...today, we're presenting the original version of the story...from 1952!
Gene Fawcette and Vince Alascia illustrated the first telling of this tale in Avon Comics' Strange Worlds #9 (1952).
The writer is, sadly, unknown.
The issue also had this kool inside cover contents page illustrated by Everett Raymond Kinsler...
...who also illustrated the story Ransom--One Million Decimars! inside the book.