(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:
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)

The Red Bee / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh]
Reprints:

[Origin of Hercules] (Table of Contents)

Hercules / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Dan Zolnerowich ? [as Dan Enloz] (signed)
Pencils:
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Inks:
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hercules [Joe Hercules] (origin); Mrs. Hercules (Joe's mother, death); Pete Birch (introduction); J. Willistone Jyppe (villain, banker)
Synopsis:
After Joe Hercules' mother dies of a heart attack, Joe goes after the unscrupulous banker who caused it. But his enthusiasm lands him in jail, where his cellmate encourages him to put on a costume, become a superhero, and break out of jail to avenge his mother's murder at the hands of Jyppe, who had wanted to own the town of Maryville.
Reprints:

[The Plot To Sink the ARKIAN] (Table of Contents)

X-5 Super Agent / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner [as Cary Weyt]
Pencils:
Charles Sultan
Inks:
Charles Sultan
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
spy
Characters:
X-5 (intro); Baroness Verber (Intro, villain)
Reprints:
Keywords:
Nazis

[Clock of Doom] (Table of Contents)

Jack and Jill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Lowell Riggs]
Pencils:
Leonard Frank
Inks:
Leonard Frank
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Jack Doe (intro); Jill Doe (intro); Joseph Eberhart (dies); Edward Eberhart; Phipps (villain)
Reprints:

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

The Red Bee / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney); Michael (a bee); Tom Darrow (District Attorney); Boss Storm (villain)
Synopsis:
Assistant D.A. Rick Raleigh, as the Red Bee, brings about the conviction of Boss Storm, a corrupt leader of a political machine seeking to run City Hall, armed only with his trained pet bee, Michael.
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Keywords:
Superor City

Indexer Notes

There is no actual origin in this story. It is written like the Red Bee has had previous adventures.

Writer revision from Toni Blum ? to ? by Craig Delich 2013-12-30. The Who's Who indicates that Toni Blum wrote this feature only in 1941-42.

Artist verification for Nicholas by the Who's Who. The strip was signed with a by-line of B. H. Apiary, which was not a real person.

[Origin of the Strange Twins] (Table of Contents)

The Strange Twins / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger [as S. M. Regi]
Pencils:
Alex Blum
Inks:
Alex Blum
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Douglas Strange; Rodney Strange (villain); Wendy Hale; Wing Low; Sin Chow (villain)
Synopsis:
25 years ago, Sin Chow kidnapped one of the sons of Neville Strange and raised him in his den of pirates. Only Wing Low know that Douglas and Rodney are brothers. Douglas spends 5 years in prison for a crime Rodney committed and then tries to prove his innocence by tracking down the brother he doesn't even know exists.
Reprints:
Keywords:
origin

The Lost Moment (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Toni Blum (Toni Boon)
Letters:
Typeset

Reprints:

[Neutrality Patrol] (Table of Contents)

Bob and Swab / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Pencils:
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Inks:
Klaus Nordling
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
Bob Masters (intro); Swab Decker (intro)
Reprints:
Keywords:
spies

[The Triple Train Wreck Robbery] (Table of Contents)

Casey Jones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Munson Paddock ? [as Pad Docke]
Pencils:
Munson Paddock
Inks:
Munson Paddock
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Casey Jones (intro); Deegan (villain)
Reprints:

The Tale of the Haunted Inn (Table of Contents)

Weird Tales / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Pierre Winter]
Pencils:
Pierre Winters
Inks:
Pierre Winters
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (intro)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the first installment of a recurring horror feature and is the first such horror feature in comics, predating "Eerie Comics" by seven years, which is considered the first supernatural comic. The Old Witch character is very similar to the Old Witch who narrated EC comics horror tales, which debuted ten years later.

[Origin of Neon the Unknown] (Table of Contents)

Neon the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
S. M. Iger [as Tagor Maroy] (signed)
Pencils:
Alex Blum
Inks:
Alex Blum
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Neon the Unknown [Tom Corbet] (introduction, origin); Lt. Cracket; Morgan Crookes (villain)
Synopsis:
Corbett, a member of the French Foreign Legion, drinks from a mysterious pool and gains strange "neonic" powers. Meanwhile, Morgan Crookes tries to organize all the black races of the world to help him conquer the white countries.
Reprints:
Keywords:
origin

Indexer Notes

More racist than usual for this time period.

In Tinkle Town (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Pauline Comanor (signed)
Pencils:
Pauline Comanor
Inks:
Pauline Comanor
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Tommy Tinkle (an animated puppet, intro); Mary Lou; Prof. Grund; Sam Snipe (villain); Pat Pokem (villain); Lotta Lure (villain)
Reprints:
Keywords:
puppet

[Doomsday and Afterward] (Table of Contents)

Blaze Barton / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Blaze Barton (intro); Prof. Solis (intro); Betty Solis (intro); Core-Men (villains)
Reprints:
Keywords:
origin
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Red Bee
  2. 1. [Origin of Hercules]
    Hercules
  3. 2. [The Plot To Sink the ARKIAN]
    X-5 Super Agent
  4. 3. [Clock of Doom]
    Jack and Jill
  5. 4. [Origin of the Red Bee]
    The Red Bee
  6. 5. [Origin of the Strange Twins]
    The Strange Twins
  7. 6. The Lost Moment
  8. 7. [Neutrality Patrol]
    Bob and Swab
  9. 8. [The Triple Train Wreck Robbery]
    Casey Jones
  10. 9. The Tale of the Haunted Inn
    Weird Tales
  11. 10. [Origin of Neon the Unknown]
    Neon the Unknown
  12. 11. In Tinkle Town
    Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou
  13. 12. [Doomsday and Afterward]
    Blaze Barton
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Charles Underwood
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin