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Originally published in 1950 as the first of only two books in St. John Publications' short-lived black-and-white "Picture Novels" series for adults, this pulpy tale of greed, intrigue, and corruption now stands as a pioneering early graphic novel. Down-and-out newspaperman Hal Weber is summoned to Copper City by Rust, a woman who left him ten years before, only to discover that she is now the unmourning widow of wealthy and corrupt business and political boss Buck Masson. Set up by the scheming, cold, and seductive Rust as editor of a paper that supposedly opposes the Masson organization but is secretly owned by it, Hal becomes her pawn in a power struggle for control of the Masson machine. But Rust's idealistic stepdaughter Audrey opposes all that Rust stands for and makes her own appeal to Hal, who falls for her. Torn between two women's charms, Hal must decide which path to take. With crime drama, gorgeous women (courtesy of artist Baker), and unconvincing emotional flip-flops on the parts of Hal and Audrey, this plays like a B-movie on paper, with melodramatic captions taking the place of swelling music. It's more curio than classic, but comics historians will welcome this reissue.