(March 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-01-23
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. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 445575.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Steel Sterling / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Biro
Inks
Charles Biro
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling

[The Return of the Black Knight] (Table of Contents: 1)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Black Knight (Villain)
Synopsis
In the state penitentiary, a gang of desperate convicts begin a well-planned escape. They are going to hi-jack a boatload of gold from Alaska.

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

Mugsy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Kin Platt [as Quincy]
Pencils
Kin Platt [as Quincy]
Inks
Kin Platt [as Quincy]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Mugsy (dog)

[The Protection Racket] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Scarlet Avenger (Jim Kendall); Sam the Tailor; District Attorney (racketeer boss)
Synopsis
A bomb is tossed from a speeding car into a shop and kills a tailor, and the police won't listen to Jim as a witness. It turns out to be a case of protection racketeering.

[Introducing the Masked Man] (Table of Contents: 4)

Nevada Jones Quick-trigger Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Nevada Jones; Little Joe (sidekick); VILLAINS: Brock Craven (killer); Bill Craven; Hatfield
Synopsis
Nevada Jones gains masked identity.

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 Ivory Hunters] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Robert Pious [as R. S. P.] (signed)
Inks
Robert Pious [as R. S. P.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kalthar; Mano (elephant); Ta-Lo (witch doctor); Ivoryhunters
Synopsis
Taking the red grain that turns him into a giant of 15 feet, Kalthar wreaks havoc among a gang of ivory hunters.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Lin Streeter, but signature is R.S.P. Pious is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. It is not easy to find similarities with later signed samples of his work, as in Sgt. Spook, but some inking of faces and eyes match his signed Old Cap Hawkins in Blue Bolt Comics.

[Herr Schultz's Luftwaffe Trap] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle
Inks
Ed Smalle
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Tim Shane (pilot); Tom Shane (pilot); Herr Schultz (Villain)
Synopsis
The Shane brothers refuse to become squadron leaders.

The Oregon Death Dealer! (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lin Streeter [as Lin S.] (signed)
Inks
Lin Streeter [as Lin S.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Harry Tracy; Janet Warrington; Phil Austin

[The Revenge of Hop-Lung] (Table of Contents: 8)

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; Ronnie; his sister Angie; Gen. Ho Tsin (villain); Hop-Lung (Villain)
Synopsis
Captain Valor and his two friends help a couple of American missionaries besieged in the mountains by a pirate gang.

[The Monster of Shadow Pond] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Ed Ashe (signed)
Inks
Ed Ashe (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Satan (Dudley Bradshaw); Prof. Heaslip; John Heaslip (brother); Mrs. Heaslip
Synopsis
Three men had disappeared into Shadow Pond, and never returned. Tracks of a prehistoric monster had been found.

Indexer Notes

Signed at the gunwhale of the canoe.

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

Cyclone Jones / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Quincy (signed) ?
Pencils
Quincy (signed)
Inks
Quincy (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now, Cyclone-remember this...
Genre
humor
Characters
Cyclone Jones (boxer); Mr. Carter (manager)
Synopsis
Iron in the left glove.

Indexer Notes

Jerry Bails' Who's Who has only Quincy, no other name.

[On the Planet Inferno] (Table of Contents: 11)

Zambini the 'Miracle Man' / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Blair
Pencils
Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed)
Inks
Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Zambini (magician); Prof. Stargaze (Villain; Introduction); Girl secretary; Glass Blower (Villain; Introduction)
Synopsis
A new planet will burn up the Earth in 48 hours, and Zambini uses his magic to get to the planet on a palm tree growing like a beanstalk.
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling
  2. 1. [The Return of the Black Knight]
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Mugsy
  4. 3. [The Protection Racket]
    The Scarlet Avenger Gang Buster
  5. 4. [Introducing the Masked Man]
    Nevada Jones Quick-trigger Man
  6. 5. [The Ivory Hunters]
    Kalthar the Giant Man King of the Jungle
  7. 6. [Herr Schultz's Luftwaffe Trap]
    War Eagles
  8. 7. The Oregon Death Dealer!
  9. 8. [The Revenge of Hop-Lung]
    Captain Valor
  10. 9. [The Monster of Shadow Pond]
    Mr. Satan
  11. 10. ["Now, Cyclone-remember this..."]
    Cyclone Jones
  12. 11. [On the Planet Inferno]
    Zambini the 'Miracle Man'
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Dan Kocher
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Mark Rudnitski (R.I.P.)
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