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It’s A Crime, Chapter 9, Not The Same

(Justice Traps the Guilty #9 – #12, Headline #35 – #38)

This chapter will cover the Prize crime comics from the period March through November 1949. Both Justice Traps the Guilty and Headline were bimonthly titles. The other nominally crime title, Charlie Chan, had been discontinued after February. Simon and Kirby were also producing Young Romance at the start of this period as a bimonthly but switching to a monthly in September. The first Young Love was released just prior to this period in February and would be a bimonthly throughout the time covered by this chapter. The western romance titles came out during this period; Real West Romance in April and Western Love in July. They were both bimonthlies. Thus at the start of this period Simon and Kirby were producing 4 titles and by the end 6 titles. Most of the titles were bimonthlies and I find it more significant to count bimonthlies as half a title. Using that counting technique at the start S&K were producing 2 titles and by the end 3.5 titles.

Justice Traps the Guilty #9 (April 1949) “This Way to The Gallows”, art by Jack Kirby

As is generally the case when discussing Simon and Kirby productions, Jack was the primary artist during the time covered by this chapter. This is however a little misleading as Kirby only supplied 5 stories with 38 pages out of a total of 43 stories with 325 pages. While not quite at Kirby’s level, other artists supplied significant amount of work. John Serevin did 5 stories and 32 pages; Vic Donahue had 4 stories and 30 pages and Warren Broderick may have done 4 stories with 31 pages.

A trend that started earlier was continued; Jack’s splashes for the crime titles no longer seemed to have the impact that they did with the earlier issues. Part of this due to all of the splashes now being half pages splashes, but part was the result of the art itself. This may not have just been a declining interest on Kirby’s part; it is possible that he was toning down the violence because of the criticism that crime comics were receiving at this time. Whatever the reason, if you want to see great Kirby splashes from this period you have to look at the romance titles where Jack was turning out some of his best splashes.

Headline #37
Headline #37 (September 1949) That is Jack Kirby in the cover photograph. An uncropped version of the photograph shows that the policeman was actually Joe Simon.

Jack also supplied 4 of the 8 covers, and the covers that Kirby did were all excellent. Starting with Justice Traps the Guilty #11 (August) and Headline #37 (September) the crime titles began to use photographs for their covers. A similar change over occurred for the romance titles; Young Romance with issue #13 (September); Young Love seemed to start it all with issue #2 (April). The western romance titles (Western Love and Real West Romance) were both introduced with photographic covers. Simon and Kirby’s involvement in the crime photographic covers is shown by the presence of Jack himself in one of them.

Headline #37 (September 1949) “The Accusing Match””, art by Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby’s declining contributions to the crime titles is even greater then the numbers indicate. That is because this chapter covers a transition in these titles. While Jack contributed to Headline #35 to #37 and JTTG #9 to #11, he would provide no work for Headline #38 or JTTG #12. “The Accusing Match” would be the last Kirby crime story released until Simon and Kirby published Police Trap. A drop in Bill Draut’s contribution to the crime genre comics was noted in previous chapters. Bill’s last crime story, and the only for this chapter’s time period, would be “Willie the Actor” from JTTG #9 (April). Draut’s drop in from the crime genre was not a reflection about his art in general because he still played a leading roll in the standard romance titles as well showing up often in the western romance comics all of which were produced by Simon and Kirby. Other artists who worked for the Simon and Kirby studio also stopped appearing about this time in Headline and Justice Traps the Guilty. I will touch on this subject as I review some of these artists and at the end of this post draw my conclusions.

Headline #37 (September 1949) “Death of a Menace”, art by Vic Donahue

Vic Donahue’s provided 4 stories and 30 pages which is a surprisingly high number relative to Jack Kirby. He is one of the Simon and Kirby studio artists that would disappear from the crime titles. The last work that I know of appeared in JTTG #12 (October). Donahue appears in Simon and Kirby production often enough during this period that I consider him among the second tier of studio artists (along with John Severin, Leonard Starr, Bruno Premiani?, Jo Albistur and Ann Brewster).

Donahue art during this period is consistent with what I have presented before. Traces of the Studio style inking are found sporadically in Vic’s art. Note the abstract shadow arc in the splash panel, the drop string on the back of the car seat in story panel 1 and the picket fence crosshatching in the second panel (see the Inking Glossary for explanations of the term I use to describe inking techniques). I am increasingly becoming convinced that in Vic Donahue’s case, the presence of Studio style is due to Joe or Jack coming in afterwards as an art editor and strengthening Donahue’s work.

Headline #37 (September 1949) “The Artistic Swindler”, art by Bruno Premiani?

Bruno Premiani first appeared in a Simon and Kirby production in August (“Two-Timer”, Young Love #4). The story “The Artistic Swindler” that appeared in the following month was Premiani’s only crime genre art for Simon and Kirby. Bruno only worked for Joe and Jack until December 1950 but during that time he was an important contributor. Although he would not appear in another crime genre, he would be used for all other Simon and Kirby productions.

Perhaps I should explain (for those readers who have not read my previous explanation) why I provide Bruno Premiani attributions with a question mark. The Simon and Kirby stories whose art I attribute to Premiani are all quite similar and easily recognized. The problem is none of them were signed. Crediting of this work to Premiani is based on the credits found in the trade back “Real Love”. Unfortunately that publication does not explain the reason for the attribution. Bruno Premiani is also credited with work at DC but that work looks very different then the art for Simon and Kirby. While none of this means the S&K studio artists could not have been Bruno Premiani, neither is there good evidence to support that attribution. Until I find some way out of this conundrum, I will continue to indicate by uncertainty by adding a question mark to the Premiani attribution.

Headline #37 (September 1949) “One-Man Posse”, art by John Severin and John Belfi

Another prominent artist during this period was John Severin who contributed 5 stories with 32 pages of art. He would, however, appear in all four Headline comics covered by this chapter as well as JTTG #11 (August). He would also show up in JTTG #14 (February 1950). Severin’s appearance in the Simon and Kirby comics seems somewhat sporadic, but unlike some of the other S&K studio artists, his contributions to the Prize crime comics seems to continue after this period. I am unclear exactly when it started, but Severin was an important artist for Prize Comics Western. As far as I can tell, outside of producing a couple of covers, Simon and Kirby had little to do with that title.

