(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
Will Eisner
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing 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).


[The Coming of Uncle Sam] (Table of Contents: 1)

Uncle Sam / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner; Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Will Eisner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Uncle Sam (introduction); Buddy Smith (introduction); Ezra Smith (Buddy's father, introduction, death); President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Andel Cobra (villain, introduction); Scar (villain, introduction); Snyle (villain, introduction); Gatch Gozan (villain, introduction); the Purple Shirts (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Andel Cobra tries to organize American dust bowl refugees into his own version of Hitler's Brown Shirts, called the Purple Shirts. At the same time, the Purple Shirts managed to kidnap President Roosevelt, and later Uncle Sam. But Sam's rhetoric stirred some of the recruits, inciting them to rebel against the Purple Shirts. Unfortunately, these "terrorists" killed the father of young Buddy Smith, whom Uncle Sam adopted as his sidekick.

Indexer Notes

Credits from Jerry Bails' Who's Who in American Comic Books.

Uncle Sam was created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine.

Ken Quattro, in an article in Alter Ego #127 (August 2014), states this story was written and laid out by Eisner, and Berg did the finishes.

[Death Rides the Airways] (Table of Contents: 2)

Prop Powers / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum [as Lynn Bird] (signed)
Pencils
Witmer Williams
Inks
Witmer Williams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
aviation
Characters
Prop Powers (introduction); June Dawn (introduction); S. S. Kreesus (introduction)

[Sally Joins the Force] (Table of Contents: 3)

Sally O'Neil Policewoman / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum [as Frank Kearn]
Pencils
Chuck Mazoujian
Inks
Chuck Mazoujian
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sally O'Neil (first appearance); Sgt. O'Neil (Sally's father); Mrs. O'Neil (Sally's mother); Pat O'Neil (Sally's brother); Mike O'Neil (Sally's brother); Tom O'Neil (Sally's brother); Big Jim Saponi (first appearance; villain); Smilin' Joe Dukes (first appearance; villain; death)

[Dixon's First Fight] (Table of Contents: 4)

Kid Dixon / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Tuska
Inks
George Tuska
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
sports
Characters
Kid Dixon [Danny Dixon] (first appearance; origin); Bottle Topps [B. Galsworthy] (first appearance); Marvo the Muscle Man (first appearance); Jimmy Jones (first appearance)

[The Origin of Merlin] (Table of Contents: 5)

Merlin the Magician / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Merlin the Magician [Jock Kellog] (introduction, origin); Jock's un-named uncle (introduction, death); Peace (introduction); Mars (villain, introduction, god of war); Hunger (villain, introduction); Poverty (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
English playboy Jock Kellog learns that his uncle is dying and he couldn't wait to inherit the fortune. However, Jock learns that he is a descendant of Merlin, the ancient wizard of Camelot, and that he is being bequeathed Merlin's cloak, imbued with considerable magical power. His first foe was Mars, who had chained the goddess of peace, and Merlin defeated Mar's minions (Hunger and Poverty), then wrestled with the god of war himself, achieving victory.
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Indexer Notes

Lance Blackwood, according to the Who's Who, is a by-line found on this strip, and is also the pen name of Dan Zolnerowich. Zolne did no writing to my knowledge and the Who's Who lists him as artist only on this feature. Added by Craig Delich 2013-7-17.

Yankee Doodle Boy (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum [as Anthony Lamb]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Yankee Doodle Boy [Jimmy Jones] (first appearance; origin)

[The Boy from the Meteor] (Table of Contents: 7)

Wonder Boy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum [as Jerry Maxwell]
Pencils
John Celardo ?
Inks
John Celardo ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Boy (first appearance; origin); The Mongolians (first appearance; villains)
Synopsis
When Wonder Boy's home planet Viro is destroyed he comes to Earth. However no one believes his story and he is put in an orphanage, where no one bothers to give him a name. However after he defeats a Mongolian invasion of Europe he is named Wonder Boy.

[Race for a New Planet] (Table of Contents: 8)

Cyclone / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
? [as Tony Rawlins] (signed)
Pencils
Henry Kiefer
Inks
Henry Kiefer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction; superhero
Characters
Cyclone (introduction); Joy Daye (introduction); Professor Nebula (scientist); King Murdo of Mars (villain, Mar's champion, introduction)
Synopsis
When Professor Nebula discovers a new planet in the Earth's solar system, all remaining planets race to lay claim to it for colonization.

Indexer Notes

Tony Rawlins was a by-line for this feature and was not necessarily a real person.

The story line takes place in the year 3000.

NOTE: Art spotters might want to look over all four stories in this series, for Chuck Winter is known to have inked at least one of these stories.

[Corpse in the Bedroom] (Table of Contents: 9)

Pen Miller / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Pen Miller (first appearance); Niki (first appearance); Grigor (first appearance; villain)

[Introducing Paul Bunyan] (Table of Contents: 10)

Paul Bunyan / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Herman Bolstein (signed)
Pencils
John Celardo (signed)
Inks
John Celardo
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Paul Bunyan (first appearance); Babe (first appearance; Paul Bunyan's ox)
Keywords
folklore

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

Windy Breeze / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's great to be alive
Genre
humor
Characters
Windy Breeze (first appearance)

[The Coming of the Kid Patrol] (Table of Contents: 12)

Kid Patrol / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Toni Blum [as Dan Wilson]
Pencils
Charles Nicholas
Inks
Charles Nicholas
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
The Kid Patrol [Terry; Sunshine [George Washington Abraham Lincoln Jones]; Spunky; Suzy; Porky] (first appearance; origin); Pat Malone (first appearance; origin)
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Uncle Sam
  2. 1. [The Coming of Uncle Sam]
    Uncle Sam
  3. 2. [Death Rides the Airways]
    Prop Powers
  4. 3. [Sally Joins the Force]
    Sally O'Neil Policewoman
  5. 4. [Dixon's First Fight]
    Kid Dixon
  6. 5. [The Origin of Merlin]
    Merlin the Magician
  7. 6. Yankee Doodle Boy
  8. 7. [The Boy from the Meteor]
    Wonder Boy
  9. 8. [Race for a New Planet]
    Cyclone
  10. 9. [Corpse in the Bedroom]
    Pen Miller
  11. 10. [Introducing Paul Bunyan]
    Paul Bunyan
  12. 11. ["It's great to be alive"]
    Windy Breeze
  13. 12. [The Coming of the Kid Patrol]
    Kid Patrol
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bob Hughes
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Lou Mougin
  • Len Wolinsky