(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 (editor)

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. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 449325.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / 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 1] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / 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
Keith Kornell (The West Pointer, guest-star); The Shield [Joe Higgins]; The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (guest-star); The Mosconians (villains); J. Edgar Hoover
Synopsis
Mosconian spies try to sabotage a volcano and destroy Pearl Harbor.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story continued in The Midshipman feature in this issue.

[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)

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

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

Genre
superhero; adventure
Characters
The Press Guardian [Perry Chase]; Walton (villain, introduction, death)

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Forward, dealer of death!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Fu Chang (detective); Tay Ming (fiancee); Princess Lin Foy (villain, introduction, death); her robots (villains, 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: 5)

Prince Buttonhead / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why I'm brave like anything - almost
Genre
humor
Characters
Prince Buttonhead

[The Rescue of Battalion A] (Table of Contents: 6)

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 2] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lee Sampson, the midshipman, has received permission to use one of the Navy boats for the afternoon!
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Lee Sampson (The Midshipman); The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (guest-star); The Mosconians (villains)

Indexer Notes

Story continued from the Shield feature in this issue, continued in the Wizard feature in Top Notch Comics (Archie, 1939 series) #5.

Page two is found in Jerry Bails' Who's Who as a sample of Ashe's artwork.

City of the Hawkmen (Table of Contents: 8)

The 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
The Queen of Diamonds; Sir Rocket; The Lizardmen (villains, introduction); their king (villain, introduction); the Ape Men (villains, introduction); The Hawkmen (introduction); Prince Falkar (introduction)

Indexer Notes

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

Giants of the West (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; western-frontier
Synopsis
General Sherman

[Blue Ribbon Comics] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When Kayo Ward runs up against a mob of racketeers, he finds that all fighting is not done in the ring.
Genre
sports
Characters
Eddie "Kayo" Ward; Billy Ward (Kayo's brother, introduction); John Ward (Kayo's dad); Mrs. Ward (Kayo's mom); Silko (villain, introduction)

The Hunchback Horror (Table of Contents: 12)

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 of a Crackenthorpe ancestor who summoned a demon to gain riches to start the family fortune. The bride of each Crackenthorpe heir must bow to the demon, which Lady Brenda does. When her husband, the Earl of Crackenthorpe, comes to save her, the demon kills him. Bentley suspects murder, the suspects: The earl's brother Lionel who is the heir and loves Lady Brenda, the butler who is mentioned in the will, and a cousin who seems to have nothing to gain. Bentley exposes the cousin's plan to masquerade as the demon, kill the earl, and frame Lionel in order to inherit the title himself.

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]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  2. 1. [The Mosconian Menace: Part 1]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  3. 2. [The Village of the Doomed]
    The Comet
  4. 3. [The Graft Ring Killers]
    The Press Guardian
  5. 4. ["Forward, dealer of death!"]
    Fu Chang
  6. 5. ["Why I'm brave like anything - almost"]
    Prince Buttonhead
  7. 6. [The Rescue of Battalion A]
    Sergeant Boyle
  8. 7. [The Mosconian Menace: Part 2]
    The Midshipman
  9. 8. City of the Hawkmen
    The Rocket and the Queen of Diamonds
  10. 9. Giants of the West
  11. 10. [Blue Ribbon Comics]
  12. 11. ["When Kayo Ward runs up against a mob of racketeers, he finds that all fighting is not done in the ring."]
    Kayo Ward
  13. 12. The Hunchback Horror
    Bentley of Scotland Yard
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