I'm thinking the guy with the sappy hand in the Argosy is actually based on homicidal pyromaniac Saul in The Old Dark House (1932). In this direct lifting of another character a for supposedly unrelated character pre-dates the tradition in Horror Top Trumps by several decades.
Well spotted! There is a definitely a very strong resemblance - as can be seen here http://tardypodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ODH.jpg
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