Justice Traps the Guilty #10 (June 1949) “Counterfeit”, art by John Belfi

Many of John Severin’s art at this time were signed. The signature often included the inker and that was almost always John Belfi. I gather Belfi was primarily an inker and “Counterfeit” from JTTG #10 is the sole example of pencils by John Belfi for a Simon and Kirby production. Because his pencil work is not very often seen I thought I would include an image. Frankly John Belfi is not one of the better artists that worked for Simon and Kirby.

Headline #36 (July 1949) “Shoe-Box Annie”, art by Warren Broderick

Warren Broderick was one of the lesser artists of the Simon and Kirby studio. Yet he did a surprising 4 stories and 31 pages for the crime comics covered in this chapter. His last crime story seems to be “Hijackers” in JTTG #11 (August). However he normally does not sign his work and I have only fairly recently identified him. I have made an examination of some of the following Prize crime comics and so far failed to detect him. However he seems to have only rarely was used for the Simon and Kirby romance comics. So he is not a good example of the transition that seems to be occurring in the crime titles.

Justice Traps the Guilty #10 (June 1949) “Death Played Second Fiddle”, art by Manny Stallman

Manny Stallman work for the Simon and Kirby studio has an interesting aspect. I have previously presented examples by Stallman (It’s A Crime, Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 and remarked at the time that they seemed to be done in two different styles neither one of which was a good match for what Stallman did at Atlas a few years later. Yet a third style is evident with “Death Played Second Fiddle”. This style seems particularly crude compared to the art that I previously shown.

Headline #35 (May 1949) “The Golf Links Murder”, art by Manny Stallman

If the presence of three styles by Manny Stallman was not bad enough, “The Golf Links Murder” is done in yet another style. This one is done in a manner that does look similar to Stallman’s Atlas work. Note in particular the almond shaped eyes. Similar eyes can be found in older work as well (The Captain Aero Connections) I believe the existence of four distinct styles over such a very short period of time is good evidence that Manny Stallman was providing work to Simon and Kirby most of which was actually drawn by ghost artists.

Justice Traps the Guilty #11 (August 1949) “Amateur Hypnotist”, art by Dick Briefer

Dick Briefer makes a surprise appearance in this chapter. Well it was a surprise to me. Briefer is mostly known for his work on Frankenstein but we previously saw him supply work for some Charlie Chan issues. Now to the work that he did for Simon and Kirby can be added “Dutch Joe Cretzer’s Other Business” (Headline #36, July), “Amateur Hypnotist” (JTTG #11, August) and “The Nightmare Murder Mystery” (JTTG #12, October). All of the work that he did for Simon and Kirby was unsigned and these three examples are more realistic then what he did in Charlie Chan. But enough of his stylistic tendencies are present to leave little doubt that he was the artist. In the example page shown above note the triangular head give to the man in the splash, the shallow depth to the face of the man on the left of the first story panel, and the small head of the man with the blue suit in the same panel. Dick Briefer’s appearance in these Prize crime comics and work done at the same time for other publishers was undoubtedly due to the cancellation of Frankenstein after issue #17 in February 1949. Frankenstein Comics would resume, with Dick Briefer, in March 1952.

Justice Traps the Guilty #10 (June 1949) “Confidence Man”, art by Bernie Krigstein

The story “Confidence Man” was signed B. B. Krig in the splash. I must admit that I did not realize who it really was until I went searching to the Internet for Krig. I quickly found that B. B. Krig was actually Bernie Krigstein. In fact I had missed an earlier unsigned work by Krigstein (“First Great Detective”, JTTG #8, January 1949). These are the only two works by Bernie for Simon and Kirby. I do not know if part of the reason for that was the transition in the Prize crime comics that happened at this time. Krigstein had a great style for crime stories, but I doubt that it would have been very effective for the romance genre. Whatever the reasons for his short stay at the Simon and Kirby studio, it was certainly a shame he was not around longer as he went on to do some great art for some other publishers and especially for EC.

When the Simon and Kirby’s Young Romance first came out it primarily used Jack Kirby and Bill Draut as artists. After that initial period, the artists used for the romance comics would largely be the same ones used for the Prize crime genre as well. The core artists for Simon and Kirby around the time covered by this chapter were Jack Kirby, Bill Draut, Vic Donahue, Leonard Starr and John Severin. I would include Manny Stallman, but as I mentioned above he appears to be using ghost artists and thus sorting out the unsigned work is problematical. Bruno Premiani? was an important S&K studio artist who started working for Joe and Jack just at this time. Mort Meskin was an even more important studio artist who started just after the period covered by this chapter (December). Kirby’s last crime story was for September, Draut’s was April, and Donahue last was October. Starr never did much crime and his only work in that genre appeared in February. Severin does not follow the same history; he would do a crime story in November 1949 and again in February 1950. Severin would later become an important contributor to Prize Comics Western. Bruno Premiani started working for Simon and Kirby during this time period; he would only do a single crime story (September) but would provide a lot of work for the romance titles for the following year. Mort Meskin would arrive shortly after the period covered in this chapter. While initially Mort would only work on the romance titles before long he would provide occasional stories for Headline and JTTG and would do so for the rest of stay with Simon and Kirby. So to summarize there were 4 artists (Kirby, Draut, Donahue and Premiani) who stopped providing crime stories during this period and 2 (Severin and Meskin) who continued to work on the crime titles.

However it was not just a question of the important S&K studio artists there were also a number of minor, mostly unidentified, artists as well. These minor artists were used in the romance titles but only in limited amounts. In the crime they became more commonly used especially after the S&K studio artists were no longer providing art. They are particularly abundant in the crime titles during the period covered by this chapter where the artist for 13 out of the 46 stories have not been identified. Two other stories have signatures (Dick Rockwell on one and Nicholson and Belfi on the other) but otherwise similar to the unidentified artists as being lesser talents. If Nicholson and Rockwell are included, these artists account for 103 pages of art out of 325 total.

In the first story of Real West Romances #3 (August 1949) there is a label with the declaration: “Produced by Simon and Kirby”. This label would then appear on the first story of nearly every Young Romance, Young Love, Young Brides, Black Magic and Strange World of Your Dreams until near the end of 1954. Some have mistaken it for a claim that Joe and Jack drew that story, but it really meant that Simon and Kirby put together the entire comic. The “Produced by Simon and Kirby” label never appeared in any issue of Headline of Justice Traps the Guilty.

