(February 1949)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
< Previous Issue |
| Next Issue >
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines
Brand
Quality Comic Group
Editing
George Brenner
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

The Barker Tires of the Big Top (Table of Contents)

The Barker / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
The Barker [Carnie Callahan]

The Barker Tires of the Big Top (Table of Contents: 1)

Barker / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
The Barker [Carnie Callahan]; J. B. Brokely (villain, the Barker's double, introduction); Cropper (villain, introduction); Dove (villain, introduction)

Indexer Notes

Story title was taken from the cover.
Writer credit formerly "Klaus Nordling".
Script credit based on textual analysis by Lou Mougin.

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

Salty Waters / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My kid nephew is crazy about tall sea stories...
Genre
humor; military
Characters
Salty Waters
Synopsis
Using a public phone, Salty calls his nephew and tells him a hair-raising tale. A passerby overhears Salty's wild story and summons the Shore Patrol.

Indexer Notes

next app. in BARKER #14

This story is basically the same as Dibble's "Johnny Doughboy" story in Military Comics #16 (February 1943).

[Globe of Doom] (Table of Contents: 3)

Granny Gumshoe / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Granny Gumshoe (last appearance); Ludwig Cymbal (first appearance; villain); Mr. Acoustic (first appearance)

The Rich Rag Doll Murders (Table of Contents: 4)

Sally O'Neil Policewoman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alice Kirkpatrick
Inks
Alice Kirkpatrick
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sally O'Neil; Slit-Eye (first appearance; villain); Gimpy (first appearance; villain); Red (first appearance; villain; death); Slug (first appearance; villain; death); Mrs. Reese (first appearance); Judy Reese (first appearance)

[Uncle Balty's Birthday] (Table of Contents: 5)

Lassie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
While I'm out, Lassie, try to entertain Uncle Balty and keep him happy!
Genre
humor; children
Characters
Lassie; Roberta; Uncle Balty
Synopsis
Uncle Balty is supposed to "avoid all excitement," but a visit to Lassie ruins that resolution.

[The Man from the Moon] (Table of Contents: 6)

Quicksilver / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Peter Riss
Inks
Peter Riss
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Quicksilver [Max]; The Man from the Moon [Moony Masters] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Quicksilver follows a villain who operates from a flying mansion, wears a bulletproof aluminum vest and helmet, with a weird-looking mask. Once Quicksilver gains entrance to this flying lair, it's curtains for the Man from the Moon.

Indexer Notes

Originally credited to Dan Zolnerowich. The pointed faces with eyes far apart and flying perons are all the trademark of Peter Riss.

It's interesting that Moony, on page 2 of the story, uttered a remark very similar to what Bruce Wayne did when he adopted the Batman identity from a bat flying through his mansion window. Moony states: "Moony, the Man From the Moon! That's what I'll be! I'll invade their stuffy coops by night, like a creature from a different planet!"

Three Strikes for a Jinx (Table of Contents: 7)

The Barker / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
The Barker [Carnie Callahan]

How to Be a Detective (Table of Contents: 8)

Anthrop / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bart Tumey
Pencils
Bart Tumey
Inks
Bart Tumey
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Anthrop (last appearance)

[Queen and Pawn] (Table of Contents: 9)

Steve Wood / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Alice Kirkpatrick
Inks
Alice Kirkpatrick ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Steve Wood; Marphy Hale (first appearance; villain); Jerdo Mapes (first appearance); Alyce Carters (first appearance)
Synopsis
A mobster's adopted daughter forces Steve to adopt strong measures in solving a murder case.

Indexer Notes

The art is identical to Kirkpatrick's work on several Sally O'Neil stories in National Comics and Hack O'Hara in Crack Comics. Many faces in profile popping in from the sides, bony noses in front view, very wide trouser legs, and also rather still standing figures.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Barker Tires of the Big Top
    The Barker
  2. 1. The Barker Tires of the Big Top
    Barker
  3. 2. ["My kid nephew is crazy about tall sea stories..."]
    Salty Waters
  4. 3. [Globe of Doom]
    Granny Gumshoe
  5. 4. The Rich Rag Doll Murders
    Sally O'Neil Policewoman
  6. 5. [Uncle Balty's Birthday]
    Lassie
  7. 6. [The Man from the Moon]
    Quicksilver
  8. 7. Three Strikes for a Jinx
    The Barker
  9. 8. How to Be a Detective
    Anthrop
  10. 9. [Queen and Pawn]
    Steve Wood
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Lou Mougin
  • David Wilt
  • Craig Delich
  • Steinar Ã…dland
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Len Wolinsky