Blackjacked and Pistol Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer

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Gangsters, kidnappers, maniacal killers, and thugs of all stripes had their lurid stories recounted in Crime Does Not Pay!

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Featuring thrilling, brutal tales and disturbing, despicable characters, Crime Does Not Pay enthralled a nation and was the most popular comic book of its time. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the Comics Code Authority—yet it was also an inspiration for Harvey Kurtzman’s reality-based EC Comics. See why this series was both revered and reviled in this unique “best of” primer!

Crime Does Not Pay editor Bob Wood brutally murdered his girlfriend and was later murdered himself! This fascinating sidebar is detailed in an essay by cartoonist, historian, and co-editor Denis Kitchen.

Contains a selection of stories from across the series’ run in the 1940s, a new cover, an illustrated essay, and an introduction.

Featuring art by: Charles Biro, Jack Alderman, Dan Barry, George Tuska, Carmine Infantino, Dick Briefer, Bob Montana, Fred Guardineer.

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Author Bob Wood / various
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Page Count 224pp
Publication Size 7 x 10
Publication Notes softcover, full color
Publication Date August 24, 2011
ISBN 978-1-59582-290-1

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