The interpretation that I draw from all of this is that at about this time the Prize comics would begin being made “on the cheap”. That is that the pay rate given to artists working for these titles was lowered. The new pay rate could no longer attract the better artists. Artists like Bill Draut, Bruno Premiani, Vic Donahue and Jack Kirby had work they could do for the Prize romance comics where the pay rate had not changed and Jack had a share of the profits. As for Mort Meskin, he was so prolific that to pick up extra money beyond what he could get from the S&K studio he would accept the lower page rate for the crime titles. Perhaps the same was true for John Severin. Lowering the costs of producing a title was a strategy that Prize would repeat in the future.

But if the Prize crime comics were now being cheaply made, were Simon and Kirby still producing them? That is a question that is harder to provide a satisfactory answer. The lack of the “Produced by Simon and Kirby” label might suggest they were not producing the crime comics. But when the use of photographic covers was dropped for the crime titles, Jack Kirby provided cover art for 7 issues over the period from September 1950 to February 1951. My tentative conclusion is that in 1949 Prize directed Simon and Kirby to produce a cheaper version of the crime titles. By October or so they had achieved that end but continued to be involved in the production of the titles. Because Headline and JTTG were now inferior comics, Joe and Jack purposely left out the “Produced by Simon and Kirby” label. This was the state of affairs until early 1951 after which Simon and Kirby’s involvement in the Prize crime comics completely ended.

Chapter 1, Promoting Crime
Chapter 2, A Revitalized Title
Chapter 3, Competing Against Themselves
Chapter 4, Crime Gets Real
Chapter 5, Making a Commitment
Chapter 6, Forgotten Artists
Chapter 7, A Studio With Many Artists
Chapter 8, The Chinese Detective

Chapter 10, The Master and His Protege
Chapter 11, The New Team

It’s A Crime, Chapter 5, Making a Commitment

(Headline #26 – #28, Justice Traps the Guilty #1 – #1)

September 1947 (cover date) was the release of Simon and Kirby’s Young Romance. This marked a milestone for the creative duo. Previously Joe and Jack had not signed any of the work that they provided for publishers Prize or Hillman with the exception of Hillman’s My Date. Starting in September Simon and Kirby signatures would appear not only in Young Romance but in Headline Comics as well. Jack Kirby drew four stories of Headline #26 and three of those were signed. From this point on Simon and Kirby signatures would frequently be found on Kirby’s drawings for Prize Comics. Despite all the work that S&K provided to Hillman, in the end it was Prize that got Joe and Jack’s commitment. Right from the start the crime version of Headline was produced by Simon and Kirby while they never seem to have the same influence with Hillman. Surely whatever deal that Joe and Jack made with Prize must have reflected their greater control over Headline while at Hillman they had remained only marginally better then just work for hire. In the end Simon and Kirby were businessmen and it was all about the money. By early next year Simon and Kirby’s work for Hillman would end.

The crime version of Headline Comics must have been a very successful seller. After just the first four bimonthly issues Prize introduced a new crime title Justice Traps the Guilty. Simon and Kirby produced JTTG as well and there really was no difference in the contents between Headline and JTTG. Since both were bimonthly titles, effectively there would be a crime comic released by Prize each month. There must have been some difficulty because JTTG #2 should have been scheduled for December but was released in January instead; while Headline #28’s normal January release was pushed back to February.

Jack Kirby would still be the main contributor to Headline Comics and the new Justice Traps The Guilty. Jack drew 4 out of 6 stories for Headline #26 (September), but would only draw two stories each for issues #27 (November) and #28 (February). The first issue of Justice Traps the Guilty followed the Simon & Kirby’s modus operandi of starting a title with lots of Kirby; Jack penciled 6 out of the 8 stories. However with the second issue Jack returns to supplying a more modest 2 stories. Still no other artist appeared more often then Jack in these issues.

Headline #26 (September 1947) “The Life and Death of Public Enemy Number One”, art by Jack Kirby

The splash for “The Life and Death of Public Enemy Number One” uses a silhouette. There seemed to have been a flurry of the use of this device because we have seen it previously. However it would be pretty much dropped by Simon and Kirby and this may be its last use. While making the overall design of the splash more interesting, the use of silhouette diminished the impact as well.

Headline #26 (September 1947) “Bullets for The Bogus G-Man”, art by Jack Kirby

Another device used by Simon and Kirby in the early Prize crime comics was having “Red” (or “Red-Hot”) Blaze introduce the stories. While I suspect that Simon and Kirby found it a useful idea when they were promoting the idea of crime comics to Prize and for the initial in-house advertisements, in the end it just took up story panels that would had been better served for telling the actual story. “Bullets for the Bogus G-Man” may have been the last use of “Red” Blaze and even there he is only mentioned in the caption at the bottom of the splash page and never makes an actual appearance in the story.

Headline #28 (February 1948) “I Worked For the Fence”, art by Jack Kirby

One motif Simon and Kirby sometimes used for the first story was adopted from previous use in Young Romance. That is having a character introducing the story and using the word balloon as the title caption. Simon and Kirby did not use this design technique as frequently in the crime titles as they would in Young Romance but it still was an effective part of their repertoire.

Headline #27 (November 1947) “Spirit Swindlers” page 7, art by Jack Kirby

I have remarked before that circular panels was largely limited to an occasional splash page for the work that Simon and Kirby did for Hillman. For the Prize issues discussed in this chapter, Joe and Jack continued to use circular panels. What was new is that while previously almost all the Prize comic stories used circular panels in Headline #26 to #28 and JTTG #1 and #2 about half of the stories did not use round panels at all. For the stories that still featured circular panels they are used in lower proportions. For Headline #23 to #25 ratios of rounded panels to all the panels was over 16% and in one story reached 20%. Remember for a story done in the standard 6 panels per page, this would work out to an average of a semi-circular panel for each page (although they rarely were distributed so evenly). For Headline #26 to #28 and JTTG #1 and #2, when rounded panels were used they were generally used in the range of 14% to 10%. This is only a small decrease, but it seems to be consistent. In one story (“The True Life Story of Alvin Karpis” it drops to 4%. The last issue covered in this chapter (Headline #28, February 1948) did not have any rounded panels.

I have also been trying to track the evolution of the inking techniques used. Previously in Headline drop strings and abstract arch shadows, typical Studio style mannerisms, had become commonly used. Picket fence crosshatching and shoulder blots were still rare and when found are not typical in execution. (See my Inking Glossary for explanations of the terms I use to describe these techniques). In the last chapter we saw those final typical Studio style techniques show up suddenly in the Hillman crime title. The same thing happened at Prize. The earliest typical picket fence brush work for Prize that I have noticed was in “Spirit Swindlers” (see above image, particularly panels 4 and 6. There seems to be no gradual conversion of previous simple crosshatching to picket fence crosshatching; picket fence just suddenly appears. The picket fence inking shows up elsewhere in the story as well. Not every story in the same issue, however, shows the use of this most distinctive inking. Also note the shoulder blot in panels 1 and 2.

Headline #26 (September 1947) “Beyond the Law”, by unidentified artist

As mentioned above, Kirby drew 4 of the 6 stories for Headline #26. The other two stories (“Test of Death” and “Beyond the Law”) were done by the same artist. I have not been able to identify him but he also did “Murder’s Reward” and “Blind Man’s Death” from Headline #25. Ger Apeldoorn has suggested that it might be Bob McCarty. I am most familiar with McCarty’s work for S&K’s Mainline titles. The Mainline material does not resemble these four stories but that could be explained by the seven years separating the two groups of work. In any case the work in Headline #25 and #26 was done by a talented artist who played an important part in the early Headline issues. After issue #26 the artist stopped providing work to Simon and Kirby.

Justice Traps the Guilty #1 (October 1947) “G-Man Trap”, art by Bill Draut

After the mystery artist last appearance in Headline #26, his place as the most important supporting artist (after Kirby) was taken by Bill Draut. Draut’s first returned to the Simon and Kirby productions in Young Romance #1 (September 1947). From that point on Bill would be a mainstay of the S&K studio until its breakup. Draut would provide two stories each issue for Headline #27 and #28 as well as JTTG #1. In those issues Draut’s contributions of stories equal that of Jack Kirby. It is interesting to see Draut’s take on crime since so much of his output for the Simon and Kirby studio was for romance titles. Bill could be surprisingly effective with action and he also did some interesting splashes. The one for “G-Man Trap” is a good example. The use of diagonal elements makes the splash visually stimulating. However, the placement of the gun smoke and the odd pose of the shooter in the background really did not work well and diminishes what should have been an interesting confrontation. Still you have to admire Draut for the attempt made even if it was not completely successful.

Justice Traps the Guilty #1 (October 1947) “Try an FBI Test” page 2, art by Bill Draut

As I have mentioned a number of times in the past, I am convinced that Kirby did not supply layouts for Draut as some experts have suggested. Bill’s means of telling a story and his splash designs (such as the one from “G-Man Trap” shown earlier) are often different from Jack’s. There is one story, “Try an FBI Test”, that might suggest otherwise. Note the use of circular panels. These appear throughout the story and are the same form that Kirby uses. While this might suggest that Kirby did the layouts, I am not convinced. In “Try an FBI Test” the captions and word balloons frequently extend beyond the border of the circular panels which is unlike Kirby’s use where both captions and work balloons invariable are confined within the circular boundary. Nor was there any real change in the way the story is graphically told compared to other work by Draut. I believe Draut has just trying a layout technique that he previously observed Kirby using. Whatever the reason for the use of circular panels, it was a one time occurrence as I do not believe Bill would ever used it again.

Headline #28 (February 1948) “Postage Stamp Swindle”, art by Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin

Young Romance #3 (January 1948) saw the first appearance of the Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin team working for the Simon and Kirby studio. “Postage Stamp Swindle” (Headline #28, February 1948) was the first crime work that they did for S&K. As a team, Robinson and Meskin would only work for Joe and Jack for about seven months and provide a total of ten pieces of work. Only two of the stories are signed but the unsigned work is very consistent with those bearing signatures. Jerry and Mort had a preference for splash pages with a vertically dominated splash panel with two story panels also vertically arranged. The first page of “Postage Stamp Swindle” exaggerates that motif by placing the title over the story panels in a caption shaped like a stamp. Otherwise the splash panel usually had the shape of an inverted ‘L’.

I have been assigning the pencils to Jerry and the inks to Mort. This was due to the order that their names appear in their signature. Further the inking does predominately look like Meskin’s. Recently I have been spending some time looking over some of Meskin’s work from 1946 and 1947. I find that the work Robinson and Meskin’s supplied for Simon and Kirby look very much like the early work that Mort did on his own. So much so that I wonder what Robinson’s contribution was? I am tempted to attribute all the early unsigned art for S&K as Meskin alone and only credit the last three stories, two of which are signed, to the Robinson and Meskin team. I have two reasons for not taking that course. One is the still great similarity of the signed and unsigned work. The second is Joe Simon’s story of when Mort came to work for the Simon and Kirby studio as described in his book “The Comic Book Makers”. Joe really makes it sound like that was the first time Mort had worked for them which would not be true if Meskin was solely responsible for the work from 1948.

Headline #27 (November 1947) “The Guns of Jesse James” page 5, art by Jack Kirby and an unidentified artist

“The Guns of Jesse James” is one of those stories that at a glance were obviously done by some artist other than Jack Kirby; the drawing is just too crude. There are some places where the art, although still crude, looks like Jack’s style. The second panel in the page above is a good example. This story even uses rounded panels like those that Jack would use for some of his own stories. While it is possible that the artist was trying to mimic Kirby’s techniques, I think it more likely that he is working from rough layouts provided by Jack.

Justice Traps the Guilty #2 (January 1948) “The Killer Thought He Was Satan” page 4, art by an unidentified artist (Jack Kirby layouts?)

The possibility of rough Kirby layouts may also apply to “The Killer Thought He Was Satan”. Note in particular the second panel from page 4 shown above. In many ways the graphic story telling is even more like typical Kirby mannerisms then “The Guns of Jesse James”. Both of these stories come from a period where Kirby’s contributions had diminished and the use of layouts may have been an effort to filling the titles without using too much of Jack’s time.

Justice Traps the Guilty #2 (January 1948) “The Murdering Bender Family”, art by an unidentified artist

As I precede in future chapters of this serial post I will certainly not try to cover every unidentified artist in these titles. While I would consider most, if not all, talented some were more deserving of recognition than others. Besides there will be too many artists that I have not identified yet. In these early issues of the crime titles, however, the number of artists appearing is much more limited. So I will close with the splash page of one of mystery artists. I sure wished more of them took advantage of Simon and Kirby’s willingness to allow artists to include their signatures.

Chapter 1, Promoting Crime
Chapter 2, A Revitalized Title
Chapter 3, Competing Against Themselves
Chapter 4, Crime Gets Real

Chapter 6, Forgotten Artists
Chapter 7, A Studio With Many Artists
Chapter 8, The Chinese Detective
Chapter 9, Not The Same
Chapter 10, The Master and His Protege
Chapter 11, The New Team

Justice Traps the Guilty Checklist

Last update: 1/2/2012

    r:  = reprint
    s:  = script
    l:  = layout
    p:  = pencils
    i:  = inks
  name  = signed
 <name> = signed with an alias
 {name} = signed as Simon & Kirby
 [name] = unsigned attribution

Justice Traps the Guilty (Prize)
  1 (v.1, n.1) October 1947
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "I Was A Come-On Girl For Broken Bones, Inc." 8 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "G-Man Trap" 6 pg - P:Draut I:[Draut]
    "The Trial Of San Francisco's Strangest Killer" 6 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "Firebug" 4 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "Death Takes a 'Hitch'" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "The Head In The Window" 7 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "Try An FBI Test" 4 pg - P:Draut I:[Draut]
    "The Case Against Scarface" 8 pg - P:{Kirby}  
  2 (v.1, n.2) December 1947
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Gun Moll" 11 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "The Killer Thought He Was Satan" 7 pg - P:[Broderick]  
    "Sudden Switch for Murder" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Trap A Criminal" 6 pg - P:Draut I:[Draut]
    "The Murdering Bender Family" 7 pg -  
    "The True Life Story Of Alvin Karpis" 12 pg - P:{Kirby}  
  3 (v.1, n.3) March 1948
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "Buried Treasure Fraud" 12 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "So Many Ways To Die" 8 pg - P:Draut I:[Draut]
    "The Capture Of Night-Club-Nick" 8 pg - P:[Broderick]  
    "Suicide or Murder" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "My Strangest Crime Case" 7 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Ask Eddie Green, Consultant to Crime" 8 pg - P:{Kirby}  
  4 (v.1, n.4) May 1948
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "Queen Of The Speed-Ball Mob" 13 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "The Lincoln Tomb Thieves" 7 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Guilty Boys" 9 pg - P:[Robinson & Meskin]  
    "A Strange Jury Room" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "The Half-Pint Killer" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Counterfeit Cash" 8 pg - P:{Kirby}  
  5 (v.1, n.5) July 1948
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "Fight Fix" 13 pg - P:{Kirby}  
    "Murder Special Delivery" 8 pg - P:Robinson & Meskin  
    "Al Spencer, Last Of The Old West Bandits" 7 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Hand and Foot" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "Held For Ransom" 7 pg - P:Hollingsworth  
    "A Fortune In Slugs" 8 pg - P:Draut I:[Draut]
  6 (v.1, n.6) September 1948
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "Money-Making Machine Swindlers" 14 pg - P:[Kirby]  
    "Mind Over Murder" 8 pg -  
    "The Amazing 3 Sinister Salesmen" 7 pg - P:Hollingsworth  
    "The Unwilling Suicide" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "The Capture Of One-Eye" 6 pg - P:[Kirby & ?]  - (Kirby did splash panel)
    "Gerald Woodworth, The Vanishing Bandit" 8 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
  7 (v.2, n.1) November 1948
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "Phony Check Racketeers" 15 pg - P:[Kirby]  
    "Burke And Hare" 7 pg - P:Golden  
    "Desperate Bad Man" 7 pg -  
    "Deaf But Not Dumb" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "Paris Manhunt" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "The Man Who Died Twice" 8 pg - P:Broderick  
  8 (v.2, n.2) January 1949
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Underworld Snob" 7 pg - P:[Kirby] &  I:[Broderick?]
    "The Violent Mr. Peace" 10 pg -  
    "First Great Detective" 8 pg - P:[Krigstein]  
    "The First Hundred Are the Hardest" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "End Of A Blackmailer" 7 pg - P:Stallman  
    "Joe Slade, Wild West Jekyll And Hyde Desperado" 9 pg -  
    "The Masked Killer" 1 pg - P:[Kirby]  - (illustrated text)
  9 (v.2, n.3) April 1949
    (cover) - P:{Kirby}  
    "This Way To The Gallows" 10 pg - P:[Kirby]  
    "The Hot Car Thugs" 8 pg - P:[Broderick]  
    "The Plot Against Old Moneybags" 7 pg - P:Donahue  
    "No Bodies Murder Case" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "The Last Mistake Of Fatal Louise" 7 pg - P:Nicholson I:Belfp
    "Willie The Actor" 10 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
  10 (v.2, n.4) June 1949
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "The Man Who Stole A Train" 10 pg - P:[Kirby]  
    "Hot Ice" 8 pg - P:[Broderick]  
    "Counterfeit" 7 pg - P:Belfi  
    "Clue of the Slingshot" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "Death Played Second Fiddle" 10 pg - P:Stallman  
    "Confidence Man" 9 pg - P:Krigstein  
  11 (v.2, n.5) August 1949
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Small-Time Crooks" 8 pg - P:[Stein?] I:[Stein?]
    "Shoulders' Malone, The Chopper" 8 pg -  
    "Amateur Hypnotist" 6 pg - P:[Briefer]  
    "Insurance Sleuth" 5 pg -  
    "Counterfeit" 2 pg -  - (text)
    "Hijackers" 7 pg - P:[Broderick]  
    "The Tragedy Of Tom Horn" 9 pg - P:Severin I:Belfi
  12 (v.2, n.6) October 1949
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Air Cop" 8 pg - P:[Stein?] I:[Stein?]
    "The Keeper Of The Blood-Hound" 8 pg - P:Donahue  
    "A Stooge In Satan's School" 9 pg -  
    "Madam Monster" 8 pg -  
    "The Hidden Gun" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The Nightmare Murder Mystery" 7 pg - P:[Briefer]  
  13 (v.3, n.1) December 1949
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Slot Machine Payoff" 10 pg - P:[Gregg]  
    "Two-Bit Touch Off" 8 pg -  
    "How the G-Men Got Their Name" 1 pg -  
    "Bite of Death" 7 pg -  
    "The Almost Perfect Crime" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The Last Ride" 7 pg -  
    "One Way Willie" 9 pg - P:[Gregg]  
  14 (v.3, n.2) February 1950
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Knockout Racket" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Seven Keys To Sing Sing" 8 pg - P:Severin I:Elder
    "The Masquerader" 7 pg -  
    "The Fake Lynch Mob" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Sawney - King Of The Villains" 8 pg -  
    "The Man Who Talked Himself To Death" 8 pg - P:[Gregg]  
  15 (v.3, n.3) April 1950
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Basketball Bribe" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Trial By Fire" 7 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "The Sheriff''s Vow" 7 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "Death of a Gentleman" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Death On The Assembly Line" 8 pg - P:[Gregg?]  
    "Master Of Flim-Flam" 8 pg -  
  16 (v.3, n.4) June 1950
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Carnival Of Crime" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Death Knows No Depth" 7 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "Petty Case" 7 pg -  
    "The Foxy Crook" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Smart Guy" 8 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "One-Man Mob" 8 pg -  
  17 (v.3, n.5) August 1950
    (cover) - P:Photo  
    "Loan Shark" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Best Seller" 7 pg - P:Gregg  
    "The Mystery of the Accusing Stains" 1 pg -  
    "No Place To Hide" 7 pg -  
    "Closeups" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "It's Against The Law" 1 pg -  
    "Too Perfect" 7 pg -  
    "The Statue Screams" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  18 (v.3, n.6) September 1950
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Pirates Of The Poor" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Optical Illusion" 7 pg -  
    "The Way To Prison" 7 pg - P:[Severin]  
    "Closeups" 2 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Silent Witness" 6 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "Fall Guy" 9 pg - P:[Severin]  
  19 (v.4, n.1) October 1950
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Alibi Guy" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The 7th Day" 7 pg -  
    "The Self-Made Mouthpiece" 1 pg -  
    "Fortune In Furs" 8 pg - P:Gregg  
