Throughout the 50's, much of James R. Bingham's work for The Saturday Evening Post was detective genre fiction.
These stories were usually serialized over several issues and began with a nice big double page spread to help draw the viewer in. But subsequent chapters were allotted far less visual real estate.
This doesn't appear to have daunted the artist...
...some of his most powerful compositions are only one column wide and half-a-page high.
He also seems to have luxuriated in a limited colour palette. Black & white plus one colour is a hallmark of Bingham's crime art. It suits his noir-ish approach perfectly.
I love Bingham's stark silhouettes and striking compositions in these long, slender illustrations. They are as worthy of praise and study as his full page pieces.
These images have been added to my James R. Bingham Flickr set.