(July 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)

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); The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset)

[Spy In a Sawdust Ring] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Inks:
Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud; Vera and her Wonder Horse; The Great Ivan; Pietro
Synopsis:
The Ray and Bud temporarily join the circus after saving some aerialists from attack. In the process, they discovered an FBI agent was also there to take down Vera, the equestrienne.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Archie O'Toole

The Circus Mystery (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]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey); Alice Taylor (Dave's girl); Alonzo Schtunk (villain)
Synopsis:
A circus performer uses monkeys as pickpockets, which draws Dave away as Midnight from his date for the evening, and he is in the process of busting up the racket when Doc and Gabby come on the scene, intent on using the doctor's new mind-reading invention on the gang.

[On Broadway] (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]; Garry Bore

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.

[The Invisible Sky-Base] (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 Benson; The Bullet-Plane; Lorner
Synopsis:
Wings dons the costume worn by the enemy spies to sneak into their Invisible Sky-Base.

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo; Killer Diller

Indexer Notes

Cole is credited on drawing this feature, and Ralph Johns is his pen name, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Frisco Finley] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jester (Chuck Lane); Mulligan; Frisco Finley; Nick Perselle
Synopsis:
Nick Perselle tries to frame Mulligan for murder.

[The Sumatra Adventure] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Batu; Alex Durham; Osaki; Kali; 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 Face (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:
Kent Thurston; Chac Mool; B-7; Chima
Synopsis:
Thurston battles spies intending to sabotage the Panama Canal.

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 Culver Murder] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore]; John Culver; Henry Wilson (Judy's brother); Judy Wilson (Barry's love interest); Kuber (villain)
Synopsis:
Barry meets his heart throb, Judy Wilson, while protecting her brother from mobsters.

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.

The Hunted Castle [sic] (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Christian / text story / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (header)
Inks:
? (header)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Christian

Indexer Notes

Story across two pages, with 1/4 of a page of ads on the first page and 1/2 of a page of an ad on the second.

Page count and note from Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

[The Fire God] (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; The Queen
Synopsis:
Abdul is ship wrecked on a mysterious island and sentenced to be sacrificed to the Fire God

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 Sword] (Table of Contents)

Chic Carter: The Sword / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters:
Chic Carter as The Sword (intro); Bull Hennessey; Sgt Monahan; One Thumb Hogan; Egghead
Synopsis:
Framed for murder, Chic Carter dons a mask to evade the police.

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Police Comics #1
Henkel is credited on drawing and writing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Headless Men] (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:
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Gus; Gyp; Commisioner Hunt; Devlin; The Headless Men (villains)
Synopsis:
Hazzard and Bozo face a group of weird mobsters who wear special suits to make themselves look headless in order to scare their victims to death.

Indexer Notes

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

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [Spy In a Sawdust Ring]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  4. 3. The Circus Mystery
    Midnight
  5. 4. [On Broadway]
    The Purple Trio
  6. 5. [The Invisible Sky-Base]
    Wings Wendall
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. [Frisco Finley]
    The Jester
  9. 8. [The Sumatra Adventure]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. The Face
    Invisible Justice
  11. 10. [The Culver Murder]
    The Scarlet Seal
  12. 11. The Hunted Castle [sic]
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [The Fire God]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Sword]
    Chic Carter: The Sword
  15. 14. [The Headless Men]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes