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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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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:
Crime Must Pay the Penalty
Cover For Crime Must Pay the Penalty
 
Online: 46 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 45
From: Jun 1948
To: Jul 1955
Seq: 2 - 46
Publisher:Ace Magazines
Description:CRIME MUST PAY THE PENALTY (Current Books) 1948 Series. No. 1 [#33], Feb 1948 - no. 46, Jul 1955. Formerly FOUR FAVORITES (Ace) 1941 Series, Continues as FOUR TEENERS (Ace) 1948 Series.
Crime Mysteries
Cover For Crime Mysteries
 
Online: 9 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 15
From: May 1952
To: Sep 1954
Seq: 1 - 15
Publisher:Trojan Magazines
Description:
Crime Reporter
Cover For Crime Reporter
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Aug 1948
To: Oct 1948
Seq: 1 - 3
Publisher:St. John
Description:
Crime Smashers
Cover For Crime Smashers
 
Online: 18 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 15
From: Oct 1950
To: Mar 1953
Seq: 1 - 15
Publisher:Trojan Magazines
Description:
Crimes By Women
Cover For Crimes By Women
 
Online: 18 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 15
From: Jun 1948
To: 1951
Seq: 1 - 15
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
Criminals on the Run
Cover For Criminals on the Run
 
Online: 6 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 8
From: Aug 1948
To: Aug 1949
Seq: v4 1 - v5 1
Publisher:Novelty Press
Description:(1948 series) August 1948 - August-September 1949 Issues - 8 (v4#1 - v5#1) Tracking - Numbering continues from YOUNG KING COLE (Novelty Press, 1945 series)/ Numbering continues in CRIMINALS ON THE RUN (Star Publications 1949 Series). Artists on this title include Bill Allison, L. B. Cole, Harvey K. Fuller, B. G. Guth, Milt Hammer, Art Helfant, Al McWilliams, & John more...
The Crimson Comet Comic
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 69
From: 1949
Seq: 1 - 69
Publisher:Australian & New Zealand Comics
Description:Australian superhero series featuring Ralph Rivers, private eye and sometime government agent, who is surgically altered to have huge wings and dons the costume of The Crimson Comet to fight crime.
Crown Comics
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Online: 20 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 19
From: 1945
To: Jul 1949
Seq: 1 - 19
Publisher:McCombs
Description:19 issue Mixed bag adventure series published by McCombs.
Dan Dunn
Cover For Dan Dunn
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Sep 1933
To: Oct 1943
Publisher:Newspaper Comic Strips
Description:Dan Dunn is credited as the first fictional character to make a debut in an American comic magazine. Quite a claim to fame! He was created by Norman Marsh, and debuted in Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48, in 1933. Humor Publications cancelled the title after just the one issue (the company would only produce a total of three comic before folding). But all was not lost more...
De Moker
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Online: 4 Books
 
Publisher:Dutch Language Books
Description:Dutch costumed hero from the late 1940's. Another example of the mini comics of the time in the Netherlands.
De Schaduw
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publisher:Dutch Language Books
Description:This is a Detective Beeldverhaal, released in the Netherlands sometime between 1945 and 1950. Published by ATH, Rotterdam.
Debbie Dean
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Apr 1945
To: Jul 1945
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Civil Service Publications, Inc.
Description:
The Defenders
Cover For The Defenders
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Sep 1962
To: Apr 1963
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Dell Comics / Western Publishing
Description:No titles match series titles and the comics were not renewed.
Detective Eye
Cover For Detective Eye
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Nov 1940
To: Dec 1940
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Centaur Publishing
Description:
Detective Picture Stories
Cover For Detective Picture Stories
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Dec 1936
To: Apr 1937
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:Centaur Publishing
Description:
Detective Story Magazine
Cover For Detective Story Magazine
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:Detective Story Magazine Published fortnightly then weekly by Street & Smith Publications based in New York. Detective Story Magazine was an American magazine published from October 15, 1915 to Summer, 1949 (1,057 issues). It was one of the first pulp magazines devoted to detective fiction and consisted of short stories and serials. From February 21, 1931 to its demise, more...
Diane, La Belle Aventuriere
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Online: 6 Books
 
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:Canadian. 1956
Dick Tracy
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 121
From: Mar 1950
To: Apr 1961
Seq: 25 - 145
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:
Dixon Hawke
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Online: 12 Books
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:The other, other 'Great Detective', Dixon Hawke (although fans would say Hawke was a better read than Sexton Blake) appeared in The Dixon Hawke Library in 1919, which ran 576 issues till 1941. His adventures also appeared in the subsequent Dixon Hawke Case Books, plus the weekly paper, 'Adventure' and in the Sunday Post. The library issues were smaller than pocket libraries. Compilations more...
Dixon Hawke
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Online: 26 Books
 
Publisher:Comic Book Compilations
Description:Compilations of Dixon Hawke stories from Adventure. This section complements the Dixon Hawke Library section in 'Pulp Fiction'.
Dizzy Don Comics
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: 1947
To: Sep 1947
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:F.E. Howard Publications
Description:
Domino Noir
Cover For Domino Noir
 
Online: 7 Books
 
Publisher:French Language Books
Description:French Canadian pulp from the mid '40's. Simon Antoine, millionaire, fights crime as Domino Noir, aided by the young reporter from Le Midi newspaper.
Don Fortune Magazine
Cover For Don Fortune Magazine
 
Online: 6 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 6
From: Aug 1956
To: 1947
Seq: 1 - 6
Publisher:Don Fortune Publishing Co
Description:
Down With Crime
Cover For Down With Crime
 
