(January 1942)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1941-11-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Will Eisner (credited as W. E. Eisner) (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 1.

The Vial of Death! (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Chuck Cuidera
Inks
Chuck Cuidera
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; war; aviation; military; science fiction; superhero
Characters
Blackhawk; Nazi officer
Reprints

They Called Him "Stay-at-Home-Sammy" -- But Now He Leads the Gang ! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Schwinn Bicycles / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The Vial of Death! (Table of Contents: 2)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Dick French
Pencils
Chuck Cuidera (signed as Chas. Cuidera)
Inks
Chuck Cuidera (signed as Chas. Cuidera)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen (sourced) (see Note #1)

Genre
adventure; war; aviation; military; science fiction; superhero
Characters
The Blackhawks [Blackhawk; Boris (unidentifiable member, see Note #2 about possible candidates); Chop-Chop; Chuck (unidentifiable member, see Note #2 about possible candidates); Hendrickson; Olaf; Stanislaus (unidentifiable member, see Note #2 about possible candidates); Zeg (unidentifiable member, see Note #2 about possible candidates)]; Professor Hammel (introduction, death); Elsa Hammel (introduction, death); Pierre (Hammel's assistant); Fritz (Nazi villain); Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
Blackhawk succeeds in getting a diabolical formula back for a destructive killer germ from the Nazis, who plan to use it to wipe out Allied forces, then takes it on the run as the Nazis concentrate their forces to catch him and get it back.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

(1) Letterer credit per Cuidera and added by Craig Delich January 14, 2012.
(2) The 3 unidentified members are likely Stanislaus, Zeg, and Chuck (or possibly Boris).
(3) Subtitled, "Army" and "Stories of the Military Action on Land Section 1."

[To Kill a Commander] (Table of Contents: 3)

Blue Tracer / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
An unarmed Lockheed P-38 Interceptor plane high above the clouds...
Genre
aviation; war; adventure
Characters
Captain Bill Dunn; Private Boomerang Jones
Synopsis
Bill and Boomerang fight Nazi paratroopers in Iceland.
Reprints
Keywords
boomerangs; Nazis; Reykjavik

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Modern War Weapons / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Fred Guardineer
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Although the Blue Tracer's .50 caliber machine guns are used for all-around shooting...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Private Boomerang Jones
Synopsis
A brief breakdown of the importance of the .50 caliber machine gun for the United States Army.

Indexer Notes

Appears at the bottom of the late page of the Blue Tracer story.

[The Invasion of Iceland] (Table of Contents: 5)

Loops and Banks / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Powell (credited as Bud Ernest)
Pencils
Bob Powell (credited as Bud Ernest)
Inks
Bob Powell (credited as Bud Ernest)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Am I glad we're staying here in Hawaii!
Genre
aviation; military; adventure
Characters
Banks Barrows; Loops McCann
Synopsis
Loops and Banks fight Nazi paratroopers in Iceland.
Reprints
Keywords
Iceland; Nazis; United States Marines

Indexer Notes

Oddly, both this story and the Blue Tracer story in this issue involve a German invasion of Iceland by parachute.

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

Miss America [Quality] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Hickey (sourced)
Inks
Tom Hickey (sourced)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When the 'Crime School' goes in for defense studies...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Miss America [Joan Dale]; Tim Healy
Synopsis
Miss America discovers an unscrupulous man who teaches children to steal, and it turns out he is also working with Nazi fifth columnists.
Reprints
Keywords
Nazis

Indexer Notes

Joan keeps tinkering with the design of her costume, with the stripes moving from her skirt to her blouse, with stars now appearing on the skirt.

[Clothes Make the Men] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Klaus Nordling
Pencils
Klaus Nordling
Inks
Klaus Nordling
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Golly, Colonel, we been over these clouds so long...
Genre
aviation; adventure; military
Characters
Sam Shot; Slim Shell
Synopsis
Our heroes think they have landed in Scotland but they are thousands of miles away. At least they're able to uncover a Nazi spy ring.
Reprints

[The Trap for Jerry Noble] (Table of Contents: 8)

Yankee Eagle [Jerry Noble / Military Comics only] / comic story / 7.75 pages (report information)

Script
John Stewart (credited)
Pencils
Bill Smith (ghosted for John Stewart) (sourced) (credited)
Inks
Bill Smith (ghosted for John Stewart) (sourced) (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Suddenly two tremendous explosions rock the entire fleet ....
Genre
adventure; military; war
Characters
Jerry Noble; Sam (an eagle); Tami (Japanese clipper ship captain, death); Japanese clipper crew members (deaths); Aki (Japanese agent); Matsiaka (Japanese agent, death); The Master (Japanese spy leader); unnamed Japanese spies; Commander Alcock
Synopsis
Jerry and his animal allies break up a Japanese spy ring.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Larry Noble is now called Jerry Noble in this story.

