(March 1941)

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)

Bozo the Robot / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[The Curse of the Marshwoods] (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]; Timothy Marshwood (introduction); Mr. Marshwood (flashback, death); Jud Marshwood (villain, introduction); Slyme (villain, introduction)
Reprints:

[The Peace-Maker] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendal; The Peace-Maker (Intro, Dies); Zaroff; Olga Varick (Intro); Intro: Spinner; Steve Conroy (Dies)

[The Ghost of Old King Ghoul] (Table of Contents)

Archie O'Toole / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; children

[Chango the Magician] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey); Chango (villain, introduction)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chango was Midnight's first "super villain".

[Rocky the Champ] (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; Tiny Todd; Rocky Hill]; Joe (introduction); Charlie (introduction)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Just Laugh It Off / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arthur Beeman?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

[The Ghost Rider] (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; Ghost Rider

[Madame Doom Strikes At Sea] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Lane French [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Pencils:
John Celardo
Inks:
John Celardo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Madame Doom (villain)

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).

[The Story of Salome] (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

[Gat-the-Rat] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jack Cole

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Villain: Gat-the-Rat (Intro)

[The Sabotaged Chutes] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Scarlet Seal (Barry Moore); Captain Tim Moore; The Panasians (villains, introduction for all)

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.

Pharaoh's Daughter (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure

[The Framing of Tony Segora] (Table of Contents)

Magno / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno; Tony Segora (Intro, Dies)

[Mongol Menace] (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; Gordon Bruce; Wong Kai (Intro, Dies); Princess Chin Lu and her father (intro)

[The Building Racketeers] (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:
Acton (Intro); Hugh Hazzard; Bozo
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [The Curse of the Marshwoods]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [The Peace-Maker]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. [The Ghost of Old King Ghoul]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [Chango the Magician]
    Midnight
  6. 5. [Rocky the Champ]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Just Laugh It Off
  8. 7. [The Ghost Rider]
    Invisible Justice
  9. 8. [Madame Doom Strikes At Sea]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [The Story of Salome]
    Abdul the Arab
  11. 10. [Gat-the-Rat]
    Wun Cloo
  12. 11. [The Sabotaged Chutes]
    The Scarlet Seal
  13. 12. Pharaoh's Daughter
    Jimmy Christian
  14. 13. [The Framing of Tony Segora]
    Magno
  15. 14. [Mongol Menace]
    Chic Carter
  16. 15. [The Building Racketeers]
    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