(December 1940)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
Quality Comic Group
Editing:
Edward Cronin
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Was On-Going Series

Issue Notes

Canadian price, not given in the indicia, shown on cover as "15ยข IN CANADA." Neither the preceding nor the following issue displayed this information on its cover.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Black Condor / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.]; The Clock [Brian O'Brien] (inset); Jane Arden (inset); Alias the Spider [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Molly the Model (inset)

[The Menace of the Thinking Machines] (Table of Contents)

The Black Condor / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Kenneth Lewis] (signed)
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.]; Lung Woe (villain, introduction, death); un-named enemy Nazi spy (villain, introduction); the Spinning Deaths (villains, introduction, sentient machines, all die)
Synopsis:
The Condor must overcome the Chinese Lung Woe, who has created the drilling "spinning death machine" for his Nazi cohort. Unfortunately for them, the machine turns out to have a mind of its own and manufactures an army itself!

"H'lo Molly!" (Table of Contents)

Molly the Model / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
John Devlin
Pencils:
John Devlin
Inks:
John Devlin
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Molly the Model

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Off the Record / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Ed Reed
Pencils:
Ed Reed
Inks:
Ed Reed
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

[Vendrome's Electrical Weapon] (Table of Contents)

Space Legion / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Space Legion; Rock Braddon; Dr. Wadsworth; Elaine Wadsworth; Vendrome (first appearance villain; death)

[The Secret of the Rex] (Table of Contents)

Madam Fatal / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Art Pinajian (signed)
Pencils:
Art Pinajian (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton]; Dr. Prowl (first appearance); Thor (first appearance); Trag (first appearance; villain); Prof. Crane (first appearance; villain)

[Allied With the Black Shark] (Table of Contents)

The Red Torpedo / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Kiefer ? [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Inks:
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Red Torpedo [Jim Lockhart]; Capt. Arville (introduction, death); Black Shark (villain); the Nazis (villains); Herr Schaft (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Lockhart forces the Black Shark to assist him against Axis treachery by pinning the Shark's sub, then using his ability to release a screen of oil to surround Nazi submarines poised to attack the British. After this is accomplished, the Shark hastily retreats to safety.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who verifies, as do Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash in the Quality Companion, that Kiefer, not only created this feature, but did the art for it through the strip's entire run. However, the Who's Who does not specify a writer for the strip (although Kiefer is usually considered to have written it) so a ? has been placed after his name as writer.

Drew Allen is Kiefer's pen-name used on the strip.

["Jane is trying to trap two race swindlers by making big bets."] (Table of Contents)

Jane Arden / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Monte Barrett
Pencils:
Russell E. Ross
Inks:
Russell E. Ross
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
drama
Characters:
Jane Arden

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Lena Pry / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Monte Barret
Pencils:
Russell E. Ross
Inks:
Russell E. Ross
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

bottom half of the Jane Arden pages

[The Boy and the Bank Robbers] (Table of Contents)

Alias the Spider / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spider [Tom Hallaway]; Chuck; Bobby (introduction); the "old timer" (introduction); Mike (villain); Spud (villain)
Synopsis:
To save a kidnapped boy's life, the Spider doesn't hesitate to kill the kidnapper.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Paul Gustavson created the Spider, so it is generally assumed he wrote it.

[The Saboteurs and the Train Crash] (Table of Contents)

Lee Preston of the Red Cross / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Terrence Macauley]
Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Lee Preston; Rick Royce

["Hey Sis- Wait a Minute"] (Table of Contents)

Snappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

["Hold that line!"] (Table of Contents)

Ned Brant / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Zuppke
Pencils:
B. W. DePew
Inks:
B. W. DePew
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Ned Brant

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

Jungle Blitzkrieg (Table of Contents)

Eric Vale / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Spain
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Eric Vale

[The Anti-Gun Judge] (Table of Contents)

Slap Happy Pappy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

With Remote Control (Table of Contents)

Wizard Wells / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Francis Campbell
Pencils:
Henry Weston Taylor ?
Inks:
Henry Weston Taylor ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wizard Wells; Tug; Jason Terrell (first appearance); Betty Terrell (first appearance); Ralph Terrell (villain); John Terrell (villain)

"Dopey Behavior Book" (Table of Contents)

Rube Goldberg's Side Show / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Rube Goldberg
Pencils:
Rube Goldberg
Inks:
Rube Goldberg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

[Stuporman] (Table of Contents)

The Clock / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Pencils:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Inks:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady; Stuporman (villain, introduction, death); Snoop Cadrone (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Clock must find a way to overcome and defeat a super-strong and impervious pinheaded monster from Mongolia.

Indexer Notes

Though "Stuporman" is a dumb, giant Mongolian thug, he is clearly also meant to be a parody of Superman.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Black Condor
  2. 1. [The Menace of the Thinking Machines]
    The Black Condor
  3. 2. "H'lo Molly!"
    Molly the Model
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Off the Record
  5. 4. [Vendrome's Electrical Weapon]
    Space Legion
  6. 5. [The Secret of the Rex]
    Madam Fatal
  7. 6. [Allied With the Black Shark]
    The Red Torpedo
  8. 7. ["Jane is trying to trap two race swindlers by making big bets."]
    Jane Arden
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Lena Pry
  10. 9. [The Boy and the Bank Robbers]
    Alias the Spider
  11. 10. [The Saboteurs and the Train Crash]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  12. 11. ["Hey Sis- Wait a Minute"]
    Snappy
  13. 12. ["Hold that line!"]
    Ned Brant
  14. 13. Jungle Blitzkrieg
    Eric Vale
  15. 14. [The Anti-Gun Judge]
    Slap Happy Pappy
  16. 15. With Remote Control
    Wizard Wells
  17. 16. "Dopey Behavior Book"
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  18. 17. [Stuporman]
    The Clock
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