This series was written by Lieutenant Richard Rick, and has the earmarks of authenticity. In fact, it may be a bit too authentic for its own good, as much of it consists of the hassles of basic training, and Wiley’s rivalry with fellow cadet Baxter. The series decreased in page count with issue 5, dropping to two pages from four, which certainly did not help speed up the action.
Bob Wiley is accepted at West Point, but right from his arrival keeps getting into trouble. Not necessarily big trouble. One issue ends with a captain yelling “Report Mr. Wiley for a loose button!”, which prompts the narration to comment “see what happens to Wiley next month!” So we aren’t really dealing with high drama here.
Now to be fair, foreign spies replace dummy ammo with real stuff before a war game, though there are no actual injuries, and a delegation from Lubania plans to spy on West Point during their tour of the facility. Wiley gets accused of tinkering with the ammo, and after spraying the Lubanian delegation with water (intended as a prank on another cadet), Wiley is brought up to be court-martialled.
We get to see his mother and his high school sweetheart, Betty Bailey, react with horror to the news of the court-martial. Betty’s appearance is a bit of a surprise, as Wiley has been in a light romantic triangle with Sylvia King and Baxter.
Wiley of West Point continues in the Early Golden Age
Wiley of West Point: All-American 1 – 9 (Apr – Dec 39)