(May 1940)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Volume
[1]
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-03-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Edward Cronin
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the publication date and the volume number found at the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 2, Periodicals, New Series, Volume 35, 1940, Number 2. Class B periodical. Copyright number B 451179. Volume number not listed in the comic indicia itself.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Clock / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Ed Cronin ?
Inks
Ed Cronin ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lucky for Jane Arden that the Clock came along to save her!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Jane Arden; The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (inset); Wizard Wells (inset); Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton] (inset); Ned Bryant (inset)
Reprints

[The Story of Pug Brady] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Clock Strikes / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Pencils
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Inks
George Brenner [as George E. Brenner] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Varied are the headlines that temporarily displace those screaming of war, sabotage, hate and persecution...
Genre
detective-mystery; superhero
Characters
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady (ex-heavyweight boxing champion, introduction); The Big Shot [Mayor Kozer] (villain, introduction, death); Gaston; John Dooly; Dooly's daughter; Tony; Captain Kane
Synopsis
A down and out-of-luck former heavyweight champion boxer and All-American fullback tries to steal Brian's watch. Later he follows the Clock and saves him from harm by Mayor Kozer, but kills the man in the process. Brian then covers for Brady, disguises himself as the Mayor and infiltrates the gang Kozer once led.

Indexer Notes

Strip continued from Feature Comics #31 (April 1940).

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

Jane Arden / comic story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Monte Barrett
Pencils
Russell E. Ross
Inks
Russell E. Ross
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When that phoney Jim Southern heard me say a big detective was here, he jumped.
Genre
drama; detective-mystery
Characters
Jane Arden; Jim Southern [Tim Stratton]; Sue; Clarence
Synopsis
Jane does a bit of research on Jim Southern when she suspects that there is something phoney about him.
Reprints
  • Reprint strips
Keywords
soap opera

Indexer Notes

Continued from Feature Comics #31. The Jane Arden feature spans two pages and shares .25 of each page with a Lena Pry story. Each story page also includes a paper doll of Jane Arden and clothing.

Lena Heads a Strike... (Table of Contents: 3)

Lena Pry / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Monte Barrett ?
Pencils
Russell E. Ross [as Ross] (signed)
Inks
Russell E. Ross [as Ross] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
But, Lena... Th' men might git mad if we ups an' refuses t' work.
Genre
humor
Characters
Lena Pry
Synopsis
Lena leads a strike against the men to do no more work.
Keywords
Sparrow Gulch; strike

Indexer Notes

The Lena Pry story spans two pages with 75 percent of each page taken up by a Jane Arden feature.

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

Jane Arden / comic story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Monte Barrett
Pencils
Russell E. Ross
Inks
Russell E. Ross
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee... I'm so glad that "vacation" is over, Sue!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Jane Arden; Sue; Jim Porter; Captain Spence
Synopsis
Jane and Jim investigate a murder on a train.

Indexer Notes

The Jane Arden feature spans two pages and shares .25 of each page with a Lena Pry story. Each story page includes a paper doll of Jane Arden's wardrobe for men.

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

Lena Pry / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Monte Barrett ?
Pencils
Russell E. Ross [as Ross] (signed)
Inks
Russell E. Ross [as Ross] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Say, Lena... ah is very starved!
Genre
humor
Characters
Lena Pry; Dan'l
Synopsis
Lena refuses to feed Dan'l until he completes his chores.
Keywords
skunk

Indexer Notes

The Lena Pry story spans two pages with 75 percent of each page taken up by a Jane Arden feature.

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

Off the Record / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ed Reed
Pencils
Ed Reed
Inks
Ed Reed
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh I fell in love with Maw's plowin' right from th' start!
Genre
humor
Characters
Miss Smith; Maw; Pa; dentist

Introducing Rock Braddon (Table of Contents: 7)

The Space Legion / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Vernon Henkel (signed)
Pencils
Vernon Henkel (signed)
Inks
Vernon Henkel (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The space-port of the Earth colony "Hispan," on Mars....
Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Legion (introduction); Rock Braddon (introduction); Captain Graves (introduction); Harg (villain, introduction, death)
Keywords
Mercury; Metropolis; moon; radium; spaceships

Indexer Notes

The Space Legion was set in the future, when all nations of Earth were at peace.....but not so in space. Braddon commandered the ship "Mercury" and his home base was the city of Metropolis. At this time, there was a civilization on Mars.

[The Sign of the Cricket] (Table of Contents: 8)

Alias the Spider / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A reign of terror breaks out in a large city...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spider [Tom Hallaway] (introduction); The Cricket (villain, introduction, death); the Crickets (villains, introduction for all); Stevens
Synopsis
With the city in the grip of terror perpetrated by the Cricket, who, like the Spider, left a calling card at the scene of his crimes. With cunning, the Spider tracked him down and sent him to a watery grave.
Reprints
Keywords
Lebson's Department Store

Indexer Notes

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

The Spider was a supreme archer who crafted a special kind of arrow that burst into flame as it was fired. The arrow's tip left behind the Spider's mark: a scarab-like medallion, that served as a warning.

Jimmy Stewart (Table of Contents: 9)

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
... and have you been an escort for any of the glamor girls, lately?
Genre
biography
Characters
Jimmy Stewart; Anna Mae Wong

Too Hot To Hold (Table of Contents: 10)

Wizard Wells / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Pencils
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Inks
Harry Francis Campbell (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wizard Wells, a former All-American half back, has become one of the nation's outstanding inventors and research scientists......
Genre
adventure
Characters
Wizard Wells (inventor, introduction); Tug (introduction, Wells' partner); Black Morda (villain, introduction); Mary Perry; Mr. Perry
Synopsis
Wizard and Tug help the Perry's avoid extortion.

Indexer Notes

Wells was a former All-American halfback, now inventor. Despite his athletic background, Wells disliked physical combat and preferred to help people by using his wits. His solutions usually centered around the electromagnetic spectrum of energies, i.e. infrared, ultraviolet light, microwaves and electric eyes.

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

Molly the Model / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
John Devlin
Pencils
John Devlin
Inks
John Devlin
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello Nifty- Will y'tell Danny I'll wait for him outside the gym?
Genre
humor
Characters
Molly the Model (first appearance); Danny; Nifty; Mr. Maloney
Keywords
lingerie panels

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Ned Brant / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Zuppke
Pencils
B. W. DePew
Inks
B. W. DePew
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Speed it up for five minutes
Genre
sports
Characters
Ned Brant; Gail Donaldson; Mr. Meegan; Bud Shekels; Jake
Keywords
basketball

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprints

[Lee Gets Her Wings] (Table of Contents: 13)

Lee Preston of the Red Cross / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Powell [as Terrance McAully] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Powell [as Terence McAully] (signed)
Inks
Bob Powell [as Terence McAully] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, Whisky.. that plane is going to land!
Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Lee Preston (introduction, origin; Red Cross nurse and pilot); Mr. Preston (Lee's father, introduction); Rick Royce (introduction); Jeff Dickers

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who says that Terrance McAully was a house name Powell used while at Quality Comics.

Cross was an intrepid young aviatrix who got her pilot's license, then flew the world to lend a hand.

Love Bird's Brain Test (Table of Contents: 14)

Rube Goldberg's Side Show / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Rube Goldberg
Pencils
Rube Goldberg
Inks
Rube Goldberg
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If a young man's girl has $50,000,000 should he let that prevent him from marrying her?
Genre
humor
Characters
Little Butch; Nibbsy; Prince Alexis; Marjorie Daisy Whimple de Bass; Anna Smythe

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprint

[Origin of the Red Torpedo] (Table of Contents: 15)

The Red Torpedo / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Kiefer ? [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Pencils
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Inks
Henry Kiefer [as Drew Allen] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Red Torpedo [Captain Jim Lockhart] (introduction, origin); Meg (Jim's fiancee); Captain Wells (introduction); The the Nazis (villains)
Synopsis
When U.S. Navy man Jim Lockhart invented a human-guided, one-man submarine, his superiors in the military reject it. Not to be deterred, he took his invention to the private sector and, with his fiancee Meg, built it on their own. Then, donning his distinctive uniform, he saves an American ship from European aggressors.

Indexer Notes

The Who's Who suggests, as do Mike Kooiman and Jim Amash in the Quality Companion, that Kiefer not only created this feature, but did the art for it through the strip's entire run. Kiefer is also usually considered to have written it.

Drew Allen is Kiefer's pen-name used on the strip.

Corning's Mistake (Table of Contents: 16)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Spain
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're through, Corning!
Genre
drama
Characters
Big Bull Belding; John Corning; Bates; Betty Stevens
Synopsis
John Corning discovers that he made a mistake in constructing his building and needs to correct it somehow.
Keywords
Belding Land Enterprises; Chicago

That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers (Table of Contents: 17)

They're Still Talking / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bob Zuppke ?
Pencils
B. W. Depew
Inks
B. W. Depew
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here they come!
Genre
sports
Characters
George Saling; Keller; Beard
Synopsis
A synopsis of George Saling's hurdle race at the Olympic Games held in Los Angeles in 1932.
Keywords
hurdles; Los Angeles; Olympics

[Origin of Madam Fatal] (Table of Contents: 18)

Madam Fatal / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Art Pinajian
Pencils
Art Pinajian (signed)
Inks
Art Pinajian (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh... it's Madam Fatal, our neighbor--
Genre
superhero
Characters
Madam Fatal [Richard Stanton] (introduction, origin, first cross-dressing super-hero); Hamlet (Madam Fatal's parrot); Sarah; Mr. Porter (postman); Johnny; Reeves (Carver's driver); Mrs. Stanton (Richard's wife, death); un-named daughter of the Stanton's; John Carver (villain, introduction, death); Lou (villain); Mike (villain)
Synopsis
Former actor John Stanton, posing as an old woman, does everything he can to track down a man he has been searching for for years, John Carver. Stanton had married the woman Carver loved, but Carver became jealous and, two years later, kidnapped Stanton's only daughter. Now the two come face to face, and all Stanton cares about now is if his daughter is still alive.
Reprints

Invasions Stopped Free of Charge! (Table of Contents: 19)

Slap Happy Pappy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean a giant plane drones its way towards the United States
Genre
humor
Characters
Slap Happy Pappy (first appearance); Flip (first appearance); The Nazis (villains)

[The Man Who Can Fly Like a Bird] (Table of Contents: 20)

The Black Condor / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Kenneth Lewis] (signed)
Pencils
Lou Fine
Inks
Lou Fine
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the beginning of time, man has thought of flight...
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Black Condor [Richard Grey, Jr.] (introduction, origin); Mr. Richard Grey (introduction, death); Mrs. Richard Grey (introduction, death); Father Pierre (introduction, death); Yakki Raiders (villains, introduction); Gali Kan (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Saved by his mother from a group of raiders who had murder his father, infant Grey is raised by condors with whom he seems to connect, and, as he grows, he studies the mechanics of flight, which he eventually succeeds in emulating. Taken in by a kindly Monk, Grey takes revenge on Gali Khan for killing the Monk and swears a life-long effort to bring evil doers to justice.
Reprints
Keywords
giant eagles; Hindustan; Mongolia

Indexer Notes

Richard Grey Jr. eventually assumed the identity of Senator Thomas Wright. Oddity: in this story only, his costume is colored red.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Lucky for Jane Arden that the Clock came along to save her!"]
    The Clock
  2. 1. [The Story of Pug Brady]
    The Clock Strikes
  3. 2. ["When that phoney Jim Southern heard me say a big detective was here, he jumped."]
    Jane Arden
  4. 3. Lena Heads a Strike...
    Lena Pry
  5. 4. ["Gee... I'm so glad that "vacation" is over, Sue!"]
    Jane Arden
  6. 5. ["Say, Lena... ah is very starved!"]
    Lena Pry
  7. 6. ["Gosh I fell in love with Maw's plowin' right from th' start!"]
    Off the Record
  8. 7. Introducing Rock Braddon
    The Space Legion
  9. 8. [The Sign of the Cricket]
    Alias the Spider
  10. 9. Jimmy Stewart
    Screen Snapshots
  11. 10. Too Hot To Hold
    Wizard Wells
  12. 11. ["Hello Nifty- Will y'tell Danny I'll wait for him outside the gym?"]
    Molly the Model
  13. 12. ["Speed it up for five minutes"]
    Ned Brant
  14. 13. [Lee Gets Her Wings]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  15. 14. Love Bird's Brain Test
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  16. 15. [Origin of the Red Torpedo]
    The Red Torpedo
  17. 16. Corning's Mistake
  18. 17. That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers
    They're Still Talking
  19. 18. [Origin of Madam Fatal]
    Madam Fatal
  20. 19. Invasions Stopped Free of Charge!
    Slap Happy Pappy
  21. 20. [The Man Who Can Fly Like a Bird]
    The Black Condor
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