    "Elusive Braggart" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Big Idea Man" 7 pg -  
    "Deadlier Than The Male" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  20 (v.4, n.2) November 1950
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Payoff In Pain" 10 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Curse Of Me-Meb" 8 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Two Dollars Too Much" 8 pg -  
    "The Weakest Link" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Cops Don't Cry" 8 pg -  
    "Human Cargo" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  21 (v.4, n.3) December 1950
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Counterfeit" 10 pg -  
    "You Can't Kill Me" 7 pg -  
    "O'Hara Had A Heart" 7 pg - P:Meskin I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "G.I. Housing Swindle" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Black Handbag" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Dead Can't Sleep" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  22 (v.4, n.4) January 1951
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "The Talent Fakers" 10 pg -  
    "Dead Proof" 7 pg -  
    "Brute Force" 7 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Bad Medicine" 8 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "The Suspicious Son" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Hideout" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  23 (v.4, n.5) February 1951
    (cover) - P:[Kirby]  
    "Terror Mob" 10 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Prevue Of Death" 8 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Deaf, Dumb & Doomed" 6 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The Death Stone" 6 pg -  
    "Not Quite Perfect" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Bullets For Christmas" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  24 (v.4, n.6) March 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Big Time Fence" 10 pg -  
    "A Day of Reckoning" 8 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The Jackpot" 6 pg -  
    "A Very Unusual Gent" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Stolen Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "A Handful of Death" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  25 (v.4, n.7) April 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Hijackers" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Menace at Large" 7 pg -  
    "Death Trap" 7 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Recoil" 7 pg -  
    "The Dirty Look" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "House of Terror" 7 pg -  
  26 (v.4, n.8) May 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Hot Car Racket" 10 pg -  
    "His Own Executioner" 7 pg -  
    "No Way Out" 8 pg - P:M. Bailey  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Fool's Gold" 6 pg - P:Marcus I:Abel
    "The Unmilked Cow" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "On The Record" 7 pg -  
  27 (v.4, n.9) June 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Sky Smugglers" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Death By Proxy" 7 pg - P:Marcus I:Abel
    "T-Man Blitz" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Mail Fraud" 7 pg -  
    "Job Wanted Murders" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Houdini of the Underworld" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  28 (v.4, n.10) July 1951
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "I Was a Counterfeiter" 10 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  
    "The Superstitious Bandit" 7 pg -  
    "Fear, Inc." 7 pg - P:Marcus I:Abel
    "Triumph of Science" 1 pg -  
    "Foto Frame-Up" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  29 (v.4, n.11) August 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Extortion" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Willie The Whiz" 7 pg -  
    "The Time Trap" 7 pg -  
    "The Danby Case" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Rat Hole" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  30 (v.4, n.12) September 1951
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Heist Mob" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Monster In The Parlor" 7 pg -  
    "Slave To Habit" 7 pg -  
    "The Lucky Number" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Garlic Trail" 1 pg -  
    "Trail Of Doom" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Dead Man's Debt" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  31 (v.5, n.1) October 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Big Time Mobster" 10 pg - P:[Stein?]  
    "335 Days Of Terror" 7 pg -  
    "The Little Giant" 7 pg -  
    "The FBI and Mr. Eel" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Grudge Killer" 1 pg -  
    "Less Than Zero" 7 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Angel Of Death" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  32 (v.5, n.2) November 1951
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Shoplifting Syndicate" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Deadliest Game" 6 pg -  
    "Knockout Punch" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Underworld Banker" 7 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "A Very Careful Guy" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  33 (v.5, n.3) December 1951
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Fake Heir Swindle" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Straight To The Chair" 6 pg -  
    "Deadly Dime" 7 pg -  
    "The False Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Monster On The Midway" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  34 (v.5, n.4) January 1952
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Million Dollar Medicine Racket" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Old-Timer" 6 pg -  
    "The Love That Kills" 7 pg -  
    "Smart Baby" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Dead Man's Double" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  35 (v.5, n.5) February 1952
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Alien Blackmail Ring" 10 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Outcast" 6 pg -  
    "Merchant Of Death" 7 pg -  
    "Staged Alibi" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Fall Guy" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  36 (v.5, n.6) March 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Hot Freight Mob" 10 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Blackmail in Reverse" 6 pg -  
    "His Big Mouth" 7 pg -  
    "Fatal Message" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Find the Woman" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  37 (v.5, n.7) April 1952
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Head-Hunters" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Photo Finish" 1 pg -  
    "Dead Weight" 8 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "No Escape" 6 pg - P:M. Bailey  
    "Breakout" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  38 (v.5, n.8) May 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "One Way Payoff" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Stone Wall" 7 pg -  
    "Mr. Double Cross" 7 pg - P:M. Bailey  
    "Cat Trap" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "14 Carat Payoff" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  39 (v.5, n.9) June 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Food Profiteers" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Born Bad" 7 pg -  
    "The Overbid Hand" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Terror" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Paid In Full" 5 pg -  
  40 (v.5, n.10) July 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "King of the Dock Rackets" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "One Way to the Chair" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Guilt Complex" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Backfire" 7 pg -  
  41 (v.5, n.11) August 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Protection Racket" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "No Place To Hide" 8 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "The Hunted Look" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Flames Of Hate" 1 pg -  
    "Big Job" 7 pg -  
  42 (v.5, n.12) September 1952
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Scandal Sheet Shakedown" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Quicksand" 6 pg - P:[M. Bailey]  
    "Imprint" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Diamonds Are Poison" 7 pg -  
    "It's Against The Law" 1 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "The Arbiter" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  43 (v.6, n.1) October 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Twentieth Century Pirates" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Perfect Setup" 3 pg - P:Marcus I:Mastroserio
    "Restless Dead" 6 pg - P:Meskin I:[Meskin]
    "One Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Ticket to the Gallows" 6 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Too Smart to Burn" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  44 (v.6, n.2) November 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Babies on the Block" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Hide-Out" 5 pg -  
