(September 1942)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale Date
1942-07-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Gill Fox (credited as Gilbert Fox) (editor)

Issue Notes

Copyright 1942 by Comic Magazines, Inc.

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
Gill Fox
Letters
?

Genre
superhero; humor
Characters
Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian]; The Spirit [Denny Colt] (inset); Manhunter [Dan Richards] (inset); #711 [Daniel Dyce] (inset); Chic Carter (inset); The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln] (inset)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits confirmed by Gill Fox. Fox's color guides were found with the original art.

[The Brain of Cyrus Smythe] (Table of Contents: 1)

Plastic Man / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Cole (signed)
Pencils
Jack Cole (signed)
Inks
Jack Cole (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Cole

Genre
superhero; humor
Characters
Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian]; Captain Murphey (Mammoth City Policeman); Tad Wilkins (introduction, death); Mr. Wilkins (death); Mrs. Wilkins (death); Valda; Shirley; Father Time (cameo); Cyrus Smythe (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Cyrus Smythe was a super-powered villain who was killed in 1642 by a monster of his own creation, and left in a vat of chemicals that allowed his body to die but the brain to remain alive. Soldier Tad Wilkins died centuries later near the grave of Smythe, and medics mistakenly implanted Smythe's brain into Wilkins and Smythe assumed the soldier's life in America. Soon he came into conflict with Plastic Man and his body died.....but the living brain was once again buried.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

DC villain, the Ultra-Humanite, also had a mobile brain, first appearing in Action Comics #20 (1940).

A similar freak, Giganta, appeared in Wonder Woman #9 (1944), having elements of both size-changing and brain transference.

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

Dewey Drip / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mah boy in the army camp says yer boy Dewey...
Genre
humor
Characters
Dewey Drip

[The Runt's Revenge] (Table of Contents: 3)

#711 / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner (signed)
Inks
George Brenner (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; crime; detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
#711 [Daniel Dyce]; The Runt (villain)

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

The Human Bomb / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed) (credited as Paul Carrol)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed) (credited as Paul Carrol)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed) (credited as Paul Carrol)
Colors
Paul Gustavson (signed) (credited as Paul Carrol)
Letters
Paul Gustavson (signed) (credited as Paul Carrol)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Huh? Stop sta-a-a-a-r-r-ring...It is annoying me!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Human Bomb [Roy Lincoln]; Hoiman Schtrugmeyer (villain)
Synopsis
The Human Bomb faces his first costumed super villain, a master of physics who plays a destructive flute.

Indexer Notes

Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash state in the Quality Companion that Gustavson created the strip and wrote it. Gustavson's son, Terry Gustafson, concurs.

Letters credit from Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

[The Tire Thieves] (Table of Contents: 5)

Steele Kerrigan / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Bryant
Inks
Al Bryant
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery

[The Laughing Gas Crimes] (Table of Contents: 6)

Manhunter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Kotzky (signed)
Inks
Alex Kotzky (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Manhunter [Dan Richards]; Thor; Professor Hooker; Matelli; Egghead; Jim Kelly; Kit Kelly; Chief Brannigan; Uriah Heap (villain, the professor's assistant)
Synopsis
Professor Hooker invents a laughing gas that is stolen by his lab assistant. Soon, Manhunter is on the trail and he discovers the antidote to the gas: onions!

Indexer Notes

Manhunter wears new costume without a mask, red armlets or chest symbol (which has moved onto his belt).

[Killer Kane] (Table of Contents: 7)

Burp the Twerp / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Burp the Twerp

[The Origin of the Spirit] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Will Eisner
Pencils
Will Eisner
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
Joe Kubert
Letters
Zoltan Szenics ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spirit [Denny Colt] (introduction, origin); Commissioner Eustace Dolan (introduction); Ebony White (introduction, unnamed); Dr. Cobra (villain, introduction)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This appears to be the first "The Spirit" story to receive national magazine distribution. The original newspaper comic-book inserts appeared in only a handful of markets, and none were further west than Minneapolis.

Ebony White, the hero's future sidekick, appears in only one panel as an unnamed cab driver. The character, who is African-American, was written and drawn as a racist caricature.

The Monster of the Swamps (Table of Contents: 9)

Chic Carter / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Vern Henkel
Pencils
Vern Henkel
Inks
Vern Henkel
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
VILLAIN: The Swamp Monster (intro; Rocky Green)

Super Snooper (Table of Contents: 10)

Super Snooper / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gill Fox
Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
Gill Fox ?

Genre
humor

[The White Gardenias] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
S. M. Iger
Pencils
Lee Ames (signed) (credited as Lee J. Ames)
Inks
Lee Ames (signed) (credited as Lee J. Ames)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Firebrand [Rod Reilly]; Slugger Dunn; Joan Rogers; Senator Barrow; The White Gardenias [Senator Beep; others] (villains)
Synopsis
Firebrand must battle a local hate group that is attempting to halt the activities of a U.S. Senator that promises to expose the group.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Order of the White Gardenias were a true-life branch of the KKK.

Produce the Body (Table of Contents: 12)

Dick Mace / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Hyatt ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery; adventure
Characters
Dick Mace

[The Murder of Malcom Munsey] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
The Mouthpiece [Bill Perkins]; Malcom Munsey (death)

[The Spy Ring Murder] (Table of Contents: 14)

Phantom Lady / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Phantom Lady [Sandra Knight]; Don Borden; Lieutenant Bob Forbes (of U.S. intelligence, death); Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
Sandra and Don witness the murder of a U.S. intelligence officer who had been working on the suspected sabotage of an American re-fueling station. The Phantom Lady discovers some Nazis are responsible and they are operating through the office of a wealthy jeweler.
Reprints
Keywords
Black Flash (aka Black Beam)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Plastic Man
  2. 1. [The Brain of Cyrus Smythe]
    Plastic Man
  3. 2. ["Mah boy in the army camp says yer boy Dewey..."]
    Dewey Drip
  4. 3. [The Runt's Revenge]
    #711
  5. 4. ["Huh? Stop sta-a-a-a-r-r-ring...It is annoying me!!"]
    The Human Bomb
  6. 5. [The Tire Thieves]
    Steele Kerrigan
  7. 6. [The Laughing Gas Crimes]
    Manhunter
  8. 7. [Killer Kane]
    Burp the Twerp
  9. 8. [The Origin of the Spirit]
    The Spirit
  10. 9. The Monster of the Swamps
    Chic Carter
  11. 10. Super Snooper
    Super Snooper
  12. 11. [The White Gardenias]
    The Firebrand
  13. 12. Produce the Body
    Dick Mace
  14. 13. [The Murder of Malcom Munsey]
    The Mouthpiece
  15. 14. [The Spy Ring Murder]
    Phantom Lady
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