Comic book publishers engaged in genre mash-ups long before the Glee kids were glimmers in their grandparents’ eyes.
To name but two examples, Magazine Enterprises racked up a tidy sum by combining the best aspects of horror and western comics (Ghost Rider) while Lev Gleason’s Daredevil found lasting success after incorporating Bowery Boys/Our Gang elements to its wide-screen super-heroics.
Fawcett’s Love Mystery title didn’t reach such heights, but its attempt to mash together romance and true crime comics was certainly original. The following story also benefits greatly from the art of George Evans, who is rightfully remembered for his exemplary work at EC but also delivered equally striking images for other Golden Age publishers.
From Love Mystery #1 (Fawcett, June 1950), here’s “Terror At Tarn House” by Evans.