(May 1942)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E. M. Arnold
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Gill Fox
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was On-Going Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; The Ray [Happy Terrill] (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); Wings Wendall (inset); Bozo The Robot (inset)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
American Correspondent, Prisoner of Japs!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bud; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Happy is sent to ride along with fighters over the Pacific, but the plane is shot down and he and the pilot are taken prisoner. The Ray takes out the entire squadron, then allows himself to be taken to a prison camp as a civilian. His retaliation incites the Japanese to kill all their prisoners, which forces the Ray to resurface. He carries a rack of bombs above the enemy naval forces and sinks three Japanese battleships.

[Bomber Test] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Toni Blum ?; Otto Binder ? [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Pencils
Alex Kotzky
Inks
Alex Kotzky
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
Black X is supposed to help test a new Bomber but it is stolen by the Japs, with him in it!

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Eisner to Blum ? Binder ? 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).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Problems, sire!
Genre
humor; children

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

Bozo the Robot / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner ?
Pencils
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Inks
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A practice blackout throws into stygian darkness, the seething great city --
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bozo; Hugh Hazzard
Synopsis
Hugh and Bozo have to stop the Nazis from stealing a new weapon.

[Rocky Lloyd] (Table of Contents: 5)

Wildfire / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wildfire; Rocky Lloyd; Mr. Martin; Mrs. Martin
Synopsis
Carol and her family are trapped in a Colorado cavern with some escaped criminals.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One night while on his beat, Chuck Lane sees something that means action...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective McGinty

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What sinister mystery lies in wait for Dave Clark, alias Midnight, and his two assistants, Doc Wackey, the inventor, & Gabby, the talking monkey, as they seek game deep in the primitive Everglades of Florida????
Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey); The White Queen (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A white jungle queen, who was descended from a former slaver who freed slaves, founds a hidden community of Africans in the Everglades. Not realizing slavery has been abolished, she and her men attack Clark and his friends. However, Midnight absconds with the Queen and shows her the truth about slavery, and she returns to her tribe to inform them.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

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
Halp! With a capital hal!
Genre
humor; detective-mystery

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

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
We find the Purple Trio, standing nonchalantly on Broadway.
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Purple Trio [Tiny Todd; Warren; Rocky Hill]; Mrs. Van Norten; Professor Dawson; Fugi (villain)
Synopsis
Japanese servants are secretly spies trying to kidnap Mrs. Van Norten's guests.

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the US Army base in Seattle Washington...
Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall
Synopsis
Wings stops a Japanese invasion of Alaska.

The Nightmare Cruise (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

[The Wrong German] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Sgt. Burns; Reicher; Joan
Synopsis
Rookie is sent to pick up an alien but gets the wrong one, and then gets locked up in the basement.

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

The Marksman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Cronin (signed)
Pencils
Alex Koda
Inks
Alex Koda ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nazi regional headquarters...
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Marksman [Baron Povalski, aka Major Hurtz] (introduction); Vorka (Baron's man-servant); Gadjoff
Synopsis
Baron Povalski disguises himself as Major Hurtz so that he can fight to save his native Poland, often as the costumed Marksman, working out of the tower of his castle.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited Bob Powell ? on script and Ed Cronin on art. The art is so similar to Koda's credited art in #36 and #37 that it most probaly is his, but the inking is not as spotty.

The Marksman leaves a symbolic red feather at the end of each story.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Midnight
  2. 1. ["American Correspondent, Prisoner of Japs!"]
    The Ray
  3. 2. [Bomber Test]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. ["Problems, sire!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. ["A practice blackout throws into stygian darkness, the seething great city --"]
    Bozo the Robot
  6. 5. [Rocky Lloyd]
    Wildfire
  7. 6. ["One night while on his beat, Chuck Lane sees something that means action..."]
    The Jester
  8. 7. ["What sinister mystery lies in wait for Dave Clark, alias Midnight, and his two assistants, Doc Wackey, the inventor, & Gabby, the talking monkey, as they seek game deep in the primitive Everglades of Florida????"]
    Midnight
  9. 8. ["Halp! With a capital hal!"]
    Wun Cloo
  10. 9. ["We find the Purple Trio, standing nonchalantly on Broadway."]
    The Purple Trio
  11. 10. ["At the US Army base in Seattle Washington..."]
    Wings Wendall
  12. 11. The Nightmare Cruise
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. [The Wrong German]
    Rookie Rankin
  14. 13. ["Nazi regional headquarters..."]
    The Marksman
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
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