(November 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Ed Cronin
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was On-Going Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Espionage [Black X] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Gill Fox
Inks:
Gill Fox
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Wings Wendall (inset); The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston] (inset)

[The Revenge of Bela Jat] (Table of Contents)

The Ray / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Inks:
Lou Fine [as E. Elctron] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Shimego; Gar; Bela Jat (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Ray faces Bela Jat, a Hindu mystic, who can transform himself at will into an "ecto-fluid". His murderous reign ends when Police catch him in solid form and put a knife in his back.

Mystery of the Empty Theatre (Table of Contents)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
Inks:
Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Purple Trio [Rocky Hill; Warren; Tiny Todd]; Old Willy (introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from S. M. Regi to ? by Craig Delich 2013-12-26. The Who's Who indicates that S. M. Regi was a pen-name sometimes used by Jerry Iger, but also by others as a house by-line. It further indicates that Jerry Iger did not write this feature, but that Alex Blum, under this pen-name or by-line, did draw the strip.

[The Hypnotic Fiend] (Table of Contents)

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Pencils:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Inks:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Archie O'Toole; Sum Fun (intro)

[Mystery In the Bayou] (Table of Contents)

Chic Carter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Vernon Henkel
Pencils:
Vernon Henkel
Inks:
Vernon Henkel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Mae "Scoop" Merrill (intro); Chic Carter

[Origin of the Scarlet Seal] (Table of Contents)

The Scarlet Seal / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Pencils:
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Inks:
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore] (actor, introduction, origin); Captain Pat Moore (Barry's father, introduction); Lt. Bemis; Spider (death); Bugs Marlone (villain)
Synopsis:
Actor Barry Moore, after finishing the film "Oriental Horror", takes a job at his father's Police department, but finds that the Commissioner is a soft headed liberal. So Barry devises a secret life in order to infiltrate the underworld disguised as a Chinese-American called the Scarlet Seal.

Indexer Notes

This feature was created by Manning de Villeneuve Lee, an accomplished fine artist and book illustrator who specialized in historical subjects. His by-line only appears on this first story....after that, the strip was signed "Duane Byrd Monroe", a pen name for which no reference can be found.

Writer/artist credits revised from Harry Francis Campbell to Lee by Craig Delich 2013-31-13. Jim Amash and Mike Kooiman, in the Quiality Companion, state that Campbell is falsely credited on this feature.....and the art of Lee's (which is very refined in nature) in no way looks like that of Campbell.

The Who's Who lists Campbell as writer and artist in 1940-41.......Lee (called Lee Manning in the Who's Who) wrote and drew the strip in 1940, and Henry Taylor drew the strip in 1941. I'll leave it to other writer/art experts that have access to all the stories (from Smash #2-24) to determine who did what stories writer and artwise.

The name Barry Moore is a play on the famous screen actor family, the Barrymores.

Many stories display Moore jumping out of a cab and entering through the front door of his secret lab, which was disguised as a fake store front.

Moore's fortune financed his capers, and procured props such as firecrackers and flash powder, and he was also adept in jujitsu.

[The Power of Tutkamen] (Table of Contents)

Invisible Justice / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Pencils:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; Professor James; Professor Hill; Dr. Robb (introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Thurston's friend, Professor James, is able to invent a form of anti-gravity after James discovered an ancient Egyptian artifact with this attribute.

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Art Pinajian, and he is credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. The anti-gravity attribute in this story is very similar to Hawkman's Ninth Metal.

[Invasion of Mexico] (Table of Contents)

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner ? [as William Erwin] (signed)
Pencils:
Dan Zolnerowich
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Rod Pasquale; Colonel Atwater

Indexer Notes

Will Eisner created the Espionage feature, and Will Erwin was a pen name used by Will Eisner (Erwin was Eisner's middle name), but it also became a house by-line as well.

[The Labor Racketeers] (Table of Contents)

Magno / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Big Tim Fink (intro);Magno
Synopsis:
Magno breaks up a fake union run by racketeers.

[The Arson Arrows] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gill Fox
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Fire Commissioner Nosey (Intro)

[The Sheik's Power Play] (Table of Contents)

Abdul the Arab / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Powell
Pencils:
Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts]
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Abdul; Hassan; Sheik Karu-Bali (Intro, Dies)

Vanishing Gold (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Christian / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert M. Hyatt
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kidding the Kids / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Pencils:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

The Fifth Column (Table of Contents)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Vernon Henkel (signed)
Pencils:
Vernon Henkel (signed)
Inks:
Vernon Henkel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Puget (Intro, Dies)

[Turgin's Fifth Column] (Table of Contents)

Bozo the Robot / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
George Brenner
Pencils:
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid]
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Turgin (intro,dies)
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Espionage [Black X]
  2. 1. [The Revenge of Bela Jat]
    The Ray
  3. 2. Mystery of the Empty Theatre
    The Purple Trio
  4. 3. [The Hypnotic Fiend]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [Mystery In the Bayou]
    Chic Carter
  6. 5. [Origin of the Scarlet Seal]
    The Scarlet Seal
  7. 6. [The Power of Tutkamen]
    Invisible Justice
  8. 7. [Invasion of Mexico]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. [The Labor Racketeers]
    Magno
  10. 9. [The Arson Arrows]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. [The Sheik's Power Play]
    Abdul the Arab
  12. 11. Vanishing Gold
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Kidding the Kids
  14. 13. The Fifth Column
    Wings Wendall
  15. 14. [Turgin's Fifth Column]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes