(July 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1941-05-21
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)

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

[Spy In a Sawdust Ring] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Inks
Reed Crandall [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud; Vera and her Wonder Horse; The Great Ivan; Pietro
Synopsis
The Ray and Bud temporarily join the circus after saving some aerialists from attack. In the process, they discovered an FBI agent was also there to take down Vera, the equestrienne.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole

The Circus Mystery (Table of Contents: 3)

Midnight / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey); Alice Taylor (Dave's girl); Alonzo Schtunk (villain)
Synopsis
A circus performer uses monkeys as pickpockets, which draws Dave away as Midnight from his date for the evening, and he is in the process of busting up the racket when Doc and Gabby come on the scene, intent on using the doctor's new mind-reading invention on the gang.

[On Broadway] (Table of Contents: 4)

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; Tiny Todd; Rocky Hill]; Garry Bore

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.

[The Invisible Sky-Base] (Table of Contents: 5)

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 Benson; The Bullet-Plane; Lorner
Synopsis
Wings dons the costume worn by the enemy spies to sneak into their Invisible Sky-Base.

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo; Killer Diller

Indexer Notes

Cole is credited on drawing this feature, and Ralph Johns is his pen name, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Frisco Finley] (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
Jester [Chuck Lane]; Mulligan; Frisco Finley; Nick Perselle (villain)
Synopsis
Nick Perselle tries to frame Mulligan for murder.

Indexer Notes

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

[The Sumatra Adventure] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Batu; Alex Durham; Osaki; Kali; 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 Face (Table of Contents: 9)

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
Kent Thurston; Chac Mool; B-7; Chima
Synopsis
Thurston battles spies intending to sabotage the Panama Canal.

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Pinajian, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who, 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.

[The Culver Murder] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Pencils
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore]; John Culver; Henry Wilson (Judy's brother); Judy Wilson (Barry's love interest); Kuber (villain)
Synopsis
Barry meets his heart throb, Judy Wilson, while protecting her brother from mobsters.

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 Hunted Castle [sic] (Table of Contents: 11)

Jimmy Christian / text story / 1.25 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (header)
Inks
? (header)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian

Indexer Notes

Story across two pages, with 1/4 of a page of ads on the first page and 1/2 of a page of an ad on the second.

Page count and note from Saltarella via the GCD Error Tracker.

[The Fire God] (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; The Queen
Synopsis
Abdul is ship wrecked on a mysterious island and sentenced to be sacrificed to the Fire God

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 Sword] (Table of Contents: 13)

Chic Carter: The Sword / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
Chic Carter as The Sword (intro); Bull Hennessey; Sgt Monahan; One Thumb Hogan; Egghead
Synopsis
Framed for murder, Chic Carter dons a mask to evade the police.

Indexer Notes

Next appearance in Police Comics #1
Henkel is credited on drawing and writing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Headless Men] (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
?
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; Gus; Gyp; Commissioner Hunt; Devlin; The Headless Men (villains)
Synopsis
Hazzard and Bozo face a group of weird mobsters who wear special suits to make themselves look headless in order to scare their victims to death.

Indexer Notes

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Bozo the Robot
  2. 1. [Spy In a Sawdust Ring]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  4. 3. The Circus Mystery
    Midnight
  5. 4. [On Broadway]
    The Purple Trio
  6. 5. [The Invisible Sky-Base]
    Wings Wendall
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. [Frisco Finley]
    The Jester
  9. 8. [The Sumatra Adventure]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  10. 9. The Face
    Invisible Justice
  11. 10. [The Culver Murder]
    The Scarlet Seal
  12. 11. The Hunted Castle [sic]
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [The Fire God]
    Abdul the Arab
  14. 13. [The Sword]
    Chic Carter: The Sword
  15. 14. [The Headless Men]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karsten S.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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