(October 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
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Reed Crandall
Inks:
Reed Crandall
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
Blackhawk; Chop-Chop; Olaf; Andre; Stanislaus; Hendrickson; Chuck; The Sniper; Inferior Man
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[The Curse of Xanukhara] (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick French
Pencils:
Reed Crandall ?; Rudy Palais ?
Inks:
Reed Crandall ?; Rudy Palais ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sam Rosen

Genre:
adventure; war
Characters:
Blackhawks [Blackhawk; Andre; Chuck; Hendrickson; Olaf; Stanislaus]; Major Brandon; unnamed Colonel; The "Briefcase Bearer" (introduction, unknown bearded narrator, next in #29); Xanukhara (villain, introduction, next in #29); Zara (villain, sentry for Xanukhara); Hammil Zorrex (introduction, original briefcase bearer, death); Korz (villain, death)
Synopsis:
The Blackhawks are in pursuit of a leather briefcase... a briefcase that contains a priceless, pre-determined plan of human existence which will be disrupted upon its disclosure, and which affects the outcome of World War II. In fact, the two billion years of evolution are but a chapter in the gigantic plan!
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Indexer Notes

(1) Story title taken from a panel on the cover.
(2) Letterer credit per Mark Evanier and added by Craig Delich 2012-1-15. Mark Evanier states in the Archive edition that Alex Kotzky appears to have assisted Crandall on his early Blackhawk stories. The Who's Who lists Kotzky as a Blackhawk artist from 1942-44/47.
(3) Xanukhara's and the "Briefcase Bearer"'s next appearances are in Military Comics #29.
(4) Chop-Chop appears on the cover only.

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

[The Trial of Count Grubber] (Table of Contents)

Sniper / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war; adventure

[Fruitcakes In France] (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 Mess In Tokyo] (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 Gestapo's Costume Ball] (Table of Contents)

X of the Underground / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Hebberd
Inks:
Bob Hebberd
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

[The Mikado's Fishing Trip] (Table of Contents)

Phantom Clipper / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war
Characters:
Hirohito (villain)
Keywords:
navy

[Torpedo Tussle] (Table of Contents)

Inferior Man / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
Al Jaffee
Inks:
Al Jaffee
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Inferior Man
Synopsis:
Inferior Man joins the Navy.

[Deathtrap For the Death Patrol] (Table of Contents)

Death Patrol / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
war; aviation; humor
Characters:
The Death Patrol [Del Van Dyne; Boris; Goucho; Frere Jacques; Mademoiselle from Armentieres; Prince Totinhot; Gramps (returns from the "dead"); Hank (returns from the "dead"); King Hotintot (returns from the "dead"); Adolf Hitler (villain)
Synopsis:
When Del flies through a strange gas, he believes that he is hallucinating about his fallen comrades: King Hotintot, Gramps and Hank, and that their voices guided him home safely. When he regains his senses, he discovers that the three believed dead partners are still alive after having been nursed back to health.

Indexer Notes

The Death Patrol's next appearance is in Military Comics #20. Most likely this feature ended when writer/artist Dave Berg stopped freelancing for Will Eisner, or Busy Arnold killed it. Perhaps Arnold later recognized the benefit of having a Blackhawk clone in his line-up (as he'd done with "Midnight" after "The Spirit"). When the Patrol was revived in issue #20. Eisner was in the Army and the strip was produced in-house by Quality's editor Gill Fox, who took away the striped uniforms of the Patrol members and said that no more members would die.

Death To the Killer! (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

The Thing (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
war; aviation
Characters:
Captain William "Wild Bill" Dunn; Private Boomerang Jones; The Thing (villain, introduction, a robot, death); Emperor Hirohito (villain); the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis:
The Tracer must fend off its Japanese military robot counterpart, The Thing, which is equally impervious to harm.......that is, until Dunn discovers its Achilles Heel: the human operator!
Keywords:
The Blue Tracer

Saga of the U.S.S. Marblehead (Table of Contents)

Secret War News / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Al McWilliams
Pencils:
Al McWilliams
Inks:
Al McWilliams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction; war

Indexer Notes

true story

[Navy Blimp K-5] (Table of Contents)

Atlantic Patrol / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al McWilliams
Pencils:
Al McWilliams
Inks:
Al McWilliams
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
war
Keywords:
navy
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. [The Curse of Xanukhara]
    Blackhawk
  3. 2. [The Trial of Count Grubber]
    Sniper
  4. 3. [Fruitcakes In France]
    Shot and Shell
  5. 4. [The Mess In Tokyo]
    Loops and Banks
  6. 5. [The Gestapo's Costume Ball]
    X of the Underground
  7. 6. [The Mikado's Fishing Trip]
    Phantom Clipper
  8. 7. [Torpedo Tussle]
    Inferior Man
  9. 8. [Deathtrap For the Death Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  10. 9. Death To the Killer!
  11. 10. The Thing
    The Blue Tracer
  12. 11. Saga of the U.S.S. Marblehead
    Secret War News
  13. 12. [Navy Blimp K-5]
    Atlantic Patrol
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • John Censullo
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tillmann Courth
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin