(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

[Brandon's Betrayal] (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]; Mrs. Brandon (death); Douglas MacArthur (cameo); Colin P. Kelly (cameo); Colonel Atwater; Batu; Lt. Commander Brandon (villain, reforms, death)
Synopsis
An American soldier betrays his comrades as a favor to his Japanese wife, but then repents.

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
?
Pencils
John Devlin
Inks
John Devlin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole

Indexer Notes

Script revision from John Devlin to ? by Craig Delich. The Who's Who indicates that Devlin was an artist only on this strip and there is no information extant to contradict this.

[The Gestapo In America] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bozo the Robot; Hugh Hazzard; Fritz (introduction); Krontz (introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Brenner is only credited on art on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Action At the Auction] (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
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
The Purple Trio [Warren; Tiny Todd; Rocky Hill]; Frazer (villain, introduction)

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 2013-12-27. 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.

[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

[Murder Tunes In Unexpectedly] (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

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.

Indexer Notes

Cole is credited both on art and script on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Dr. Reinhardt Missing!!] (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; Dr. Reinhardt (death); Miss Reinhardt (villain, death); Fielherr Kunkle (villain, introduction, death)

Indexer Notes

Henkel is credited on drawing and writing this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Stuffed Animals] (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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo

Indexer Notes

Cole is credited only on drawing this feature, and Ralph Johns is his pen name, from Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[Captain Krass's Double] (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
?

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

Modified synopsis and some info added by Craig Delich 4-16-09.
Originally credited Bob Powell? on script and Ed Cronin on art.
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"). He is one of the other two credited artists on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Cronin is only credited as writer by Who's Who.

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..
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

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of 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. [Brandon's Betrayal]
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. [The Gestapo In America]
    Bozo the Robot
  6. 5. [Action At the Auction]
    The Purple Trio
  7. 6. [Mad Merlin the Magician]
    Wildfire
  8. 7. [Murder Tunes In Unexpectedly]
    Midnight
  9. 8. [Dr. Reinhardt Missing!!]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. [Stuffed Animals]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. [Captain Krass's Double]
    The Marksman
  12. 11. The Cobra Test
    Jimmy Christian
  13. 12. ["Why? Nobody believes.."]
    The Jester
  14. 13. [Bodyguard Botchup]
    Rookie Rankin
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • John DiBello
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Steinar Ã…dland
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes