(August 1941)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-05-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Will Eisner [as W. E. Eisner]
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Some information was verified using a DCM scan (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/).

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Blackhawk
Reprints
Keywords
tank

Indexer Notes

The Archives volume also lists Gill Fox assisting on the art chores on this cover.

[The Origin of Blackhawk] (Table of Contents: 1)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner; Bob Powell
Pencils
Chuck Cuidera [as Charles Cuidera) (signed)
Inks
Chuck Cuidera [as Charles Cuidera] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Blackhawks [Blackhawk (introduction and origin); Baker (introduction, no further appearances); at least 6 other unidentifiable members (see Note #3 for possible candidates)]; Jack (Blackhawk's brother, introduction, death); Connie (Blackhawk's sister, introduction, death); Ann (Red Cross nurse, unidentified by name in this story, named in issue #3); one unnamed captured soldier; Captain von Tepp (Nazi villain, introduction, death); Captain von Kreck (Nazi villain, introduction, presumably killed); Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Warsaw, Poland 1939. The Nazis are massing to rout the Polish Air Force, the only obstacle to their victory over Poland, and are being led by the Nazi commander, Captain von Tepp. However, in his attack, the brother and sister of a lone survivor are killed, and this survivor, later to become The Blackhawk, vows to hunt down von Tepp and make him pay personally for their deaths.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

(1) Writer addition of Bob Powell and letterer credit per Chuck Cuidera.
(2) Introduction of Blackhawk. Introduction and death of Blackhawk’s brother Jack and sister Connie (both buried by Blackhawk). Blackhawk (DC, 1957 series) #242 (Aug-Sep 1968) reveals that Blackhawk's civilian name is Bart Hawk, however the story of Jack's death in that issue is vastly different from the original account, and therefore cannot be considered in the same continuity. Given this, one cannot state unequivocally that the three siblings' last name is "Hawk", or that Blackhawk's first name is "Bart".
(3) A minimum of 8 Blackhawks, including Blackhawk himself, are depicted. Baker, a Cockney Englishman, is the only one named. Based on later revelations of the team's early membership, the 6 unidentified members likely include: Andre, Hendrickson, Olaf, Stanislaus, Zeg, Chuck, and/or Boris. Based on his physical appearance, the prisoner referred to as "Blackhawk's man", seen on page 5 panel 4 between the Red Cross nurse and Captain Von Tepp, could be Andre or Zeg. Based on his physical appearance, the man struck in the head by a rock, seen on page 6 panel 9, could be Stanislaus, Olaf, or Boris.
(4) A small map of Blackhawk's Island is depicted.
(5) The lyrics to the song of the Blackhawks are: "Over land over sea, we fight to make men free, of danger we don't care... we're Blackhawks!"

[Flying with the Red Dragon] (Table of Contents: 2)

Loops and Banks of the Red Dragon Squadron / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Loops McCann (introduction); Banks Barrows (introduction); Gen. Cheng [the Red Dragon] (introduction); the Chinese (villains, some die)
Synopsis
The boys lose their contract as test pilots after a crack-up and find themselves being asked to join a group called the Red Dragon Squadron.
Reprints

[Origin of the Blue Tracer] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Blue Tracer / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Guardineer ?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer ?

Genre
aviation; war
Characters
Captain William "Wild Bill" Dunn (introduction); Private Boomerang Jones (introduction); a white woman (introduction); the M'Bujies (villains, introduction for all, some die)
Synopsis
"Wild Bill" Dunn, an American engineer, survives a British scouting expedition in Ethiopia, meets an Australian named Private Jones, and for months they work together to create a war machine from the remains of Fascist equipment that they call the Blue Tracer, and which they hope will provide the capabilities to overcome a local enemy tribe.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[Episode with a Goat] (Table of Contents: 4)

Archie Atkins, Desert Scout / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harry Campbell ?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Archie Atkins (introduction); Jack Bailey (introduction); Achmed (introduction); Billy (a goat, introduction); Major Douglas (introduction)
Synopsis
Three British soldiers, looking for help for their battalion under seige, are saved, ironically, by a billy goat, and soon find help with a group of French soldiers.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Millennium Edition lists Frank Frollo as the artist.

[Enlisting the Hard Way] (Table of Contents: 5)

Shot and Shell / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed)
Pencils
Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed)
Inks
Klaus Nordling [as Nordling] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation
Characters
Colonel Sam Shot (introduction); Slim Shell (introduction); Herr von Slobben (villain, Nazi military attache)
Synopsis
An unlikely duo team up to foil the attempts of a Nazi attache who is interested in obtaining information on a secret U.S. fighter.
Reprints

[The Coming of the Yankee Eagle] (Table of Contents: 6)

Yankee Eagle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
John Stewart
Pencils
William Smith
Inks
William Smith
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jerry Noble (introduction); Sam [the Yankee Eagle] (an eagle, introduction); Senator Noble (Jerry's father, introduction); Captain Webb; Chalky; Nazi spies (villains)
Synopsis
A group of Nazi spies work their way into the ranks of America's military services, attempting to turn over to the enemy some of the U.S.'s best ships.
Reprints
Keywords
U.S.S. America

Indexer Notes

Sam the eagle is referred to as the Yankee Eagle once in this issue only, however Jerry Noble is referred to as the Yankee Eagle multiple times in issue #8.

Not the same character featured in SMASH COMICS #38-47.

Script and art credits from Craig Delich.

[Origin of the Death Patrol] (Table of Contents: 7)

Death Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; aviation; war
Characters
Death Patrol [Del Van Dyne (introduction, origin); Butch O'Keefe (introduction, origin); Peewee (introduction, origin, death); Hank (introduction, origin); Slick Ward (introduction, origin); Gramps (introduction, origin)]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Reprints

Sabotage (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Tex Blaisdell (signed)
Pencils
Tex Blaisdell (signed)
Inks
Tex Blaisdell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Tex Blaisdell ?

Genre
humor
Characters
O'Rourke (former Brooklyn taxi driver)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Comprised of 4 independent gag cartoons.

The Machine Gun Drill (Table of Contents: 9)

Camp Capers / cartoon / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Lane French (signed)
Pencils
Lane French (signed)
Inks
Lane French (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Lane French ?

Genre
humor
Characters
un-named Army Sergeant
Synopsis
Sarge orders his men to dismantle, then re-assemble their machines guns inside of ten minutes.
Reprints

[The Origin of Miss America] (Table of Contents: 10)

Miss America / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed)
Inks
Elmer Wexler [as El Wexler] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Miss America [Joan Dale] (introduction, origin, reporter); un-named FBI Chief Inspector; Mr. Grost (villain, factory owner)
Synopsis
Joan is imbued by the famed Statue of Liberty with special powers in order to help the country against her enemies, foreign and domestic, gaining her name from a man she saved from an attack by thugs. She uses her new powers to deflect a bomb and crush the getaway car of spies involved.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Elmer Wexler ? to ? by Craig Delich 2013-9-13. The Who's Who lists no writer credits for anything Wexler ever drew, including this character.

Gone with the Draft (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick Scopes (signed)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; war
Characters
Dirk
Synopsis
After discussion of the draft, a letter from a trainee at Fort Wadsworth Training Center in New York discusses what went on during his first week in basic training.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The text story has three spot illustrations, as well as an illustrated drawing with text about the Garand Rifle, and also an illustrated chart of U.S. Army rank insignias.

[Sink the Kaiser Adolf] (Table of Contents: 12)

Q-Boat / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Kiefer ?
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
Henry Kiefer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Capt. Foghorn (introduction, origin); Bob Wayne (introduction, origin); Dick Martin (introduction, origin); Freckles [Marmaduke Van Weyden] (introduction, origin); Captain von Marz (villain); the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
The schooner "Albatross" succeeds in capturing the Battleship "Kaiser Adolf," then must take on the Nazis' new battleship, "Kronzprinz Albrecht."
Reprints
Keywords
Albatross; Beryl M; Kaiser Adolf; Navy
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. [The Origin of Blackhawk]
    Blackhawk
  3. 2. [Flying with the Red Dragon]
    Loops and Banks of the Red Dragon Squadron
  4. 3. [Origin of the Blue Tracer]
    The Blue Tracer
  5. 4. [Episode with a Goat]
    Archie Atkins, Desert Scout
  6. 5. [Enlisting the Hard Way]
    Shot and Shell
  7. 6. [The Coming of the Yankee Eagle]
    Yankee Eagle
  8. 7. [Origin of the Death Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  9. 8. Sabotage
  10. 9. The Machine Gun Drill
    Camp Capers
  11. 10. [The Origin of Miss America]
    Miss America
  12. 11. Gone with the Draft
  13. 12. [Sink the Kaiser Adolf]
    Q-Boat
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Katie
  • Dan Kocher
  • Merlin Haas
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • R. S. Martin
  • Matthew Head
  • Ramon Schenk
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