(January 1942)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Volume
?
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
?
On-sale date
1941-11-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Will Eisner
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

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
Characters
Blackhawk; Nazi officer
Reprints

The Vial of Death! (Table of Contents: 1)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Dick French
Pencils
Chuck Cuidera [as Chas. Cuidera) (signed)
Inks
Chuck Cuidera [as Chas. Cuidera] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Blackhawks [Blackhawk; Hendrickson; Olaf; Chop-Chop; 3 other unidentifiable members (see Note #2 for 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 2012-1-14.
(2) The 3 unidentified members are likely Stanislaus, Zeg, and Chuck (or possibly Boris).

[To Kill a Commander] (Table of Contents: 2)

Blue Tracer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
aviation; war

[The Invasion of Iceland] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
aviation

[The Crime School] (Table of Contents: 4)

Miss America / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Hickey
Inks
Tom Hickey
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Miss America [Joan Dale]

Indexer Notes

Writer and artist revisions as listed from Ed (actually Elmer) Wexler by Craig Delich 2013-9-13. The Who's Who states that Wexler was an artist only, writing no strips that he ever drew, including this one. Jim Amash, in the Quality Companion, states that Wexler only drew the first two stories, then left the strip. Artist credits per the Who's Who.

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: 5)

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

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

Genre
aviation

[The Trap For Jerry Noble] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jerry Noble; Sam (an eagle)

[The Painted Lady Patrol] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
humor; aviation; war
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!

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: 8)

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

Script
Tex Blaisdell
Pencils
Tex Blaisdell
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

last appearance

[The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse] (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Sniper; Hans Kronitz (villain, chemist, death)
Synopsis
The Sniper faces a mad Nazi chemist who is able to turn men into monsters.
Keywords
Berlin

Indexer Notes

Writer verified by the Who's Who.

The Avenger (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Who Is Monsieur X? (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Genre
non-fiction; war
Characters
Monsieur X [un-named French freedom fighter] (introduction); the 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.
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 dioed 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.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. The Vial of Death!
    Blackhawk
  3. 2. [To Kill a Commander]
    Blue Tracer
  4. 3. [The Invasion of Iceland]
    Loops and Banks
  5. 4. [The Crime School]
    Miss America
  6. 5. [Clothes Make the Men]
    Shot and Shell
  7. 6. [The Trap For Jerry Noble]
    Yankee Eagle
  8. 7. [The Painted Lady Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  9. 8. [Potato's Revenge]
    Diary of a Draftee
  10. 9. [The Fiend of the Wilhelmstrasse]
    The Sniper
  11. 10. The Avenger
  12. 11. Who Is Monsieur X?
    Secret War News
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Del Gruber
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin