(May 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

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

[The Return of Captain Blue] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud [once known as Jackie]; Lupo (villain, a wraith, dream); King Peveral (villain, dream); Blitzen (villain, a six-legged horse, dream); Kulik (villain, dream); Captain Blue (villain, dream)
Synopsis:
Bud returns home as he ward of Happy Terrill, whom he no longer remembers to be the Ray for some reason. That night, Bud has a dream that wraith Lupo kidnaps him and takes him on Blitzen to Elixir, the realm of King Percival, where he and the Ray battle Captain Blue again.

[The Spy Broadcast] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; General Harris; Bullet Plane; Spinner

Indexer Notes

Henkel is credited on drawing and writing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

["I wanna make a little Whoopie!"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children

[The Milk Shortage] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey)
Synopsis:
When Dave goes to work at the radio station, he sends Gabby on a mission to expose two dueling milk companies thast were endangering the public. When Midnight is captured and the crooks attempt to unmask him, he protects his identity by making a nonstop series of funny faces until Gabby manages to free him.

[Tony Miscardi] (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]

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.

[Athlete's Foot] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery

[Mrs. Van Cornish's Bequest] (Table of Contents)

The Jester / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Jester [Charles "Chuck" Lane] (Police Officer, introduction); Inspector Mulligan; Mrs. Van Cornish; Looie the Mouse (villain)
Synopsis:
Lane calls on a wealthy woman at her home whose fortune was targeted by Looie the Mouse, and, as the Jester, hogties the thug and throws him out the window of her home, which greatly displeases the Inspector.

Indexer Notes

No origin is given in this story. The Jester uses a rubber clown head (dubbed "Quinopolis in Smash #47) to bean his pursuers and as a calling card tp taunt the Police. Jester's costune sports a skull on it, which has disappeared by the 7th story.

[Defending Suez] (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

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).

[Captured?] (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 Red Seal [Barry Moore]; Captain Tim Moore
Synopsis:
The Seal invents a complex scheme to save his father's job, which was on the line because the Captain had failed to catch the Scarlet Seal.

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.

Castle of Doom (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]; James Gotham; Geoffrey; Baxter Slade (villain)

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Pinajian, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, who is listed as writer and artist for this feature, 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.

Today is Tomorrow (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

text story

["A little child did lead them"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Abdul; Hassan; Fawida; Aman; Ibn Kawir gang
Synopsis:
Abdul and Hassan have to play bodyguard to a little princess.

Indexer Notes

Powell is credited as writer and artist on this feature, and his pen name was Powell Roberts, all by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Vicious Racket] (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; Monahan; Commisioner Martin

[Dutch the Loan Shark] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Dutch
Synopsis:
Hugh Hazzard takes on a loan shark who preys on working people.

Indexer Notes

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [untitled]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [The Return of Captain Blue]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [The Spy Broadcast]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. ["I wanna make a little Whoopie!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [The Milk Shortage]
    Midnight
  6. 5. [Tony Miscardi]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [Athlete's Foot]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. [Mrs. Van Cornish's Bequest]
    The Jester
  9. 8. [Defending Suez]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [Captured?]
    The Scarlet Seal
  11. 10. Castle of Doom
    Invisible Justice
  12. 11. Today is Tomorrow
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["A little child did lead them"]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Vicious Racket]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. [Dutch the Loan Shark]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes