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Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer Paperback – September 6, 2011

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  • Series: Crime Does Not Pay
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595822909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595822901
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a fan of pre-code crime comics as I am then you need to add this to your library. There are TONS of superhero reprints and good amount of horror as well , my first love ,but crime comics are pretty rare. So when I saw this offering I jumped all over it and watched the tracking number to my house.These are great stories of True Crime that vary in length from a few pages to 13 pages.Even tho this supposed to be a best of there are a few "ok" stories and there are some that are just over the top violent. Hell the cover is violent but the story about the hammer killer that smashes a crying babies head in with a sledge hammer is a bit disturbing to say the least. No wonder Wertham was all over this title as a must ban.
Anyway getting to the point ,if you like violent crime comics done in a great format without that stupid glossy paper,and it's in color at a great price from Amazon Order NOW!You'll be glad you did. I hope they do a second volume...SOON.
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This is really a great, historic collection! Culled from the Golden Age of Comics, Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped collects stories originally published from '42-'48 and also includes an informative introduction written by Denis Kitchen. These lurid, violent tales appeared in "Crime Does Not Pay" and became wildly popular until the backlash of the 50s basically neutered them. As far as I know, these comics have never been reprinted before and should be a welcome addition to any comics scholar or fan. Much like EC Comics (which were obviously influenced by "CDNP"), these comics are ghastly and lurid... they feel somewhat dangerous! Although they are relatively tame by today's standards, there is still a subversive element to all the stories within, from "factual" biographies of gangsters to more, um, liberal interpretations of criminals.

Of course, the main star of the book is editor Bob Wood, who, in conjunction with Charles Biro, created and edited the title for publisher Lev Gleason. The editor who, after falling on hard times, acted out what would seem to be the plot of one of his comics stories before meeting his own grisly end. His story (along with the history of publisher Gleason and the comics he published) is detailed in Kitchen's intro. And Pete Poplaski depicted the horrible incident on the new cover containing this collection. Wood's tale is irresistible, and really puts the stories in this collection in an interesting context.

Speaking of the stories, there's 24 assembled together here featuring the work of artists such as Tuska, Barry, Briefer and the aforementioned Bob Wood and Charles Biro (who did most of the covers). Most of these artists were just starting out at the time of original publication, so it's doubtful anyone could call these jobs their best...
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The cover was recently made by the great Pete Poplaski but it's in the exact same style as the original one from the 40s. You even see some scattered Crime comics on the floor, near the body. Nice touch!

The introduction by Brian Azzarello grabs you from its opening sentence: "This is a true story." Followed by, "Growing up in Cleveland during the seventies, my favorite store was Kay's Books. It was on Prospect Avenue - the swamping ground of hookers, winos, dealers, mack daddies and dopers! The perfect location to mold a young mind!" Have you ever heard such a great intro, since Hunter Thompson's, "we were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold"? Brian's intro is a one-pager. Cartoonist and Kitchen Sink publisher Denis Kitchen gives us an eleven page introductory essay we can sink our teeth into. This is followed by 24 reprints of Crime Does Not Pay, all in brilliant colors, nothing fudgy or pale, all crystal clear lines on both the text and the drawings.

Denis Kitchen's story is the most fascinating part of this book. He tells the thrilling tale of his meeting with a dodgy character named Robert Farrell. At first he was excited about meeting the man who claimed to be the original owner of Crime Does Not Pay. But as he mentioned his upcoming meeting to his friends Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner, both were vocal in warning him to watch out for this shady character. I won't give away any more details and spoil the fun, but how's that for a great start? Especially when it's an intro to a book about thugs, thieves, looters, murderers, pimps, and gangsters. Organized crime played a part in getting these comics published in the 40s, and at the end, the Comics Code Authority won out.
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This is a great collection of comics of the type that I've been waiting on for years. When I was a kid reading comic way back in the late 60s to mid 70s I really wanted to read the older comics. But the technology for creating acceptible and affordable reprints just didn't exist at the time. This age of computer-corrected scans is a golden one for me. So many high quality reprints of comics I'd read about, but thought I'd never get to read! This one is fantastic. Great, old time sleazy stories, even more "messed up" than EC's crime comics, all lovingly reproduced in a nice volume.
My only complaint is that they created new art for the cover instead of utilizing some of the original artwork. I find the newly created cover art--of a man bludgening a woman to death with an iron-- kind of distasteful. Using this new art cant be justified with the "this is what they thought was acceptible back in the 40s" excuse like reprinting the old art can arguably be. And it should be pointed out the the original comic cover that inspired the book's cover showed the police arriving to nab the murderer--this one just shows a cartoon woman getting her head smashed. The modernity of the cover and its insufficient context kind of makes me uncomfortable.
But that's the one bad move the publishers made. The rest is gold.
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