Hello, fellow classic comic detectives.
Over on the Comics Should Be Good blog, brian Cronin has posted a request from a 78-year-old comic book fan. He has a vivid memory of a specific story from when he was a kid, but after decades of searching for the story, he still hasn't been able to find it.
Here's a link to the whole story here: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources...r-old-mystery/
The short version is that he remembers reading a comic that came out between 1942 and 1945 that had a morality tale about two boys. One wins a footrace at his school and gains great acclaim. The other is on the wrong side of the law and runs from the cops, only to be shot dead- despite actually running even faster than the boy. The moral, apparently, is that crime does not pay.
My first instinct is that it sounds like the kind of thing Charles Biro would have written for Boy Comics or maybe Daredevil. It's not any Crimebuster story that I am familiar with, but Boy Comics did have a number of other features up through '46 or so, and I haven't read most of them yet. It could easily be another company, though, this sort of morality tale wasn't that uncommon in anthologies of the time.