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Image for Crime Comics And BooksIn 1942 Lev Gleason published issue #1 of Crime Does Not Pay. It was edited and written by Charles Biro, and Bob Wood provided the art work. This was a landmark moment as the pair had just created a whole new comic book genre. Crime Does Not Pay is considered as the first 'true crime' comic book published. There is debate about where the inspiration for this came from. One story is that Biro had the idea after meeting a career criminal in a bar. Another, that it was actually Gleason who came up with the idea. No matter where the idea for the title came from, the truth is that 'true crime' was already making its way onto radio and also film.

Sales of the title gradually rose and by the end of World War II 800,000 copies of each issue were being published. Growth filled the void left by the demise of many superhero comics and characters.

Seeing this new market, and the decline in appeal of their masked and caped characters, it was not long before other publishers launched their own titles. This fiercely competative environment saw each title attempting to out do the others, with a rapid growth in violence and gorey images.

This eventually led to a backlash from parents and moral crusaders. The publication of Dr. Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent meant that the books were taking much of the blame for the rise in juvenile delinquency. With the creation of the Comics Code Authority, the newer issues were so sanitized that most quickly folded and the heyday of True Crime Comics was over.

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2 Americanos en Europa
Cover For 2 Americanos en Europa
 
Online: 24 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 24
From: 1951
Seq: 1 - 24
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Published by Ediciones Toray, Barcelona. 1951? A lilliput/striscia format series with art by Francisco Darnis. With thanks to http - //tebeosycomics.blogspot.co.uk/
After Dark
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Apr 1955
To: Sep 1955
Seq: 6 - 8
Publisher:Sterling
Description:Continues from 5 issues of The Informer
Aguia Negra
Cover For Aguia Negra
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publisher:Portuguese Language Books
Description:Brazilian superhero comic published in Rio de Janeiro. Reminiscent of the Australian characters, Sir Falcon and Crimson Comet, without the wings.
Alan Duff
Cover For Alan Duff
 
Online: 32 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Spain. Landscape. Graficos Marco, Barcelona.
Albert Brien
Cover For Albert Brien
 
Online: 7 Books
 
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:
All True Detective Cases
Cover For All True Detective Cases
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: 1952
To: Aug 1954
Seq: - 4
Publisher:Avon Periodicals
Description:
All-Famous Crime
Cover For All-Famous Crime
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Mar 1951
To: Nov 1951
Seq: 8 - 10
Publisher:Star Publications
Description:
All-Famous Police Cases
Cover For All-Famous Police Cases
 
Online: 8 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 11
From: Feb 1952
To: Sep 1954
Seq: 6 - 16
Publisher:Star Publications
Description:
All-New Comics
Cover For All-New Comics
 
Online: 15 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 12
From: Aug 1943
To: Mar 1947
Seq: 4 - 15
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:(1943 series) Jan 1943 to Mar 1947 Issues - #1-15 Notes - ALL-NEW SHORT STORY #1-3/ ALL-NEW COMICS #4-15
Almanac Of Crime
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: 1948
To: 1950
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
Angeles de La Calle
Cover For Angeles de La Calle
 
Online: 4 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Spanish Lilliput published by Hispano Americana de Ediciones, Barcelona.
ARDAN Series 1 & 2
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1952
To: 1961
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:French digest size comic which ran from 1952 - 1961
Authentic Police Cases
Cover For Authentic Police Cases
 
Online: 38 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 38
From: Feb 1948
To: Mar 1955
Seq: 1 - 38
Publisher:St. John
Description:(1948 Series) February 1948 to March 1955 Issues published - 1-38 Artists on this title include Matt Baker, Gene Colan, Jack Cole & George Tuska Notes - Early issues reprint material from Chesler and MLJ comics. Issues #26-28 are 100 page giant issues. Last few issues are reprints of earlier issues. Issues #3, 6 & 27 contain stories or illos used in Seduction of the Innocent.
Aventuras del FBI
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Online: 18 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1951
To: 1961
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:
La Aventure de Fulguros
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Mar
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:French landscape comics featuring the masked superhero, Fulguros.
Les Aventures Extraordinaires de Guy Verchères
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Online: 7 Books
 
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:Canadian. Published in Montreal, 1944. Guy Verchères is the French Canadian Arsène Lupi.
Badge of Justice
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Jun 1955
To: Oct 1955
Seq: 2 - 4
Publisher:Charlton
Description:(1955 Series) January 1955 - October 1955 COMPLETE SERIES Issues published - 4 (#22,2-4 Tracking - continues from Crime and Justice (Charlton, 1951 series). Artists on this title include John Belfi, Dick Giordano, Sal Trapani & Albert Tyler
Bill Kraker
Cover For Bill Kraker
 
