(June 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)

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

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

[The Beetle and the Tongs] (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]; Bud; Tom Lum (introduction); The Beetle (villain, introduction); Long Woo (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
To help out during a case involving feuds between rival clans in Chinatown, The Ray gives Bud a "ray ring" that emits a beam to blind people.
Keywords:
Ray Ring

[The Hijacked War Planes] (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; Spinner; General Harrison

Indexer Notes

Henkel s credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Boomerang Bullets] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo (detective)

[The Hundred Grand Hobo] (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 [Chuck Lane]; Mulligan; Limpy (introduction)

[The Ghost Town Bandits] (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]; Wolf Fang (villain, introduction)

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)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Princess Itchovitch (intro); Archie; Ivan

[Enter: Doc Wackey] (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); Doc Mortimer Wackey (villain, introduction, reforms)
Synopsis:
Midnight faces a foe who administers pills to people that regresses them to infancy, and he is even tricked to ingesting the drug as well. Gabby takes a chance with the antidote, which might kill the subject, but Dave is restored. Then, instead of turning the doctor in, Midnight gives Wackey a chance to reform, working with him and Gabby to better promote his genius.
Keywords:
Vacuum Gun

Indexer Notes

Dr. Wackey's first name was not revealed until Smash #32. He becomes Midnight's partner by the end of this story.

A diagram of Midnight's Vacuum Gun is shown in this story.

[The Temple of Mars] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Sandra Sanders (introduction), Luigi Piscato (death); Madam Doom (villain)

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 Blue Death] (Table of Contents)

Invisible Justice / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; The Crystal Queen (villain, death); Caglio (villain, a magician, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Caglio and the Crystal Queen squabble over a mystical and lethal blue gem, which ends when the magician kiils the Queen and later succumbs to an explosion.

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.

[The Human Bronzes] (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; Bernice Fonda (introduction, death); Morta (villain, embalmer, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Seal takes the law into his own hands to stop a murderous embalmer who is killing young women and posing them as life-like sculptures.

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.

Beeskrieg (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Christian

Indexer Notes

next story "The Hunted Castle"

[The Capture of Princess Bardia] (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; Pooch (intro,a girl), Princess Bardia; Kibur (Intro, Dies)

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 Black Death] (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; Monahan; The Black Death (Intro; Holt); Foster (intro, dies), Worthington (intro, dies); Dr. Parker

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Klaus Nordling, but this is Henkel, who is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Compare the grinning face with bright eyes with his signed Wings Wendell story.

[Karl Zoff's Double] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo; Karl Zoff; Kurtz (Intro for both); Fox (intro)

Indexer Notes

Wayne Reid is a pen name for Brenner, and he is only credited as artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [The Beetle and the Tongs]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [The Hijacked War Planes]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. [Boomerang Bullets]
    Wun Cloo
  5. 4. [The Hundred Grand Hobo]
    The Jester
  6. 5. [The Ghost Town Bandits]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  8. 7. [Enter: Doc Wackey]
    Midnight
  9. 8. [The Temple of Mars]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [The Blue Death]
    Invisible Justice
  11. 10. [The Human Bronzes]
    The Scarlet Seal
  12. 11. Beeskrieg
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [The Capture of Princess Bardia]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Black Death]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. [Karl Zoff's Double]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Per Sandell
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes