Smash Comics

 SMAC   (Quality, 1939-1949)

ô and ©1945 E.M. Arnold

Smash Comics was one of the flagship titles of the Quality line, a first-rank publisher of the golden age. Early issues struggled to find a star amid a lineup of perennial backups like Espionage and Hooded Justice. Issue #14 introduced The Ray, a hero who could turn himself into a beam of light. Lavishly illustrated by Lou Fine, one of the greatest golden age artists, the Ray gained enough popularity to be revived many years later by DC in The Freedom Fighters and Justice League of America. Four issues later, he was joined by Midnight, one of many imitators of Will Eisnerís Spirit. However, writer/artist Jack Cole (creator of Plastic Man among others) was one of the few creators who could approach Eisnerís skill and wit, and Midnight soon developed its own distinct personality. Midnight kept Smash going until Quality folded in the late 40s.

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#1

  8/1/1939
  $0.10
  $10.50
No copies available
1st appearance of Philpot Veep; 1st appearance of Chick Carter; 1st appearance of Simple Simon; 1st appearance of Wings Wendall; 1st appearance of Invisible Hood (Kent Thurston); 1st appearance of Abdul the Arab; 1st appearance of Hugh Hazzard; 1st known robot cover in comicsWill Eisner, John Devlin, Vernon Henkel, Ed Conin, Art Pinajian, George Brenner, William A. SmithWill Eisner, John Devlin, Vernon Henkel, Ed Conin, Art Pinajian, George Brenner, William A. Smith

#2

  9/1/1939
  $0.10
  $775.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Joe Devlin, William A. Smith, Jerry SpainWill Eisner, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Joe Devlin, William A. Smith, Art Pinajian

#3

  10/1/1939
  $0.10
  $540.00
No copies available
Robot coverWill Eisner, Joe Devlin, Vernon Henkel, William A. Smith, Art Pinajian, George Brenner, Harry CampbellWill Eisner, Joe Devlin, Vernon Henkel, William A. Smith, Art Pinajian, George Brenner, Harry Campbell

#4

  11/1/1939
  $0.10
  $560.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, George Brenner, Art Pinajian, William A. Smith, Vernon Henkel, Joe Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Harry CampbellWill Eisner, George Brenner, Art Pinajian, William A. Smith, Vernon Henkel, Joe Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Harry Campbell

#5

  12/1/1939
  $0.10
  $625.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Harry Campbell, Art Pinajian, William A. Smith, Paul Gustavson, George BrennerWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Harry Campbell, Art Pinajian, William A. Smith, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner

#6

  1/1/1940
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, John Devlin, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Paul Gustavson, Gill FoxWill Eisner, John Devlin, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Paul Gustavson, Gill Fox

#7

  2/1/1940
  $0.10
  $420.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, George Brenner, John Devlin, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Harry CampbellWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Stan Aschmeier, George Brenner, John Devlin, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Harry Campbell

#8

  3/1/1940
  $0.10
  $380.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, John Devlin, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Gill FoxWill Eisner, John Devlin, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Stan Aschmeier, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Harry Campbell, Gill Fox

#9

  4/1/1940
  $0.10
  $500.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Gill Fox, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, John Devlin, Art PinajianWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Gill Fox, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, John Devlin, Stan Aschmeier, Harry Campbell, Art Pinajian

#10

  5/1/1940
  $0.10
  $480.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, George Brenner, Joe Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Art Pinajian, Harry CampbellWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, George Brenner, Joe Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Stan Aschmeier, Art Pinajian, Harry Campbell

#11

  6/1/1940
  $0.10
  $400.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Bob Powell, William A. Smith, Art Pinajian, John Devlin, Harry Campbell, George Brenner, Paul GustavsonWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Bob Powell, William A. Smith, Art Pinajian, John Devlin, Harry Campbell, George Brenner, Paul Gustavson

#12

  7/1/1940
  $0.10
  $350.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Bob Powell, Vernon Henkel, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Gill Fox, Art Pinajian, John Devlin, Harry Campbell, William A. SmithWill Eisner, Bob Powell, Vernon Henkel, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Gill Fox, Art Pinajian, John Devlin, Harry Campbell, William A. Smith

#13

  8/1/1940
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Will Eisner, Gill Fox, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, S. M. Iger, George Brenner, John Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Bob Powell, William A. SmithWill Eisner, Gill Fox, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Alex A. Blum, George Brenner, John Devlin, Paul Gustavson, Bob Powell, William A. Smith

#14

  9/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,700.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Ray (Happy Terrill)Will Eisner, Paul Gustavson, Bob Powell, George Tuska, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, S. M. Iger, Gill FoxDan Zolnerowich, Paul Gustavson, Bob Powell, George Tuska, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Lou Fine, Art Pinajian, S.M. Iger, Gill Fox

#15

  10/1/1940
  $0.10
  $1,000.00
No copies available
 Will EisnerWill Eisner, Vernon Henkel, Gill Fox, Lou Fine, Bud Thomas, Paul Gustavson, Bob Powell

#16

  11/1/1940
  $0.10
  $800.00
No copies available
 S. M. Iger, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Gill Fox, Bob Powell, Robert M. Hyatt, George BrennerLou Fine, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Dan Zolnerowich, Paul Gustavson, Gill Fox, Bob Powell, George Brenner

#17

  12/1/1940
  $0.10
  $900.00
No copies available
Plastic Man prototype?S. M. Iger, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Paul Gustavson, Gill Fox, Bob Powell, George BrennerLou Fine, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Dan Zolnerowich, Paul Gustavson, Gill Fox, Bob Powell, George Brenner

#18

  1/1/1941
  $0.10
  $1,150.00
No copies available
Bozo the robot cover; 1st appearance of MidnightS. M. Iger, Vernon Henkel, Bob Powell, Gill Fox, George Brenner, Art Pinajian, George Tuska, Jack Cole, Paul GustavsonLou Fine, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Bob Powell, Gill Fox, George Brenner, Dan Zolnerowich, Art Pinajian, George Tuska, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson

#19

  2/1/1941
  $0.10
  $650.00
No copies available
 Vernon Henkel, Harry Campbell, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Bob Powell, George BrennerLou Fine, Vernon Henkel, Harry Campbell, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, John Celardo, Art Pinajian, Bob Powell, George Brenner

#20

  3/1/1941
  $0.10
  $650.00
No copies available
 Vernon Henkel, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Art Pinajian, Bob Powell, Harry Campbell, Robert M. Hyatt, Paul Gustavson, George BrennerLou Fine, Vernon Henkel, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, Art Pinajian, John Celardo, Bob Powell, Harry Campbell, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner

#21

  4/1/1941
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  $700.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, S. M. IgerLou Fine, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, John Celardo, Harry Campbell, Paul Gustavson

#22

  5/1/1941
  $0.10
  $600.00
No copies available
 Lou FineLou Fiine, Vernon Henkel, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Harry Campbell, Bob Powell

#23

  6/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 Vernon Henkel, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, S. M. Iger, Art Pinajian, Harry Campbell, Bob Powell, Klaus Nordling, George BrennerLou Fine, Vernon Henkel, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Alex A. Blum, Clark Williams, Art Pinajian, Harry Campbell, Bob Powell, Klaus Nordling, George Brenner

#24

  7/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
  Reed Crandall, Jack Cole, paul Gustavson, Harry Campbell, Bob Powell, Vernon Henkel

#25

  8/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Paul Gustavson, Robert TurnerLou Fine, Clark Williams, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, Paul Gustavson, Arthur Peddy, Jim Mooney

#26

  9/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Art Pinajian, S. M. Iger, Clark Williams, Robert Turner, Vernon Henkel, Arthur Peddy, George BrennerLou Fine, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Art Pinajian, Alex A. Blum, Clark Williams, Jim Mooney, Vernon Henkel, George Brenner

#27

  10/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 Robert Turner, Jack Cole, Vernon HenkelReed Crandall, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel

#28

  11/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Art Pinajian, S. M. Iger, Robert Turner, Vernon Henkel, George BrennerReed Crandall, Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Art Pinajian, Alex A. Blum, Clark Williams, Jim Mooney, Vernon Henkel, Arthur Peddy, George Brenner

#29

  12/1/1941
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Robert Turner, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, S. M. Iger, George BrennerReed Crandall, Arthur Peddy, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, Alex A. Blum, Clark Williams, George Brenner

#30

  1/1/1942
  $0.10
  $590.00
No copies available
 George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Paul Gustavson, Robert TurnerLou Fine, Clark Williams, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney

#31

  2/1/1942
  $0.10
  $520.00
No copies available
 George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Paul Gustavson, Robert TurnerLou Fine, Clark Williams, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, Paul Gustavson, Arthur Peddy, Jim Mooney

#32

  3/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Robert Turner, Paul Gustavson, S. M. Iger, Jack Cole, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art PinajianLou Fine, Clark Williams, Jim Mooney, Paul Gustavson, Alex A. Blum, Jack Cole, George Brenner, Vernon Henkel, Art Pinajian, Arthur Peddy

#33

  5/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 George Brenner, Robert Turner, Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, S. M. Iger, Vernon HenkelLou Fine, Alex Kotzky, George Brenner, Jim Mooney, Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Arthur Peddy, Ed Cronin

#34

  7/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 George Brenner, S. M. Iger, Robert Turner, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, Paul GustavsonAlex Kotzky, George Brenner, Alex A. Blum, Jim Mooney, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, Ed Cronin, Paul Gustavson, Arthur Peddy

#35

  9/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Bernard Dibble, Paul Gustavson, Robert Turner, George Brenner, S. M. Iger, Vernon HenkelJack Cole, Alex Kotzky, Bernard Dibble, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney, George Brenner, Arthur Peddy, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Alex Koda

#36

  10/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Bernard Dibble, Robert Turner, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, S. M. Iger, Vernon HenkelJack Cole, Alex Kotzky, Bernard Dibble, Jim Mooney, Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Reed Crandall, Arthur Peddy, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Alex Koda

