(February 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-01-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Abner Sundell
Color
color
Dimensions
standard golden age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover, newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

Issue Notes

Some info verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/).

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 445574.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Biro (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]
Reprints

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

Steel Sterling, The Man of Steel / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When John Sterling's father was racketeered out of all his great wealth........
Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling] (scientist, introduction, origin]; Policemen (introduction for all, some die); The Black Knight (villain, introduction, death); The Black Knight's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
John Sterling completes the chemical formula which will completely protect him from the underworld's bullets, unlike his murdered father who was killed by a group of ruthless gangsters. John bathes himself in the formula, which has been poured into a cauldron of molten steel......dives in, and emerges as a man with the resistance, the magnetism and the strength of steel.
Reprints
  • in The MLJ Companion: The Complete History of the Archie Comics Super-Heroes (TwoMorrows, 2016 series) #nn (August 2016)
Keywords
Beeville

Indexer Notes

Jerry Bails' Who's Who identifies several writers having scripted this feature in 1940. The MLJ Companion, however, identifies Sundell as the script writer for this origin story, thus removal of the script's ?.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Scarlet Avenger, Gang Buster / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Scarlet Avenger, gang buster, unknown to all......
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Scarlet Avenger [Jim Kendall] (introduction, origin); Operative No. 12 (introducion); Chief Mike Brady; Sledge Hammer (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Jim Kendall has devoted himself to wiping out gangland since the death of his wife and child while flying in a hijacked plane, which crashed, and in which all were killed except Jim. In the accident, his face muscles were paralyzed and Jim became the man who never smiled. Kendall has a giant scientific brain, and uses that science to the aid of his crusade.

Indexer Notes

Kendall fashioned for himself a scarlet robe, woven from steel into a super-fine, bullet-proof steel-mesh cloak, and the flaming arrow is the emblem of Scarlet Avenger.

[The Rustlers of South Valley] (Table of Contents: 3)

Nevada Jones / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Volp
Inks
Frank Volp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Nevada Jones (introducion); Irene Cox; A gang of Mexican rustlers (villains, introducion, most dead)
Synopsis
The Cattleman's Association has sent Nevada Jones to help Irene Cox prevent her herd being stolen by rustlers.

Indexer Notes

Art is identical to Volp's many signed and unsigned Loop Logan stories in Blue Ribbon Comics, from #4. He can be spotted by his very realistic horses in #13, bony faces with marked cheek lines and mouth inked in two short lines. Also the small lines on each side of nose or smiling cheeks. Compare as well his signed London stories in Daredevil Comics #9 and 10 (Lev Gleason) The faces are more easy to spot a few stories later, but the horses are the same.

"Kalthar, mighty giant of the jungle........" (Table of Contents: 4)

Kalthar, The Giant Man, King of the Jungle / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten (signed)
Pencils
Lin Streeter (signed)
Inks
Lin Streeter (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kalthar (introduction, origin); Ta-Lo (a witch doctor, introduction); Kate Goodwill; A band of Arab slavers (villains, introduction for all)

Indexer Notes

This bronze jungle lord was raised by the Urganas after his father died protecting them from Arab slave traders. In addition to being able to talk to the beasts, the witch doctor Talo gave him red grains that enables him to grow to 15 feet tall and green grains to restore him to normal height which helps to make him stand out from the many other jungle lords out there. His mate is the brunette Kate Goodwill.

The Devil's Flying Twins (Table of Contents: 5)

War Eagles / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle, Jr.
Inks
Ed Smalle, Jr.
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Tim and Tom Shane (introducion, the Devil's Twins); Anton Schultz (villain, introducion)
Synopsis
The Shane twins are rich Americans who join the British Air Force to continue a feud with the German sportsman, Herr Schultz.

You Can't Win! (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed)
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
William Edward Hickman (murderer)
Synopsis
Executions are likely to be drably gruesome affairs even to the most hardened newspapermen.

[The Pirates of Ho Tsin] (Table of Contents: 7)

Captain Valor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Abner Sundell
Pencils
Mort Meskin (signed)
Inks
Mort Meskin (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Valor (introduction); Ronnie; Angie (Ronnie's sister); General Ho Tsin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Captain Valor resigns his commission in the U.S. Marine Corps to seek adventure, and, aided by Ronnie and Angie, heads to China to battle the evil Ho Tsin.

[The Eye of Oglu] (Table of Contents: 8)

Mr. Satan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Abner Sundell
Pencils
Edd Ashe (signed)
Inks
Edd Ashe (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Satan [Dudley Bradshaw] (introduction); Mary Doran; Mr. Doran; Count Bodana (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A young girl's father is missing after a series of weird happenings. She suspects foul play and contacts Dudley for help, who dons a purple costume with yellow cape and ventures out to help as Mr. Satan, international detective and soldier of fortune.

[The Ritania-Hundaria War] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Miracle Man, Zambini the Magician / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Elmer Wexler (signed)
Inks
Elmer Wexler (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Zambini the Miracle Man (introduction); King of Ritania (introduction); Mata Dari (villain, spy); Hundarian spies (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
The king of Ritania begs Zambini to help him win the war against Hundania. Hundanian spies place a huge and deadly cobra, whose bite means death, in Zambini's bedroom.

Indexer Notes

Zambini possesses some real magic ability, and also owns a "boomerang" necklace that makes evil magics return to their source, allowing him to follow. He loses his abilities when someone makes and maintains physical contact. He speaks magic spells generally by inserting "ab" into the words.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling
  2. 1. ["When John Sterling's father was racketeered out of all his great wealth........"]
    Steel Sterling, The Man of Steel
  3. 2. ["The Scarlet Avenger, gang buster, unknown to all......"]
    The Scarlet Avenger, Gang Buster
  4. 3. [The Rustlers of South Valley]
    Nevada Jones
  5. 4. "Kalthar, mighty giant of the jungle........"
    Kalthar, The Giant Man, King of the Jungle
  6. 5. The Devil's Flying Twins
    War Eagles
  7. 6. You Can't Win!
  8. 7. [The Pirates of Ho Tsin]
    Captain Valor
  9. 8. [The Eye of Oglu]
    Mr. Satan
  10. 9. [The Ritania-Hundaria War]
    The Miracle Man, Zambini the Magician
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  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Lars Brueder
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Gregg Whitmore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Per Sandell
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