(July 1942)

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:
Gil Fox
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)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Midnight [Dave Clark]; The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset); Rookie Rankin (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset)

[The Waltz of Death] (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; The Gestapo (villains); the Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis:
In occupied Budapest, ancient suits of armor are killing Nazi soldiers.
Reprints:

[Brandon's Betrayal] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Toni Blum ?; Otto Binder ? [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Pencils:
Alex Kotzky
Inks:
Alex Kotzky
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Mrs. Brandon (death); Douglas MacArthur (cameo); Colin P. Kelly (cameo); Colonel Atwater; Batu; Lt. Commander Brandon (villain, reforms, death)
Synopsis:
An American soldier betrays his comrades as a favor to his Japanese wife, but then repents.

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Eisner to Blum ? Binder ? 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).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Archie O'Toole

[The Gestapo In America] (Table of Contents)

Bozo the Robot / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bozo the Robot; Hugh Hazzard; Fritz (introduction); Krontz (introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Brenner is only credited on art on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Action At the Auction] (Table of Contents)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 5 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]; Frazer (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 2013-12-27. 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.

[Mad Merlin the Magician] (Table of Contents)

Wildfire / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Turner (signed)
Pencils:
Jim Mooney (signed)
Inks:
Jim Mooney (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wildfire; Mad Merlin (introduction) Merlin's gang (introduction); Anne Haynes; John Haynes
Synopsis:
Thugs hunt for buried treasure in a castle inherited by Wildfire's friends.
Reprints:

[Murder Tunes In Unexpectedly] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / comic story / 6 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; John (introduction); Joy Devine (actress, death); Buzzbe (a movie director, introduction, death); Jones (movie camerman, introduction, death); Thompson the agent (agent, introduction, death); Veronica Lake (cameo); Ann Sheridan (cameo); Myrna Loy (cameo); Rita Hayworth (cameo); Betty Grable (cameo); Hedy Lamarr (cameo)
Synopsis:
Dave Clark goes to Hollywood to broadcast a movie premiere, but stumbles onto the murder of actress Joy Divine, and many of her associates are murdered before he can discover the identity of the killer.

Indexer Notes

Cole is credited both on art and script on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Dr. Reinhardt Missing!!] (Table of Contents)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Dr. Reinhardt (death); Miss Reinhardt (villain, death); Fielherr Kunkle (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

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

[Stuffed Animals] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo

Indexer Notes

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

[Captain Krass's Double] (Table of Contents)

The Marksman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Cronin (signed)
Pencils:
Alex Koda ?; Irving Tirman ?
Inks:
Alex Koda ?; Irving Tirman ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
The Marksman (Major Hurtz); Vorka; Captain Krass (villain, introduction, death); John Powell (introduction)
Synopsis:
Captain Krass schemes to replace American pilot Major Hurtz, who was caught trying to steal an English plane, and spy from inside.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Modified synopsis and some info added by Craig Delich 4-16-09.
Originally credited Bob Powell? on script and Ed Cronin on art.
The art is a bit similar to Koda's credited art in #36 and #37, so it could be him, but the inking is more heavy and even, probably the same inker as in the previous issue. Much of the movement and the hands point to Irving Tirman (Adventure Comics #86, "Mike Gibbs, Guerrilla"). He is one of the other two credited artists on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Cronin is only credited as writer by Who's Who.

The Cobra Test (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

["Why? Nobody believes.."] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; McGinty; Dutch (villain); Miss Weston; Caraso (villain)
Synopsis:
When the Police are unable to catch gambling joint owner Caraso with the proper evidence of his activities, the Jester goes into action to prove their case.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit revised from Paul Gustavson to ?, as the Who's Who doesn't list Gustavson as a writer except on humor strips. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 4-13-09.

[Bodyguard Botchup] (Table of Contents)

Rookie Rankin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Rookie Rankin; Mitzie (introduction); Chopper (introduction); a butcher (introduction); Lionel Curtis (introduction); Sarge
Synopsis:
Rankin is assigned bodyguard dury for Lionel Curtis, a member of the city reform government.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Midnight
  2. 1. [The Waltz of Death]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [Brandon's Betrayal]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [The Gestapo In America]
    Bozo the Robot
  6. 5. [Action At the Auction]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [Mad Merlin the Magician]
    Wildfire
  8. 7. [Murder Tunes In Unexpectedly]
    Midnight
  9. 8. [Dr. Reinhardt Missing!!]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. [Stuffed Animals]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. [Captain Krass's Double]
    The Marksman
  12. 11. The Cobra Test
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["Why? Nobody believes.."]
    The Jester
  14. 13. [Bodyguard Botchup]
    Rookie Rankin
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes