(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
?

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
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Clock [Brian O'Brien]; Pat "Pug" Brady (ex-heavyweight boxing champion, introduction); The Big Shot [Mayor Kozer] (villain, introduction, death)
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 / 4 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
Characters
Jane Arden; Jim Southern
Reprints
  • Reprint strips
Keywords
soap opera

Indexer Notes

Continued from Feature Comics #31.

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

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

Introducing Rock Braddon (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
The Space Legion (introduction); Rock Braddon (introduction); Captain Graves (introduction); Harg (villain, introduction, death)
Keywords
Mercury; Metropolis

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: 5)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Spider [Tom Hallaway] (introduction); The Cricket (villain, introduction, death); the Crickets (villains, introduction for all)
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

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: 6)

Screen Snapshots / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
biography

Too Hot To Hold (Table of Contents: 7)

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
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Wizard Wells (inventor, introduction); Tug (introduction, Wells' partner); Black Morda (villain, introduction)

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: 8)

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)

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

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

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprints

[Lee Gets Her Wings] (Table of Contents: 10)

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
?

Genre
adventure; aviation
Characters
Lee Preston (introduction, origin; Red Cross nurse and pilot); Mr. Preston (Lee's father, introduction); Rick Royce (introduction)

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: 11)

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

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

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

cont'd from FEATURE COMICS #31; strip reprint

[Origin of the Red Torpedo] (Table of Contents: 12)

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: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Spain
Letters
typeset

That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers (Table of Contents: 14)

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

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

Genre
sports

[Origin of Madam Fatal] (Table of Contents: 15)

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

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

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: 16)

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

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

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: 17)

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

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

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

Indexer Notes

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

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    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. ["Gosh I fell in love with Maw's plowin' right from th' start!"]
    Off the Record
  5. 4. Introducing Rock Braddon
    The Space Legion
  6. 5. [The Sign of the Cricket]
    Alias the Spider
  7. 6. Jimmy Stewart
    Screen Snapshots
  8. 7. Too Hot To Hold
    Wizard Wells
  9. 8. ["Hello Nifty- Will y'tell Danny I'll wait for him outside the Gym?."]
    Molly the Model
  10. 9. ["Speed it up for five minutes"]
    Ned Brant
  11. 10. [Lee Gets Her Wings]
    Lee Preston of the Red Cross
  12. 11. Love Bird's Brain Test
    Rube Goldberg's Side Show
  13. 12. [Origin of the Red Torpedo]
    The Red Torpedo
  14. 13. Corning's Mistake
  15. 14. That Battle of the World's Greatest Hurlers
    They're Still Talking
  16. 15. [Origin of Madam Fatal]
    Madam Fatal
  17. 16. Invasions Stopped Free of Charge!
    Slap Happy Pappy
  18. 17. [The Man Who Can Fly Like a Bird]
    The Black Condor
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