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Crime Does Not Pay Archives, Vol. 1 (Crime Does Not Pay Archives #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 7th 2012 by Dark Horse Books
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Collecting the first four issues of the infamous pre-code crime comic, this full color hardcover collection of lurid tales features work by some the era's finest artists including Charles Biro, Woody Hamilton, Harry Lucey, Carl Hubbell, Bob Montana, George Tuska, Dick Wood, Dick Briefer, Frank Giacoia, Bob Wood, and Dan Barry. Most importantly, the volume contains Biro's grotesque covers that even today would be considered disturbing. One such illustration features a man forcing a woman's head o ...more
Bart Hill
1940s era comic book collection of four issues of "Crime Does Not Pay". While the majority of stories are entertaining, the inside art is quite primitive. The art reminds me of "Adventures Into the Unknown" in taht it is crude and non-vibrant.
On the other hand, the covers are well illustrated. I also liked the idea that not every story in "Crime Does Not Pay" is in comic book form, each issue has at least one prose written story.

Another turn-off, is the introduction by Matt Fraction. His style h
It's about time someone did a comprehensive reprint of these (in)famous comics. Seeing them from the beginning, complete, from cover to cover (including original ads--and original pages on stamp collecting' who'd have thought thuggery and philately would go hand in hand?), is revealing. The personification of Crime, the book's mascot, does not appear until the third issue, and his appearance does seem to mark a slight tonal shift. the "Crime does Not Pay!" message continues to be hammered in, bu ...more
Onorio Catenacci
Worth remarking on only because of the insipid writing and art. Only worth reading for curiosity about pre-code comics.
Proof that comics were fairly brutal before the "code". These are the kind of books that would get kids in serious trouble with their parents, at least prior to WWII, which is when these books were written. Great re-coloring job here. The stories are lurid and pulpy...and all are...RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM THE HEADLINES! (I.e., they are supposedly all real.)
Russell Grant
I loved this one. It's a little creaky and cornball due to age, but it's a hell of a trip. There's a gleeful enthusiasm that holds your interest in a way that the Superhero books from this period do not. I'm in for the series.
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