Master Key, by Paul Gattuso

Paul Gattuso was a comic book artist during the Golden Age of American Comics. He was affiliated with the Harry Chesler Shop from 1944, and drew mainly crime stories for Dynamic, Punch and Scoop. He was the creator of features like 'Black Dwarf' in Red Seal Comics. Gattuso was additionally present in (mainly crime) titles by St. John Publishing, and D.S. Publishing.

Black Dwarf by Paul Gattuso
Black Dwarf (Red Seal Comics #14, 10/1/1945)

In the 1950s, he drew horror stories for Avon Comics, crime features for Feature Comics, Fox Comics, and romance stories for Harvey Comics. In 1954, his crime work was made infamous by Dr. Fredric Wertham, who used Gattuso's work as an example of cruelty in comics for his book 'Seduction of the Innocent'.

comic art by Paul Gattuso
"Children told me what the man was going to do with the red-hot poker"
(Dr Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent)

Last updated: 2012-08-16

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