(July 1940)

Quality Comics, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1940-04-14
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Comic Magazines, Inc.
Editing
Ed Cronin
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was on-going series

Issue Notes

On sale date from the fanzine, Fantasy News, dated April 14, 1940 (on page 3). The comic was scheduled for release during the week of April 14-20, 1940. Information shared by Bart Bush through the Comics History Exchange page on Facebook (4 October 2016).


[Origin of Hercules] (Table of Contents: 1)

Hercules / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Dan Zolnerowich ? [as Dan Enloz] (signed)
Pencils
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Inks
Dan Zolnerowich (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hercules [Joe Hercules] (origin); Mrs. Hercules (Joe's mother, death); Pete Birch (introduction); J. Willistone Jyppe (villain, banker)
Synopsis
After Joe Hercules' mother dies of a heart attack, Joe goes after the unscrupulous banker who caused it. But his enthusiasm lands him in jail, where his cellmate encourages him to put on a costume, become a superhero, and break out of jail to avenge his mother's murder at the hands of Jyppe, who had wanted to own the town of Maryville.
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[The Plot To Sink the ARKIAN] (Table of Contents: 2)

X-5 Super Agent / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Cary Weyt]
Pencils
Charles Sultan
Inks
Charles Sultan
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
X-5 (intro); Baroness Verber (Intro, villain)
Reprints
Keywords
Nazis

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

Jack and Jill / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Lowell Riggs]
Pencils
Leonard Frank
Inks
Leonard Frank
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Jack Doe (intro); Jill Doe (intro); Joseph Eberhart (dies); Edward Eberhart; Phipps (villain)
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[Origin of the Red Bee] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Red Bee / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum ?
Pencils
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Inks
Charles Nicholas [as B. H. Apiary] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Red Bee [Rick Raleigh] (Assistant District Attorney); Michael (a bee); Tom Darrow (District Attorney); Boss Storm (villain)
Synopsis
Assistant D.A. Rick Raleigh, as the Red Bee, gets a conviction of Boss Storm, a corrupt leader of a political machine seeking to run City Hall. The Red Bee is armed only with his trained pet bee, Michael.
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Keywords
Superor City

Indexer Notes

There is no actual origin in this story. It is written as though the Red Bee has had previous adventures.

[Origin of the Strange Twins] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Strange Twins / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger [as S. M. Regi]
Pencils
Alex Blum
Inks
Alex Blum
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Douglas Strange; Rodney Strange (villain); Wendy Hale; Wing Low; Sin Chow (villain)
Synopsis
25 years ago, Sin Chow kidnapped one of the sons of Neville Strange and raised him in his den of pirates. Only Wing Low know that Douglas and Rodney are brothers. Douglas spends 5 years in prison for a crime Rodney committed and then tries to prove his innocence by tracking down the brother he doesn't even know exists.
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Keywords
origin

The Lost Moment (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum (Toni Boon)
Letters
Typeset

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[Neutrality Patrol] (Table of Contents: 7)

Bob and Swab / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Bob Masters (intro); Swab Decker (intro)
Reprints
Keywords
spies

[The Triple Train Wreck Robbery] (Table of Contents: 8)

Casey Jones / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Munson Paddock ? [as Pad Docke]
Pencils
Munson Paddock
Inks
Munson Paddock
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Casey Jones (intro); Deegan (villain)
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The Tale of the Haunted Inn (Table of Contents: 9)

Weird Tales / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Pierre Winter]
Pencils
Pierre Winters
Inks
Pierre Winters
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (intro)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first installment of a recurring horror feature and is the first such horror feature in comics, predating "Eerie Comics" by seven years, which is considered the first supernatural comic. The Old Witch character is very similar to the Old Witch who narrated EC comics horror tales, which debuted ten years later.

[Origin of Neon the Unknown] (Table of Contents: 10)

Neon the Unknown / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
S. M. Iger [as Tagor Maroy] (signed)
Pencils
Alex Blum
Inks
Alex Blum
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Neon the Unknown [Tom Corbet] (introduction, origin); Lt. Cracket; Morgan Crookes (villain)
Synopsis
Corbett, a member of the French Foreign Legion, drinks from a mysterious pool and gains strange "neonic" powers. Meanwhile, Morgan Crookes tries to organize all the black races of the world to help him conquer the white countries.
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Keywords
origin

Indexer Notes

More racist than usual for this time period.

In Tinkle Town (Table of Contents: 11)

Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Pauline Comanor (signed)
Pencils
Pauline Comanor
Inks
Pauline Comanor
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Tommy Tinkle (an animated puppet, intro); Mary Lou; Prof. Grund; Sam Snipe (villain); Pat Pokem (villain); Lotta Lure (villain)
Reprints
Keywords
puppet

[Doomsday and Afterward] (Table of Contents: 12)

Blaze Barton / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Blaze Barton (intro); Prof. Solis (intro); Betty Solis (intro); Core-Men (villains)
Reprints
Keywords
origin
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Red Bee
  2. 1. [Origin of Hercules]
    Hercules
  3. 2. [The Plot To Sink the ARKIAN]
    X-5 Super Agent
  4. 3. [Clock of Doom]
    Jack and Jill
  5. 4. [Origin of the Red Bee]
    The Red Bee
  6. 5. [Origin of the Strange Twins]
    The Strange Twins
  7. 6. The Lost Moment
  8. 7. [Neutrality Patrol]
    Bob and Swab
  9. 8. [The Triple Train Wreck Robbery]
    Casey Jones
  10. 9. The Tale of the Haunted Inn
    Weird Tales
  11. 10. [Origin of Neon the Unknown]
    Neon the Unknown
  12. 11. In Tinkle Town
    Tommy Tinkle and Mary Lou
  13. 12. [Doomsday and Afterward]
    Blaze Barton
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Charles Underwood
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bob Hughes
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin