Joe Louis] (Table of Contents: 5)

SporTopics / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Inks
Irwin Hasen [as I. Hasen] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Joe Louis; Lou Nova; "Two ton Galento

[Murder by Sock] (Table of Contents: 6)

Swift of the Secret Service / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
spy
Characters
Rex Swift (introduction); Mr. Swift (his father); Aubrey J. Snite (Dies); Jack Snite (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

The faces and the thin shading inklines, and hands, chins and noses look very much like Biro on Steel Sterling in Zip Comics #1.

To-nite! Saved from the Flames! (Table of Contents: 7)

Jungle Town Show Boat / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Dick Ryan

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Billy Hippo

Indexer Notes

only appearance

[Vendetta with Von Schiller] (Table of Contents: 8)

Air Patrol (Wings Johnson) / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Ben "Wings" Johnson (introduction and origin); Mrs. Johnson (Wings's mother, introduction in flashback); Capt. Von Schiller (villain, introduction); Nazis

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Ed Smalle, but artwork is identical to Novick's signed first story in this feature, issue #2.

Murder Rap (Table of Contents: 9)

Lucky Coyne / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Lucky Coyne

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
44% of all traffic accidents ...
Genre
non-fiction

[The Bat and the Bull] (Table of Contents: 11)

Lucky Coyne / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ken Fitch
Pencils
Frank Frollo ?
Inks
Frank Frollo ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Lucky Coyne; Bat Yardley (inmate); Jean Markham [Louella] (introduction); The Bull and his gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Lucky Coyne posing as Bat Yardley, jewel thief in prison.

Indexer Notes

Lucky Coyne previously appeared in Harry Chesler comics, where he was drawn by Frank Frollo.

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

Lonesome Luke / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
OBoy! Wait'll They Git an Eyeful of This Masterpiece of Mine!!
Genre
humor; western-frontier
Characters
Lonesome Luke (introduction and only appearance)

Indexer Notes

Art in Fred Schwab style. Previously appeared in Harry Chesler comics where he was drawn by Fred Schwab.

[The Fortune Teller's Revenge] (Table of Contents: 13)

Mystic / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten ?
Pencils
Chuck Winter
Inks
Chuck Winter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Mystic [later Kardak] (a magician, introduction); Kardak's fiancee; Chuck (villain); Chuck's gang (villains, introduction for all)

[Kornell Goes to West Point] (Table of Contents: 14)

West Pointer / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Keith Kornell [The West Pointer] (introduction and origin); Senator Crockett (introduction); Uncle Joe; John Kornell (Keith's father, cameo in flashback); Ned Norton
Synopsis
Keith Kornell, a physical and mental marvel, a 19-year-old Kentucky mountaineer who is a collateral descendant of President Andrew Jackson and the son of a World War hero, is orphaned at the age of 5, when both of his parents succumbed to the ravages of pneumonia epidemic. Reared by a poor relative, Keith's life is one of dire poverty until a newspaper runs a story on him and he meets an old Army buddy of his father's who is now a U.S. Senator. Keith gets himself admitted to West Point where he further distinguishes himself and soon fights spies.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Ed Wexler, but compared with his signed story in #3, this is not him. Faces, layout and inking are all different. Looks more like the Wizard story, credited to Edd Ashe in this issue, but uncertain.

[The Ice Cream Cone] (Table of Contents: 15)

Impy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Pencils
Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Inks
Bob McCay [as Winsor McCay II] (signed)
Colors
Bob McCay ?
Letters
Bob McCay

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Impy

Indexer Notes

features Impy from the LITTLE NEMO strip. Robert McCay was the son of Winsor McCay. Another former Chesler feature.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

Speaking Of Sports / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
After lunch I guess I'll go in for a swim!

Case 1: Master Forgers (Table of Contents: 17)

Manhunters! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Reprints

Indexer Notes

true-crime story; story packaged by the Harry Chesler shop

Forgets To Remember (Table of Contents: 18)

Pokey / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Ryan (signed)
Pencils
Dick Ryan (signed)
Inks
Dick Ryan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Dick Ryan

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals

Spouting Wings (Table of Contents: 19)

Yours Truly / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Editorial about what a great comic, Top Notch Comics, is.

Indexer Notes

art may be spot art taken from panels in the stories in this issue.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Wizard
  2. 1. Meet Rang-A-Tang The Wonder Dog
  3. 2. [The Pearl Harbor Peril]
    The Wizard
  4. 3. ["I get cold feet!"]
    Laughing At Life
  5. 4. In the Worlds of Time
    Scott Rand
  6. 5. [Joe Louis]
    SporTopics
  7. 6. [Murder by Sock]
    Swift of the Secret Service
  8. 7. To-nite! Saved from the Flames!
    Jungle Town Show Boat
  9. 8. [Vendetta with Von Schiller]
    Air Patrol (Wings Johnson)
  10. 9. Murder Rap
    Lucky Coyne
  11. 10. ["44% of all traffic accidents ..."]
    It's Really A Fact!
  12. 11. [The Bat and the Bull]
    Lucky Coyne
  13. 12. ["OBoy! Wait'll They Git an Eyeful of This Masterpiece of Mine!!"]
    Lonesome Luke
  14. 13. [The Fortune Teller's Revenge]
    Mystic
  15. 14. [Kornell Goes to West Point]
    West Pointer
  16. 15. [The Ice Cream Cone]
    Impy
  17. 16. ["After lunch I guess I'll go in for a swim!"]
    Speaking Of Sports
  18. 17. Case 1: Master Forgers
    Manhunters!
  19. 18. Forgets To Remember
    Pokey
  20. 19. Spouting Wings
    Yours Truly
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