    "The Hard Way" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Roussos]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Hotter Than a Firecracker" 5 pg -  
    "Three Time Killer" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Gallows Bait" 6 pg - P:Stein I:Stein
  45 (v.6, n.3) December 1952
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Framer" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Destined To Kill" 6 pg -  
    "Mail Trap" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Embezzlement" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Roussos]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Hoodlums Must Die" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Easy Money" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  46 (v.6, n.4) January 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "KO Syndicate" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Ears Of Justice" 2 pg -  
    "A Murder Solved By Fate" 1 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (illustrated text)
    "Modus Operandi" 6 pg -  
    "Roped In" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Too Smart" 6 pg -  
    "The Sniper" 7 pg -  
  47 (v.6, n.5) February 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Taxi Tricksters" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Payoff" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Roussos]
    "Hard Luck Guy" 7 pg -  
    "Jumbled Clues" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Too Perfect" 3 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Caught" 7 pg -  
  48 (v.6, n.6) March 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Hockey Fixers" 10 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Strange Facts About Crime" 1 pg -  
    "Trapped" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Face of Death" 6 pg -  
    "West Meets West" 1 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Web of Pain" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  49 (v.6, n.7) April 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Duel Passports" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Senor Wise Guy" 4 pg -  
    "Braggart" 1 pg -  - (text)
    ".38 Caliber Casanova" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  
    "Too Smart To Live" 7 pg -  
  50 (v.6, n.8) May 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Ex-Con Shakedown" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Weak Link" 6 pg -  
    "No Escape" 5 pg -  
    "The Alibi" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Death Warrant" 5 pg -  
  51 (v.6, n.9) June 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Mob Rule" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "TheTwo-Way Con" 3 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Third Strike" 6 pg -  
    "Death Gun" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Great Strongo" 7 pg -  
  52 (v.6, n.10) July 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Vandals" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Con Game" 1 pg -  
    "Cancelled" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Organized for Arson" 6 pg -  
    "Fake Alibi" 1 pg -  
    "Justice Laughs" 2 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Gang Doctor" 6 pg -  
  53 (v.6, n.11) August 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Wreckers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Victim" 5 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Boomerang" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Me Too" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Present for Pop" 5 pg -  
  54 (v.6, n.12) September 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Racket Guy" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Panhandler" 5 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Hoods Die Young" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Polio Message-Gamma Globulin" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Fatal Mistake" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  55 (v.7, n.1) October 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Inheritance Payoff" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Rebound" 4 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Miser" 6 pg -  
    "Shorthand Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Ape Man Crimes" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  56 (v.7, n.2) November 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Hitch Heisters" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "G-Man Payoff" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Big Fool" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Tropical Alibi" 6 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Side-Liner" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  57 (v.7, n.3) December 1953
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Salvage Sharks" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Dead Wrong" 4 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Big Loser" 7 pg -  
    "Weird Epidemic" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Tri-State Terror" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  58 (v.7, n.4) January 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Swindler" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Something to Kill For" 3 pg -  - (same plot as in Black Magic #7)
    "The Last Laugh" 1 pg -  
    "Closeup" 1 pg -  
    "Desert Justice" 7 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Cotton Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Two-Gun Crowley" 1 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  60 (v.7, n.5) February 1954
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Stick-Up Mob" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Deadly Circle" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Homicide By Proxy" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Conscience" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Cyanide Is For Saps" 6 pg -  
  60A (v.7, n.6) March 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Body Snatchers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Voice From The Dead" 3 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Tomb For Two" 4 pg -  
    "The Fight Against Crime" 1 pg -  
    "Death Mask" 1 pg -  
    "Hammer Murder" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Benny Goes Straight" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  61 (v.7, n.7) April 1954
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Safecrackers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Lucky 7 - 11" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Pretty Boy Floyd" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Legacy of Doom" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Boomerang" 5 pg -  
  62 (v.7, n.8) May 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "King of the Beggers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Ricochet" 3 pg -  
    "One Error" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Last Leap" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Case of the Double Identity" 1 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Fall Guy" 1 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  63 (v.7, n.9) June 1954
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Highway Pirates" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Deadly Detour" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "The Deadly Gimmick" 5 pg -  
    "Awol Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Big Wheel" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  64 (v.7, n.10) July 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Gangland Regime" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Trackers" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Gentleman Farmer" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "The Big Break" 5 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Double-Crosser" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  65 (v.7, n.11) August 1954
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Blind Man's Bluff" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Double Take" 4 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "One Slug Short" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Secret Seeds" 1 pg -  
    "Funeral Dress" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Deadly Reunion" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  66 (v.7, n.12) September 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Always A Cop" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Identification" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Green-Eyed Monster" 4 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "V.I.P." 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Moment Of Decision" 6 pg -  
  67 (v.8, n.1) October 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Tough Cop" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Polio Facts" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Feud" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Once a Cop, Always a Cop" 5 pg -  
