(November 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1940-09-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E. M. Arnold
Brand
Quality Comic Group
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

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1940, New Series, Vol. 35, No. 4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Espionage [Black X] / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Wings Wendall (inset); The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston] (inset)

[The Revenge of Bela Jat] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Ray / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Inks
Lou Fine [as E. Elctron] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Shimego; Gar; Bela Jat (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Ray faces Bela Jat, a Hindu mystic, who can transform himself at will into an "ecto-fluid". His murderous reign ends when Police catch him in solid form and put a knife in his back.

Mystery of the Empty Theatre (Table of Contents: 2)

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 [Rocky Hill; Warren; Tiny Todd]; Old Willy (introduction, death)

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 Hypnotic Fiend] (Table of Contents: 3)

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; Sum Fun (intro)

[Mystery In the Bayou] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Mae "Scoop" Merrill (intro); Chic Carter

[Origin of the Scarlet Seal] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Scarlet Seal / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Pencils
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Inks
Manning de Villeneuve Lee [as Manning DeV. Lee] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore] (actor, introduction, origin); Captain Pat Moore (Barry's father, introduction); Lt. Bemis; Spider (death); Bugs Marlone (villain)
Synopsis
Actor Barry Moore, after finishing the film "Oriental Horror", takes a job at his father's Police department, but finds that the Commissioner is a soft headed liberal. So Barry devises a secret life in order to infiltrate the underworld disguised as a Chinese-American called the Scarlet Seal.

Indexer Notes

This feature was created by Manning de Villeneuve Lee, an accomplished fine artist and book illustrator who specialized in historical subjects. His by-line only appears on this first story....after that, the strip was signed "Duane Byrd Monroe", a pen name for which no reference can be found.

Writer/artist credits revised from Harry Francis Campbell to Lee by Craig Delich 2013-31-13. Jim Amash and Mike Kooiman, in the Quiality Companion, state that Campbell is falsely credited on this feature.....and the art of Lee's (which is very refined in nature) in no way looks like that of Campbell.

The Who's Who lists Campbell as writer and artist in 1940-41.......Lee (called Lee Manning in the Who's Who) wrote and drew the strip in 1940, and Henry Taylor drew the strip in 1941. I'll leave it to other writer/art experts that have access to all the stories (from Smash #2-24) to determine who did what stories writer and artwise.

The name Barry Moore is a play on the famous screen actor family, the Barrymores.

Many stories display Moore jumping out of a cab and entering through the front door of his secret lab, which was disguised as a fake store front.

Moore's fortune financed his capers, and procured props such as firecrackers and flash powder, and he was also adept in jujitsu.

[The Power of Tutkamen] (Table of Contents: 6)

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
The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; Professor James; Professor Hill; Dr. Robb (introduction, death)
Synopsis
Thurston's friend, Professor James, is able to invent a form of anti-gravity after James discovered an ancient Egyptian artifact with this attribute.

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Art Pinajian, and he is credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. The anti-gravity attribute in this story is very similar to Hawkman's Ninth Metal.

[Invasion of Mexico] (Table of Contents: 7)

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner ? [as William Erwin] (signed)
Pencils
Dan Zolnerowich
Inks
Dan Zolnerowich
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Rod Pasquale; Colonel Atwater

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), but it also became a house by-line as well.

[The Labor Racketeers] (Table of Contents: 8)

Magno / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Magno [Tom Dalton]; Big Tim Fink (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Magno breaks up a fake union run by racketeers.

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[The Arson Arrows] (Table of Contents: 9)

Wun Cloo / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Fire Commissioner Nosey (Intro)

[The Sheik's Power Play] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Abdul; Hassan; Sheik Karu-Bali (Intro, Dies)

Vanishing Gold (Table of Contents: 11)

Jimmy Christian / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a last resort, Spud always gets the mascot...
Genre
humor

The Fifth Column (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall; Puget (Intro, Dies)

[Turgin's Fifth Column] (Table of Contents: 14)

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
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Turgin (intro,dies)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Espionage [Black X]
  2. 1. [The Revenge of Bela Jat]
    The Ray
  3. 2. Mystery of the Empty Theatre
    The Purple Trio
  4. 3. [The Hypnotic Fiend]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [Mystery In the Bayou]
    Chic Carter
  6. 5. [Origin of the Scarlet Seal]
    The Scarlet Seal
  7. 6. [The Power of Tutkamen]
    Invisible Justice
  8. 7. [Invasion of Mexico]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. [The Labor Racketeers]
    Magno
  10. 9. [The Arson Arrows]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. [The Sheik's Power Play]
    Abdul the Arab
  12. 11. Vanishing Gold
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["As a last resort, Spud always gets the mascot..."]
    Kidding the Kids
  14. 13. The Fifth Column
    Wings Wendall
  15. 14. [Turgin's Fifth Column]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Per Sandell
  • Del Gruber
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes