(February 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
E. M. Arnold
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:
George Brenner
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bozo the Robot (inset); Wings Wendall (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); Midnight [Dave Clark] (inset)

[Slash Scraponi's Escape] (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 [Lanford "Happy" Terrill]; un-named Warden of Bedlam Island prison; Slash Scraponi (villain, introduction); Corny Hogan (villain, death); un-named fake Warden of Bedlam Island prison (villain)
Synopsis:
Corny Hogan turns state's evidence on Slash Scarponi, and the criminal is sentenced to Bedlam Island prison for twenty years. However, Slash is still able to control his mob on the outside because he has a phony warden in charge of the prison. When Happy Terrill begins putting the heat on Scarponi, the mobster decides it's time to break out of prison and get Terrill.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story title amended to that found in the reprint.

["I don't mind being up to my neck in airplane grease..."] (Table of Contents)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation

[Madame La Zinga] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children

["Just came in by phone, Barry!"] (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

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.

Graft (Table of Contents)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils:
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Midnight (Dave Clark);Old Man Dobbs; Bobby
Synopsis:
Midnight investigates graft and corruption at an orphanage.

["Don't tell me he's thinkin'!"] (Table of Contents)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 5 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; Tiny Todd; Rocky Hill]

["You are to enlist at the armory as a raw recruit..."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Lane French
Pencils:
John Celardo
Inks:
John Celardo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]

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 after Eisner's tenure after 1940. Lane French wrote the feature in 1941, followed by Toni Blum (1942) and Otto Binder ((1942-43).

["Wun Cloo! I been robbed!"] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo

Indexer Notes

Page count and first line from Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

["We're off, Chuck--to do or die for the geographic society!"] (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]; Chuck; Belthor (leader of the Cro-Magnon men); Gordon Stack (villain)
Synopsis:
Kent and Chuck crash land in the arctic and came upon a tropical land replete with cavemen and thought-to-be extinct animals. Belthor, leader of the cavemen, said that the land was heated by volcanic steam and his people enslaved by men drilling for oil.

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.

[Shauri] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Bob Powell
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure

The Mummy Speaks (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert M. Hyatt (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Christian

["We are all helpless until the pilot lands!"] (Table of Contents)

Magno, the Magnetic Man / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno [Tom Dalton]
Synopsis:
When Tom's passenger plane is hijacked en route to Alaska, he defends the home front by uncovering an invasion plot.

[The Lamas of the Red Dragon] (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

["What happened?"] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
George Brenner
Pencils:
George Brenner
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [Slash Scraponi's Escape]
    The Ray
  3. 2. ["I don't mind being up to my neck in airplane grease..."]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. [Madame La Zinga]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. ["Just came in by phone, Barry!"]
    The Scarlet Seal
  6. 5. Graft
    Midnight
  7. 6. ["Don't tell me he's thinkin'!"]
    The Purple Trio
  8. 7. ["You are to enlist at the armory as a raw recruit..."]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. ["Wun Cloo! I been robbed!"]
    Wun Cloo
  10. 9. ["We're off, Chuck--to do or die for the geographic society!"]
    Invisible Justice
  11. 10. [Shauri]
    Abdul the Arab
  12. 11. The Mummy Speaks
  13. 12. ["We are all helpless until the pilot lands!"]
    Magno, the Magnetic Man
  14. 13. [The Lamas of the Red Dragon]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. ["What happened?"]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes