(August 1941)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
Quality Comic Group
Editing:
Ed Cronin [as Edward Cronin]
Format:
Color; Standard Golden Age U.S.; Saddle-Stitched; Was On-Going Series

Issue Notes

Copyright 1941 by Comic Magazines, Inc.


[Introducing The Firebrand] (Table of Contents)

The Firebrand / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Firebrand [Rod Reilly]; Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brien] (inset); The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln] (inset); Phantom Lady [Sandra Knight] (inset); The Mouthpiece [Bill Perkins] (inset)
Reprints:

[Introducing the Firebrand] (Table of Contents)

The Firebrand / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger
Pencils:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Inks:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Firebrand [Rod Reilly] (introduction); Slugger Dunn (introduction, ex-prize fighter); "Emerald" Ed Reilly (introduction, Rod's father, steel tycoon); Joan Rogers (introduction, Rod's fiancee); Baron von Hanson (villain); Sylvester Cole (villain); Dave (villain, death); Dippy Dolan (villain, pickpocket)
Synopsis:
Firebrand's break-up of a window washer's racket leads him to bigger fish, who are attempting to steal a fortune in diamonds.
Reprints:
Keywords:
The Flaming Torch of Justice

Indexer Notes

Slugger was originally named Slugger Shea. Firebrand, in the early stories, left his signature torch emblem for the Police to find.

[The Origin of #711] (Table of Contents)

#711 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Pencils:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Inks:
George E. Brenner (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; crime
Characters:
#711 [Daniel Dyce] (introduction, origin); un-named District Attorney; Mary Horn (Jacob's wife, not seen); Jacob Horn (villain, death); "Slick" Panzer (villain)
Synopsis:
Dan agrees to take the rap for a soon to be father, who agrees to give himself up to the law after seeing his newborn and wife. But when he is killed in an accident, prisoner #711 decides to remain behind bars and fight crime from there, in this case against Slick Panzer, who has swindled a widow out of $250,000.
Reprints:
Keywords:
A mirror with cell bars painted across it (711's symbol)

Indexer Notes

#711 wears a crimson jacket and cape and a hat which cast a heavy shadow over his face.

[Dr. M. Balm's Man-Eating Plant] (Table of Contents)

Super Snooper / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Gill Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Super Snooper (introduction); Dr. M. Balm (villain)
Synopsis:
An evil doctor creates a flesh-eating flower and sends it to Super Snooper to rid himself of this crime fighter.
Reprints:

[The Attack of Ali Harid] (Table of Contents)

Eagle Evans / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Eagle Evans (introduction); Snap Smith (introduction, cameraman); un-named U.S. Army General; un-named Libyan Prince; Ali Harid (villain)
Synopsis:
Evans and Snap head to Cyranis to photograph enemy movements and activity, but when they return with photos for the General, they are arrested for violating a treaty with Ali Harid. They escape, team up with a Libyan Prince and prevent Harid's planned actions.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from Millennium Edition: Police Comics No. 1 (2000 series) #nn. The Who's Who states Williams was writer only, so ? placed beside the writer credit. Strip is titled "Eagle Evans, Flier of Fortune". Strip writer/artist correction by Craig Delich 2012-7-3, as Clark Williams is a house name.

[The Legend of the Black Baron] (Table of Contents)

Chic Carter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Chic Carter [The Sword] (reporter); Curtis Randall (art collector, death); Detective Monahan; Hodges (Curtis Randall's butler, death); Betty Randall; Damon (cousin); The Black Baron [Harvey Randall] (villain, death)
Synopsis:
When Curtis Randall decides to change his will and give away his entire art collection, he is seemingly murdered by a suit of armor belonging to one of his ancestors. Chic is present for the reading of Randall's will, and uncovers a murder plot by the deceased's brother Harvey, The Black Baron, who invents a skull mask to try to claim his brother's fortune....but fell to his death in the end.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Chic appears as The Sword; strip continues from Smash Comics #26. Millennium Edition: Police Comics No. 1 (2000 series) lists the writer and artist as Will Eisner. The Who's Who lists Henkel as creator, writer and artist for the strip.

Jim Amash and Mike Kooiman, in the Quality Companion, categorically state that The Sword was created by Henkel. Eisner's name removed from writer credit.

Henkel himself said, in Alter Ego #48, that super-heroes didn't interest him. He was more into adventure stories, like those in the movies........he liked realism. Perhaps this was why Carter appeared in costume as The Sword for only a very short time. Added by Craig Delich 2014-1-3.

