(November 1941)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1941-09-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Ed Cronin [as Edward Cronin]

Issue Notes

Copyright 1941 by Comic Magazines, Inc.

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Firebrand / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Firebrand [Rod Reilly]; Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian] (inset); Phantom Lady [Sandra Knight] (inset); Eagle Evans (inset); #711 [Daniel Dyce] (inset); The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln] (inset)
Reprints

[Herr Strasse's Sea Island Spy Ring] (Table of Contents: 1)

Firebrand / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
Reed Crandall (signed)
Inks
Reed Crandall (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stark dangers beyond the realm of Rod Reilly's everyday life...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Firebrand [Rod Reilly]; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Rod develops a combat bomber capable of taking off and landing with only 50 yards of airstrip available. After the Nazis attempt to steal the plane and the Firebrand steps in to stop that endeavor, the U.S. military orders 5000 of the aircraft.

[The Van Dern Pearls] (Table of Contents: 2)

#711 / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Inks
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
#711 [Daniel Dyce]
Synopsis
Daniel learns of a plot to snatch the Van Dern pearls.

Indexer Notes

Van Dern is the name of Batman's maternal family and the pearls are a symbol linked to his mother's death in more modern revelations.

The Yegg Beater (Table of Contents: 3)

Super Snooper / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gill Fox (signed)
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Gill Fox ?

Genre
humor

[Defending the Dartmoor] (Table of Contents: 4)

Eagle Evans, Flier of Fortune / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Witmer Williams [as Clark Williams] (signed)
Inks
Witmer Williams [as Clark Williams] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Eagle Evans, famous American aviator...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Eagle Evans; Snap Smith

[Dr. Scratch of Demon Hill] (Table of Contents: 5)

Chic Carter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Chic Carter; Gargoyle; Sir John Nienstine; Gay Nolan; Monahan; Dr. Scratch (villain)
Synopsis
Dr. Scratch is trying to build an electronic brain, using the actual brains of famous scientists. Chic Carter, now abandoning his former role of the Sword and content just to be a reporter, tackles this eerie case.

Indexer Notes

Story riffs on Universal's Frankenstein movies, with Dr. Scratch in search of a brain, aided by his assistant Gargoyle (think Igor), with his intended target being Dr. Nienstine (rhymes with Frankenstein).

Crime School for Delinquent Girls (Table of Contents: 6)

Plastic Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed); John Belfi ?
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole

Genre
superhero
Characters
Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian]; Madam Brawn (villain, introduction); Lefty Goon (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Madam Brawn of the Crime School for Delinquent Girls campaigns to take over the protection racket in Windy City. Eel O'Brian manages to wiggle his way into the racket, but Plastic Man gets tied into knots before subduing the Madam. After Brawn manages to escape, Plas grants her leniency, but she vows to get revenge.
Reprints
Keywords
Crime School for Delinquent Girls; Windy City

Indexer Notes

Belfi claimed (in Alter Ego #11, page 6) to be inking some Plastic Man stories at this date. The art does look rather different from Cole's complete pencil and ink jobs, so this may feature at least partial Belfi inks.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Dewey Drip / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
But Dewey -- what makes you think you'll do well in the tank corps?
Genre
humor
Characters
Dewey Drip

[McGaw's Proposition] (Table of Contents: 8)

Steele Kerrigan / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Bryant (signed)
Inks
Al Bryant (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The life of an ex-convict is a ceaseless struggle...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steele Kerrigan; Spike McGaw (villain); Cokey Marino (villain)

[The Flash Photo Fixers] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Mouthpiece / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
The Mouthpiece [Bill Perkins]

The Goof (Table of Contents: 10)

Dick Mace / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Robert M. Hyatt ?
Pencils
? (spot illustrations)
Inks
? (spot illustrations)
Colors
? (spot illustrations)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Dick Mace; Duffy the Goof (pilot)

Indexer Notes

Dick Mace text story.

[The Dirigible of Doom] (Table of Contents: 11)

Phantom Lady / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Arthur Peddy (signed)
Inks
Arthur Peddy (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Glamorous Sandra Knight, daughter of a senator...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Phantom Lady [Sandra Knight]; Don Borden; un-named Anglican Ambassador; Kurtz (villain, death); Heine (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Phantom Lady rescues Don and an ambassador from a dirigible on which some Nazis had planted a bomb.
Reprints
Keywords
Black (flash)light (aka the black cone)

[The Safety Pin Stealer] (Table of Contents: 12)

Burp the Twerp / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Cole] (signed); John Belfi ?
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole

Genre
humor
Characters
Burp the Twerp

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

The Human Bomb / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Inks
Will Eisner; Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the laboratory in Washington...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln]; the Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
Roy, an accomplished chemist in his own right, invents another explosive that scares his co-workers so much that he moves the experiment into his own private lab. It is formulated into a substance that is harmless on its own, but detonates when it comes in contact with Roy's hot hands. The substance is used to take down a Nazi vessel that the Human Bomb encounters en route to Havana.

Indexer Notes

Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash state in the Quality Companion that Gustavson created the strip and wrote it. Gustavson's son, Terry Gustafson, concurs.

Letterer credit from Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

Art credits revised from Gustafson to Eisner-Fine by Craig Delich (per note below):

"Upon examination of the original artwork to “Police Comics #4, page 62”, featuring The Human Bomb in the story: “The U-Boat Battle,” it indicates that this specific page, and likely the entire story, was illustrated by the combined talents of Will Eisner and Louis K. Fine and NOT by Paul Gustavson as originally credited to, although Paul Gustavson DID in fact write this particular story. Will Eisner's long-time publisher and art agent, Denis Kitchen, confirmed that “panel 1” from “Police Comics #4, page 62” looks incredibly like Will Eisner’s late 1930’S style of work as seen in the Quality Comics’ “Smash Comics” titles: “Espionage: Starring Black X” series, while the remaining panels featuring The Human Bomb in the heat of battle, resemble the style Lou Fine with the finely delineated line work, the broken-panel layouts, and the overall positioning of The Human Bomb."

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Firebrand
  2. 1. [Herr Strasse's Sea Island Spy Ring]
    Firebrand
  3. 2. [The Van Dern Pearls]
    #711
  4. 3. The Yegg Beater
    Super Snooper
  5. 4. [Defending the Dartmoor]
    Eagle Evans, Flier of Fortune
  6. 5. [Dr. Scratch of Demon Hill]
    Chic Carter
  7. 6. Crime School for Delinquent Girls
    Plastic Man
  8. 7. ["But Dewey -- what makes you think you'll do well in the tank corps?"]
    Dewey Drip
  9. 8. [McGaw's Proposition]
    Steele Kerrigan
  10. 9. [The Flash Photo Fixers]
    The Mouthpiece
  11. 10. The Goof
    Dick Mace
  12. 11. [The Dirigible of Doom]
    Phantom Lady
  13. 12. [The Safety Pin Stealer]
    Burp the Twerp
  14. 13. ["At the laboratory in Washington..."]
    The Human Bomb
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Henry Andrews
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Keith Chandler
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Daniel Martinez
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Gregory Fischer