(January 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1939-11-16
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Abner Sundell
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, January-December 1940, Numbers 1-4. Second class permit. Copyright number 437359.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick [as Novick] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]
Reprints
Keywords
ray guns; robots

G-Man Extraordinary (Table of Contents: 1)

The Shield / comic story / 10 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
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (some origin details revealed); J. Edgar Hoover; Klotz (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Shield is sent to stop a Stokian spy ring.
Reprints

[The Coming of the Comet] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Comet / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Comet [John Dickering] (introduction, origin); Dr. Archer (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
After injecting himself with a gas fifty times lighter than hydrogen, John Dickering discovers he can now take leaps that are more like flying. Beams now shoot from his eyes and when the rays cross what ever he's looking at disintegrates. Glass is the only thing that can stop the beams. He vows to use his new powers for good. He starts by going after a typhoid racketeer. Killing three associates The Comet comes upon Dr. Archer and takes him up into the sky to convince him to stop his typhoid racket. After Dr. Archer pleads to be let down The Comet lets him go, letting him fall to his death.
Reprints

[The Road Contract] (Table of Contents: 3)

Jocko / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Jocko (Introduction; only appearance?)
Reprints

[Introducing Sgt. Boyle] (Table of Contents: 4)

Sgt. Boyle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
war
Characters
Sgt. Henry "Hank" Boyle (introduction, origin)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Biro is credited to this feature from 1940 by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. He can be difficult to distinguish from Carl Hubbell.

[The Rocket Lands] (Table of Contents: 5)

Queen of Diamonds / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Lin Streeter [as L. Streeter] (signed)
Inks
Lin Streeter [as L. Streeter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Queen of Diamonds (introduction); the Rocket (introduction); Rado Von Kelter (villain; introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer from Bails' Who's Who. Confirmed by Bob Hughes. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

[Duel with the Dragon] (Table of Contents: 6)

Fu Chang / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks
Lin Streeter (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Fu Chang (introduction, origin); Tay Ming (girlfriend); The Dragon (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Fu Chang, American university-educated and living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, is devoted to the teachings of the Chinese gods and has sworn his life to aid the oppressed. Sing Po, a famous magician and direct descendant of Aladdin, upon his death, willed to Fu Chang a set of magic chessmen possessing all the magic powers of Aladdin’s lamp and are responsible for Fu Chang’s spectacular solutions of great International mysteries. He saves Tay Ming from the Dragon by praying to his god, who brings the chessmen to life to defeat the Dragon and save his girlfriend (later fiancee).
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Archie and Friends #150 (2010) but lists Lin Streeter as Jim Streeter.

Signed by Lin Streeter on last page.

Writer from Bails' Who's Who, confirmed by Bob Hughes.

Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

Murderer's Brew (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Will Harr
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Reprints

[Mystery of the Mayfair Monster] (Table of Contents: 8)

Bentley of Scotland Yard / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Inks
Maurice Gutwirth [as M. Gutwirth] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Bentley (introduction); The Mayfair Monster [Sir Rupert Napier] (villain; introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer from Bails' Who's Who. Confirmed by Bob Hughes. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses. Artist signed on last page.

Klondike Cafe Robbed (Table of Contents: 9)

Press Guardian / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
The Press Guardian [a.k.a. The Falcon] (introduction, identity revealed as Perry Chase in the next issue); Flash Calvert (newspaper reporter, introduction); Jim Boyd (newspaper editor, introduction); Slug Wickum and his gang
Synopsis
The Falcon saves newspaper reporter Flash Calvert from Slug Wickum and his gang.
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Express

Indexer Notes

Press Guardian, a.k.a. The Falcon, wore a colorful winged costume in this issue only. Beginning in issue #2, his outfit consisted of a business suit, fedora, and face mask.

[The Rivalry] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Midshipman / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Will Harr (signed)
Pencils
Edd Ashe [as E. M. Ashe, Jr.] (signed)
Inks
Edd Ashe [as E. M. Ashe, Jr.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Midshipman [Lee Samson] (introduction)
Reprints

[A Boxer Is Born] (Table of Contents: 11)

Kayo Ward / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
sports
Characters
Eddie "Kayo" Ward (introduction; origin); Lew Black (introduction); Connie (introduction); One Round Hogan (villain; introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sturm is credited on script by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and art is identical to the signed Bob Wood story in next issue.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield
  2. 1. G-Man Extraordinary
    The Shield
  3. 2. [The Coming of the Comet]
    The Comet
  4. 3. [The Road Contract]
    Jocko
  5. 4. [Introducing Sgt. Boyle]
    Sgt. Boyle
  6. 5. [The Rocket Lands]
    Queen of Diamonds
  7. 6. [Duel with the Dragon]
    Fu Chang
  8. 7. Murderer's Brew
  9. 8. [Mystery of the Mayfair Monster]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
  10. 9. Klondike Cafe Robbed
    Press Guardian
  11. 10. [The Rivalry]
    The Midshipman
  12. 11. [A Boxer Is Born]
    Kayo Ward
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