[The Origin of Plastic Man] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian] (introduction, origin, reformed villain); un-named Monk; Skizzle Shanks (villain); Skizzle Shank's mob (villains)
Synopsis:
While escaping from a crime scene, Eel O'Brian has a vat of acid dumped on his head, giving him the ability to stretch his body. Eel decides he doesn't want to be a criminal anymore and uses his newly found powers to capture his former partners in crime.
Reprints:

[The Redemption of Steele Kerrigan] (Table of Contents)

Steele Kerrigan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Bryant (signed)
Inks:
Al Bryant (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Steele Kerrigan (introduction, origin); Anne (introduction); un-named prison warden; Spike (villain); Torpedo (villain)
Synopsis:
Having taken the rap for a gang of robbers he was on lookout for, Kerrigan saves the life of the warden and is paroled. But he is quickly approched by Spike and his gang, who kidnap Betty and manage to convince the authorities that Kerrigan was in on another job, the same day he was released.
Reprints:

[The Alien Smuggling Racket] (Table of Contents)

The Mouthpiece / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks:
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre:
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters:
The Mouthpiece [Bill Perkins] (introduction, District Attorney); Smokey Joe (villain); Captain Peg-Leg Friel (villain, death)
Synopsis:
D.A. Perkins dons a mask and cape in order to get the goods on a brutal alien smuggling racket, spearheaded by Peg-Leg Friel, who smuggled European refugees inside fish carcasses! When Peg-Leg attempts to escape, the Mouthpiece thinks nothing of harpooning the dastardly villain.
Reprints:

Vengeance (Table of Contents)

Dick Mace / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert M. Hyatt (signed)
Pencils:
? (spot illustrations)
Inks:
? (spot illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Dick Mace (introduction); Albert Brancourt (weathy diamond merchant, death); Mrs. Grancourt (Albert's wife, death); two un-named children of Albert Brancourt (both die); Adrian Grancourt (Albert's oldest son, death); Vivienne Grancourt (Albert's 9-year old daughter, death); Pierre LaFonde (villain, printer, death)
Synopsis:
Two former French Army Majors become bitter enemies after the war and one of them, Pierre LaFonde, swears revenge after being cheated out of a fabulously valuable diamond mine.
Reprints:

[The Coming of the Phantom Lady] (Table of Contents)

Phantom Lady / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arthur Peddy (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Peddy (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Phantom Lady [Sandra Knight] (introduction); Senator Henry Knight (introduction, Sandra's father); Don Borden (introduction, State Department investigator); Dr. Raphael (inventor); Wenner (villain, death); Pete (villain, Raphael's assistant, death)
Synopsis:
The Phantom Lady rescues a kidnapped scientist who has developed a uranium explosive.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Black Lantern

Indexer Notes

Phantom Lady's origin was revealed in Freedom Fighters #15.

["This the Drip residence?"] (Table of Contents)

Dewey Drip / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Devlin [as Devlin] (signed)
Inks:
John Devlin [as Devlin] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Devlin ?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dewey Dip (introduction); Mr. Drip; Mrs. Drip; Lulu (Dewey's girl)
Synopsis:
Dewey gets a letter from the government, informing him that he has been drafted.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from John Devlin ? to ? by Craig Delich 2013-4-7. According to the Who's Who, Devlin did not write this strip.

[The Origin of the Human Bomb] (Table of Contents)

The Human Bomb / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson [as Paul Carroll] (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson [as Paul Carroll] (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson [as Paul Carroll] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln] (introduction, origin); Professor Lincoln (Roy's father, death); Fritz (villain, death); Baldy (villain); Riker (villain); un-named Axis Consul (villain, death)
Synopsis:
An Axis consul makes several attempts to steal a new explosive capsule invented by the late Professor Lincoln, but, in the end, is on the receiving end of its power.
Reprints:
Keywords:
27-QRX (super explosive); fibro-wax

Indexer Notes

A black and white restoration/homage to this story by Jack Cole is printed in Golden-Age Men of Mystery (AC, 1996 series) #12. Even though the Who's Who doesn't list Gustavson as a writer of the strip, Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash state in the Quality Companion that he created the strip and wrote it, so the question mark behind the name has been removed by Craig Delich 2013-1-18.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Introducing The Firebrand]
    The Firebrand
  2. 1. [Introducing the Firebrand]
    The Firebrand
  3. 2. [The Origin of #711]
    #711
  4. 3. [Dr. M. Balm's Man-Eating Plant]
    Super Snooper
  5. 4. [The Attack of Ali Harid]
    Eagle Evans
  6. 5. [The Legend of the Black Baron]
    Chic Carter
  7. 6. [The Origin of Plastic Man]
    Plastic Man
  8. 7. [The Redemption of Steele Kerrigan]
    Steele Kerrigan
  9. 8. [The Alien Smuggling Racket]
    The Mouthpiece
  10. 9. Vengeance
    Dick Mace
  11. 10. [The Coming of the Phantom Lady]
    Phantom Lady
  12. 11. ["This the Drip residence?"]
    Dewey Drip
  13. 12. [The Origin of the Human Bomb]
    The Human Bomb
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Len Wolinsky
  • Gregory Fischer