(May 1940)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Editing:
Edward 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)

The Clock / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ed Cronin ?
Inks:
Ed Cronin ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Jane Arden; The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (inset); Wizard Wells (inset); Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton] (inset); Ned Bryant (inset)

[The Story of Pug Brady] (Table of Contents)

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady (ex-heavyweight boxing champion, introduction); The Big Shot [Mayor Kozer] (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A down and out-of-luck former heavyweight champion boxer and All-American fullback tries to steal Brian's watch. Later he follows the Clock and saves him from harm by Mayor Kozer, but kills the man in the process. Brian then covers for Brady, disguises himself as the Mayor and infiltrates the gang Kozer once led.

Indexer Notes

Strip continued from Feature Comics #31 (April 1940).

["When that phoney Jim Southern heard me say a big detective was here, he jumped."] (Table of Contents)

Jane Arden / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Monte Barrett
Pencils:
Russell E. Ross
Inks:
Russell E. Ross
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
drama
Characters:
Jane Arden; Jim Southern
Reprints:
  • Reprint strips
Keywords:
soap opera

Indexer Notes

Continued from Feature Comics #31.

["Gosh I fell in love with Maw's plowin' right from th' start!"] (Table of Contents)

Off the Record / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ed Reed
Pencils:
Ed Reed
Inks:
Ed Reed
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Introducing Rock Braddon (Table of Contents)

The Space Legion / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
The Space Legion (introduction); Rock Braddon (introduction); Captain Graves (introduction); Harg (villain, introduction, death)
Keywords:
Mercury; Metropolis

Indexer Notes

The Space Legion was set in the future, when all nations of Earth were at peace.....but not so in space. Braddon commandered the ship "Mercury" and his home base was the city of Metropolis. At this time, there was a civilization on Mars.

[The Sign of the Cricket] (Table of Contents)

Alias the Spider / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spider [Tom Hallaway] (introduction); The Cricket (villain, introduction, death); the Crickets (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
With the city in the grip of terror perpetrated by the Cricket, who, like the Spider, left a calling card at the scene of his crimes. With cunning, the Spider tracked him down and sent him to a watery grave.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who lists no writer for this strip. Paul Gustavson created the Spider, so it is generally assumed he wrote it.

The Spider was a supreme archer who crafted a special kind of arrow that burst into flame as it was fired. The arrow's tip left behind the Spider's mark: a scarab-like medallion, that served as a warning.

Jimmy Stewart (Table of Contents)

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
biography

Too Hot To Hold (Table of Contents)

Wizard Wells / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Wizard Wells (inventor, introduction); Tug (introduction, Wells' partner); Black Morda (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Wells was a former All-American halfback, now inventor. Despite his athletic background, Wells disliked physical combat and preferred to help people by using his wits. His solutions usually centered around the electromagnetic spectrum of energies, i.e. infrared, ultraviolet light, microwaves and electric eyes.

["Hello Nifty- Will y'tell Danny I'll wait for him outside the Gym?."] (Table of Contents)

Molly the Model / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Molly the Model (first appearance)

["Speed it up for five minutes"] (Table of Contents)

Ned Brant / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Zuppke
Pencils:
B. W. DePew
Inks:
B. W. DePew
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprints

[Lee Gets Her Wings] (Table of Contents)

Lee Preston of the Red Cross / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Powell [as Terrance McAully] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Powell [as Terence McAully] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Powell [as Terence McAully] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; aviation
Characters:
Lee Preston (introduction, origin; Red Cross nurse and pilot); Mr. Preston (Lee's father, introduction); Rick Royce (introduction)

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who says that Terrance McAully was a house name Powell used while at Quality Comics.

Cross was an intrepid young aviatrix who got her pilot's license, then flew the world to lend a hand.

