(October 1942)

Quality Comics, 1941 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1942-08-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Will Eisner
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1942, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Blackhawk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
Reed Crandall
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Blackhawk; Chop-Chop; Olaf; Andre; Stanislaus; Hendrickson; Chuck; The Sniper; Inferior Man
Reprints

[The Curse of Xanukhara] (Table of Contents: 1)

Blackhawk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Dick French
Pencils
Reed Crandall ?; Rudy Palais ?
Inks
Reed Crandall ?; Rudy Palais ?
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Blackhawks [Blackhawk; Andre; Chuck; Hendrickson; Olaf; Stanislaus]; Major Brandon; unnamed Colonel; The "Briefcase Bearer" (introduction, unknown bearded narrator, next in #29); Xanukhara (villain, introduction, next in #29); Zara (villain, sentry for Xanukhara); Hammil Zorrex (introduction, original briefcase bearer, death); Korz (villain, death)
Synopsis
The Blackhawks are in pursuit of a leather briefcase... a briefcase that contains a priceless, pre-determined plan of human existence which will be disrupted upon its disclosure, and which affects the outcome of World War II. In fact, the two billion years of evolution are but a chapter in the gigantic plan!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

(1) Story title taken from a panel on the cover.
(2) Letterer credit per Mark Evanier and added by Craig Delich 2012-1-15. Mark Evanier states in the Archive edition that Alex Kotzky appears to have assisted Crandall on his early Blackhawk stories. The Who's Who lists Kotzky as a Blackhawk artist from 1942-44/47.
(3) Xanukhara's and the "Briefcase Bearer"'s next appearances are in Military Comics #29.
(4) Chop-Chop appears on the cover only.

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

[The Trial of Count Grubber] (Table of Contents: 2)

Sniper / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war; adventure

[Fruitcakes In France] (Table of Contents: 3)

Shot and Shell / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling
Pencils
Klaus Nordling
Inks
Klaus Nordling
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation

[The Mess In Tokyo] (Table of Contents: 4)

Loops and Banks / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Powell
Pencils
Bob Powell (Bud Ernest)
Inks
Bob Powell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation

[The Gestapo's Costume Ball] (Table of Contents: 5)

X of the Underground / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Hebberd
Inks
Bob Hebberd
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy

Indexer Notes

Art identification by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.

[The Mikado's Fishing Trip] (Table of Contents: 6)

Phantom Clipper / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Kida
Inks
Fred Kida
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Hirohito (villain)
Keywords
navy

[Torpedo Tussle] (Table of Contents: 7)

Inferior Man / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Inferior Man
Synopsis
Inferior Man joins the Navy.

[Deathtrap For the Death Patrol] (Table of Contents: 8)

Death Patrol / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; aviation; war
Characters
The Death Patrol [Del Van Dyne; Boris; Goucho; Frere Jacques; Mademoiselle from Armentieres; Prince Totinhot]; Gramps (returns from the "dead"); Hank (returns from the "dead"); King Hotintot (returns from the "dead"); Adolf Hitler (villain)
Synopsis
When Del flies through a strange gas, he believes that he is hallucinating about his fallen comrades: King Hotintot, Gramps and Hank, and that their voices guided him home safely. When he regains his senses, he discovers that the three believed dead partners are still alive after having been nursed back to health.

Indexer Notes

The Death Patrol's next appearance is in Military Comics #20. Most likely this feature ended when writer/artist Dave Berg stopped freelancing for Will Eisner, or Busy Arnold killed it. Perhaps Arnold later recognized the benefit of having a Blackhawk clone in his line-up (as he'd done with "Midnight" after "The Spirit"). When the Patrol was revived in issue #20. Eisner was in the Army and the strip was produced in-house by Quality's editor Gill Fox, who took away the striped uniforms of the Patrol members and said that no more members would die.

Death To the Killer! (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

The Thing (Table of Contents: 10)

The Blue Tracer / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Guardineer
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war; aviation
Characters
Captain William "Wild Bill" Dunn; Private Boomerang Jones; The Thing (villain, introduction, a robot, death); Emperor Hirohito (villain); the Japanese (villains)
Synopsis
The Tracer must fend off its Japanese military robot counterpart, The Thing, which is equally impervious to harm.......that is, until Dunn discovers its Achilles Heel: the human operator!
Keywords
The Blue Tracer

Saga of the U.S.S. Marblehead (Table of Contents: 11)

Secret War News / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Al McWilliams
Pencils
Al McWilliams
Inks
Al McWilliams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction; war

Indexer Notes

true story

[Navy Blimp K-5] (Table of Contents: 12)

Atlantic Patrol / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al McWilliams
Pencils
Al McWilliams
Inks
Al McWilliams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Keywords
navy
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Blackhawk
  2. 1. [The Curse of Xanukhara]
    Blackhawk
  3. 2. [The Trial of Count Grubber]
    Sniper
  4. 3. [Fruitcakes In France]
    Shot and Shell
  5. 4. [The Mess In Tokyo]
    Loops and Banks
  6. 5. [The Gestapo's Costume Ball]
    X of the Underground
  7. 6. [The Mikado's Fishing Trip]
    Phantom Clipper
  8. 7. [Torpedo Tussle]
    Inferior Man
  9. 8. [Deathtrap For the Death Patrol]
    Death Patrol
  10. 9. Death To the Killer!
  11. 10. The Thing
    The Blue Tracer
  12. 11. Saga of the U.S.S. Marblehead
    Secret War News
  13. 12. [Navy Blimp K-5]
    Atlantic Patrol
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tillmann Courth
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Del Gruber
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin