(December 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Ray / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[Music Hath Charm] (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. Lectron] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Stradivous (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
The musician Stradivous, who can hypnotize anyone with his clarinet, works with Jennings to hijack a shipment of gold.
Reprints:

Mystery of the Five Talking Mummies (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 [Warren; Rocky Hill; Tiny Todd]

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 Story of the Mole (Table of Contents: 3)

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; Monahan; The Mole

["Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride."] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; Ludbah

[Al Regna] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Pencils:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Inks:
Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore]; Captain Pat Moore; Al Regna (villain)

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 the first story in #16....after that, the strip was signed "Duane Byrd Monroe", a pen name for which no reference can be found.

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 story and artwise.

[The Gaston Necklace] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Kent Thurston; Jason White; Rufus Kane; Inspector Battle

[Sabotage strikes the aviation factories] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre:
spy
Characters:
Espionage [Black X]; 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) until he left the feature at the end of 1940. It also became a house by-line as well for future writers.

["Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions.."] (Table of Contents: 8)

Magno / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Magno [Tom Dalton]; Mary Wallace; Steve Recka; Monk

Indexer Notes

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

[Barbaria Shall Strike] (Table of Contents: 9)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
aviation
Characters:
Wings Wendall; Listra; Warak

The God Mask (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Jimmy Christian

["Velly good day"] (Table of Contents: 11)

Wun Cloo, The Defective Detective / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Cole
Pencils:
Jack Cole
Inks:
Jack Cole
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; detective-mystery
Characters:
Wun Cloo [also as Professor Grrr's conscience]; unnamed Policeman; Professor Grrr (villain)
Synopsis:
Professor Grrr, despondent over Wun Cloo's messing up five murders that he had planned, attempts to kill the detective. Escaping the attempts, Wun Cloo drinks down some Super Putty Juice that makes his body plastic in nature, portrays the Professor's conscience, and convinces the villain to turn himself in.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Super Putty Juice

Indexer Notes

This was Cole's very first strip for Quality Comics.

Script and art revisions from Gill Fox to Cole by Craig Delich, per the reprint.

This story creates the notion that led to the creation of Plastic Man eight months later.

[The Medici Candle] (Table of Contents: 12)

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; Achmed Bey

["Can we come in on one ticket?"] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre:
humor

The Wizard (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; The Wizard
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [Music Hath Charm]
    The Ray
  3. 2. Mystery of the Five Talking Mummies
    The Purple Trio
  4. 3. The Story of the Mole
    Chic Carter
  5. 4. ["Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride."]
    Archie O'Toole
  6. 5. [Al Regna]
    The Scarlet Seal
  7. 6. [The Gaston Necklace]
    Invisible Justice
  8. 7. [Sabotage strikes the aviation factories]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. ["Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions.."]
    Magno
  10. 9. [Barbaria Shall Strike]
    Wings Wendall
  11. 10. The God Mask
    Jimmy Christian
  12. 11. ["Velly good day"]
    Wun Cloo, The Defective Detective
  13. 12. [The Medici Candle]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. ["Can we come in on one ticket?"]
    Kidding the Kids
  15. 14. The Wizard
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Matthew Head
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Dwayne Best
  • Per Sandell
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes