(January 1942)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1941-11-19
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

Editor from Statement of ownership.

On Sale Date from the publication date and volume number from the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Volume 37, Number 1. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 524532. Volume number not in the original comic.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey); Rookie Rankin (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); The Jester [Chuck Lane] (inset)

[The Von Ribboncounter Affair] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Inks
Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud; Von Ribboncounter (villain); Adolf (villain)
Synopsis
Von Ribboncounter tries to sabotage the Army's test of a new dive bomber.

Indexer Notes

In his article in Alter Ego #127 (August 2014), Ken Quattro states that, by this issue of Smash, Fine was collaborating with new Quality artist Bob Fujitani. He doesn't state that Fujitani worked with Fine on this story, but art spotters might want to check this out.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One of the city's finest, Rookie Rankin's special claim to fame is...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Sgt. Burns; Liguori Gang (villains); Strega Liguori
Synopsis
Rookie runs into the Liguori mob while trying to sell tickets to a benefit Police/Firefighters ballgame.

[The Yes Woman] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole

[Speed Malone's Daughter] (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; Miss Malone; Tony; Laporta; Lefty (villain)
Synopsis
Gangster Speed Malone left an old house to his daughter, but his lawyer won't tell her where it is.

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.

[Big Tom's Oil Saboteurs] (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 [Carol Vance Martin]; Big Tom (villain); Old Ben (death)
Synopsis
Wildfire, while visiting oil fields in the southwest, stumbles upon a murder, but the man behind the killing, Big Tom, thinks his liquid air gun will stop Wildfire.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Modified synopsis and some info added by Craig Delich 4-13-09.

[The Invisible Raiders] (Table of Contents: 6)

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]; The White Wizard (villain, scientist)
Synopsis
Kent Thurston discovers his invisible hood has been stolen by the White Wizard, a scientist who cracks its secret and makes enough for a whole gang of criminals who menace the city of Metropolis and whom the populace thought were actually aliens.
Keywords
Metropolis

Indexer Notes

Art Gordon is a pen name for Art Pinajian, and he is credited as writer and artist on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

This is the 2nd appearance of the White Wizard, the only villain the Hood faced more than once.

The Case of the Yehudi Murder (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); Mr. Hobbs; Sherrif Stanbaugh; Mayor Smith; Police Chief O'Connor; District Attorney Kane; Professor Craft (villain)
Synopsis
Professor Craft uses plastic surgery to create doubles of public officials and then kills the real ones.

The Legions of the Red Menace (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 Wendall; Red Menace (villain)

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

Wun Cloo / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Cole ?
Pencils
Jack Cole ?
Inks
Jack Cole ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lock your windows, close your doors...
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
Inks
Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A bus tears down a palm-fringed Florida highway...
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Purple Trio [Rocky Hill; Tiny Todd; Warren]
Synopsis
The boys take jobs in a Florida hotel and expose a counterfeit racket.

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.

King of the Zombies (Table of Contents: 11)

Jimmy Christian / text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents: 12)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Everett M. Arnold
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Edward Cronin, editor
Publisher Everett M. Arnold (no corporation)
322 Main St., Stamford, CT.

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

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Lane French ? [as Erwin] (signed)
Pencils
Witmer Williams
Inks
Witmer Williams
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The fearless secret agent, Black X, with his trusty Hindu servant...
Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Batu; Colonel Atwater; Mito; Pepe
Synopsis
Black X battles U-boats off the coast of California.

Indexer Notes

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).

[The Defense Plant Hold-Up] (Table of Contents: 14)

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
Hugh Hazzard; Bozo the Robot
Synopsis
Hugh tries to stop a defense plant hold-up but ends up buried alive in a cave.

Indexer Notes

Brenner is only credited on the artwork, and Wayne Reid is a pen name of his, by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Midnight
  2. 1. [The Von Ribboncounter Affair]
    The Ray
  3. 2. ["One of the city's finest, Rookie Rankin's special claim to fame is..."]
    Rookie Rankin
  4. 3. [The Yes Woman]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [Speed Malone's Daughter]
    The Jester
  6. 5. [Big Tom's Oil Saboteurs]
    Wildfire
  7. 6. [The Invisible Raiders]
    Invisible Justice
  8. 7. The Case of the Yehudi Murder
    Midnight
  9. 8. The Legions of the Red Menace
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. ["Lock your windows, close your doors..."]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. ["A bus tears down a palm-fringed Florida highway..."]
    The Purple Trio
  12. 11. King of the Zombies
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. Statement of Ownership
  14. 13. ["The fearless secret agent, Black X, with his trusty Hindu servant..."]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  15. 14. [The Defense Plant Hold-Up]
    Bozo the Robot
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • Bob Hughes
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Per Sandell
  • Peter Croome
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes