(December 1944)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
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

The Laughing Killer (Table of Contents)

Midnight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Midnight [Dave Clark]; Doc Mortimer Wackey; Gabby (a monkey)

The Laughing Killer (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; Sniffer Snoop; Hotdog; Laughing Killer (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Midnight tracks a killer who can't stop laughing.

Indexer Notes

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

Black X Marks the Spot (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Quackenbush (signed)
Inks
Bill Quackenbush (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Black X; Batu
Synopsis
The liberation of Taoten, in China. While Black X helps to organize the Chinese underground, Batu is captured by the Japanese.

The Boogie Woogie Dirge (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Leav
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Rookie Rankin; Mel Marvel; Gus Getti; Tony Getti
Synopsis
A drug addict musician is mysteriously killed backstage.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited "Witmer Williams ?", but he has quite different faces with very bushy eyebrows and small mouth, narrow undistinct eyes and larger, rounded jaw. Looks more like Mort Leav's signed story in Power Comics #4, with movements, faces and large hands, but his many white panels without backgrounds are missing.

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

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
Murder in the Ring
Genre
superhero
Characters
Lady Luck [Brenda Banks]; Count DiChange
Synopsis
The Count gets mixed up with a fight promoter who's hoping to make a quick buck on a fixed match.
Reprints

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

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
But Dragons is scarce around here!
Genre
humor; children

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Irving Tirman
Inks
Irving Tirman
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Roaring Monster from the Earth's Dead Past
Genre
adventure
Characters
The Marksman [Baron Povalski, aka Major Hurtz); Anna; Juan; Captain Hinushi (villain); Captain Kioto (villain)
Synopsis
The Marksman has to battle a dinosaur in South America in order to uncover a Japanese poison gas plant.

Indexer Notes

This is the same art as in #54. Tirman is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who, and heads in 3/4 backview with streched neck and the jawbone going back behind the ear, even in side view, is peculiar. This can be found in his credited "Mike Gibbs Guerilla" story in Adventure Comics #88.

Mountains of the Moon (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Up with the U.S.A.! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery

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

Daffy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Milt Stein (signed)
Inks
Milt Stein (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Vanderast Phantom
Genre
humor; sports
Characters
Daffy Dill; Deke Parsons; Cobina Vanderast; Percy Harlow
Keywords
wrestling

[The Peril of the Poisoned Pie] (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; Celeste (French maid); Bridget; Mister Palmer; Dennis Harpe; Myrna; Max Lubold
Synopsis
McGinty tries to arrange a double-date for Chuck, but someone poisoned the pie and the Jester has to sort through the clues.

Indexer Notes

Large hands and a great variety of faces, and also some panels with empty white backgrounds point to Leav. He is credited on this feature by Jerry Bails' Who's Who.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Laughing Killer
    Midnight
  2. 1. The Laughing Killer
    Midnight
  3. 2. Black X Marks the Spot
    Espionage Starring Black X
  4. 3. The Boogie Woogie Dirge
    Rookie Rankin
  5. 4. ["Murder in the Ring"]
    Lady Luck
  6. 5. ["But Dragons is scarce around here!"]
    Archie O'Toole
  7. 6. ["Roaring Monster from the Earth's Dead Past"]
    The Marksman
  8. 7. Mountains of the Moon
    Jimmy Christian
  9. 8. Up with the U.S.A.!
    Wun Cloo
  10. 9. ["The Vanderast Phantom"]
    Daffy
  11. 10. [The Peril of the Poisoned Pie]
    The Jester
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