(August 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Ed 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)

Black X / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Wings Wendall (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Archie O'Toole (inset); Abdul the Arab (inset)

Devil's Island (Table of Contents)

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; Dean (death); Batu; M'sieu Rolande (death); Camille; Commandant of Devil's Island; Rene (death); Moran (villain, thief)
Synopsis:
A thief named Moran has sole possession of the secret to a new gun. When he is captured for murder and sent to Devil's Island, Black X has to go along to keep him from giving the secret to the French.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Will Eisner created the Espionage feature, and Will Erwin was a pen name used by Will Eisner (Erwin was Eisner's middle name) until he left the feature after 1940. It also became a house by-line as well for future writers.

[Old Clutchcopper] (Table of Contents)

Wun Cloo / filler / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo; Old Clutchcopper (Intro)

[The Northern Fur Robbery] (Table of Contents)

Chic Carter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Chic Carter; Gat Griffin; Trixie; Blinky

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Kidding the Kids / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Pencils:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Inks:
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

[The Golden Dragon] (Table of Contents)

Invisible Justice / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Pencils:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Inks:
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; Joyce Clark; Dan Clark; Thomas Clark; The Golden Dragon [Ah Sin](villain, introduction)

[The Golden Spike] (Table of Contents)

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Pencils:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Inks:
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; children
Characters:
Archie O'Toole; Gil O'Teen

Cliff Melton (Table of Contents)

Sportraits / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
sports

[The Rifle Robbery] (Table of Contents)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Conrad Gunther (introduction); Judy Mallon (introduction)

[Introducing the Purple Trio] (Table of Contents)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
The Purple Trio [Tiny Todd (a midget); Rocky Hill (an acrobat); Warren (a magician)] (introduction, origin); Sandra Starr
Synopsis:
Tiny, Rocky and Warren are ousted from their jobs at the faltering performance industry, and decide to band together to pool their talents in fighting crime.

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from S. M. Regi to ? by Craig Delich 2013-12-26. The Who's Who indicates that S. M. Regi was a pen-name sometimes used by Jerry Iger, but also by others as a house by-line. It further indicates that Jerry Iger did not write this feature, but that Alex Blum, under this pen-name or by-line, did draw the strip.

The Purple Trio were three vaudevillains. Rockey wore a red suit, Warren wore a blue suit and Tiny wore a yellow suit.

[The Crooks Behind the Falls] (Table of Contents)

Clip Chance at Cliffside / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
George Brenner
Pencils:
George Brenner
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
sports
Characters:
Clip Chance; Spud; Chuck

An Almost Perfect Swindle (Table of Contents)

Philpot Veep / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Philpot Veep; Waldo

The Episode of the Prominent Proboscis (Table of Contents)

Philpot Veep / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Philpot Veep; Waldo

Indexer Notes

last appearance

[The Origin of Magno] (Table of Contents)

Magno, the Magnetic Man / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno [Tom Dalton] (introduction, origin); Mike Harvey (introduction)
Synopsis:
Tom is electrocuted by 10,000 D.C. volts, then revived by an equal shock of A.C. volts, all of which result in his obtaining powers of magnetism. As a blue collar lineman in a local town, he often uses excuses to duck away from his job to right injustices.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit changed from Paul Gustavson to ? by Craig Delich 2013-6-14. The Who's Who does not indicate that Gustavson wrote this feature.

Kickback (Table of Contents)

Jimmie Christian / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert M. Hyatt
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
detective-mystery

[Ahmed the Bedouin] (Table of Contents)

Abdul the Arab / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Abdul; Hassan; Ahmed; Najaf (Intro); Sheik Tell Akib (intro)

Indexer Notes

Tracking the Chinatown Terror (Table of Contents)

Captain Cook of Scotland Yard / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
William A. Smith
Pencils:
William A. Smith
Inks:
William A. Smith
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
Craig Cook; Kelly; The Key (intro)

[The Pneumonia Cure] (Table of Contents)

Bozo the Robot / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
George Brenner
Pencils:
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid]
Inks:
George Brenner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
science fiction
Characters:
Bozo the Robot; Hugh Hazzard; Dr. E. Salor (intro); Boss Patone; Slick; Horg (Dies)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Ray / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray

Indexer Notes

ad for the first appearance of the Ray in the next issue. On sale July 19

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Black X
  2. 1. Devil's Island
    Espionage Starring Black X
  3. 2. [Old Clutchcopper]
    Wun Cloo
  4. 3. [The Northern Fur Robbery]
    Chic Carter
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Kidding the Kids
  6. 5. [The Golden Dragon]
    Invisible Justice
  7. 6. [The Golden Spike]
    Archie O'Toole
  8. 7. Cliff Melton
    Sportraits
  9. 8. [The Rifle Robbery]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. [Introducing the Purple Trio]
    The Purple Trio
  11. 10. [The Crooks Behind the Falls]
    Clip Chance at Cliffside
  12. 11. An Almost Perfect Swindle
    Philpot Veep
  13. 12. The Episode of the Prominent Proboscis
    Philpot Veep
  14. 13. [The Origin of Magno]
    Magno, the Magnetic Man
  15. 14. Kickback
    Jimmie Christian
  16. 15. [Ahmed the Bedouin]
    Abdul the Arab
  17. 16. Tracking the Chinatown Terror
    Captain Cook of Scotland Yard
  18. 17. [The Pneumonia Cure]
    Bozo the Robot
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes