We've reached February 1936 and our first Dick Tracy! I'm not as convinced as the people at Comic Book Plus and Digital Comic Museum that the Dick Tracy pages in Popular Comics are really public domain, so I'll just link to this one here. The trap -- rigging a firehose so that it sprays down a flight of stairs is more of a "slow you down so I can escape" trap than a lethal trap. I would say anyone could make a half-move up the stairs safely, but every 5 ft./turn faster than that and you'd have to make a save vs. science with a -1 penalty for each 5 additional ft. or fall on the stairs and take 0-3 (1d4-1) points of damage.
Origin of the dead stick stunt for Aviators that was listed in The Trophy Case v. 1 no. 6 and detailed in no. 7.
Definitely a cowardly or superstitious hoodlum. Cowardly hoodlums were statted in Book II: Mobsters and Trophies. Superstitious hoodlums had to wait until Supplement II: All-American. Truthfully, I've never been satisfied with the superstitious hoodlums as I statted them. Maybe they'll get improved someday.
The combination of cowardly and superstitious hoodlums, of course, comes from Bruce Wayne's famous announcement that criminals were a "cowardly and superstitious lot".
Punjab also seems to be giving the injured man a magic Potion of Healing, though we can't see it so we don't know for sure...
on the blog.
(Scans courtesy of the Digital Comic Museum at http://www.digitalcomicmuseum.org/index.php?dlid=1630)