(January 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-11-20
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Everett 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

Ed Cronin named on statement of ownership.

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 1.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Bozo the Robot / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

[The Midget Train Robbers] (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]; Miss White and her seven dwarves (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis
After his transformation into the Ray, Happy hastily insists that his old self was "dead", but soon resumed his career as a newspaper reporter, trailing a band of old vaudeville freaks who are in alliance with one Miss White.

[Seal of Justice] (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]; Billy Watts (introduction, death); Rajah Fakir (villain, 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.

[Crashing the Concentration Camp] (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; Lloyd Nelson; Anna Monfried;

[The Story of Sunyan Tse] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; Sunyan Tse, Princess Mulan, Li Yao, Shah Aturk, Ali Beni

[The Accident Faker] (Table of Contents: 5)

Wun Cloo / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery

[The Return of Dr. Von Thorp] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Inks
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Dr. Von Thorp (villain, death); Runty (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Bozo's creator, von Thorp, returns after freeing himself from prison, and reclaims the robot by inventing a device which overrides Hazzard's own controls. Hazzard overcomes this obstacle by once again hiding in the robot, which returns to the evil doctor's lair. However, this time von Thorp is not fooled, captures Hazzard and throws him into a flooded room, where he survives by using a pipe as a straw to breath fresh air. Hazzard reassumes control of the robot, von Thorp flees and is shot to death by the Police.

[The Battle of Bermuda] (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]; Batu; Admiral Jepson; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the Nazis (villains)

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 after Eisner's tenure after 1940. Lane French wrote the feature in 1941, followed by Toni Blum (1942) and Otto Binder (1942-43).

[The Scarlet Death] (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; Dr. Moku (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Thurston must face the evil Dr. Moku, who has invented a special light that makes the Invisible Hood visible!

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.

[Tong War] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
? [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Pencils
? [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Inks
? [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Scarlet Seal (Barry Moore); Captain Pat Moore; Nicky Nessen (villain, introduction, death); Sing Lee (villain, death); Manchu Sing (villain); the Hip Leong Tong (villains); the On Sing Tong (villains)
Synopsis
The Scarlet Seal is successful in negotiating a resolution between two Chinese Tongs to prevent a war between them. The war had been designed by a Fifth Columnist who was killed in the end by the Chinese, but the Seal takes the blame for the killing.

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.

Manchu Sing is a ringer for Fu Manchu.

Aces of Death (Table of Contents: 10)

Jimmy Christian / text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian

Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc. (Table of Contents: 11)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Everett M. Arnold
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Printed in Cleveland, Ohio
Publisher: Everett M. Arnold 198 Shore Rd, Old Greenwich, Conn
Editor Edward Cronin 322 Main St, Stamford, Conn.
Owner: Everett M. Arnold 198 Shore Rd, Old Greenwich, Conn

[The Madness Serum] (Table of Contents: 12)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall; Spinner Benson; Wescott; Diane; Dr. Blade

[Lover's Island] (Table of Contents: 13)

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
George Tuska
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole

[The Origin of Midnight] (Table of Contents: 14)

Midnight / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight (Dave Clark)(radio spot announcer, introduction); Morris Carleton (villain, building owner, introduction)
Synopsis
Midnight investigates shoddy construction projects that have been built by a man named Carleton after the collapse of a building owned by Carleton. Carleton captured Midnight and tied him to a crumbling dam......but Midnight escaped when the dam cracked, and he then warned the town below, captured Carleton and secured $10 million for the town's relief.
Keywords
UXAM Radio

Indexer Notes

No origin is given for this character. Busy Arnold asked Cole to create a Spirit knock-ff, and this was it. Cole visited Will Eisner, who was not really thrilled with what Cole had been asked to do, but understood the situation. Cole made a deliberate attempt to make Midnight an entirely different feature from the Spirit, and this character was a perfect warm-up for Cole's later creation: Plastic Man.

[Men Into Monsters] (Table of Contents: 15)

Magno, the Magnetic Man / 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]; unnamed goon (villain, death)
Synopsis
Magno pursues a goon by diving into the depths of a swamp and uncovering a labyrinth, where dozens of prisoners have been transformed by a madman. Magno overthrows this man and destroys the complex with his magnetic powers.

Indexer Notes

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [The Midget Train Robbers]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [Seal of Justice]
    The Purple Trio
  4. 3. [Crashing the Concentration Camp]
    Chic Carter
  5. 4. [The Story of Sunyan Tse]
    Abdul the Arab
  6. 5. [The Accident Faker]
    Wun Cloo
  7. 6. [The Return of Dr. Von Thorp]
    Bozo the Robot
  8. 7. [The Battle of Bermuda]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  9. 8. [The Scarlet Death]
    Invisible Justice
  10. 9. [Tong War]
    The Scarlet Seal
  11. 10. Aces of Death
    Jimmy Christian
  12. 11. Statement of the Ownership, Management, Circulation, Etc.
  13. 12. [The Madness Serum]
    Wings Wendall
  14. 13. [Lover's Island]
    Archie O'Toole
  15. 14. [The Origin of Midnight]
    Midnight
  16. 15. [Men Into Monsters]
    Magno, the Magnetic Man
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Matthew Head
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Bob Hughes