“Death Was His Partner” reads to me like a synopsis for an old B-Movie. Gangster’s girlfriend has taken up with a young lawyer; lawyer was mentored by older lawyer who has been in the pocket of the aforementioned gangster. It is all packed into six pages for Crime Files #6 (actually #2, 1952) from Standard. According to the Grand Comics Database it was written by veteran comic book scripter Carl Wessler.
The story is drawn by Nick Cardy, who is a favorite of mine for the work he did at DC over many years. Cardy, whose real name was Viscardi, began his career at Eisner and Iger alongside artists like Lou Fine and Bob Powell. He spent a long time at DC, where he did covers and drew Aquaman and Teen Titans. He died in 2013 at age 93. “Death Was His Partner,” while melodramatic, is drenched in period atmosphere.
Here is a 1947 story by Cardy featuring the ever popular Señorita Rio. Just click on the thumbnail.