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The cover art is stiff, isn't great, and isn't Lou Fine, but Lou Fine's art on the Ray comic book story inside is classic! I like pretty much all the Quality costumed hero / anthology comics, and tried to collect Smash Comics, Police Comics, and Crack Comics back in the 1970s. Thanks for making available as scans all these comics I couldn't afford to buy then and can afford to buy even less now. I prefer the digital scans to decaying pulp paper anyway.
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PublicationDecember 1940 | Price: 0.10 USD | Pages: 1 | Frequency: Monthly
FeaturingThe Ray
CreditsPencils: Gill Fox | Inks: Gill Fox
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Bozo the Robot (inset); Espionage [Black X] (inset); Wings Wendall (inset); The Invisible Hood [Kent Thurston] (inset)
Comic StoryMusic Hath Charm (9 pages)
SynopsisThe musician Stradivous, who can hypnotize anyone with his clarinet, works with Jennings to hijack a shipment of gold.
FeaturingThe Ray
CreditsPencils: Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed) | Inks: Lou Fine [as E. Lectron] (signed)
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: The Ray [Happy Terrill]; Stradivous (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, death)
Comic StoryMystery of the Five Talking Mummies (6 pages)
FeaturingThe Purple Trio
CreditsPencils: Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed) | Inks: Alex Blum [as S. M. Regi] (signed)
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: The Purple Trio [Warren; Rocky Hill; Tiny Todd]
NotesWriter 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.
Comic StoryThe Story of the Mole (4 pages)
FeaturingChic Carter
CreditsScript: Vernon Henkel | Pencils: Vernon Henkel | Inks: Vernon Henkel
ContentGenre: Detective-mystery | Characters: Chic Carter; Monahan; The Mole
Comic Story"Ludbah, I'm tired. I Think I'll take a ride." (2 pages)
FeaturingArchie O'Toole
CreditsScript: George Tuska? [as Bud Thomas] | Pencils: George Tuska? [as Bud Thomas] | Inks: George Tuska? [as Bud Thomas]
ContentGenre: Humor; Children | Characters: Archie O'Toole; Ludbah
Comic StoryAl Regna (5 pages)
FeaturingThe Scarlet Seal
CreditsScript: Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed) | Pencils: Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed) | Inks: Harry Francis Campbell [as Duane Byrd Monroe] (signed)
ContentGenre: Detective-mystery | Characters: The Scarlet Seal [Barry Moore]; Captain Pat Moore; Al Regna (villain)
NotesThis feature was created by Manning de Villeneuve Lee, an accomplished fine artist and book illustrator who specialized in historical subjects. His by-line only appears on the first story in #16....after that, the strip was signed "Duane Byrd Monroe", a pen name for which no reference can be found. The Who's Who lists Campbell as writer and artist in 1940-41.......Lee (called Lee Manning in the Who's Who) wrote and drew the strip in 1940, and Henry Taylor drew the strip in 1941. I'll leave it to other writer/art experts that have access to all the stories (from Smash #2-24) to determine who did what stories story and artwise.
Comic StoryThe Gaston Necklace (5 pages)
FeaturingInvisible Justice
CreditsScript: Art Pinajian | Pencils: Art Pinajian [as Art Gordon] | Inks: Art Pinajian
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: Kent Thurston; Jason White; Rufus Kane; Inspector Battle
Comic StorySabotage strikes the aviation factories (6 pages)
FeaturingEspionage Starring Black X
CreditsScript: Will Eisner [as Will Erwin] (signed) | Pencils: Dan Zolnerowich | Inks: Dan Zolnerowich
ContentGenre: Spy | Characters: Espionage [Black X]; Colonel Atwater
NotesWill 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 at the end of 1940. It also became a house by-line as well for future writers.
Comic Story"Mary Wallace is making a survey of slum conditions.." (4 pages)
CreditsScript: Paul Gustavson (signed) | Pencils: Paul Gustavson (signed) | Inks: Paul Gustavson (signed) | Letters: Paul Gustavson
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: Magno [Tom Dalton]; Mary Wallace; Steve Recka; Monk
NotesAll Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, son of Paul Gustavson.
Comic StoryBarbaria Shall Strike (6 pages)
FeaturingWings Wendall
CreditsScript: Vernon Henkel | Pencils: Vernon Henkel (signed) | Inks: Vernon Henkel
ContentGenre: Aviation | Characters: Wings Wendall; Listra; Warak
Text StoryThe God Mask (2 pages)
FeaturingJimmy Christian
CreditsScript: Robert M. Hyatt | Letters: typeset
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Jimmy Christian
Comic Story"Velly good day" (2 pages)
SynopsisProfessor Grrr, despondent over Wun Cloo's messing up five murders that he had planned, attempts to kill the detective. Escaping the attempts, Wun Cloo drinks down some Super Putty Juice that makes his body plastic in nature, portrays the Professor's conscience, and convinces the villain to turn himself in.
FeaturingWun Cloo, The Defective Detective
CreditsScript: Jack Cole | Pencils: Jack Cole | Inks: Jack Cole
ContentGenre: Humor; Detective-mystery | Characters: Wun Cloo [also as Professor Grrr's conscience]; unnamed Policeman; Professor Grrr (villain)
NotesThis was Cole's very first strip for Quality Comics. Script and art revisions from Gill Fox to Cole by Craig Delich, per the reprint. This story creates the notion that led to the creation of Plastic Man eight months later.
Comic StoryThe Medici Candle (4 pages)
FeaturingAbdul the Arab
CreditsScript: Bob Powell | Pencils: Bob Powell [as Powell Roberts] | Inks: Bob Powell
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Abdul; Hassan; Achmed Bey
Cartoon"Can we come in on one ticket?" (1 page)
FeaturingKidding the Kids
CreditsScript: Arthur Beeman (signed) | Pencils: Arthur Beeman (signed) | Inks: Arthur Beeman (signed)
ContentGenre: Humor
Comic StoryThe Wizard (7 pages)
FeaturingBozo the Robot
CreditsScript: George Brenner | Pencils: George Brenner [as Wayne Reid] | Inks: George Brenner
ContentGenre: Science Fiction | Characters: Hugh Hazzard; The Wizard
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