Love Bird's Brain Test (Table of Contents)

Rube Goldberg's Side Show / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Rube Goldberg
Pencils:
Rube Goldberg
Inks:
Rube Goldberg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprint

[Origin of the Red Torpedo] (Table of Contents)

The Red Torpedo / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Kiefer ? [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Inks:
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Red Torpedo [Captain Jim Lockhart] (introduction, origin); Meg (Jim's fiancee); Captain Wells (introduction); The the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis:
When U.S. Navy man Jim Lockhart invented a human-guided, one-man submarine, his superiors in the military reject it. Not to be deterred, he took his invention to the private sector, and, with his fiancee, Meg, built it on their own. Then donning his distinctive uniform, he saves an American ship from European aggressors.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who verifies, as do Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash in the Quality Companion, that Kiefer, not only created this feature, but did the art for it through the strip's entire run. However, the Who's Who does not specify a writer for the strip (although Kiefer is usually considered to have written it) so a ? has been placed after his name as writer.

Drew Allen is Kiefer's pen-name used on the strip.

Corning's Mistake (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Spain
Letters:
typeset

That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers (Table of Contents)

They're Still Talking / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Zuppke ?
Pencils:
B. W. Depew
Inks:
B. W. Depew
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports

[Origin of Madam Fatal] (Table of Contents)

Madam Fatal / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Art Pinajian (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton] (introduction, origin, first cross-dressing super-hero); Hamlet (Madam Fatal's parrot); Sarah; Mr. Porter (postman); Johnny; Reeves (Carver's driver); Mrs. Stanton (Richard's wife, death); un-named daughter of the Stanton's; John Carver (villain, introduction, death); Lou (villain); Mike (villain)
Synopsis:
Former actor John Stanton, posing as an old woman, does everything he can to track down a man he has been searching for for years, John Carver. Stanton had married the woman Carver loved, but Carver became jealous and, two years later, kidnapped Stanton's only daughter. Now the two come face to face, and all Stanton cares about now is if his daughter is still alive.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Art Pinajian removed by Craig Delich from writer credit 2013-6-12. The Who's Who doesn't indicate that Pinajian wrote this feature.

Invasions Stopped Free of Charge! (Table of Contents)

Slap Happy Pappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Slap Happy Pappy (first appearance); Flip (first appearance); The Nazis (villains)

[The Man Who Can Fly Like a Bird] (Table of Contents)

The Black Condor / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Kenneth Lewis] (signed)
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (introduction, origin); Mr. Richard Grey (introduction, death); Mrs. Richard Grey (introduction, death); Father Pierre (introduction, death); Yakki Raiders (villains, introduction); Gali Kan (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Saved by his mother from a group of raiders who had murder his father, infant Grey is raised by condors with whom he seems to connect, and, as he grows, he studies the mechanics of flight, which he eventually succeeds in emulating. Taken in by a kindly Monk, Grey takes revenge on Gali Khan for killing the Monk and swears a life-long effort to bring evil doers to justice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Richard Grey Jr. eventually assumed the identity of Senator Thomas Wright. Oddity: in this story only, his costume is colored red.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Clock
  2. 1. [The Story of Pug Brady]
    The Clock Strikes
  3. 2. ["When that phoney Jim Southern heard me say a big detective was here, he jumped."]
    Jane Arden
  4. 3. ["Gosh I fell in love with Maw's plowin' right from th' start!"]
    Off the Record
  5. 4. Introducing Rock Braddon
    The Space Legion
  6. 5. [The Sign of the Cricket]
    Alias the Spider
  7. 6. Jimmy Stewart
    Screen Snapshots
  8. 7. Too Hot To Hold
    Wizard Wells
  9. 8. ["Hello Nifty- Will y'tell Danny I'll wait for him outside the Gym?."]
    Molly the Model
  10. 9. ["Speed it up for five minutes"]
    Ned Brant
  11. 10. [Lee Gets Her Wings]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  12. 11. Love Bird's Brain Test
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  13. 12. [Origin of the Red Torpedo]
    The Red Torpedo
  14. 13. Corning's Mistake
  15. 14. That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers
    They're Still Talking
  16. 15. [Origin of Madam Fatal]
    Madam Fatal
  17. 16. Invasions Stopped Free of Charge!
    Slap Happy Pappy
  18. 17. [The Man Who Can Fly Like a Bird]
    The Black Condor
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Gregory Fischer
  • arjay
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
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