(July 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); Rookie Rankin (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset)

[The Waltz of Death] (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; The Gestapo (villains); the Nazis (villains, many die)
Synopsis
In occupied Budapest, ancient suits of armor are killing Nazi soldiers.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Across the shell cratered face of Europe, Act 2 of the war begun in 1914 roared unchecked [...]
Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Mrs. Brandon (death); Douglas MacArthur (cameo); Colin P. Kelly (cameo); Colonel Atwater; Batu; Lt. Commander Brandon (villain, death)
Synopsis
An American soldier betrays his comrades as a favor to his Japanese wife, but then repents.

Indexer Notes

Script credits suggested by the Who's Who.

[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
Sire, the cabinet's scrapping again -- they won't agree on anything!
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole

[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
In the office of the War Department, in Washington --
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bozo the Robot; Hugh Hazzard; Fritz (introduction); Krontz (introduction, death)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

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
In desparate straights, the boys await an interview at an employment agency...
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Purple Trio [Warren; Tiny Todd; Rocky Hill]; Frazer (villain, introduction)

[Mad Merlin the Magician] (Table of Contents: 6)

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; Mad Merlin (introduction) Merlin's gang (introduction); Anne Haynes; John Haynes
Synopsis
Thugs hunt for buried treasure in a castle inherited by Wildfire's friends.
Reprints

[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
Jack Cole

First Line of Dialogue or Text
On board a Hollywood bound train:
Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey); Doc Mortimer Wackey; John (introduction); Joy Devine (actress, death); Buzzbe (a movie director, introduction, death); Jones (movie camerman, introduction, death); Thompson the agent (agent, introduction, death); Veronica Lake (cameo); Ann Sheridan (cameo); Myrna Loy (cameo); Rita Hayworth (cameo); Betty Grable (cameo); Hedy Lamarr (cameo)
Synopsis
Dave Clark goes to Hollywood to broadcast a movie premiere, but stumbles onto the murder of actress Joy Devine, and many of her associates are murdered before he can discover the identity of the killer.

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The time...early dawn...the place...Germany!
Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall; Dr. Reinhardt (death); Miss Reinhardt (villain, death); Fielherr Kunkle (villain, introduction, death)

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole [as Ralph Johns] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Beg pardon, but where you taking Hon. laughing hyena?
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Nazi regional headquarters in Poland...
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Marksman (Major Hurtz); Vorka; Captain Krass (villain, introduction, death); John Powell (introduction)
Synopsis
Captain Krass schemes to replace American pilot Major Hurtz, who was caught trying to steal an English plane, and spy from inside.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The art is a bit similar to Koda's credited art in #36 and #37, so it could be him, but the inking is more heavy and even, probably the same inker as in the previous issue. Much of the movement and the hands point to Irving Tirman (Adventure Comics #86, "Mike Gibbs, Guerrilla").

The Cobra Test (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Robert M. Hyatt?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

The Jester / comic story / 6 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
Why? Nobody believes I could do things I can do!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective McGinty; Miss Weston; Dutch (villain); Caraso (villain)
Synopsis
When the police are unable to catch gambling joint owner Caraso with the proper evidence of his activities, the Jester goes into action to prove their case.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gustavson credits from Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

[Bodyguard Botchup] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Mitzie (introduction); Chopper (introduction); a butcher (introduction); Lionel Curtis (introduction); Sarge
Synopsis
Rankin is assigned bodyguard dury for Lionel Curtis, a member of the city reform government.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Midnight
  2. 1. [The Waltz of Death]
    The Ray
  3. 2. ["Across the shell cratered face of Europe, Act 2 of the war begun in 1914 roared unchecked [...]"]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. ["Sire, the cabinet's scrapping again -- they won't agree on anything!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. ["In the office of the War Department, in Washington --"]
    Bozo the Robot
  6. 5. ["In desparate straights, the boys await an interview at an employment agency..."]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [Mad Merlin the Magician]
    Wildfire
  8. 7. ["On board a Hollywood bound train:"]
    Midnight
  9. 8. ["The time...early dawn...the place...Germany!"]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. ["Beg pardon, but where you taking Hon. laughing hyena?"]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. ["Nazi regional headquarters in Poland..."]
    The Marksman
  12. 11. The Cobra Test
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["Why? Nobody believes I could do things I can do!!"]
    The Jester
  14. 13. [Bodyguard Botchup]
    Rookie Rankin
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  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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