(August 1940)

Quality Comics, 1939 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E. M. Arnold
Editing
Ed Cronin
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format
Was On-Going Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Black X / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gill Fox
Inks
Gill Fox
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Wings Wendall (inset); Bozo the Robot (inset); Archie O'Toole (inset); Abdul the Arab (inset)

Devil's Island (Table of Contents: 1)

Espionage Starring Black X / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Will Eisner [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Pencils
Will Eisner [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Inks
Will Eisner [as Will Erwin] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
spy
Characters
Espionage [Black X]; Dean (death); Batu; M'sieu Rolande (death); Camille; Commandant of Devil's Island; Rene (death); Moran (villain, thief)
Synopsis
A thief named Moran has sole possession of the secret to a new gun. When he is captured for murder and sent to Devil's Island, Black X has to go along to keep him from giving the secret to the French.
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Indexer Notes

Will Eisner created the Espionage feature, and Will Erwin was a pen name used by Will Eisner (Erwin was Eisner's middle name) until he left the feature after 1940. It also became a house by-line as well for future writers.

[Old Clutchcopper] (Table of Contents: 2)

Wun Cloo / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Wun Cloo; Old Clutchcopper (Intro)

[The Northern Fur Robbery] (Table of Contents: 3)

Chic Carter / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Vernon Henkel
Pencils
Vernon Henkel
Inks
Vernon Henkel
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Chic Carter; Gat Griffin; Trixie; Blinky

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

Kidding the Kids / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Pencils
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Inks
Arthur Beeman (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sis named my doggie conscience...
Genre
humor

[The Golden Dragon] (Table of Contents: 5)

Invisible Justice / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Pencils
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Inks
Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston]; Joyce Clark; Dan Clark; Thomas Clark; The Golden Dragon [Ah Sin](villain, introduction)

[The Golden Spike] (Table of Contents: 6)

Archie O'Toole / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Pencils
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Inks
George Tuska ? [as Bud Thomas]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; children
Characters
Archie O'Toole; Gil O'Teen

Cliff Melton (Table of Contents: 7)

Sportraits / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction; sports

[The Rifle Robbery] (Table of Contents: 8)

Wings Wendall / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
aviation
Characters
Wings Wendall; Conrad Gunther (introduction); Judy Mallon (introduction)

[Introducing the Purple Trio] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Purple Trio / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure
Characters
The Purple Trio [Tiny Todd (a midget); Rocky Hill (an acrobat); Warren (a magician)] (introduction, origin); Sandra Starr
Synopsis
Tiny, Rocky and Warren are ousted from their jobs at the faltering performance industry, and decide to band together to pool their talents in fighting crime.

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from S. M. Regi to ? by Craig Delich 2013-12-26. The Who's Who indicates that S. M. Regi was a pen-name sometimes used by Jerry Iger, but also by others as a house by-line. It further indicates that Jerry Iger did not write this feature, but that Alex Blum, under this pen-name or by-line, did draw the strip.

The Purple Trio were three vaudevillains. Rockey wore a red suit, Warren wore a blue suit and Tiny wore a yellow suit.

[The Crooks Behind the Falls] (Table of Contents: 10)

Clip Chance at Cliffside / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner
Pencils
George Brenner
Inks
George Brenner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
sports
Characters
Clip Chance; Spud; Chuck

An Almost Perfect Swindle (Table of Contents: 11)

Philpot Veep / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Philpot Veep; Waldo

The Episode of the Prominent Proboscis (Table of Contents: 12)

Philpot Veep / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Philpot Veep; Waldo

Indexer Notes

last appearance

[The Origin of Magno] (Table of Contents: 13)

Magno, the Magnetic Man / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Magno [Tom Dalton] (introduction, origin); Mike Harvey (introduction)
Synopsis
Tom is electrocuted by 10,000 D.C. volts, then revived by an equal shock of A.C. volts, all of which result in his obtaining powers of magnetism. As a blue collar lineman in a local town, he often uses excuses to duck away from his job to right injustices.

Indexer Notes

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

Kickback (Table of Contents: 14)

Jimmie Christian / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Robert M. Hyatt
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery

[Ahmed the Bedouin] (Table of Contents: 15)

Abdul the Arab / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts]
Pencils
Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts]
Inks
Bob Powell
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Abdul; Hassan; Ahmed; Najaf (Intro); Sheik Tell Akib (intro)

Indexer Notes

Tracking the Chinatown Terror (Table of Contents: 16)

Captain Cook of Scotland Yard / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
William A. Smith
Pencils
William A. Smith
Inks
William A. Smith
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Craig Cook; Kelly; The Key (intro)

[The Pneumonia Cure] (Table of Contents: 17)

Bozo the Robot / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
George Brenner
Pencils
George Brenner [as Wayne Reid]
Inks
George Brenner
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bozo the Robot; Hugh Hazzard; Dr. E. Salor (intro); Boss Patone; Slick; Horg (Dies)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

The Ray / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Black X
  2. 1. Devil's Island
    Espionage Starring Black X
  3. 2. [Old Clutchcopper]
    Wun Cloo
  4. 3. [The Northern Fur Robbery]
    Chic Carter
  5. 4. ["Sis named my doggie conscience..."]
    Kidding the Kids
  6. 5. [The Golden Dragon]
    Invisible Justice
  7. 6. [The Golden Spike]
    Archie O'Toole
  8. 7. Cliff Melton
    Sportraits
  9. 8. [The Rifle Robbery]
    Wings Wendall
  10. 9. [Introducing the Purple Trio]
    The Purple Trio
  11. 10. [The Crooks Behind the Falls]
    Clip Chance at Cliffside
  12. 11. An Almost Perfect Swindle
    Philpot Veep
  13. 12. The Episode of the Prominent Proboscis
    Philpot Veep
  14. 13. [The Origin of Magno]
    Magno, the Magnetic Man
  15. 14. Kickback
    Jimmie Christian
  16. 15. [Ahmed the Bedouin]
    Abdul the Arab
  17. 16. Tracking the Chinatown Terror
    Captain Cook of Scotland Yard
  18. 17. [The Pneumonia Cure]
    Bozo the Robot
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    The Ray
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
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Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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