"Rudy Palais does a 'true' crime comics version of I Pagliacci in Crime Does Not Pay #43, January 1946." - Pappy's Golden Age Blogspot
The circus clown in this comic exclaims, "I'm not a clown, I'm an artist!" to the woman he is obsessed with ...right before he .... oops, he wasn't just clowning around. C-r-e-e-p-y clown.
Thanks to STWALLSKULL for the link.