(May 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Comic Favorites, Inc.
Editing:
Ed Cronin
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was on-going series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Doll Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doll Man [Darrel Dane]; Mickey Finn (inset); Lala Palooza (inset); Spin Shaw (inset); Rance Keane (inset)

[The Sins of Anton Bock] (Table of Contents)

Doll Man / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as William Erwin Maxwell] (signed)
Pencils:
Lou Fine
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Doll Man [Darrel Dane]; Dr. Roberts; Martha Roberts; Anton Bock (villain, introduction); Bock's spy ring (villains, introduction for all)
Reprints:

[The Capture of Castle Balomar] (Table of Contents)

Captain Fortune / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
historical
Characters:
Captain Fortune [Tyrone Fortune]; Duke Edward (villain; death)

"Gosh! A new show on the miday an is it packin' 'em in!" (Table of Contents)

Big Top / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Writer credit revised from John Devlin to ? by Craig Delich 2013-4-6. According to the Who's Who, Devlin did not write this strip.

[The Three-Fingered Ogre] (Table of Contents)

Zero, Ghost Detective / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Toni Blum
Pencils:
Dan Zolnerowich [as Arthur Hamon Doyle] (signed)
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich [as Arthur Hamon Doyle] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Zero (the ghost detective, introduction); Mr. Bleeker (introduction); Mary Bleeker (introduction); John Bleeker (introduction, death); Peter Bleeker (villain, a zombie, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Zero investigates the ghostly return of three brothers, who in their youth had made a pact: if one of them were to die, they must return in the form of an agre, to care for the others. In adulthood, one of the brothers died, returned as an agre, and killed a brother. Zero unearthed the body and drove a stake through its heart.

Indexer Notes

Dan Zolnerowich created Zero.

Toni Blum is the only person identified by the Who's Who as the writer for this feature from 1940-43.

Zero's clients referred to him as Mr. Zero.

[The Medicine Man's Scheme] (Table of Contents)

Reynolds of the Mounted / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Art Pinajian
Pencils:
Art Pinajian
Inks:
Art Pinajian
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Sakru (first appearance; villain); Wade and his gang (first appearance; villains)

[The Snatch of the Plane Plans] (Table of Contents)

Spin Shaw / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Spin Shaw [Capt. S. R. "Spin" Shaw]; G. Roland Lorber (first appearance; villain); Inez (first appearance; villain); Joe (first appearance; villain); Fingers (first appearance; villain); Arndt (first appearance; villain)

Super Salesmanship (Table of Contents)

Lala Palooza / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Lala Palooza

Indexer Notes

Includes a Flash Gordon / Buck Rogers parody. Writer revision from John Devlin to ? by Craig Delich 2013-4-6. According to the Who's Who, Devlin never wrote this strip.

[The Murder of Bus Pritchard] (Table of Contents)

Rance Keane / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
William A. Smith
Pencils:
William A. Smith [as Will Arthur]
Inks:
William A. Smith
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
western-frontier
Characters:
Rance Keane; Bus Pritchard (first appearance; death); a murderer (first appearance; villain)

["I know you wanna reduce, Mama"] (Table of Contents)

Only Kiddin' / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Living Dead Men (Table of Contents)

Capt. Bruce Blackburn, Counterspy / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Campbell
Pencils:
Henry Weston Taylor
Inks:
Henry Weston Taylor
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; spy
Characters:
Captain Bruce Blackburn, Counterspy (introduction, origin); Lieutenant Jackson (introduction, Blackburn's double); Colonel Jordan (introduction, War Department Officer); Schwartz (villain, introduction); Smits (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Blackburn and Jackson fake their own deaths by placing two medical school corpses in a car, setting it on fire, and pushing it over a cliff, all because someone had leaked a picture of Blackburn to the newspapers. Then, to hide their identities, both men went to a plastic surgeon, who altered their features to new, but identical, appearances. Using an antique store as a front for their espionage and caught the man who'sd blown their covers.

Indexer Notes

Artist name correction from Henry Taylor Weston to Henry Weston Taylor by Craig Delich 2012-8-27. The character was created by Harry Francis Campbell and the Who's Who verifies that he wrote it.

[The Insurance Murder Plot] (Table of Contents)

Rusty Ryan / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure; children; spy
Characters:
Rusty Ryan (introduction, origin); Inhabitants of Boyville [Smiley Scott; Bobby; Ed; Whitey; Scotty] introduction); Cappy Jenks (introduction); Mr. Hicks (introduction); Lockhart (villain, introduction); Spear (villain, introduction)
Reprints: show reprint note before migration
Keywords:
Boyville

Gold of Atlantis (Table of Contents)

Perry Scott / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert M. Hyatt
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Perry Scott (first appearance)

[Origin of the Voice] (Table of Contents)

The Voice / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Stan Aschmeier
Inks:
Stan Aschmeier
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Voice [Mr. Elixir] (introduction, origin); Fogarty (introduction); John Martinson (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
In 1790, a ship sunk due to a typhoon in the South Seas, and a man, his wife and their son survive, and drifted toward a tropical isle, where they existed on rare, life-giving herbs. Soon, the parents died, but the herbs allowed the boy to somehow survive. 150 years later, a ship stopped by the isle and rescued an old man, taking him to London. There, he found out he needed the herbs to live, he recreated the plant, which gave him super-strength. To fight crime, he set up crooks, then he tipped off the Police by radio messages as "Elixir---The Voice!"

Indexer Notes

Stan Aschmeier created the Voice, but the Who's Who does not credit him with writing the feature. So writer credit of Stan Asch ? is revised to a ?, by Craig Delich 2014-1-6.

[Origin of Poison Ivy] (Table of Contents)

Poison Ivy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Poison Ivy (first appearance; origin); Mr. Ivy (Poison's father); Mrs. Ivy (Poison's mother)

[Origin of Samar] (Table of Contents)

Samar / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Ted Cain]
Pencils:
Nick Cardy ?
Inks:
Nick Cardy ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
jungle
Characters:
Samar (first appearance; origin); Mali (first appearance); Tino (first appearance; villain; death)

["So your Uncle Phil has been learnin' how to paint signs, eh Mickey?"] (Table of Contents)

Mickey Finn / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Lank Leonard
Pencils:
Lank Leonard
Inks:
Lank Leonard
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Doll Man
  2. 1. [The Sins of Anton Bock]
    Doll Man
  3. 2. [The Capture of Castle Balomar]
    Captain Fortune
  4. 3. "Gosh! A new show on the miday an is it packin' 'em in!"
    Big Top
  5. 4. [The Three-Fingered Ogre]
    Zero, Ghost Detective
  6. 5. [The Medicine Man's Scheme]
    Reynolds of the Mounted
  7. 6. [The Snatch of the Plane Plans]
    Spin Shaw
  8. 7. Super Salesmanship
    Lala Palooza
  9. 8. [The Murder of Bus Pritchard]
    Rance Keane
  10. 9. ["I know you wanna reduce, Mama"]
    Only Kiddin'
  11. 10. Living Dead Men
    Capt. Bruce Blackburn, Counterspy
  12. 11. [The Insurance Murder Plot]
    Rusty Ryan
  13. 12. Gold of Atlantis
    Perry Scott
  14. 13. [Origin of the Voice]
    The Voice
  15. 14. [Origin of Poison Ivy]
    Poison Ivy
  16. 15. [Origin of Samar]
    Samar
  17. 16. ["So your Uncle Phil has been learnin' how to paint signs, eh Mickey?"]
    Mickey Finn
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Matthew Torrance