(January 1941)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Clock / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Alias the Spider [Tom Hallaway] (inset); The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (inset); Jane Arden; The Red Torpedo [Captain Jim Lockhart] (inset)
Keywords:
formal wear; motorcycles

[Monks Gallagher] (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.]; Dr. Patche (introduction); Jackie (introduction, crime victim); Jackie's wife (introduction); Jackie's son (introduction); Monks Gallagher (villain, introduction); Slugs (villain)
Synopsis:
The Condor comes upon a man named Jackie who has been stabbed in the chest and attempts to get medical help for him, and he then notifies the man's wife and lame child of what has happened and that he'll be all right. But the Condor wants to track down the attempted murderer, a man named Gallagher, who has stolen this victim's rights to citizenship and who has threatened to expose him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The reprint titles this story "Jackie Boy". Art credits revised from Charles Sultan art to Lou Fine pencils, inks ? by Craig Delich 2012-1-5, revised again by Craig Delich to Lou Fine inks, verified by Jim Amash in The Quality Companion (TwoMorrows, 2011 series) #1 (November, 2011), page 93.

["But Molly- a butcher's errand boy- and at my age!"] (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

["Screwball rules of behavior"] (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 reprint

[Blaster Meers and the Pirates of Ceres] (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; Blaster Meers (first appearance; villain; death)

[The Tiger Woman] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Art Pinajian ?
Inks:
Art Pinajian ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton]; Tiger Woman (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Madam Fatal faces his first costumed opponent, The Tiger, who led a gang of savages in retaliation for stolen treasures in her home country. She ends up perishing after going over a stone wall while in conflict with Madam Fatal.

Indexer Notes

Art Pinajian removed from writer credit by Craig Delich 2013-6-12. The Who's Who doesn't indicate Pinajian as writing this feature.

[Smashing the Schrecklichkeit] (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]; Dr. Freiheit (introduction); Adolf Hitler (villain); the Nazis (villains)

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.

["Fortune hunting count Ivan takes Jane to the polo matches"] (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

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 Spider: Framed] (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; Bill French (villain, introduction); Baldy Riker (villain, introduction); Nick (villain, introduction); Trigger (villain, introduction)
Keywords:
Black Widow

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.

In this story, the Black Widow does the Batman's Batmobile one better: it can careen horizontally along the face of a building.

War Declared (Table of Contents)

Slap Happy Pappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole (Ralph Johns)
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

"Boy! Have I met a girl!" (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

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

[The Hijacked Plane Peril] (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; Nazi spies (Intro, Die)

Quoth the Raven (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Spain
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Everett M. Arnold
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Statement of Ownership
Crack Comics 322 Main St Stamford Ct
Editor: Edward Cronin 322 Main ST Stamford Ct
Bus Mgr: Everett M Arnold 198 Shore Rd Old Greenwich, CT
Owners: Comic Magazines, Inc. Everett M Arnold; Claire C. Arnold;
Fred A. Little 4006 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA;
Henry P Martin Jr. 8 Foster Dr Des Moines, IA
Printed at Cleveland, OH.

["Gee this is fun being down here in Florida"] (Table of Contents)

Snappy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

T.N.T. Trousers Trap (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; Natas (first appearance; villain)

"Yum-yum! Even Daddy wants more of your good food!" (Table of Contents)

Off the Record / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

[The Screw Gang] (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; The Screw [David Gratten] (villain, introduction); the Screw Gang (villains, introduction for all)
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Clock
  2. 1. [Monks Gallagher]
    The Black Condor
  3. 2. ["But Molly- a butcher's errand boy- and at my age!"]
    Molly the Model
  4. 3. ["Screwball rules of behavior"]
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  5. 4. [Blaster Meers and the Pirates of Ceres]
    Space Legion
  6. 5. [The Tiger Woman]
    Madam Fatal
  7. 6. [Smashing the Schrecklichkeit]
    The Red Torpedo
  8. 7. ["Fortune hunting count Ivan takes Jane to the polo matches"]
    Jane Arden
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Lena Pry
  10. 9. [The Spider: Framed]
    Alias the Spider
  11. 10. War Declared
    Slap Happy Pappy
  12. 11. "Boy! Have I met a girl!"
    Ned Brant
  13. 12. [The Hijacked Plane Peril]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  14. 13. Quoth the Raven
  15. 14. Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc.
  16. 15. ["Gee this is fun being down here in Florida"]
    Snappy
  17. 16. T.N.T. Trousers Trap
    Wizard Wells
  18. 17. "Yum-yum! Even Daddy wants more of your good food!"
    Off the Record
  19. 18. [The Screw Gang]
    The Clock
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
  • Shad Z. Daly
  • arjay
  • Bob Hughes
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