(December 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)

The Ray / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[Music Hath Charm] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Stradivous (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The musician Stradivous, who can hypnotize anyone with his clarinet, works with Jennings to hijack a shipment of gold.
Reprints:

Mystery of the Five Talking Mummies (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 [Warren; Rocky Hill; Tiny Todd]

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 Story of the Mole (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:
Chic Carter; Monahan; The Mole

["Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride."] (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; Ludbah

[Al Regna] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore]; Captain Pat Moore; Al Regna (villain)

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 the first story in #16....after that, the strip was signed "Duane Byrd Monroe", a pen name for which no reference can be found.

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 story and artwise.

[The Gaston Necklace] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Kent Thurston; Jason White; Rufus Kane; Inspector Battle

[Sabotage strikes the aviation factories] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; 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) until he left the feature at the end of 1940. It also became a house by-line as well for future writers.

["Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions.."] (Table of Contents)

Magno / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno; Mary Wallace; Steve Recka; Monk

[Barbaria Shall Strike] (Table of Contents)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Listra; Warak

The God Mask (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Christian

["Velly good day"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Reprints:

[The Medici Candle] (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; Achmed Bey

[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 Wizard (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; The Wizard
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [Music Hath Charm]
    The Ray
  3. 2. Mystery of the Five Talking Mummies
    The Purple Trio
  4. 3. The Story of the Mole
    Chic Carter
  5. 4. ["Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride."]
    Archie O'Toole
  6. 5. [Al Regna]
    The Scarlet Seal
  7. 6. [The Gaston Necklace]
    Invisible Justice
  8. 7. [Sabotage strikes the aviation factories]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. ["Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions.."]
    Magno
  10. 9. [Barbaria Shall Strike]
    Wings Wendall
  11. 10. The God Mask
    Jimmy Christian
  12. 11. ["Velly good day"]
    Wun Cloo
  13. 12. [The Medici Candle]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Kidding the Kids
  15. 14. The Wizard
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Dwayne Best
  • Per Sandell
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes