is a familiar name to comic book aficionados for his artistry in
Spider Man, the
Incredible Hulk, and the
QST magazine had him listed in the "Silent Keys" column in the
November 2014 issue because he passed away in August. A Silent Key, in Hamdom, is
usually a title reserved for a deceased licensed operator (the 'key' reference being
a Morse code key), but a search of the Internet and the
FCC license database web page did not turn up a call sign for him. Unless his
record has been dropped from the database, Mr. Goldberg* might never have actually
been a Ham, but earned the Silent Key acknowledgement because of his involvement
in a 1986 special edition comic book titled "Archie's Ham Radio Adventure." It was quite an extensive story
that involved all the familiar Archie characters, and even had a section addressed
to parents encouraging them to promote both their kids' and their own interest in
amateur radio as an educational and character building tool. The edition was distributed
free of charge as part of a joint effort including the ARRL and Ham radio equipment
Ham Radio Adventure's plot begins with techo-nerd Dilton using his personal Ham
shack equipment to check with a radio buddy in South America regarding a volcanic
eruption situation and assisting in passing on the information to others in the
area. Impressed by his take-charge actions, Moose, Reggie, Archie, and others query
Dilton about Ham radio, whereupon he discusses the
and other related topics. A few call signs are mentioned in the dialogs, but most
have no listing in the FCC database.
Then, bringing the story closer to home, a local emergency situation occurs where
a mock Viking ship being used in a school play by YLs* Veronica and Betty getting
thrust into a watery torrent after a nearby dam breaks. Using air support provided
by Veronica's millionaire father, Mr. Lodge, Dilton works with the Red Cross to
rescues the teen actors. Meanwhile Mr. Lodge, a licensed Ham himself with a to-die-for
shack of equipment employs the
to contact police in pursuit of an imposter film director during his getaway attempt.
A lot of information is crammed into the comic book's 36 pages. You can pick
up a copy of
Archie's Ham Radio Adventure on eBay for under $20 if you're
interested. Thanks to KK4DSD for scanning and posting his full copy of
Archie's Ham Radio Adventures.
* Mike Esposito is co-artist on the effort.
** YL in Hamese stands
for Young Lady.
Posted November 17, 2014