    "Two in the Grave" 5 pg -  
  68 (v.8, n.2) November 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "T-Man Trap" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Flatfoot" 4 pg - P:Galindo  
    "A Cop Gone Wrong" 6 pg -  
    "Clockwork" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Not Fit for Duty" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  69 (v.8, n.3) December 1954
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Pawn" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Flames Of Sabotage" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Find The Corpse" 5 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Insurance" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Small Town Cop" 6 pg -  
  70 (v.8, n.4) January 1955
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Feud" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Bad Alibi" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Fix" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Dead Man's Gold" 3 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "There's Always a Clue" 1 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "A Day's Work" 6 pg -  
  71 (v.8, n.5) February 1955
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Federal Manhunt" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Insider" 6 pg -  
    "Trapped" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Escape" 4 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "The Long Chance" 6 pg -  
  72 (v.8, n.6) March 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Spirit Swindlers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Saucer Man" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Close Shave" 6 pg -  
    "Chance Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Bluff" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  73 (v.8, n.7) April 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Traitors" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Confessions" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Moral Victory" 6 pg -  
    "Treasure Hunt" 4 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Post of Honor" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Police Patrol" 1 pg -  
  74 (v.8, n.8) May 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Hood" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Stakeout" 4 pg -  
    "Frameup" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Flying High" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Bold Deception" 6 pg -  
    "Oddities in Crime News" 1 pg - P:[Stein?]  
  75 (v.8, n.9) June 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Tragic Circle" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Sand Ore" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Misfit" 6 pg -  
    "Sentence" 4 pg -  
    "Jackpot" 2 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Police Custody" 5 pg -  
  76 (v.8, n.10) July 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "River Rats" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Just Cash" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Two Old Friends" 5 pg -  
    "Savvy" 6 pg - P:[McCarty]  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Tour of Duty" 6 pg - P:[Meskin] I:[Meskin]
  77 (v.8, n.11) August 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Counterfeit Pushers" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Double Trouble" 6 pg -  - (Meskin swipes)
    "Hand of Fate" 6 pg - P:Lazarus  
    "Scrap Paper" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Harbor Patrol" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  78 (v.8, n.12) September 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Undercover Man" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Courage" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Suicide Mission" 6 pg - P:[McCarty]  
    "Old Timer" 5 pg -  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Motorcycle" 6 pg - P:Meskin I:[Meskin]
  79 (v.9, n.1) December 1955
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Skin Game" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Ace in the Hole" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Blackmailers" 6 pg - P:Roussos I:Roussos
    "Radio Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Firebug" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  80 (v.9, n.1) February 1956
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Shadow of Doom" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "A Dollar Bill with Character" 1 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Double Play" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Silent Witness" 5 pg - P:Meskin I:Meskin
    "Social Note" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Skin Deep" 5 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
  81 (v.9, n.3) April 1956
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Secret Agent" 8 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Pitfall" 4 pg -  
    "Debt Of Honor" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Trade In" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Country Cop" 6 pg -  
    "The Hit-And-Run Driver" 1 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  82 (v.9, n.4) May 1956
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Payroll Pirates" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Fatal Error" 6 pg - P:[McCarty]  
    "Doomsday" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Fraud" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Face To Face" 6 pg -  
  83 (v.9, n.5) October 1956
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Big Failure" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Policeman's Holiday" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "The Masqueraders" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "Jungle Clue" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Duty Bound" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
  84 (v.9, n.6) December 1956
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "Stakeout" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Smuggler" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Fickle Lady Luck" 7 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
    "The Peaceful Man" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Wreckers" 6 pg - P:[Draut] I:[Draut]
  85 (v.10, n.1) February 1957
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Head Man" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Coffee Man" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Coward's Brand" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Bad Actor" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Eight Hours To Alcatraz" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  86 (v.10, n.2) April 1957
    (cover) - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Traitors" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Handprint" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Cancelled" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "The Decoy" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Paid in Full" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  87 (v.10, n.3) June 1957
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Payroll Bandits" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Wall Of Silence" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Skin Game" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Crusader" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Moment Of Decision" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
  88 (v.10, n.4) August 1957
    (cover) - P:Stein I:Stein
    "The Spoilers" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Iron Man" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Mister Somebody" 5 pg - P:[Roussos] I:[Roussos]
    "Kingsize" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Message from Beyond" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
  89 (v.10, n.5) October 1957
    (cover) - P:Orlando  
    "The Counterfeit Combine" 7 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Printed Word" 6 pg - P:[Galindo]  
    "The Watchman" 6 pg -  
    "Music Score" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Trial by Fire" 6 pg - P:[Galindo?]  
  90 (v.10, n.6) December 1957
    (cover) - P:[Orlando]  
    "Fire Crazy" 7 pg -  - (Imitates M. Stein)
    "License Number" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Personal Favor" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "The Way of Honor" 6 pg - P:[Galindo]  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Fugitive" 6 pg -  
  91 (v.11, n.1) February 1958
    (cover) - P:[Orlando]  
    "G-Man Justice" 7 pg - P:Galindo  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "A Man of Importance" 6 pg -  
    "Decoy" 6 pg -  
    "Headlines" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "Power Failure" 6 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
  92 (v.11, n.2) April 1958
    (cover) -  
    "Marked Man" 7 pg - P:[Orlando]  
    "Closeups" 1 pg -  - (text)
    "The Also Serve" 6 pg - P:Galindo  
    "On Ice" 5 pg - P:[Stein] I:[Stein]
    "Call of Duty" 6 pg -  
    "Bogus Check" 1 pg -  - (text)