Friday, November 16, 2007

Number 219

Brother Rats

I haven't shown you a crime comics story in a while. I ain't forgot you muggs what likes these yarns about murderers and killers. Here's a good one about some bad brothers.

The last of the wild Western train robberies, committed in 1923, is told in "Brother Rats," from Crime Does Not Pay #49, January 1947. The great artwork is by George Tuska. Tuska worked in comic books practically from the beginning of the industry until the 1990s. To me, his finest work was during this postwar period. I love the symbolic splash panel for this story.

As for the DeAutremont brothers — and despite how it's spelled in the story, their name is spelled without a space between De and Autremont — it took years, but justice was eventually served.

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