(Summer 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1940-06-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
M. L. J. Magazines, Inc.
Printer
Printed in the U.S.A.
Editing
Harry Shorten (editor)

Issue Notes

Mistakenly numbered as #5 in indicia.

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 459479. Was recorded as issue #5 by the Copyright Office.

Dusty does not appear with Shield.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie]; The Wizard / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (also in inset); The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (also in inset); The Spirit of '76
Reprints
Keywords
United States flag

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

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

[The Origin of the Shield] (Table of Contents: 2)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
...And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, yet our flag and the Shield stand so steadfastly there.
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins] (origin told in detail for the first time); J. Edgar Hoover; Lt. Tom Higgins (Joe's father, introduction, death); Dick (District Attorney); Hans Fritz (villain, introduction); unnamed Nazi spies (villains)
Synopsis
When his father is killed by German spies in 1916, young Joe Higgins continues his work to create a formula to give a person super strength and invulnerability. He uses those powers to clear his late father's reputation involving the Black Tom explosion.
Reprints
Keywords
Black Tom Explosion

Indexer Notes

Story takes place chronologically before Pep Comics #1.

[The Origin of the Shield: Part 2] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The F.B.I. needs men like you, Joe.... but you'll have to take the exams just like anybody else...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Ju Ju Watson (G-Man, introduction, origin); J. Edgar Hoover; John Ingot (introduction); Ruby Ingot (John's daughter, introduction); unnamed company guards (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Joe Higgins joins the F.B.I and goes on his first case to rescue John Ingot from kidnappers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Next chronological Shield appearance is in Pep Comics (Archie, 1940 series) #1 (January 1940).

[Lou Zefke's Murder Syndicate] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
.......That this nation, under god, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Ju Ju Watson; J. Edgar Hoover; unnamed District Attorney; unnamed Mayor; Ilia Morgan (introduction); Ilia's father (death); Lou Zefke (villain, introduction); unnamed lawyer for Zefke (villain)
Synopsis
Joe Higgins and Ju Ju Watson are sent to investigate why all the witnesses in Lou Zefke's trial end up dead.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

The Vampire Murders (Table of Contents: 6)

The Shield [MLJ/Archie] / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irv Novick
Inks
Irv Novick
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; J. Edgar Hoover; John Bascom; Jean Bascom
Synopsis
The Shield fights a vampire.

The Historical Story of Blane Whitney (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Edd Ashe
Inks
Edd Ashe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
historical; superhero
Characters
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (18th century, introduction, origin); The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (20th century, cameo); John Whitney (Blane's father, death); Mary Whitney (Blane's mother); Grover Whitney (Blane's brother); General George Washington; Paul Revere; Thomas Jefferson; Samuel Adams; Ezra Sellers (villain, introduction); the Indians (villains); the British (villains)
Synopsis
The story of the first Wizard who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Reprints

The Battle of Bunker Hill (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Edd Ashe
Inks
Edd Ashe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
historical; superhero
Characters
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (18th century); General George Washington; Nathan Hale; James Blane (Blane's uncle, introduction); The British (villains); General Rahl; Ezra Sellers
Synopsis
The Wizard helps out with several battles of the Revolutionary War.

Indexer Notes

All stories take place during the Revolutionary War.

[The Treason of Benedict Arnold] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Wizard / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten (signed as H. Shorten)
Pencils
Edd Ashe (signed as Ed. Ashe)
Inks
Edd Ashe (signed as Ed. Ashe)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong!
Genre
historical; superhero
Characters
The Wizard [Blane Whitney] (18th century); General George Washington; Colonel Benedict Arnold (villain); the British (villains); Ezra Sellers (villain, death); General Henry Cornwallis (villain); Major John Andre (villain, introduction); Mad Anthony Wayne; General Gates; Admiral De Grasse
Synopsis
The Wizard helps with more battles in the Revolutionary War.

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

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

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

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]; The Wizard
  2. 1. ["Four of the fastest selling comic magazines"]
  3. 2. [The Origin of the Shield]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  4. 3. [The Origin of the Shield: Part 2]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  5. 4. [Lou Zefke's Murder Syndicate]
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  6. 5. ["The Shield G-Man extraordinary appears every issue in Pep Comics"]
  7. 6. The Vampire Murders
    The Shield [MLJ/Archie]
  8. 7. The Historical Story of Blane Whitney
    The Wizard
  9. 8. The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The Wizard
  10. 9. [The Treason of Benedict Arnold]
    The Wizard
  11. 10. ["The Wizard the man with the super-brain appears every issue in Top-Notch Comics"]
  12. 11. ["Free catalog of novelties"]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  13. 12. ["Act now! On this bargain offer."]
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