Online: 23 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Portrait format Spanish comic published by Ediciones Toray, Barcelona. 1958
The Black Mask
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:The Black Mask was a monthly Pulp magazine published by Pro-Distributors Publishing based in New York, USA. It ran from April 1920 to July 1951 for a total of 340 issues. April 1920 - April 1927 as The Black Mask May 1927 - July 1950 as Black Mask September 1950 - May 1951 as Black Mask Detective and finally - July 1951 as Black Mask Detective Magazine It then merged with more...
Boy Comics
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Online: 119 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 117
From: Apr 1942
To: Mar 1956
Seq: 3 - 119
Publisher:Lev Gleason / Comic House
Description:BOY COMICS, 1942 Series. No. 3, Apr 1942 - No. 119, Mar 1956. Formerly CAPTAIN BATTLE (Lev Gleason) 1941 Series. Note - Indicia for issue no.s 43 - 97 reads BOY ILLUSTORIES.
Boy Detective
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: May 1951
To: Jun 1952
Seq: 1 - 4
Publisher:Avon Periodicals
Description:
Boy Illustories
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 40
From: 1948
To: 1951
Seq: 41 - 80
Publisher:Super Publishing
Description:
Brenda Starr
Cover For Brenda Starr
 
Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 10
From: Jun 1948
To: Dec 1949
Seq: v2 3 - 12
Publisher:Superior Publishers Limited
Description:
Bulletman Archives
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Online: 16 Books
 
Publisher:Comic Book Compilations
Description:Bulletman is a Golden Age Super Hero. He first appeared in Nickel Comics #01 (May 1940) published by Fawcett Comics. Bulletman was Jim Barr, the son of a police officer, who was killed in the line of duty, and as a result of this, decided to fight crime. He tried to join the Police Force, but was rejected for physical reasons, but he got a job working in ballistics. He experimented more...
The Bullseye
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 183
From: Apr 1931
To: Jul 1934
Seq: 1 - 183
Publisher:British Story Papers
Description:The Bullseye was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House In Farringdon Street, London. A boy's story paper, it ran from 24th January 1931 to 21st July 1934, for a total of 183 issues. It incorporated 'Surprise' on 18th November 1933 and was itself subsequently converted into comic format and renamed 'Film Picture Stories'. During more...
Cain's Hundred
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: May 1962
To: Sep 1962
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Dell Comics / Western Publishing
Description:TV series
El Capitán Júpiter
Cover For El Capitán Júpiter
 
Online: 9 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 22
From: 1966
Seq: 1 - 22
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Superhero comic from Chile.
Capitan Sol
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Online: 11 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 10
Seq: 1 - 10
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Complete 10 issue series of the masked Spanish hero, Capitan Sol. Art by Jose Grau. Published by Editorial Grafidea, Barcelona. 1948.
Captain Easy
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publisher:Newspaper Comic Strips
Description:Captain Easy started his comic strip life on May 6, 1929 as sidekick in another one of our comic strips Wash Tubbs. Originally, little was known about Easy, apart from he was a tough Southerner who sought adventure. The character proved popular, and June 11, 1933 he began starring in his own Sunday strip Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune. Wash Tubbs more...
Captain Midnight
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1946
To: 1963
Publisher:L. Miller & Son
Description:
Chamber of Clues
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Feb 1955
To: Apr 1955
Seq: 27 - 28
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:
Char Chapman, The Phantom of the East
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publisher:Australian & New Zealand Comics
Description:Australian series which was distributed by Miller in the U.K. As you can't feel the comic, the cover and interiors are, unlike American comics, newsprint - matt not glossy.
Charlie Chan
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: Jun 1955
To: Mar 1956
Seq: 6 - 9
Publisher:Charlton
Description:
Charlie Chan
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Online: 14 Books
 
Publisher:Newspaper Comic Strips
Description:The Chinese-American sleuth Charlie Chan was created by Earl Derr Biggers, and based in part on an actual Honolulu detective, Chang Apana. Although Chan, like his real-life counterpart Apana, works for the Honolulu police he is very much a globe-trotter who solves mysteries throughout the world. Charlie Chan debuted in The House Without A Key written by Biggers in 1925, with more...
Charlie Chan
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Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Jun 1948
To: Feb 1949
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:Prize
Description:(1948 series) June-July 1948 - February-March 1949 Issues - #1-5 Tracking - Numbering continues in CHARLIE CHAN (Charlton, 1955 series). Artists on this title include Dick Briefer, Bill Draut, Tom Golden, Carmine Infantino, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon & Manny Stallman
Charlie Chan Archives
Cover For Charlie Chan Archives
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Comic Book Compilations
Description:The character of Charlie Chan was originally created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1919, while visiting Hawaii. He was inspired to create a Chinese-American police officer, as an alternative to the stereotypical Asian 'Yellow Peril' villains, in particular 'Fu-Manchu'. He has appeared in six novels written by Earl Derr Biggers. The character has also appeared in many more...
Claire Voyant
Cover For Claire Voyant
 
Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: 1946
To: 1947
Seq: 1 - 4
Publisher:Pentagon Publishing Co.
Description:
Colleccion Post Guerra
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:
Comic Adventures
Cover For Comic Adventures
 
Online: 11 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 27
From: 1940
To: 1949
Seq: 1 - v7 2
Publisher:A. Soloway Ltd.
Description:This title ran from 1940 to 1949 comprising 27 issues and featured a mix of adventure , western and 'tec strips. Notable for the adventures of Crash Carew.
Complete Detective Cases
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Seq: 1 -
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:Published quarterly by Postal Publications based in New York. These detective magazines are filled with supposedly true stories about various criminals. Stories of murder and other lurid crimes predominate throughout. A look at the covers reveals another important aspect of the magazine's appeal. The covers all show images of a woman, generally showing as much of her legs more...
Crack Detective
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:Crack Detective (Stories) Published every other month by Columbia Publications based in New York. Robert W. Lowndes - Editor One of the most memorable feature of this pulp is the lurid covers depicting a gorgeous dame either being threatened or interestingly enough having the upper hand. Crack Detective ran for 10 issues (May 1942 - Sep 1943) it then became - Crack Detective more...
Crime and Justice
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Online: 25 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 25
From: Mar 1951
To: Sep 1955
Seq: 1 - 25
Publisher:Charlton
Description:(1951 Series) March 1951 - September 1955 Issues published - 25 (1-21, 23-26) Title Notes - Issue #22 does not exist. Tracking - Continues as Badge of Justice (1955A series) #22 [1]. Possibly continued as Rookie Cop (1955 series) #27 onwards. Artists on the title include John Belfi, Steve Ditko, Bob Forgione, Dick Giordano, Sy Moskowitz, Mike Roy & Joe Shuster
Crime and Punishment
Cover For Crime and Punishment
 
Online: 70 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 74
From: Apr 1948
To: Aug 1955
Seq: 1 - 74
Publisher:Lev Gleason / Comic House
Description:CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, 1948 Series. No. 1, Apr 1948 - no. 74, Aug 1955. Note - Issues #3 & 59 contain stories or illos used in Seduction of the Innocent.
Crime Clinic
Cover For Crime Clinic
 
Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Jul 1951
To: 1952
Seq: 10 - 5
Publisher:Ziff-Davis
Description:(1951 Series) July-August 1951 to Summer 1952 COMPLETE SERIES! Issues published - 10 [1]-5 Title Notes - Numbering corrected with issue #3. Cover title 'The Crime Clinic', indicia title 'Crime Clinic' (confirmed on issue 5). Notes - Issues #3 contains stories or illos used in SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT.
Crime Detective Comics
Cover For Crime Detective Comics
 
Online: 28 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 32
From: Mar 1948
To: May 1953
Seq: 1 - 32
Publisher:Hillman
Description:Notes - Issue #9 contains stories or illos used in SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT.
Crime Detector
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Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Jan 1954
To: Jul 1954
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:Stanley Morse (Key)
Description:(1954 series) January 1954 - July 1954 Issues - #1-5 Artists on this title include Bernard Baily, Sam Burlockoff, Mort Drucker, & Les Zakarin
Crime Does Not Pay
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Online: 114 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 126
From: Jul 1942
To: Jul 1955
Seq: 22 - 147
Publisher:Lev Gleason / Comic House
Description:CRIME DOES NOT PAY, 1942 Series. No. 22, July 1942 - No. 147, July 1955. Formerly SILVER STREAK (Lev Gleason) 1939 Series. Note - Issues #63 & 64 contain stories or illos that were possibly used in Seduction of the Innocent.
Crime Fighting Dectective
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Online: 6 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Apr 1950
To: Jun 1952
Publisher:Star Publications
Description:
Crime Files
Cover For Crime Files
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Sep 1952
To: Nov 1952
Seq: 5 - 6
Publisher:Better / Nedor / Standard / Pines
Description:
Crime Incorporated
Cover For Crime Incorporated
 
Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Aug 1950
To: Aug 1951
Seq: 2 - 3
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
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