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Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer (Crime Does Not Pay Archives)

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Gangsters, kidnappers, maniacal killers, and thugs of all stripes had their lurid stories recounted in Crime Does Not Pay, a seminal '40s comic-book series. Bob Wood, its editor, brutally murdered his girlfriend, did prison time, and was then murdered himself This fascinating sidebar is described in an essay by cartoonist, historian, and co-editor Denis Kitchen. Featuring ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Dark Horse Books
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Kipp Poe
I have always been interested in True Crime books my Kindle is filled with them, I love looking into the mind of the criminal,Killer, and how the authorities finally crack the case.

I also love nostalgic art work from True Detective pulp magazines and comic book art. Then one day cruising the Amazon store I came across this interesting book and thought I would give it a try. Wow so glad I did It's like the combinations of both of my favorite things. The art work is a lot of fun looking into the d
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Paul
A sampler of the pulpy crime comic that dominated the post-war newsstands.

This book cherry picks selections from a six year span, 1942-1948. Accordingly, the book opens with the usually shaky WWII era material. Early work by later masters like Carmine Infantino was likely included for historical interest; his contribution from 1943 is disjointed and sketchy.

The pieces get stronger in the post-war era and you can see why it garnered some of its legend--these stories were pulpy and violent in a wa
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Gayle Francis Moffet
This book houses a good collection of Crime Does Not Pay comics that aren't quite as shocking today (in the Post-Preacher world) as they were then, but it's clear why people got up in arms about the violence and the themes in the comics and why CDNP was one of the first books to start getting banned when the hammer came down.

This collection includes a very interesting opening essay that explains the origin of the book (one of the bestsellers in modern comics to this day) and briefly discusses th
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Andy
If the Classics Illustrated bullpen got into the true crime magazine racket they'd probably produce something as lurid as this, which is to say that the art work is fairly journeyman style, with the exception of Dick (Frankenstein) Briefer who injects a little cartoony style to his story.

I thought the tale of Dutch Schultz's triggerman, who perpetually messed up every time he dropped his glasses, was a pretty funny story. Caveat emptor: if you find images of infants or children being stabbed to
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Robby
Four stars for historical interest, three stars for content.

A little of this collection goes a long way. I recommend reading only a couple of stories at a time, or else it might lose its charm.

Some great Golden age art, though the writing traffics in substandard pulp cliches. The titles are usually the best-written parts.
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