Note: for the next couple of weeks we'll be looking at a classic Crimebuster story written by Charles Biro and drawn by Norman Maurer. If you want to see the Crimebuster story The Case of the Lacrosse Rape Hoax, go on and click! Issue #2 will start up online in February 2017!
So for the next couple of posts, I'll be digging up the earth, pulling out a magnifying glass, and showing you the tiny little hairs on the root structure of the Case of the Lacrosse Rape Hoax.
This story is by Charles Biro, and it appeared originally in Boy Comics, Issue # 30, distributed to newstands in the month of October, 1946. The first page is a splash panel, meant to excite the readers abotu the story they were about to read. The action is from the story's most exciting scene, where Crimebuster and his pet monkey Squeeks are fighting two dudes near a burning gasoline truck.
The story was drawn by Norman Maurer, and as I've written about elsewhere, he's got this gift for drawing creepy, bad-looking people. This kind of realistic dirt works well, in my opinion, with the feeling that Chuck Biro was expressing through his stories towards crime and criminals. Norman Maurer added "'46" next to his signature; what excited him so much about that year? The "O" in Norman busts out from its normal size, encompassing the N and the R.
The feet at the bottom of the panel protrude outward, past the panel boundaries, giving the feeling that the characters are floating in front of the background, on the same z-axis as the captions.