Dark Horse just published an anthology of stories from "Crime Does Not Pay," for my money one of the best adult comic books ever. I skimmed my friend Mike's copy of the book, and I got the impression that the book's stories were chosen for the writing, and not the artwork, but maybe I'm wrong. Jack Cole used to draw for this comic, and so did Paul Gustafson.
You never heard of Gustafson? That's a sample of his work above. He had a real cinematic style. How do you like that second panel where we see ordinary pedestrians waiting for a light to change from the vantage point of some evil force lurking in the shadows?
The comic was edited by Charles Biro and Bob Wood in the early forties. In real life, Wood lived the life he wrote about and ended up beating his wife to death with a steam iron. He went to prison for it, and was murdered by another inmate.
"Crimes by Women" looks like a pretty good title too, to judge by the cover. There were a lot of crime titles in those days.
Look at that policeman (above)! He looks like he was drawn by Kirby, but I think the drawing is credited to someone else.
"Murder Incorporated" (above) looks like an interesting comic....
....as does "Crime Reporter!" I wish I could read these comics.
Geez, here (above) we have the shocking immediacy of seeing a man shot at point blank range from the point of view of the shooter.
I hate to seem like a prude, but maybe these comics were too strong for kids. They make crime and sadism look exciting in a way that EC comics never did.
How do you like the far away look (above) on the stabber's face? 'Probably an editor's change.