(From “Four Favorites” number 8, 1942.)
Yeah, I feel the same way about condescending cops.
What was with the proliferation of “baby faced” criminals in the forties and fifties?
While the juxtaposition in behavior to appearance is amusing on some level, you would think that by the twentieth or thirtieth time they arrested one of these types that a cop would never trust a baby again.
That is to say baby faced criminals in the comics and cartoons ….
It was probably a pun on “Baby Face Nelson,” a notorious gangster of the early 30′s.
The officers hand looks very awkward. I can’t even duplicate that position with my own hand.
This panel is hidiously drawn…. And woah! That baby is a violent lil F***ER!!! Stab him in the throat? Pretty violent for back then….
Violent for back then? What are you talking about? This is pre-code, from the time when horror comics and crime comics ruled. People died violently every eight pages or so!
(And I’m sure nobody can tell I’m a fan of http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/ letting us see it all!)
You sure stacy? Can’t recall them ‘showing’ that….I might be wrong, but it escapes me.
Yeah, pretty sure. Seriously, check the blog I linked. The story currently at the top there has a lady burning alive in front of an audience, on panel; followed by lady, now terribly bandaged, making her final damning accusations against the man who killed her before expiring. Also features a dude who committed suicide with a knife sticking out of his chest. The old horror and crime comics might not have had all the graphic detail of the Blob eating Wasp…but they were a lot more graphic than a baby-face crook simply saying he’d like to knife somebody.
Yeesh….those were screwed up. Nice condition though considering they’re age. Nice find Stacy.