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Pep Comics 048 (now c2c) -upgrade

the missing pages from the version on site are included here

found on the DC++
Issue: #48
Published: May 1944, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 60, Editing: Harry Shorten
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Notes: Indexed from scanned copy that appears to be missing the back cover (inner and outer). The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1944, New Series, Vol. 39, No. 2.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: The Shield; Archie
Synopsis: The Shield, Betty, and Veronica catch something unexpected while fishing.
Credits: Pencils: Harry Sahle [as Sahle] (signed) | Inks: Harry Sahle [as Sahle] (signed)
Genre: Humor Superhero Teen
Characters: The Shield [Joe Higgins] Archie Andrews (as A Fish) Betty Cooper Veronica Lodge

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) Shield G-Man Club
Synopsis: Letter from Joe Higgins [aka The Shield] to recycle paper to help the war drive. Also includes coupon to join the Shield G-Man Club.
Credits: Script: ? [as Joe Higgins] | Letters: Typeset

Comic Story (10 pages) The Curse of the Black Monkey
Featuring: The Shield and Dusty the Boy Detective
Synopsis: The Jinx is a blind black monkey, surviving owner after owner managing to survive until it comes to Dusty, the Shield’s kid partner. The Shield discovers through an anthropologist friend that the monkey is an idol of sorts to the Thuggi cult of India and represents all evil and bad luck to all but the Thuggi. Higgins arranges for the monkey to be sent to Japan.
Credits: Pencils: Clem Weisbecker ? | Inks: Pen Shumaker ?
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Shield [Joe Higgins] Dusty [Dusty Simmons] Jinx (a Black Monkey, Introduction) Legs Sardi (villain, Introduction, Death)

Comic Story (9 pages) The Corpse on the Checkerboard
Featuring: Black Hood
Synopsis: The Black Hood uses the pieces left on a checker board to solve a murder that's meant to look like a suicide.
Credits: Pencils: Clem Weisbecker ? | Inks: Pen Shumaker ?
Genre: Superhero
Characters: The Black Hood [Matt Burland] Martin Joshua Martin (introduction, Death) Arthur Pendle (villain, Introduction)

Comic Story (8 pages) Camera Bugs
Featuring: Archie
Synopsis: Archie gets a new camera and starts taking pictures that get him in trouble.
Credits: Script: Ed Goggin [as Goggin] | Pencils: Harry Sahle [as Sahle] | Inks: Virginia Drury [as Ginger]
Genre: Teen
Characters: Archie Andrews Betty Cooper Mr. Weatherbee Miss Grundy Jughead Jones Fred Andrews Kappy (introduction) Veronica Lodge

Comic Story (9 pages) Special Communique #14
Featuring: Captain Commando
Synopsis: Alastair Morganbilt joins the army as a prissy gentleman but leaves in a body bag as a fighting man.
Credits: Pencils: Clem Weisbecker [as Clem] (signed) | Inks: Pen Shumaker [as Pen] (signed)
Genre: Superhero
Characters: Alastair Morganbilt (introduction, Death) Captain Commando

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page) Money
Synopsis: Promo to win a subscription to Pep Comics or a War Stamp by writing a letter about what your favourite character is.

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page)
Synopsis: Promo announcing that Li'l Chief Bugaboo will start appearing in Jolly Jingles Comics as of issue 13.
Characters: Li'l Chief Bugaboo

Activity (1 page)
Featuring: Pep's Puzzle Page
Synopsis: A maze with a copy of Pep Comics at the center, a man holding a sign with scrambled letters and how to draw a face.

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page)
Synopsis: A witch looks in her crystal ball and sees a new comic called Black Hood now on sale.
Credits: Pencils: Bill Vigoda (signed) | Inks: Bill Vigoda (signed)
Characters: Black Hood

Text Story (2 pages) The Hick Cop
Credits: Script: Leo Hoban (credited) | Letters: typeset
Genre: Detective-mystery

Promo (ad From The Publisher) (1 page)
Synopsis: A man with an MLJ Logo for a head is the skipper of a rowing crew where other MLJ Comics are the rowers.

Activity (1 page) Do You Know???
Synopsis: Four trick questions and answers including how to tell the left bank of a river from the right bank.
Credits: Script: Ed Goggin (signed) | Pencils: Ed Goggin (signed) | Inks: Ed Goggin (signed)

Advertisement (1 page) Prizes for You ~~ Come an' Get 'em
Featuring: Mr. Jim Thayer
Synopsis: Ad for prizes for delivering Collier's magazine.
Credits: Letters: typeset

Comic Story (6 pages) The Jumping Potion
Featuring: Catfish Joe
Synopsis: Two mad scientists give Catfish Joe pills that make him able to jump really far.
Credits: Script: Larry Harris ? | Pencils: Larry Harris (credited) | Inks: Larry Harris (credited)
Genre: Adventure
Characters: Fuddy Goober Duddy Goober Catfish Joe

Cartoon (0 pages)
Featuring: Animal-Antix
Synopsis: Three fun facts about animals as submitted by readers. Address says to submit to "Catfish Joe", so presumably this was a sub-feature of that strip.

Comic Story (6 pages) The Great Genghis Khan
Featuring: Marco Loco
Synopsis: Marco Loco meets Genghis Khan and tries to stop his wedding.
Credits: Script: Carl Hubbell ? | Pencils: Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell] | Inks: Carl Hubbell [as Hubbell]
Genre: Humor Historical
Characters: Genghis Khan (introduction) Marco Loco

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