The story you’re about to read was ripped off from Dragnet. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty, in this case the small, Golden Age publishing house known as “Sterling.”
(If that was, in fact, its real name …)
The art in the following hard-boiled drama was provided by Mike Sekowsky, who later left an indelible mark upon DC’s crazy Silver Age titles.
“Death Is The Payoff” – what a great title for a crime story – originally appeared in The Informer #2 (Sterling, June 1954).