Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Man With the Deadly Box-Howard Purcell/Ray Burnley-1957

The arrival of the Comics Code Authority in the mid-fifties forced comics creators to come up with stories highlighting clever twists rather than quick visceral thrills. Here, from National's MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY in 1957, four years past the end of that venerable radios series' run, is a good example of a clever mystery, well-told and yet with an almost deux ex machina ending I found to be a disappointment. GCD doesn't credit the writer but offers Howard Purcell and Ray Burnley as artists.

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