(August 1940)

Archie, 1940 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1940-06-10
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/)

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)

Steel Sterling / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Charles Biro (signed)
Inks
Charles Biro (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling
Reprints

[Uwana's Life-or-Death Loan Company] (Table of Contents: 1)

Steel Sterling / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Steel Sterling [John Sterling]; Dora Cummings; Clancy McGinty (Police); A district attorney (villain, introduction, death); the Uwana Loan Company (villains, introduction)
Synopsis
Witnesses are killed for testifying against protection and loan racketeers.

[The Head in the Parachute] (Table of Contents: 2)

Scarlet Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Scarlet Avenger (Jim Kendall); Inez Courtney (Operative No.1); Maxie Malarky (villain, introduction); John Doughboy (introduction, death)
Synopsis
The severed head of a witness in a policy racket case lands in a parachute in the street, as a warning.

[Cervantes's Sacrifice Cult] (Table of Contents: 3)

Nevada Jones / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Nevada Jones; Little Joe (sidekick); Don Cervantes (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Nevada and Little Joe are witnesses to a human sacrifice in an old castle in the desert town of Taranto.

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 Rescue of Prof. Goodwill] (Table of Contents: 4)

Kalthar / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Shorten
Pencils
Robert Pious
Inks
Robert Pious
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
jungle
Characters
Kalthar; Pierre LeBrun (villain); Kate Goodwill (guest-star); Prof. Goodwill
Synopsis
Prof. Goodwill has discovered a diamond vein in an ancient city and is taken prisoner by men who will force him to tell where the secret vein is.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Lin Streeter. Pious is also credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the art is identical to his signed story in #2.

[The U-Boat Aircraft Carriers] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Smalle, Jr. (signed)
Inks
Ed Smalle, Jr. (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Tim Shane (pilot); Tom Shane (pilot); Kermit (pilot); Anton Schultz (villain)
Synopsis
The Germans will launch airplanes from a U-boat off Plymouth.

Carnival Killer (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Zorine; Raol; Carolyn
Synopsis
In among the circus tents and wagons, death would strike tonight, and none would ever know why, or from whence it came.

[Fire on the Junk] (Table of Contents: 7)

Captain Valor / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Captain Valor; Yat Sing (villain); Tania (villain); Ronnie (guest-star); Angie (guest-star); Big Dip (guest-star)
Synopsis
Valor and his friends are marooned on a barren island off the Chinese coast. Yat Sing and his followers are also on the island and try to kill Valor, but Tania wants them all to join forces.

[Zotter the Blackmailer] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Abner Sundell
Pencils
Edd Ashe
Inks
Edd Ashe
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mr. Satan (Dudley Bradshaw); Doris O'Day; Gladys; Zotter (villain, introduction); his blackmailing gang (villains, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Mr. Satan smashes up a blackmailer gang hiding on an old freighter in the harbor.

[Abdul Khil's Trap for Zambini] (Table of Contents: 9)

Zambini the 'Miracle Man' / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Zambini (magician); Abdul Khil (villain, introduction, turns into a donkey)
Synopsis
Abdul Khil, leader of the Black Magic Magicians, plots Zambini's death when he arrives in Morocco.
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Steel Sterling
  2. 1. [Uwana's Life-or-Death Loan Company]
    Steel Sterling
  3. 2. [The Head in the Parachute]
    Scarlet Avenger
  4. 3. [Cervantes's Sacrifice Cult]
    Nevada Jones
  5. 4. [The Rescue of Prof. Goodwill]
    Kalthar
  6. 5. [The U-Boat Aircraft Carriers]
    War Eagles
  7. 6. Carnival Killer
  8. 7. [Fire on the Junk]
    Captain Valor
  9. 8. [Zotter the Blackmailer]
    Mr. Satan
  10. 9. [Abdul Khil's Trap for Zambini]
    Zambini the 'Miracle Man'
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Del Gruber
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  • Steinar Ådland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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