Here’s a Pre-Code crime story drawn by Steve Ditko when the great illustrator was still a bit wet behind the ears.
Although Ditko’s storytelling skills remain a rough in spots, it’s more than evident that the artist knew how to effectively establish a mood right from the get-go.
The characters’ facial expressions – distorted yet still realistic – also enhance the script greatly.
From Racket Squad In Action #11, Charlton Comics (May-June, 1954), here’s “Botticelli of the Bangtails.”
FYI: This story, and many other great offerings from Ditko’s Golden Age tenure with Charlton, is available in more pristine condition in Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol.1, edited by Blake Bell and published by Fantagraphics.