(May 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1941-03-19
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, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 2.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
George Brenner
Inks
George Brenner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bozo the Robot; The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset); Midnight [Dave Clark] (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset)

[The Return of Captain Blue] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud [once known as Jackie]; Lupo (villain, a wraith, dream); King Peveral (villain, dream); Blitzen (villain, a six-legged horse, dream); Kulik (villain, dream); Captain Blue (villain, dream)
Synopsis
Bud returns home as he ward of Happy Terrill, whom he no longer remembers to be the Ray for some reason. That night, Bud has a dream that wraith Lupo kidnaps him and takes him on Blitzen to Elixir, the realm of King Percival, where he and the Ray battle Captain Blue again.

[The Spy Broadcast] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall; General Harris; Bullet Plane; Spinner

Indexer Notes

Henkel is credited on drawing and writing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I wanna make a little Whoopie!
Genre
humor; children

[The Milk Shortage] (Table of Contents: 4)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey)
Synopsis
When Dave goes to work at the radio station, he sends Gabby on a mission to expose two dueling milk companies thast were endangering the public. When Midnight is captured and the crooks attempt to unmask him, he protects his identity by making a nonstop series of funny faces until Gabby manages to free him.

[Tony Miscardi] (Table of Contents: 5)

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 [Tiny Todd; Warren; Rocky Hill]

Indexer Notes

Alex Blum is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and his gloomy faces are not to be mistaken. Compare sample in Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Jerry Iger is credited as writer for Quality, and his pen name was S.M. Regi (Iger backwards).

Writer revision from Jerry Iger 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.

[Athlete's Foot] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery

[Mrs. Van Cornish's Bequest] (Table of Contents: 7)

The Jester / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Charles "Chuck" Lane] (Police Officer, introduction); Inspector Mulligan; Mrs. Van Cornish; Looie the Mouse (villain)
Synopsis
Lane calls on a wealthy woman at her home whose fortune was targeted by Looie the Mouse, and, as the Jester, hogties the thug and throws him out the window of her home, which greatly displeases the Inspector.

Indexer Notes

No origin is given in this story.

The Jester uses a rubber clown head (dubbed "Quinopolis in Smash #47) to bean his pursuers and as a calling card to taunt the Police.

Jester's costume sports a skull on it, which has disappeared by the 7th story.

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

[Defending Suez] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Lane French [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Pencils
Witmer Williams (signed)
Inks
Witmer Williams (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Batu

Indexer Notes

Williams is credited on drawing this feature.

Writer revision from Eisner to French by Craig Delich.

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).

[Captured?] (Table of Contents: 9)

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 Red Seal [Barry Moore]; Captain Tim Moore
Synopsis
The Seal invents a complex scheme to save his father's job, which was on the line because the Captain had failed to catch 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 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.

Castle of Doom (Table of Contents: 10)

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]; James Gotham; Geoffrey; Baxter Slade (villain)

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Pinajian, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, who is listed as writer and artist for this feature, and the style of his signature is identical to his "Art Pinajian"-signed story in Crack Comics #3. The artwork, too, like the bulging noses of some villains.

Today is Tomorrow (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

text story

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A little child did lead them
Genre
adventure
Characters
Abdul; Hassan; Fawida; Aman; Ibn Kawir gang
Synopsis
Abdul and Hassan have to play bodyguard to a little princess.

Indexer Notes

Powell is credited as writer and artist on this feature, and his pen name was Powell Roberts, all by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Vicious Racket] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Chic Carter; Monahan; Commissioner Martin

[Dutch the Loan Shark] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot; Dutch
Synopsis
Hugh Hazzard takes on a loan shark who preys on working people.

Indexer Notes

Reid is a pen name for Brenner, by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [The Return of Captain Blue]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [The Spy Broadcast]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. ["I wanna make a little Whoopie!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [The Milk Shortage]
    Midnight
  6. 5. [Tony Miscardi]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [Athlete's Foot]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. [Mrs. Van Cornish's Bequest]
    The Jester
  9. 8. [Defending Suez]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [Captured?]
    The Scarlet Seal
  11. 10. Castle of Doom
    Invisible Justice
  12. 11. Today is Tomorrow
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["A little child did lead them"]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Vicious Racket]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. [Dutch the Loan Shark]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • Craig Delich
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karsten S.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes