(April 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1940-02-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Abner Sundell

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 3.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Shield / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick (signed)
Inks
Irv Novick (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero; war
Characters
Shield [Joe Higgins]
Reprints
Keywords
bomber aircraft; naval mines; submarines; World War II

[The Mines of Count Zongarr] (Table of Contents: 1)

Shield / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Characters
Shield [Joe Higgins]; Count Zongarr (villain, introduction, death); J. Edgar Hoover
Synopsis
A mysterious plane is dropping mines in New York harbor.
Reprints

[The Pawn of "Satan"] (Table of Contents: 2)

Comet / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Comet [John Dickering]; "Satan" (villain, introduction, death); Zadar (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Comet returns home after working with the police. Drugged as he sleeps and kidnapped, traveling for five days he arrives in California and Satan's clutches. The Comet is hypnotized, after three days, by Zadar to hate the law, hate the police and to kill anyone who stands in his way. The Comet begins to rob and kill for Zadar and Satan. Suddenly Zadar finds out Satan was cheating him. Zadar commands The Comet to Kill Satan. After Satan is dead, The Comet returns to Zadar, but forgets to lower his lens and disintegrates him, breaking the trance. The Comet realizes he's now an outlaw.
Reprints

[The Return of Von Leo] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Press Guardian [Perry Chase]; Von Leo (villain); the Moronia Bund (villain)

[The Drug Slaves of Ghor] (Table of Contents: 4)

Fu Chang / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Fu Chang (detective); Tay Ming (fiancee); Ghor (villain, introduction, death); Tay Ming (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

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

[Escape from Germany] (Table of Contents: 5)

Sergeant Boyle / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Abner Sundell [as Sundell] (signed)
Pencils
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro [as Biro] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Sergeant Boyle; The Nazis (villains)

The Border Patrol (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Eugene Cunningham
Pencils
? [as M.] (signed)
Inks
? [as M.] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Characters
Patrolman Frank A. Finnegan

[The Sub Formula Spies] (Table of Contents: 7)

Midshipman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Characters
Midshipman Lee Samson

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Bob Wood?", but it must be the same artist as on the first signed Ashe story in issue #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You don't need me now.
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rocket [Sir Rocket]; Queen of Diamonds; The Batmen (villains, introduction, death); their king (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Bob Hughes by textual analysis. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kayo Ward and Socker Benson meet for the weighing-in ceremonies before the big fight.
Genre
sports
Characters
Kayo Ward [Eddie Ward]; Ace Brady (villain, introduction); Marie (villain, introduction); Spud (villain, introduction); unnamed hood (villain, introduction); Socker Benson (introduction)

Indexer Notes

The art is identical to Wood's signed story in # 2.

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

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

Script
Manly Wade Wellman
Pencils
Sam Cooper (credited)
Inks
Sam Cooper (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
London, blacked out to avoid attack by enemy bombing planes, is threatened by other menaces...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bentley; Capt. Horrocks (villain, introduction, death); Lt. Twisdon (introduction, death); Col. Jaffrey (introduction, death); Lt. Dillard (introduction, death); Maj. Stuart (introduction); Capt. Frome (introduction)

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Bob Hughes by textual analysis. Excessive use of passive voice, run on sentences held together by ellipses.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Shield
  2. 1. [The Mines of Count Zongarr]
    Shield
  3. 2. [The Pawn of "Satan"]
    Comet
  4. 3. [The Return of Von Leo]
    Press Guardian
  5. 4. [The Drug Slaves of Ghor]
    Fu Chang
  6. 5. [Escape from Germany]
    Sergeant Boyle
  7. 6. The Border Patrol
  8. 7. [The Sub Formula Spies]
    Midshipman
  9. 8. ["You don't need me now."]
    Rocket and the Queen of Diamonds
  10. 9. ["Kayo Ward and Socker Benson meet for the weighing-in ceremonies before the big fight."]
    Kayo Ward
  11. 10. ["London, blacked out to avoid attack by enemy bombing planes, is threatened by other menaces..."]
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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