(August 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)

Neon the Unknown / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Neon the Unknown [Tom Corbet]; the Nazis

A Town's Ransom (Table of Contents)

Hercules / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hercules [Joe Hercules]; Mr. Portle (introduction, science teacher); un-named town Mayor; Crinch (villain, introduction, town Board member)
Synopsis:
Hercules battles saboteurs who blow up a school and a dam.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Couver Dam; Meadowland

Indexer Notes

Greg Powers is a by-line for this strip in 1940-41 according to the Who's Who and is not an actual person per se. The Powers listing under the artist has been removed, as Powers was not a pen-name for Zolne according to the Who's Who.

[Assignment: Ruina] (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; The Black Guards (Intro, villains)

[The Baby On the Doorstep] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Lowell Riggs]
Pencils:
John Lindermayer ?
Inks:
John Lindermayer ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Jack Doe; Jill Doe; Rocky Ford (villain,intro); Slobber Mike (villain,intro); Stella Ford (intro); Butch Ford (intro)
Synopsis:
Someone leaves a baby on the Doe's doorstep. Hijinks, including gunplay, ensue.

The Phantom Scaffold (Table of Contents)

Old Witch / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Pierre Winter] (signed)
Pencils:
Pierre Winter
Inks:
Pierre Winter
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Witch

Indexer Notes

formerly Weird Tales

[The Escape of Roderick Strange] (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:
Doug Strange; Rod Strange (villain); Wing Low (villain); Wendy Hale
Synopsis:
Rod captures Doug and takes his place.

Tyrant's Death (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Toni Blum
Letters:
Typeset

[The Hospital Grafters] (Table of Contents)

The Red Bee / comic story / 6 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:
Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney); Tom Darrow (District Attorney); Captain Dooley; Michael (the Red Bee's bee); Al Snead (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Red Bee must combat an influenza plague that infects the city as the hospitals can't afford to give treatment because city coffers have been bled dry by grafting politicians led by Al Snead.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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.

[Costa Rica Shore Leave] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
Bob Masters; Swab Decker; Nina Costa (intro)

[The Railroad Saboteurs] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Casey Jones

[The Venusian Expedition] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Roy Talon] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Kiefer
Inks:
Henry Kiefer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Blaze Barton; Professor Solis; Betty Solis; Venusians (introduction); Core-men (villains)

Indexer Notes

Oddity: Blaze was a Flash Gordon type hero who lived in a time after the year 5029 when the Earth's orbit was nearer to the Sun. However, in this one story, the year is 3000.

[Max the Toy Lion] (Table of Contents)

Tommy Tinkle / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Sandy Klauz]
Pencils:
Pauline Comanor
Inks:
Pauline Comanor
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Tommy Tinkle; Mary Lou; The Professor; Max (a toy lion, intro); King Neptune; Snipp (intro, villain) and Snapp (intro, villain)

[The Defeat of Radolf] (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 [Tom Corbet]; Radolf (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
Neon heads for Dunland to free the inhabitants of a concentration camp in Dunland from the evil and tyranical rule of a dictator.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Dunland; Rachaw (concentration camp)

Indexer Notes

It is easy to see from all the elements contained in this story that Radolf is actually Hitler in another personage.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Neon the Unknown
  2. 1. A Town's Ransom
    Hercules
  3. 2. [Assignment: Ruina]
    X-5 Super Agent
  4. 3. [The Baby On the Doorstep]
    Jack and Jill
  5. 4. The Phantom Scaffold
    Old Witch
  6. 5. [The Escape of Roderick Strange]
    The Strange Twins
  7. 6. Tyrant's Death
  8. 7. [The Hospital Grafters]
    The Red Bee
  9. 8. [Costa Rica Shore Leave]
    Bob and Swab
  10. 9. [The Railroad Saboteurs]
    Casey Jones
  11. 10. [The Venusian Expedition]
    Blaze Barton
  12. 11. [Max the Toy Lion]
    Tommy Tinkle
  13. 12. [The Defeat of Radolf]
    Neon the Unknown
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin