(January 1942)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand:
Quality Comic Group
Editing:
Will Eisner
Format:
Standard Golden Age U.S.size; Newsprint Interior; Saddle-Stitched

The Vial of Death! (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Chuck Cuidera
Inks:
Chuck Cuidera
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
Blackhawk; Nazi officer
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The Vial of Death! (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick French
Pencils:
Chuck Cuidera [as Chas. Cuidera) (signed)
Inks:
Chuck Cuidera [as Chas. Cuidera] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
Blackhawks [Blackhawk; Hendrickson; Olaf; Chop-Chop; 3 other unidentifiable members (see Note #2 for possible candidates)]; Professor Hammel (introduction, death); Elsa Hammel (introduction, death); Pierre (Hammel's assistant); Fritz (Nazi villain); Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
Blackhawk succeeds in getting a diabolical formula back for a destructive killer germ from the Nazis, who plan to use it to wipe out Allied forces, then takes it on the run as the Nazis concentrate their forces to catch him and get it back.
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Indexer Notes

(1) Letterer credit per Cuidera and added by Craig Delich 2012-1-14.
(2) The 3 unidentified members are likely Stanislaus, Zeg, and Chuck (or possibly Boris).

[To Kill a Commander] (Table of Contents)

Blue Tracer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Fred Guardineer
Pencils:
Fred Guardineer
Inks:
Fred Guardineer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation; war

[The Invasion of Iceland] (Table of Contents)

Loops and Banks / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Powell
Pencils:
Bob Powell (Bud Ernest)
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation

[The Crime School] (Table of Contents)

Miss America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Tom Hickey
Inks:
Tom Hickey
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Miss America [Joan Dale]

Indexer Notes

Writer and artist revisions as listed from Ed (actually Elmer) Wexler by Craig Delich 2013-9-13. The Who's Who states that Wexler was an artist only, writing no strips that he ever drew, including this one. Jim Amash, in the Quality Companion, states that Wexler only drew the first two stories, then left the strip. Artist credits per the Who's Who.

Joan keeps tinkering with the design of her costume, with the stripes moving from her skirt to her blouse, with stars now appearing on the skirt.

[Clothes Make the Men] (Table of Contents)

Shot and Shell / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Klaus Nordling
Pencils:
Klaus Nordling
Inks:
Klaus Nordling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
aviation

[The Trap For Jerry Noble] (Table of Contents)

Yankee Eagle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure

[The Painted Lady Patrol] (Table of Contents)

Death Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Berg
Pencils:
Dave Berg
Inks:
Dave Berg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; aviation; war
Characters:
The Death Patrol [Del Van Dyke; Gramps; Butch (appears to die, but returns in #12); Hank; King Hotintot; Boris (introduction)]; Nazis' version of the Death Patrol (villains, all female, all die); Adolf Hitler (villain)
Synopsis:
Boris becomes the newest member of the Patrol as it seems Gramps has been killed saving the other members. Boris and the others go up against a female Nazi Death Patrol, whose wiles won't work on the male Patrol, who are all woman haters at heart. In order to escape alive, the male Patrol dons the female uniforms, leaving the ladies to wear the male uniforms, and which results in all of them being shot to death, mistaken for the men!

Indexer Notes

New member Boris is referred to as "The Borsht Eater". Writer/artist Berg demonstrates a flash of brilliance in this tale, with a stunning one page illustration depicting the cross section of a house with a member fighting in each room.

[Potato's Revenge] (Table of Contents)

Diary of a Draftee / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Tex Blaisdell
Pencils:
Tex Blaisdell
Inks:
Tex Blaisdell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

last appearance

[The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
The Sniper; Hans Kronitz (villain, chemist, death)
Synopsis:
The Sniper faces a mad Nazi chemist who is able to turn men into monsters.
Keywords:
Berlin

Indexer Notes

Writer verified by the Who's Who.

The Avenger (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Who Is Monsieur X? (Table of Contents)

Secret War News / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction; war
Characters:
Monsieur X [un-named French freedom fighter] (introduction); the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis:
X succeeds in liberating a German ship filled with prisoners at Calais, France, and, with the help of another British ship, takes out a German destroyer. Although a Parisian newspaper reports that X was lost at sea, he, in fact, dove back into the English Channel and swam back to France to further torment the Nazis.
Keywords:
Le Petite Journal

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

Although this tale is supposed to be a true story, research tells one that the phrase, "Monsieur X", appears throughout French arts and culture, but a search in the Le Petite Journal (archived on-line only through 1940) yields no evidence of this story represented in McWilliam's tale.

Henri Rousseau painted the "Portrait of Monsieur X" (Pierre Loti, a novelist who dioed in 1923). It was also the name used by an erotic photographer of the 1920's and 1930's. And in 1948, Edith Piaf recorded a song called "Monsieur X", a melancholy song about a beautiful man who wandered in sadness by the Seine.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  3. 2. [To Kill a Commander]
    Blue Tracer
  4. 3. [The Invasion of Iceland]
    Loops and Banks
  5. 4. [The Crime School]
    Miss America
  6. 5. [Clothes Make the Men]
    Shot and Shell
  7. 6. [The Trap For Jerry Noble]
    Yankee Eagle
  8. 7. [The Painted Lady Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  9. 8. [Potato's Revenge]
    Diary of a Draftee
  10. 9. [The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse]
    The Sniper
  11. 10. The Avenger
  12. 11. Who Is Monsieur X?
    Secret War News
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin