So, with no time to snooze, let's go straight to some astoundingly good 1953 Bill Molno art. It's from "The Sorcerer's Spectacles" (Ace's Hand of Fate, issue #17), and I scanned the panels from my own slightly fragile copy. Inks are unknown, but the pencils are sheer, pure Bill, even if they're pretty much the antithesis of his simpler circa-1963 work for Charlton Comics (which I love just as much). Spectacles is a typically violent pre-Code affair, in which the plot essentially exists to set up gruesome situations, The guy who goes on an unfettered spree of evil, only to turn everything on himself in the last few panels, is a theme that would have made billions for anyone with the foresight to patent it:
The complete "Sorcerer's Spectacles" can be seen at the Ace Horror! blog: Link.
Luckily, when Bill joined Charlton, he brought his demons with him. Here are some of his best-conceived imps and giants, most of them starring as space aliens, in designs ranging from reptilian to cyclopean. Molno's monster faces always provide a fascinating counterpoint to his (usually) bland human mugs.
Puny pool-table inhabitants from "Behind the Eight Ball" (Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #2, January 1957):
Another reptilian bad guy, this time on Earth ("The Missionary," Scary Tales #6, July 1976);
"Eyeless" blue aliens with eyes ("The Eyes of Doom," Strange Suspense Stories #61, October, 1962):
From 1964, one of Molno's coolest fiends: urbane gargoyles with antennae for horns ("The Primitives," Space War #26, June 1964). Images from Comic Book Plus:
Red E.T.s on a red planet, light-sensitive and unable to endure heat. Or to see in stereo. It takes the Earth heroes all of five pages (plus ad) to defeat them. ("Red as Blood," Space War #7, October 1960):