(June 1943)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
On-sale date
1943-04-02
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.


The Murder Mask (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
Reed Crandall
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Lady Luck [Brenda Banks]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey)

The Murder Mask (Table of Contents: 1)

Midnight / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey); Sniffer Snoop; Hot Foot (a polar bear); Jolly Rogers; Anderson; Edgar Tompkins; The Mask (villain)
Synopsis
When Dave voices the latest installment of a radio drama called "The Mask", a real life Mask appears on the scene and murders several of the station's crew before Midnight could stop him.

Indexer Notes

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

[The Alien Racket] (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
Hist.. Brenda, don't tell me that this Count DeChange fascinates you!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lady Luck [Brenda Banks]; Count D.Change [Count DiChange]; Bruce Banks
Synopsis
Brenda breaks up a racket to shake down innocent aliens in exchange for "protection" against the government.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Count DiChange spelled "Count D. Change" in this story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, McScribe!
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole; McScribe

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Guardineer [as Fred] (signed)
Inks
Fred Guardineer [as Fred] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Biggest Game of All - Adolph Hitler
Genre
adventure; war
Characters
The Marksman [Baron Povalski, aka Major Hurtz]; Yurka; Adolf Hitler (villain)
Synopsis
The Marksman lands in Berlin and has Hitler on the run until the Führer escapes by autogyro.

Indexer Notes

Guardiner is only credited on art for this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who. Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-5-4.

What Shall it Benefit a Man If He Gain the Whole World and Lose His Soul? (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
spy
Characters
Black X; Batu; Dr. Harvey Bedsloe

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

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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stick 'em up, old bean!
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo (detective)

Indexer Notes

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

The Man With the Horrible Hobby (Table of Contents: 7)

Daffy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Gill Fox (signed)
Pencils
Gill Fox (signed)
Inks
Gill Fox (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Daffy Dill; Mr. Nitemayer; Tea Biscuit; Vita Hayweed; Count De Corpuscles
Keywords
wrestling

[The World's Champion] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Witmer Williams
Inks
Witmer Williams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Foxy Harris; Spike Tolan; Masked Marvel; Bone Crusher Harrigan
Synopsis
Rookie investigates crooked boxing matches.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Rudy Palais ?", but Palais has a very marked line from the eye down the cheek in sideview and also a peculiar blot as nostril not connected to the wing of the nose. Not him here.
The art is identical to William's other credited stories in this feature, #40 and #41, and his signed "Eagle Evans" story in Police Comics #1. Most faces in nearly frontview with only one ear showing, and very large rounded jaw and chin are special.

The Yukon Murders (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

[The Sailor Missed His Boat] (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Cavallo (signed)
Inks
Joe Cavallo (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Yankee Eagle [Larry Noble]; Nicky Malone (sailor and stuntman)
Synopsis
Larry is stranded at the island of Jawalla on his return from the orient.

[Oople's Truth Pills] (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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective Hustace McGinty; Oscar Oople (villain); Ace Morgan (villain); The Major (villain); Lord Andrew (villain); Slick (villain)
Synopsis
Petty thief Oscar Oople gets Chuck Lane to take one his truth pills, and Lane confesses to Detective McGinty that he was the Jester. However, McGinty was too skeptical and didn't believe it.

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).

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Murder Mask
    Midnight
  2. 1. The Murder Mask
    Midnight
  3. 2. [The Alien Racket]
    Lady Luck
  4. 3. ["Hey, McScribe!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  5. 4. ["The Biggest Game of All - Adolph Hitler"]
    The Marksman
  6. 5. What Shall it Benefit a Man If He Gain the Whole World and Lose His Soul?
    Espionage Starring Black X
  7. 6. ["Stick 'em up, old bean!"]
    Wun Cloo
  8. 7. The Man With the Horrible Hobby
    Daffy
  9. 8. [The World's Champion]
    Rookie Rankin
  10. 9. The Yukon Murders
  11. 10. [The Sailor Missed His Boat]
    Yankee Eagle
  12. 11. [Oople's Truth Pills]
    The Jester
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