(July 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)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (inset); The Spider [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Jane Arden; Ned Brant

[The Black Condor In America] (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.]; the Princess of Singat (introduction); Ras Gyn (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
On his first trip to America, the Condor serves as protector to a friend's daughter.

Indexer Notes

Pencil and ink credits from Mr. Kelly Izaj (2008-3-19). Original indexer credited the work to Lou Fine. Art credits revised from Charles Sultan to Fine verified by Jim Amash in The Quality Companion (TwoMorrows, 2011 series) #1 (November, 2011), page 93. Richard Grey Jr. eventually assumes the identity of Senator Thomas Wright.

"Come on! A bunch of Standish players over at the chocolate shop are looking for trouble!" (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
Reprints:
  • From newspaper strips.

Thomas Andrews Kidnapped By the Spider (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spider [Tom Hallaway]; Harry (the Spider's chauffeur) (introduction); Thomas Andrews (villain, introduction); Mrs. Andrews (villain, introduction)

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.

["What's your boyfriend like, Molly?"] (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

["Your piano has a nice tone, neighbor- May I try something on it?"] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor

[The Pirate Subs] (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 Topedo [Captain Jim Lockhart]; X-1 [William Wotan] (villain, introduction); Wotan's submarine pirates (villains, introduction for all)

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.

In Double Trouble (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Gill Fox (signed)
Pencils:
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks:
Gill Fox
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Cameo: Gill Fox (or at least his hand)

[Captured By Kiroto] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Bob Powell [as Terrence Macauley]
Pencils:
Bob Powell
Inks:
Bob Powell
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Lee Preston; Major Kiroto (villain, introduction); Kip (introduction)

Gang Czar's Right Hand Man Arrested (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady; Lieutenant Foxx; Scar Sizza (villain, introduction); Sparks (villain, introduction, death); Mack (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
When O'Brien is framed and arrested on the testimony of gangster Scar Sizza, Pug disguises himself as the Clock and shoots to death Sparks and Mack.

Indexer Notes

The fact that Pug and Brian were the spitting image of one another served well in future stories to protect the identity of the Clock, since the Clock and Brian could appear together.

Glenna Collett's Greatest Uphill Fight to Win (Table of Contents)

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

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

A Way to Mark Husbands (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
Reprints:
  • From newspaper strips.

The Death-Ray Decoy (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; Tug; Mary Perry; Smythe (introduction); Hitlin (villain, introduction); foreign spies (villain, introduction)

Scourge of the Skies (Table of Contents)

Eric Vale / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Spain
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Eric Vale

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Table of Contents)

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
biography

[Mystery At Windward Castle] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton]; John Gordon (introduction); Betty Gordon (introduction); Jack Dale (introduction); Ross (villain, introduction, death); Slade (villain, introduction); Max (villain, introduction)

["After Alice Furze gets rid of the man who helped tie up Jane..."] (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
Reprints:
  • From newspaper strips.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Lena Pry / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

appears on bottom half of Jane Arden pages.

[The Escape of Lucky Largo] (Table of Contents)

Space Legion / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Vernon Henkel [as Vern]
Pencils:
Vernon Henkel [as Vern]
Inks:
Vernon Henkel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Space Legion; Rock Braddon; Lucky Largo (villain, introduction)
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Clock
  2. 1. [The Black Condor In America]
    The Black Condor
  3. 2. "Come on! A bunch of Standish players over at the chocolate shop are looking for trouble!"
    Ned Brant
  4. 3. Thomas Andrews Kidnapped By the Spider
    Alias the Spider
  5. 4. ["What's your boyfriend like, Molly?"]
    Molly the Model
  6. 5. ["Your piano has a nice tone, neighbor- May I try something on it?"]
    Off the Record
  7. 6. [The Pirate Subs]
    The Red Torpedo
  8. 7. In Double Trouble
    Slap Happy Pappy
  9. 8. [Captured By Kiroto]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  10. 9. Gang Czar's Right Hand Man Arrested
    The Clock
  11. 10. Glenna Collett's Greatest Uphill Fight to Win
    They're Still Talking
  12. 11. A Way to Mark Husbands
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  13. 12. The Death-Ray Decoy
    Wizard Wells
  14. 13. Scourge of the Skies
    Eric Vale
  15. 14. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
    Screen Snapshots
  16. 15. [Mystery At Windward Castle]
    Madam Fatal
  17. 16. ["After Alice Furze gets rid of the man who helped tie up Jane..."]
    Jane Arden
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Lena Pry
  19. 18. [The Escape of Lucky Largo]
    Space Legion
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