Ace Periodicals published a number of fine horror tales that disprove the notion that EC was the only Pre-Code comics company that emphasized quality as well as brutality. Ace’s earlier super-hero efforts, however, were crazy as hell.
The heroes themselves were stock, square-jawed types who stood for truth, justice and The American Way. The villains were another story, though. Ace’s rogues gallery consisted of killer clowns whose blood lust made The Joker look like Bozo, radium-irradiated mummies, vampiric hypnotists and – in today’s offering – a demonic
midget little person who animated wax figurines with the condemned souls of hell.
Rudy Palais – who would later leave a significant mark in comics history as a horror illustrator for Harvey – somehow manages to reign in the insanity with his typically expert art. He would only get better as his work matured.
The untitled story originally appeared Super-Mystery Comics Vol. 5, #2 (Ace Periodicals, Oct. 1945).
Kind of surprised Wertham never grabbed a hold of this story …