Has a secondary title: "Navy" and "Stories of Military Action at Sea Section 2."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Naval Information / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
? [as Jerry Noble] (credited)
Pencils
Bill Smith
Inks
Bill Smith
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This statue of Tecumseh is a replica of the figurehead of the 'U.S.S. Delaware.'
Genre
non-fiction; historical
Synopsis
The story of the statue of Tecumseh and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

[The Painted Lady Patrol] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ve must get rid of uff this Death Patrol!
Genre
humor; aviation; war; adventure
Characters
The Death Patrol [Del Van Dyke; Gramps; Butch (appears to die, but returns in #12); Hank; King Hotintot; Boris (introduction)]; Nazis' version of the Death Patrol (villains, all female, all die); Adolf Hitler (villain)
Synopsis
Boris becomes the newest member of the Patrol as it seems Gramps has been killed saving the other members. Boris and the others go up against a female Nazi Death Patrol, whose wiles won't work on the male Patrol, who are all woman haters at heart. In order to escape alive, the male Patrol dons the female uniforms, leaving the ladies to wear the male uniforms, and which results in all of them being shot to death, mistaken for the men!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

New member Boris is referred to as "The Borsht Eater".

Writer/artist Berg demonstrates a flash of brilliance in this tale, with a stunning one-page illustration depicting the cross-section of a house with a member fighting in each room.

[Potato's Revenge] (Table of Contents: 11)

Diary of a Draftee / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All right, Bud! Up!
Genre
humor; military
Synopsis
The potatoes revolt against being peeled but it turns out to be the draftee's bad dream.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The last appearance of this feature.

[The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Ted Udall (sourced)
Pencils
Vern Henkel
Inks
Vern Henkel
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Toward a Nazi-held vil-lage shuffled a group of men...
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Sniper; Hans Kronitz (villain, chemist, death); Nazi sentries (some die); Kronitz's captives
Synopsis
The Sniper faces a mad Nazi chemist who is able to turn men into monsters.
Reprints
Keywords
Berlin

The Avenger (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Reprints

Hero Stamp #5 Squadron Leader Roland R. S. Tuck (Table of Contents: 14)

Hero Stamp / activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The most daring ace of the R.A.F.
Genre
biography; military
Characters
Roland R. S. Tuck
Synopsis
A brief biography of exploits R.A.F. Squadron Leader Roland R. S. Tuck and his actions against the Luftwaffe.

Indexer Notes

Appears at the bottom of the first page of The Avenger text story. A stamp to clip out and collect, listed as worth "5".

Who Is Monsieur X? (Table of Contents: 15)

Secret War News / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Al McWilliams (signed as A. McWilliams)
Pencils
Al McWilliams (signed as A. McWilliams)
Inks
Al McWilliams (signed as A. McWilliams)
Colors
Al McWilliams (signed as A. McWilliams); ?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; war
Characters
Monsieur X [un-named French freedom fighter] (introduction); Nazis (villains, some die)
Synopsis
X succeeds in liberating a German ship filled with prisoners at Calais, France, and, with the help of another British ship, takes out a German destroyer. Although a Parisian newspaper reports that X was lost at sea, he, in fact, dove back into the English Channel and swam back to France to further torment the Nazis.
Reprints
Keywords
Le Petite Journal

Indexer Notes

Only appearance.

Although this tale is supposed to be a true story, research tells one that the phrase, "Monsieur X", appears throughout French arts and culture, but a search in the Le Petite Journal (archived on-line only through 1940) yields no evidence of this story represented in McWilliam's tale.

Henri Rousseau painted the "Portrait of Monsieur X" (Pierre Loti, a novelist who died in 1923). It was also the name used by an erotic photographer of the 1920's and 1930's. And in 1948, Edith Piaf recorded a song called "Monsieur X", a melancholy song about a beautiful man who wandered in sadness by the Seine.

1000-Shot Cowboy Carbine (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Big New Electronic Football 1942 Model (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Electronic Game Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. They Called Him "Stay-at-Home-Sammy" -- But Now He Leads the Gang !
    Schwinn Bicycles
  3. 2. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  4. 3. [To Kill a Commander]
    Blue Tracer
  5. 4. ["Although the Blue Tracer's .50 caliber machine guns are used for all-around shooting..."]
    Modern War Weapons
  6. 5. [The Invasion of Iceland]
    Loops and Banks
  7. 6. ["When the 'Crime School' goes in for defense studies..."]
    Miss America [Quality]
  8. 7. [Clothes Make the Men]
    Shot and Shell
  9. 8. [The Trap for Jerry Noble]
    Yankee Eagle [Jerry Noble / Military Comics only]
  10. 9. ["This statue of Tecumseh is a replica of the figurehead of the 'U.S.S. Delaware.'"]
    Naval Information
  11. 10. [The Painted Lady Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  12. 11. [Potato's Revenge]
    Diary of a Draftee
  13. 12. [The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse]
    The Sniper
  14. 13. The Avenger
  15. 14. Hero Stamp #5 Squadron Leader Roland R. S. Tuck
    Hero Stamp
  16. 15. Who Is Monsieur X?
    Secret War News
  17. 16. 1000-Shot Cowboy Carbine
    Daisy Air Rifles; Red Ryder
  18. 17. Big New Electronic Football 1942 Model
    Electronic Game Company
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