In seven short pages of “The Butcher” we have criminal kingpin Harry Markos in action. A self-described hot head, he kills his girlfriend and her lover, takes over the mob, and expresses his philosophy: “To strike it rich, you’ve got to be ruthless! You can’t be scared of anything or anybody! When something gets in your way - - KILL! KILL! KILL!” Harry is a man I would not like to meet.
This story is drawn by John Buscema, for several decades one of the most versatile artists in comics, and was published in Wanted #51 (1953). It ends with the obligatory comeuppance death scene, including the boilerplate philosophy, CRIME CANNOT WIN! The Butcher has become, according to the police officer, “. . . a hunk of cold meat --- for the undertaker, now!”
Oo-la-la! A pre-Code bonus, from the inside back cover.
More Buscema, including another crime story from Wanted, and a science fiction story from Adventures Into the Unknown. Just click on the thumbnails.