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Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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.
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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A great book to give you a taste of the Crime Does Not Pay comics. I bought the first issue of CDNP reprints and I wish I had seen this volume first. Read morePublished 14 months ago by K Wyllie
It is exactly as I expected. A comic book that I can enjoy when I'm out and away from home.Published on April 1, 2013 by Debbie C.
I was born too late to appreciate the great crime and horror comics back in their day, and have been buying reprints, both color and black-and-white, for many years. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Joey From Da Bronx
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... Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by Kippoe
these are true crimes from the turn of the centuary up to the thirtys but if you dont know the true crimes the stories are way off the truth. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Alan Moseley
I had never heard of nor read any of Crime Does Not Pay. I had no idea just how popular this particular comic book line was when it first came out. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by S. kennedy