(April 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
E. M. Arnold
Brand:
Quality Comic Group
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)

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

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

[The Empire of Captain Blue] (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]; Jackie (introduction, later known as Bud); Keefer; Rogers; Captain Blue (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The Ray, a boy and two men are stranded on a Pacific Island after their plane is shot down by "asiatics". There he meets Captain Blue, a pirate who intends to attack Hawaii, then take over the world after the Americans and the "mongols" destroy each other. Blue imprisons the Ray in a circle of light, and the Ray must rely on his human strength to send Blue over a ledge to his death.

Indexer Notes

Jackie discovers the Ray's true identity in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children

[Gabby, the Talking Monkey] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby the talking monkey (introduction); Alice O'Day (scientist, death); Slug McGurk (villain); Julie the Jerk (villain)
Synopsis:
Midnight comes to the rescue of a purse snatching victim and discovers she's a scientist who can make animals talk. Intending to turn this secret over to government authorities, Alice is attacked and killed by thugs, who burned her secrets, leaving only Gabby as proof that her theories worked. Midnight gains custody of the monkey, after rounding up the people responsible for Alice's death.
Keywords:
Vacuum Gun (introduction)

Indexer Notes

The Vacuum Gun was an automatic that projected a suction cup connected to a self-winding reel of fine silk cord.....strong enough to hold a man's weight, and its suction held to almost any surface.

[Trouble on Sao Paulo Island] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Spinner Benson; Derek; Baron; Col Harrison
Synopsis:
Wings and Spinner discover an unknown base on an American island.

[The Kidnap Ring] (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 [Tiny Todd; Warren; Rocky Hill]; J. G. Throcton

Indexer Notes

Alex Blum is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and his gloomy faces are not to be mistaken. Compare sample in Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Jerry Iger is credited as writer for Quality, and his pen name was S.M. Regi (Iger backwards).

Writer revision from Jerry Iger 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)

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

Script:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns]
Pencils:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns]
Inks:
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery

[One Way Inn] (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]; Mr. Mite (villain, introduction, spy); Black John (villain)

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Pinajian, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and the style of his signature is identical to his "Art Pinajian" signed story in Crack Comics #3. The artwork too, like the bulging noses of some villains. The villain, Mr. Mite, bears an uncanny resemblance to Captain Marvel's foe, Sivana.

[Indian Adventure] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Batu; Madame Doom (villain); Ahkir Jubnijhak (villain)
Synopsis:
Black X goes to India to help Batu track down infiltration of the British Raj by terrorists. Madame Doom follows for her own reasons.

Indexer Notes

Williams is credited on drawing this feature.

Writer revision from Eisner to French by Craig Delich.

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 Kidnapping of Mr. Young] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts]
Inks:
Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Abdul; Hassan; Afta Ikur; Cy Young

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to John Celardo as Powell Roberts, but this is a pen name for Bob, by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Seymour Blots] (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 Tim Moore; Seymour Blots (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.

[Murder on Park Avenue] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno [Tom Dalton]; Dr. Harry Wood; Van Nest
Synopsis:
Five archeologists tattoo a map to ancient mystical treasure on the backs of their hands. Now someone is murdering them and stealing those hands.

Indexer Notes

Last appearance

Ghost Stampede (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure

[Lost in the Wilds of Tibet] (Table of Contents)

Chic Carter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Chic Carter; Gordon Bruce; Chung Musta; Hilme; the Prince of Kabat

[The Acme Insurance Racket] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Inks:
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Tom Holms; Mr.Goyle; Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Chico

Indexer Notes

Reid is a pen name for Brenner, by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [The Empire of Captain Blue]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  4. 3. [Gabby, the Talking Monkey]
    Midnight
  5. 4. [Trouble on Sao Paulo Island]
    Wings Wendall
  6. 5. [The Kidnap Ring]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. [One Way Inn]
    Invisible Justice
  9. 8. [Indian Adventure]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [The Kidnapping of Mr. Young]
    Abdul the Arab
  11. 10. [Seymour Blots]
    The Scarlet Seal
  12. 11. [Murder on Park Avenue]
    Magno, the Magnetic Man
  13. 12. Ghost Stampede
    Jimmy Christian
  14. 13. [Lost in the Wilds of Tibet]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. [The Acme Insurance Racket]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Peter Croome
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes