(May 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1940-05-11
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 in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Second class permit. Copyright number 449325.


[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
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]
Reprints
Keywords
tanks; United States Capitol

[The Mosconian Menace: Part 2] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; The Wizard [Blane Whitney]; Keith Kornell [the West Pointer]; J. Edgar Hoover; The Mosconians (villains)
Synopsis
Mosconian spies try to sabotage a volcano and destroy Pearl Harbor.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued from Top Notch Comics #? in Midshipman story.

[The Village of the Doomed] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Comet / comic story / 7 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]; Mr. Cricket (villain, introduction); Riley (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Comet is seen by police and they start shooting at him. Wanting to clear his name and trying to do the right thing he turns himself in. He then escapes after he sees it's just a legal lynching. Shot, while flying away, The Comet collapses and is nursed back to health by a miner. The Comet repays the miner by trying to convince Riley to give his mines safe ventilation. Riley kills his own men, even though his partner protests. The Comet lifts his glass lenses to shoot what he thinks is a club, it's a stick of dynamite and Riley is blown up. Riley's partner then decides to make the changes.

[The Graft Ring Killers] (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
superhero
Characters
Press Guardian [Perry Chase]; Walton (villain, introduction, death)

[Ling Foy's Warriors of Brass] (Table of Contents: 4)

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 (detective); Tay Ming (fiancee); Princess Lin Foy (villain, introduction, death); her robots (villains, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

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

[The Rescue of Battalion A] (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 Mosconian Menace: Part 3] (Table of Contents: 6)

Midshipman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Characters
Lee Sampson (Midshipman); The Wizard (guest-star); The Mosconians (villains)

Indexer Notes

continued from Shield story, continued in TOP NOTCH COMICS #?

Originally credited "Bob Wood?", but page two is found in Jerry Bails' Who's Who as a sample of Ashe's artwork.

City of the Hawkmen (Table of Contents: 7)

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
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rocket [Sir Rocket]; Queen of Diamonds; The Lizardmen (villains, introduction); their king (villain, introduction); the Ape Men (villains, introduction); The Hawkmen (introduction); Prince Falkar (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.

Giants of the West (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
General Sherman

[Silko and the Racketeers] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Characters
Billy Ward (Kayo's brother, introduction); Mr. John Ward (Kayo's dad); Mrs. Ward (Kayo's mom); Silko (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Art originally credited to Phil Sturm, but he is a writer, and the art here is identical to Wood's signed story in # 2. Some confusion as to Wood as a writer or artist. He is only credited on script by Jerry Bails' Who's Who on this feature, and as artist for Midshipman, but the artwork is exactely the same. Only difference is the cartoon eyes of Kayo, which disappeared little by little.

The Hunchback Horror (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Bentley; Lady Brenda (Earl's wife, introduction); The Earl of Crackenthorpe (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Legend tells a Crackenthorpe ancestor summoned a huge scaly demon to gain riches which starts the family's fortune. The bride of each heir must bow to the demon. which Lady Brenda does. When her husband comes to save her, the demon kills him. Bentley suspects murder: his brother Lionel would be heir and loves Lady Brenda, the butler who is mentioned in the will, or the cousin who seems to stand nothing to gain. Bentley reveals the costume along with an iron glove that the cousin used to kill the Earl and frame Lionel, thus making him next in line for the title.

Indexer Notes

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield
  2. 1. [The Mosconian Menace: Part 2]
    The Shield
  3. 2. [The Village of the Doomed]
    The Comet
  4. 3. [The Graft Ring Killers]
    Press Guardian
  5. 4. [Ling Foy's Warriors of Brass]
    Fu Chang
  6. 5. [The Rescue of Battalion A]
    Sergeant Boyle
  7. 6. [The Mosconian Menace: Part 3]
    Midshipman
  8. 7. City of the Hawkmen
    Rocket and the Queen of Diamonds
  9. 8. Giants of the West
  10. 9. [Silko and the Racketeers]
    Kayo Ward
  11. 10. The Hunchback Horror
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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