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

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 7th 2012 by Dark Horse Books
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Rick
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, anthologies
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
Onorio Catenacci
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Worth remarking on only because of the insipid writing and art. Only worth reading for curiosity about pre-code comics.
Keith Irwin
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
As a historical collection of comics which are important to the history of comics, this is well done. The transfers are clear and the art and lettering is well preserved. Even the original advertisements are included. On that side of things, five stars. As a thing to actually read, this is kind of terrible. It's just an attempt to entice the reader with depictions of crime including what they felt were lurid details. It's very tabloid and sensationalist throughout and it rarely bothers with any ...more
Dominick
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Bart Hill
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Patrick
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulp, comics, crime
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.)
Matt Shelton
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
It was a cool book that's very vintage that basically retells true crime stories in a comic format. I did enjoy it but it was a bit dated for me. I know it's vintage but I didnt feel as engaged as I was hoping. Artwork is cool and it does take you back to a different time in the US.
Russell Grant
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Johan
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The old-school graphics, ads and storytelling are charming in small doses.
Michael Lionhart
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Moralistic tales of thugs and criminals from the 1940s. Kirby-style comics interlaced with ads for decoder rings and war bonds. Good read.
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