(January 1944)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Monthly except December and June
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E. M. Arnold
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
Martin De Muth
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was On-Going Series

Mass of Muscle (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Kotzky [as A. Kotzky] (signed)
Inks
Alex Kotzky [as A. Kotzky] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Gabby (a monkey); Selwyn the Savage

Selwyn the Savage (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]; Gabby (a monkey); Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gertrude (villain, Selwyn's girl); Selwyn the Savage (villain, introduction); Killer Mike (villain)
Synopsis
When the girl of Selwyn's dreams leaves his diner with Killer Mike, he resolves he must become a tough guy too. So he goes to Doc Wackey for help.

Indexer Notes

Selwyn and Gertrude were blatant copies of Hustace Throckmorton and Honeybun from The Human Bomb strip that Gustavson created. This was their only appearance.

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

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

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
Honorable Crooked Fortune Teller
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo (detective)

Indexer Notes

Ralph Johns is a pen name for Jack Cole, and he is only credited on art on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

[The Gold Mine Caper] (Table of Contents: 3)

Daffy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Milt Stein?
Inks
Milt Stein?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Daffy Dill; Deke Parsons; Mr. Crouch
Synopsis
Deke sells a worthless gold mine to Mr. Crouch that suddenly turns up a new vein.
Keywords
wrestling

Ceylon...Age-Old Island of Dark Secrets (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Sachs (signed)
Inks
Bernard Sachs (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Black X; Batu; Suva
Synopsis
The natives of Ceylon feared the unknown evils which might lurk beneath the ruins of their ancient temples.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Dibble
Inks
Dibble
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children

[The Mayan Murderers] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
adventure; superhero
Characters
The Marksman [Baron Povalski, aka Major Hurtz]; Anna; the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
The Marksman is in Mexico helping Polish refugees beset by the Nazis, and decides to stay in South America and pursue Nazi spies for a awhile. However, he discovers love in that unlikely setting, cathing up with his old friend, Anna.

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 2013-5-4.

[The Diabolical Dr. Dermis] (Table of Contents: 7)

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
Well, Jimmy Digits, the evidence is pretty incriminating
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lady Luck [Brenda Banks]; Sgt. Sloburn; Dr. Dermis (villain); Peecolo; Buffalo (villain); Jimmy Digits (villain)
Synopsis
Dr. Dermis changes criminal's fingerprints.
Reprints

The Jungle Hangmen (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Robert M. Hyatt?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
adventure

The Phantom Armored Car (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Leav
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; The Phantom
Synopsis
When an armored car began collecting from banks instead of depositing, it seemed to be a simple act of crime.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Witmer Williams ?", but does not match his other credited stories in this features. Compared with Leav's signed story in Power Comics #4, everything matches, face of the policeman, large hands, way of running with high lifted knees and some panels without backgrounds. Only the inking is different.

Unlucky Starr (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Leav
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Jester [Chuck Lane]; Detective Hustace McGinty; Starr Emery (actress); Jack Burman (actor); Boss Tobb (villain); Ziki (villain)
Synopsis
Boss Tobb tries to frame a couple of actors into working for his gang.

Indexer Notes

Leav is credited only on pencils on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and this is probably him here, as it is very similar to his signed stories in "Wanted Comics" #52.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Mass of Muscle
    Midnight
  2. 1. Selwyn the Savage
    Midnight
  3. 2. ["Honorable Crooked Fortune Teller"]
    Wun Cloo
  4. 3. [The Gold Mine Caper]
    Daffy
  5. 4. Ceylon...Age-Old Island of Dark Secrets
    Espionage Starring Black X
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Archie O'Toole
  7. 6. [The Mayan Murderers]
    The Marksman
  8. 7. [The Diabolical Dr. Dermis]
    Lady Luck
  9. 8. The Jungle Hangmen
    Jimmy Christian
  10. 9. The Phantom Armored Car
    Rookie Rankin
  11. 10. Unlucky Starr
    The Jester
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