(April 1943)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1943-02-24
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E. M. Arnold
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
George Brenner
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was On-Going Series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is from the publication date recorded in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, 1943, New Series, Vol. 38, No. 2.


Whoever Dares Solve This Murder Will Die Before Morning! (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Kotzky ?
Inks
Alex Kotzky ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Hot Foot (a polar bear); Gabby (a monkey)

[Sniffer Snoop] (Table of Contents: 1)

Midnight / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Kotzky ?
Inks
Alex Kotzky ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey); Doc Mortimer Wackey; Sniffer Snoop (detective, introduction); Hot Foot (a polar bear, introduction)
Synopsis
Sniffer Snoop and Hot Foot show up uninvited because Sniffer thinks Midnight is smart enough to be his assistant. But Doc can't stand him and plots to get rid of him.

[The Kidnapping of Brenda Banks] (Table of Contents: 2)

Lady Luck / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Pencils
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Inks
Klaus Nordling (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mr. Fatning is in his office..
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lady Luck [Brenda Banks]; Count DeChange [Count DiChange]; Mr. Fatning
Synopsis
Count DeChange is broke and wants to marry Brenda Banks for the money, so he plans to stage a fake fight to appear like a knight in shining armor. However, some crooks kidnap her hoping to cash in on a large ransom from the Count. Although she is caught without her mask and costume, she fools her captors into thinking that Lady Luck has snuck into their lair. As the Police take her battered quarry away, Lady Luck leaves a new calling card behind: the ace of diamonds.
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Dead Pigeons Tell No Tales! (Table of Contents: 3)

Espionage With Black X / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder ?
Pencils
Bernard Sachs
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Batu; General Strickland; Colonel Winton (villain)
Synopsis
Black X meets a clever and ruthless antagonist inside his own front lines.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Don Rico ?", but it's not like Rico at all. Credited by Henry Steele and the Who's Who to Bernard Sachs, but much too robust and polished - as this would be his very first work in comics. See issue #49 (Jan. 1944) for what should be viewed as pure Sachs: it's signed, most certainly his inking and not nearly this slick.

Writer credit 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).

Art revision by Craig Delich, from Dan Zolnerowich ? pencils and ? inks to Sachs. Per Roy Thomas in Alter Ego #133 (June, 2015).

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Dibble
Inks
Bernard Dibble
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
one small, silly animal ain't enough to run a royal zoo
Genre
humor; children

Here Lies the Marksman (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Marksman Baron Povalski, aka Major Hurtz]; Vorka; Major Grummel (villain)
Synopsis
The Nazis have reported The Marksman for dead, and are up to some new dirty tricks.

Indexer Notes

Identical art to Guarineer's many other signed stories in this feature. A bit sleepy faces with many short, thin vertical inklines on the cheeks, and ears with a "questionmark" inside.

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

Rookie Rankin / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Witmer Williams
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Daring Carnival Murderer
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Sam Seift; the Tattooed Man;
Synopsis
A daring carnival murderer pitted against Rookie Rankin.

Indexer Notes

The inks here are too much of a caricaturist nature to be Williams' own. They distort his drawings a great deal.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Yankee Eagle / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Gabriele (signed)
Inks
Al Gabriele (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Khan
Genre
adventure
Characters
Yankee Eagle [Larry Noble]; The Khan
Synopsis
Larry is a stuntman on a set filming action scenes in the land of the Khan.

Madagascar Interlude (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Characters
Jimmy Christian; Toby Sanders; Agut (native trailer)

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wun Cloo! I've been robbed...
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo (detective)

Indexer Notes

Art similar to stories signed Ralph Johns, pen name for Jack Cole.

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

Daffy and Deke / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dr. Smatt's Reducing Machine
Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Daffy Dill; Deke Parsons
Keywords
wrestling

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lady Satan
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective Hustace McGinty; Lady Satan (villain)
Synopsis
Lady Satan deduces the dual identity of Chuck Lane and attempts to blackmail him into helping her commit crimes. At first he pretends to go along with her scheme, but fools her in the end.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-5-4. Jim Amash and Mike Kooiman, in the Quality Companion, state that Gustavson created this feature and did it the first two years of its existence (even though the Who's Who doesn't indicate Gustavson doing anything but drawing the feature).

Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. notes that Gustavson's Who's Who credits were supplied by him.

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Whoever Dares Solve This Murder Will Die Before Morning!
    Midnight
  2. 1. [Sniffer Snoop]
    Midnight
  3. 2. [The Kidnapping of Brenda Banks]
    Lady Luck
  4. 3. Dead Pigeons Tell No Tales!
    Espionage With Black X
  5. 4. ["one small, silly animal ain't enough to run a royal zoo"]
    Archie O'Toole
  6. 5. Here Lies the Marksman
    The Marksman
  7. 6. ["The Daring Carnival Murderer"]
    Rookie Rankin
  8. 7. ["The Khan"]
    Yankee Eagle
  9. 8. Madagascar Interlude
    Jimmy Christian
  10. 9. ["Wun Cloo! I've been robbed..."]
    Wun Cloo
  11. 10. ["Dr. Smatt's Reducing Machine"]
    Daffy and Deke
  12. 11. ["Lady Satan"]
    The Jester
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Bob Hughes
  • Del Gruber
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Henry Steele, Hames Ware, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Steinar Ådland
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Bob Hughes