(October 1941)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1941-08-20
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. 4.


[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]; Midnight [Dave Clark] (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Rookie Rankin (inset); The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset); Wings Wendall (inset)

[The Atom Smasher] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
Reed Crandall
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud; Dr. Kompf (villain); Hugo (villain)
Synopsis
The Ray battles fifth columnists who have a mobile atom-smasher that can turn people into liquid or dust, and also has the capability to immobilze the Ray.

Good Neighborliness (Table of Contents: 2)

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; Shulman; Colonel Atwater; Madame Doom (villain)
Synopsis
Black X battles Madame Doom in Mexico.

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).

[You are to join the Army] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie; Stanislouse

[The Debutante's Masquerade Ball] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective Hustace McGinty; Jean Waldorf (socialite, introduction); Purdy Stone (villain)
Synopsis
The Jester breaks up a robbery at the ball and meets socialite Jean Waldorf, who immediately takes a liking to Chuck Lane.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-5-4. Jim Amash and Mike Kooiman, in the Quality Companion, state that Gustavson created this feature and did it the first two years of its existence (even though the Who's Who doesn't indicate Gustavson doing anything but drawing the feature).

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

In this story, Inspector Mulligan was replaced with Detective McGinty, who was identical in appearance to the Inspector.

[The Fire Cult] (Table of Contents: 5)

Wildfire / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Turner (signed)
Pencils
Jim Mooney (signed)
Inks
Jim Mooney (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wildfire; The Fire-Devil
Reprints

[The Trio Splits Up] (Table of Contents: 6)

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 [Rocky Hill; Warren; Tiny Todd]
Synopsis
The Trio splits up to look for work but are reunited in a three way collision.

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 Ghost of Robin Hood (Table of Contents: 7)

Midnight / comic story / 6 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); Van Topps; The Ghost of Robin Hood [Mr. Mills] (villain, former millionaire)
Synopsis
A former millionaire becomes the ghost of Robin Hood, targeting the rich to help the poor.....namely, himself! When Midnight attempts to stop him, the crime fighter is tagged in the back with a deadly arrow!

[The Bacteria Shipment] (Table of Contents: 8)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendal; Spinner Benson; Captain Kargas
Synopsis
Wings puts a stop to an enemy germ warfare plan.

Indexer Notes

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

[The Bombers] (Table of Contents: 9)

Rookie Rankin / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arthur Peddy [as Kenneth Julian] (signed)
Inks
Arthur Peddy [as Kenneth Julian] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Igor; Sgt. Burns
Synopsis
Rookie uncovers a bunch of terrorists planning to plant bombs throughout the city.

Indexer Notes

The name Kenneth Julian is not found in Jerry Bails' Who's Who, neither as pen name for Peddy nor as writer of this feature.

The Secret of the Mountain (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

text story

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

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 (detective)

Indexer Notes

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

[The White Wizard] (Table of Contents: 12)

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. Bond; The White Wizard (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
The Hood follows some oddly-dressed thugs through the city of Metropolis to an underground lair where he found a hiiden city.....the White Wizard's domain. When faced with defeat, the Wizard escapes before his city explodes.
Keywords
Metropolis

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. He is credited on both art and script by the Who's Who.

The White Wizard will appear again in Smash #30, the only one of the Hood's foes to appear more than once.

[The Super Explosive] (Table of Contents: 13)

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
Bozo; Hugh Hazzard; Dr. Ezra Cade; Zork; Gibbles; Hitz

Indexer Notes

Wayne 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]
    The Ray
  2. 1. [The Atom Smasher]
    The Ray
  3. 2. Good Neighborliness
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. [You are to join the Army]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [The Debutante's Masquerade Ball]
    The Jester
  6. 5. [The Fire Cult]
    Wildfire
  7. 6. [The Trio Splits Up]
    The Purple Trio
  8. 7. The Ghost of Robin Hood
    Midnight
  9. 8. [The Bacteria Shipment]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. [The Bombers]
    Rookie Rankin
  11. 10. The Secret of the Mountain
    Jimmy Christian
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Wun Cloo
  13. 12. [The White Wizard]
    Invisible Justice
  14. 13. [The Super Explosive]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Bob Hughes
  • Del Gruber
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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