(December 1940)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-10-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Edward Cronin
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Canadian price, not given in the indicia, shown on cover as "15ยข IN CANADA." Neither the preceding nor the following issue displayed this information on its cover.

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)

The Black Condor / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.]; The Clock [Brian O'Brien] (inset); Jane Arden (inset); Alias the Spider [Tom Hallaway] (inset); Molly the Model (inset)

[The Menace of the Thinking Machines] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Black Condor / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Kenneth Lewis] (signed)
Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.]; Lung Woe (villain, introduction, death); un-named enemy Nazi spy (villain, introduction); the Spinning Deaths (villains, introduction, sentient machines, all die)
Synopsis
The Condor must overcome the Chinese Lung Woe, who has created the drilling "spinning death machine" for his Nazi cohort. Unfortunately for them, the machine turns out to have a mind of its own and manufactures an army itself!

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Molly the Model / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
H'lo Molly!
Genre
humor
Characters
Molly the Model

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Off the Record / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor

[Vendrome's Electrical Weapon] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Legion; Rock Braddon; Dr. Wadsworth; Elaine Wadsworth; Vendrome (first appearance villain; death)

[The Secret of the Rex] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton]; Dr. Prowl (first appearance); Thor (first appearance); Trag (first appearance; villain); Prof. Crane (first appearance; villain)

[Allied with the Black Shark] (Table of Contents: 6)

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 Torpedo [Jim Lockhart]; Capt. Arville (introduction, death); Black Shark (villain); the Nazis (villains); Herr Schaft (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Lockhart forces the Black Shark to assist him against Axis treachery by pinning the Shark's sub, then using his ability to release a screen of oil to surround Nazi submarines poised to attack the British. After this is accomplished, the Shark hastily retreats to safety.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who suggests, 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. Kiefer is also usually considered to have written it.

Drew Allen is Kiefer's pen-name used on the strip.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Jane Arden / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Monte Barrett
Pencils
Russell Ross [as Russell E. Ross]
Inks
Russell Ross [as Russell E. Ross]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jane is trying to trap two race swindlers by making big bets.
Genre
drama
Characters
Jane Arden
Reprints
  • from Jane Arden Sundays (Tribune) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Lena Pry / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Monte Barret
Pencils
Russell Ross [as Russell E. Ross]
Inks
Russell Ross [as Russell E. Ross]
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't ya know it's bad luck fer yer apron t'be loose, Lena?
Genre
humor
Reprints
  • from Lena Pry Sundays (Tribune) xxxx-xx-xx - xxxx-xx-xx

Indexer Notes

bottom half of the Jane Arden pages

[The Boy and the Bank Robbers] (Table of Contents: 9)

Alias the Spider / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spider [Tom Hallaway]; Chuck; Bobby (introduction); the "old timer" (introduction); Mike (villain); Spud (villain)
Synopsis
To save a kidnapped boy's life, the Spider doesn't hesitate to kill the kidnapper.

Indexer Notes

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

[The Saboteurs and the Train Crash] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
? [as Terrence Macauley]
Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Lee Preston; Rick Royce

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Snappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey Sis- Wait a Minute
Genre
humor

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

Ned Brant / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Zuppke
Pencils
B. W. DePew
Inks
B. W. DePew
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hold that line!
Genre
sports
Characters
Ned Brant

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

Jungle Blitzkrieg (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Larry Spain
Pencils
? (illustrations)
Inks
? (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Eric Vale

[The Anti-Gun Judge] (Table of Contents: 14)

Slap Happy Pappy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor

With Remote Control (Table of Contents: 15)

Wizard Wells / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Francis Campbell
Pencils
Henry Weston Taylor ?
Inks
Henry Weston Taylor ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Wizard Wells; Tug; Jason Terrell (first appearance); Betty Terrell (first appearance); Ralph Terrell (villain); John Terrell (villain)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

Rube Goldberg's Side Show / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Rube Goldberg
Pencils
Rube Goldberg
Inks
Rube Goldberg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dopey Behavior Book
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

strip reprints

[Stuporman] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Inks
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady; Stuporman (villain, introduction, death); Snoop Cadrone (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
The Clock must find a way to overcome and defeat a super-strong and impervious pinheaded monster from Mongolia.

Indexer Notes

Though "Stuporman" is a dumb, giant Mongolian thug, he is clearly also meant to be a parody of Superman.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Black Condor
  2. 1. [The Menace of the Thinking Machines]
    The Black Condor
  3. 2. ["H'lo Molly!"]
    Molly the Model
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Off the Record
  5. 4. [Vendrome's Electrical Weapon]
    Space Legion
  6. 5. [The Secret of the Rex]
    Madam Fatal
  7. 6. [Allied with the Black Shark]
    The Red Torpedo
  8. 7. ["Jane is trying to trap two race swindlers by making big bets."]
    Jane Arden
  9. 8. ["Don't ya know it's bad luck fer yer apron t'be loose, Lena?"]
    Lena Pry
  10. 9. [The Boy and the Bank Robbers]
    Alias the Spider
  11. 10. [The Saboteurs and the Train Crash]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  12. 11. ["Hey Sis- Wait a Minute"]
    Snappy
  13. 12. ["Hold that line!"]
    Ned Brant
  14. 13. Jungle Blitzkrieg
    Eric Vale
  15. 14. [The Anti-Gun Judge]
    Slap Happy Pappy
  16. 15. With Remote Control
    Wizard Wells
  17. 16. ["Dopey Behavior Book"]
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  18. 17. [Stuporman]
    The Clock
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  • Scott Casper
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