(June 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1941-04-18
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, 1941, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 3.


[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); The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset); Midnight [Dave Clark] (inset)

[The Beetle and the Tongs] (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]; Bud; Tom Lum (introduction); The Beetle (villain, introduction); Long Woo (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
To help out during a case involving feuds between rival clans in Chinatown, The Ray gives Bud a "ray ring" that emits a beam to blind people.
Keywords
Ray Ring

[The Hijacked War Planes] (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; Spinner; General Harrison

Indexer Notes

Henkel s credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Boomerang Bullets] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo (detective)

[The Hundred Grand Hobo] (Table of Contents: 4)

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 [Chuck Lane]; Mulligan; Limpy (introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

[The Ghost Town Bandits] (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]; Wolf Fang (villain, introduction)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
King O'Toole! King Itchovich of Slopolio...
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Princess Itchovitch (intro); Archie; Ivan

[Enter: Doc Wackey] (Table of Contents: 7)

Midnight / comic story / 5 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]; Gabby (a monkey); Doc Mortimer Wackey (villain, introduction, reforms)
Synopsis
Midnight faces a foe who administers pills to people that regresses them to infancy, and he is even tricked to ingesting the drug as well. Gabby takes a chance with the antidote, which might kill the subject, but Dave is restored. Then, instead of turning the doctor in, Midnight gives Wackey a chance to reform, working with him and Gabby to better promote his genius.
Keywords
Vacuum Gun

Indexer Notes

Dr. Wackey's first name was not revealed until Smash #32. He becomes Midnight's partner by the end of this story.

A diagram of Midnight's Vacuum Gun is shown in this story.

[The Temple of Mars] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Sandra Sanders (introduction), Luigi Piscato (death); Madam Doom (villain)

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).

[The Blue Death] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Inks
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; The Crystal Queen (villain, death); Caglio (villain, a magician, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Caglio and the Crystal Queen squabble over a mystical and lethal blue gem, which ends when the magician kiils the Queen and later succumbs to an explosion.

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.

[The Human Bronzes] (Table of Contents: 10)

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 Tim Moore; Bernice Fonda (introduction, death); Morta (villain, embalmer, introduction)
Synopsis
The Seal takes the law into his own hands to stop a murderous embalmer who is killing young women and posing them as life-like sculptures.

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.

Beeskrieg (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian

Indexer Notes

next story "The Hunted Castle"

[The Capture of Princess Bardia] (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
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Abdul; Hassan; Pooch (intro,a girl), Princess Bardia; Kibur (Intro, Dies)

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 Black Death] (Table of Contents: 13)

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 Black Death (Intro; Holt); Foster (intro, dies), Worthington (intro, dies); Dr. Parker

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Klaus Nordling, but this is Henkel, who is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Compare the grinning face with bright eyes with his signed Wings Wendell story.

[Karl Zoff's Double] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo; Karl Zoff; Kurtz (Intro for both); Fox (intro)

Indexer Notes

Wayne Reid is a pen name for Brenner, and he is only credited as artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [The Beetle and the Tongs]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [The Hijacked War Planes]
    Wings Wendall
  4. 3. [Boomerang Bullets]
    Wun Cloo
  5. 4. [The Hundred Grand Hobo]
    The Jester
  6. 5. [The Ghost Town Bandits]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. ["King O'Toole! King Itchovich of Slopolio..."]
    Archie O'Toole
  8. 7. [Enter: Doc Wackey]
    Midnight
  9. 8. [The Temple of Mars]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. [The Blue Death]
    Invisible Justice
  11. 10. [The Human Bronzes]
    The Scarlet Seal
  12. 11. Beeskrieg
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [The Capture of Princess Bardia]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Black Death]
    Chic Carter
  15. 14. [Karl Zoff's Double]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Steinar Ådland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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