Saturday mornings are for cartoons and comics, or at least they were around our house as kids. In that tradition, each Saturday morning we highlight two or more comics that we're reading to kick off the weekend. Every comic we highlight in this space is available right here on VillainPaper, any time on any device! So check out today's offerings and then hit the "Join" button below or click here for some free reads!
Gangsters & Gunmolls #4
We couldn't resist sharing this gorgeous cover art by noted Captain America illustrator Syd Shores! Shores also did the art for the six-page main feature, "Mara Hite - Bank Robbing Murderess." Gangsters and Gunmolls is pretty typical of post-war crime stories, ostensibly teaching about the pitfalls of crime while packing each issue with plenty of cops versus robbers action. Despite its short-lived run of only four issues, G&G featured some fantastic artwork by notable artists, including another Captain America artist, Vince Alascia, and Jack Kamen.
In addition to the bank-robbing Mara Hite, Issue #4 features "The Elkin Boys," a gang hell-bent on monopolizing back-country business by any means necessary, and "Alice Cort-Hollywood Hellcat," a woman so set on silver-screen fame that she'd do anything to realize her dream! Issue #4 also features a one-page, four-panel "table of contents" drawn by Everett Kinstler, who was later commissioned to do Presidents Gerald Ford's and Ronald Reagan's official portraits.
Crime Must Pay the Penalty #5
Another post-war crime title, Crime Must Pay the Penalty from Ace Magazines had a pretty stellar run of 46 issues. Even though Ace was primarily known for its romance titles, it found itself in Congressional crosshairs during the hearings that led to the adoption of the Comics Code, in part because of its "Crime" series.
Each issue illustrated a series of "true" crime stories, with some artistic embellishments. The feature story in Issue #5, for example, chronicles the exploits of The Flathead Gang in Pennsylvania, and tells the story of Paul Jaworski, who masterminded the first-ever armored car robbery and was executed for his crimes. Look closely in the main feature and you'll see some of Rudy Palais's infamous sweat drops!