No signature or credit line on this Tarantinoesque heist story from the June 1953 issue of Adventure magazine. What a shame... the stark, high-contrast artwork perfectly suits "Public Enemy No.3", Edward Bentz's narrative as he describes in no-nonsense detail how he and his tough-as-nails team of bad guys rob a bank.
Interesting to me is the almost comic book-style grid employed by the artist, giving this piece a graphic narrative quality that seems a little ahead of its time.
I can't say I've ever come across this style before so I haven't a clue who did the art. Perhaps a moon-lighting comic artist picking up a little scratch on the side?
As was the case with crime stories in comic books, a clear message had to be sent to the reader in the end: "Crime does not pay."
... in case you were getting any ideas.
I've pulled out the occassional panel from each page for you here -- but if you want to study all the art in greater detail, go to my new Crime! Flickr set and click the "All Sizes" tab above each image.