(December 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1940-10-18
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)

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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride.
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.

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions..
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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Velly good day
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

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can we come in on one ticket?
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
Editing
Related Scans
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
  • Del Gruber
  • 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