Monday, October 01, 2018
Number 2240: Kill Dutch!
This version of Schultz’s career, unlike most crime comics biographies of famous gangsters, is fairly accurate. A couple of names are changed, and it doesn't mention Schultz’s famous stream-of-consciousness babble on his deathbed (which was transcribed, becoming famous on its own). During Prohibition Schultz teamed up with a speakeasy owner named Joey Noe. The story shows the Joey Noe-Dutch Schultz gang hanging a rival gangster, Joe Rock (called Ricci in the story) by his thumbs. The Dutch Schultz biography in Wikipedia gives a chilling description of the torture: “They beat [Rock] and hung him by his thumbs from a meat hook and then allegedly wrapped a gauze bandage smeared with discharge from a gonorrhea infection over his eyes His family reportedly paid $35,000 and he was released. Shortly after his return, he went blind. From then on, the Noe-Schultz gang met little opposition as they expanded to control the beer supply for the entire Bronx.”
The story appeared in Fox’s Murder Incorporated #3 (1948). There are no credits for the story or artwork, although it is signed B/S.