#37

  11/1/1942
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Paul Gustavson, Robert Turner, George Brenner, S. M. Iger, Vernon HenkelJack Cole, Alex Kotzky, Paul Gustavson, Jim Mooney, George Brenner, Reed Crandall, Arthur Peddy, Alex A. Blum, Vernon Henkel, Alex Koda

#38

  12/1/1942
  $0.10
  $580.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, George Brenner, Paul GustavsonJack Cole, Alex Koda, George Brenner, Paul Gustavson, Alex Kotzky, Rudy Palais, Clark Williams, Al Bagriele

#39

  1/1/1943
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Jack Cole, Fred GuardineerPaul Gustavson, George Brenner, Jack Cole, Rudy Palais, Clark Williams, Fred Guardineer, Al Gabriele

#40

  2/1/1943
  $0.10
  $430.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Fred Guardineer, Jack ColePaul Gustavson, Joe Kubert, George Brenner, Fred Guardineer, Rudy Palais, Clark Williams, Jack Cole, Al Gabriele

#41

  3/1/1943
  $0.10
  $390.00
1 copy available for $195.00
 Paul Gustavson, George Brenner, Jack Cole, Gill FoxPaul Gustavson, Joe Kubert, George Brenner, Al Gabriele, Jack Cole, Gill Fox, Clark Williams

#42

  4/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingKlaus Nordling, Al Gabriele

#43

  6/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Fred Guardineer, Jack Cole, Gill FoxPaul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Fred Guardineer, Bernard Sachs, Jack Cole, Gill Fox, Clark Williams, Joe Cavallo

#44

  7/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Gill FoxPaul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Bernard Sachs, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Gill Fox, Clark Williams, Joe Cavallo

#45

  8/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Fred Guardineer, Klaus Nordling, Gill Fox, Vernon HenkelPaul Gustavson, Fred Guardineer, Bernard Sachs, Klaus Nordling, Gill Fox, Vernon Henkel, Clark Williams

#46

  9/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, Fred GuardineerPaul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Vernon Henkel, Bernard Sachs, Clark Williams, Fred Guardineer

#47

  10/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Vernon Henkel, Bart Tumey, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Bernard Sachs, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Vernon Henkel, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling

#48

  11/1/1943
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Fred GuardineerPaul Gustavson, Bernard Sachs, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer

#49

  1/1/1944
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Klaus Nordling

#50

  2/1/1944
  $0.10
  $295.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Bart Tumey, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Bernard Sachs, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling

#51

  3/1/1944
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling, Don Rico, Jack Cole

#52

  4/1/1944
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Bart Tumey, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Don Rico, Jack Cole, Fred Guardineer, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling

#53

  5/1/1944
  $0.10
  $235.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Don Rico, Klaus Nordling

#54

  8/1/1944
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
  Paul Gustavson, Don Rico, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole

#55

  10/1/1944
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Milt Stein, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Milt Stein, Don Rico, Klaus Nordling

#56

  12/1/1944
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Bill Quackenbush, Klaus Nordling, Milt Stein

#57

  2/1/1945
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Klaus Nordling

#58

  4/1/1945
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
  Bill Quackenbush, Klaus Nordling

#59

  6/1/1945
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Paul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#60

  8/1/1945
  $0.10
  $200.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingJanice Valleau, Klaus Nordling, Bill Quackenbush, Jack Cole

#61

  10/1/1945
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Janice Valleau

#62

  12/1/1945
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
 Klaus Nordling, Sid LazarusJanice Valleau, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#63

  2/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Janice Valleau

#64

  4/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
  Paul Gustavson, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Janice Valleau

#65

  6/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Bart Tumey

#66

  8/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingPaul Gustavson, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#67

  10/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
  Paul Gustavson, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Jack Cole, Bart Tumey

#68

  12/1/1946
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling

#69

  2/1/1947
  $0.10
  $155.00
No copies available
 Klaus NordlingJack Cole, Sid Lazarus, Klaus Nordling, Bart Tumey

#70

  4/1/1947
  $0.10
  $145.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#71

  6/1/1947
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Dan Zolnerowich, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#72

  8/1/1947
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#73

  10/1/1947
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Dan Zolnerowich, Sid Lazarus

#74

  12/1/1947
  $0.10
  $96.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling, Sid Lazarus

#75

  2/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling

#76

  4/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Klaus Nordling

#77

  6/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling

#78

  8/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
   

#79

  10/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling

#80

  12/1/1948
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Gill Fox, Klaus Nordling, Bart TumeyJack Cole, Gill Fox, Klaus Nordling, Bart Tumey

#81

  2/1/1949
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  $110.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Gill FoxJack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling, Gill Fox

#82

  4/1/1949
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Jack Cole, Klaus Nordling

#83

  6/1/1949
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus NordlingJack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling

#84

  8/1/1949
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
 Jack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus NordlingJack Cole, Bart Tumey, Klaus Nordling

#85

  10/1/1949
  $0.10
  $110.00
No copies available
  Klaus Nordling