Online: 6 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 7
From: Nov 1952
Seq: 1 - 7
Publisher:Fawcett
Description:
The Dreadnought
Cover For The Dreadnought
 
Online: 7 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1912
To: 1915
Publisher:British Story Papers
Description:The Dreadnought was a short-lived Boy's Story Paper, published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London. It was first published on March 9th 1912 and ran until June 12th 1915 for a total of 171 issues. It had a number of name changes during its short run - From March 9th 1912 - 19th September 1914 - as 'The Dreadnought' From more...
Ellery Queen
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: 1952
To: 1952
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Ziff-Davis
Description:
El Encapuchado
Cover For El Encapuchado
 
Online: 27 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 1
From: 1946
Seq: 27 - 27
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Landscape weekly published by Exclusivas Gerpla, Barcelona. Printed by Imp Moderna, Paris. Featuring the adventures of the hooded crimefighter, El Encapuchado. Art by Adriano. 1946
El Espiritu de la Selva
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Online: 91 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1961
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Spanish masked hero in the tradition of The Phantom. Uses a whip and a gun. Published by, Editorial Maga, Valencia.
Famous Crimes
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Online: 19 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 20
From: Jun 1948
To: Aug 1951
Seq: 1 - 20
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
Famous Gangsters
Cover For Famous Gangsters
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Apr 1951
To: Feb 1952
Seq: 1 - 3
Publisher:Avon Periodicals
Description:
Fight Against Crime
Cover For Fight Against Crime
 
Online: 17 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 21
From: May 1951
To: Sep 1954
Seq: 1 - 21
Publisher:Story Comics
Description:21 Issues Published
Fight Against the Guilty
Cover For Fight Against the Guilty
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Dec 1954
To: Mar 1955
Seq: 22 - 23
Publisher:Story Comics
Description:
Follow the Sun
Cover For Follow the Sun
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: May 1962
To: Sep 1962
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Dell Comics / Western Publishing
Description:
Front Page Detective
Cover For Front Page Detective
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:Published monthly by Dell Publishing Co. based in Washington. Front Page Detective was a forerunner to the comic books Dell would subsequently become more famous for. A long running title, it featured articles and photographs on real-life crimes plus the odd fiction story thrown in for good measure. Its covers were designed to be eye-catching with shocking titles e.g. 'She more...
Fugitives from Justice
Cover For Fugitives from Justice
 
Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Feb 1952
To: Oct 1952
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:St. John
Description:
Gang World
Cover For Gang World
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Oct 1952
To: Jan 1953
Seq: 5 - 6
Publisher:Better / Nedor / Standard / Pines
Description:
Gangsters and Gunmolls
Cover For Gangsters and Gunmolls
 
Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: Sep 1951
To: Jun 1952
Seq: 1 - 4
Publisher:Avon Periodicals
Description:
Gangsters Can't Win
Cover For Gangsters Can't Win
 
Online: 9 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 9
From: Feb 1948
To: Jun 1949
Seq: 1 - 9
Publisher:DS Publishing
Description:(1948 series) February-March 1948 - June-July 1949 Issues - #1 - 9 Artists on this title include Al Camy (Cammarata), Lawrence Dressler, Ed Good, Graham Ingels, & Al McWilliams
The Green Hornet Archives
Cover For The Green Hornet Archives
 
Online: 4 Books
 
Publisher:Comic Book Compilations
Description:The Green Hornet first appeared on the radio in 1936. His first appearance in comic books was December 1940, originally published by Heinit Comics it ran for six issues, when it was taken over by Harvey comics, where it ran until issue #47 (September 1949). 'The Green Hornet' has since appeared in numerous comic book publications to this day. 'The Green Hornet's' more...
Green Hornet Comics
Cover For Green Hornet Comics
 
Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 6
From: Dec 1940
To: Aug 1941
Seq: 1 - 6
Publisher:Temerson / Helnit / Continental
Description:
Green Hornet Comics (1942 series)
Cover For Green Hornet Comics (1942 series)
 
Online: 32 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 27
From: Jun 1942
To: Apr 1947
Seq: 7 - 33
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:Series picked up from the Temerson/Henlit/Continental series starting with issue #7
Green Hornet Comics (1947 Series)
Cover For Green Hornet Comics (1947 Series)
 
Online: 13 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 10
From: May 1947
To: Jan 1949
Seq: 34 - 43
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:
Green Hornet, Racket Buster
Cover For Green Hornet, Racket Buster
 
Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: Mar 1949
To: Sep 1949
Seq: 44 - 47
Publisher:Harvey Comics
Description:numbering continues from the 1947 Green Hornet Series
Grey Domino
Cover For Grey Domino
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Australian & New Zealand Comics
Description:Australian. The title started off as a landscape format in an attempt to make readers think this was a reprint of American or British newspaper strips, which were popular.
Guns Against Gangsters
Cover For Guns Against Gangsters
 
Online: 7 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 7
From: Sep 1948
To: Sep 1949
Seq: v1 1 - v2 1
Publisher:Novelty Press
Description:(1948 series) September-October 1948 - September-October 1949 Issues - 7 (v1#1 - v2#1) Tracking - Numbering continues in TRUE-TO-LIFE ROMANCES (Star Publications, 1949 series). Artists on this title include L. B. Cole, Will Hammel, Milt Hammer, Art Helfant, Harry Lazarus, & Janice Valleau
The Hotspur
Cover For The Hotspur
 
Online: 303 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Sep 1933
To: Oct 1959
Publisher:British Story Papers
Description:One of the Big Five boys' story papers from D.C. Thomson. Featuring illustrated stories of adventure, sports, schooldays, crime, s.f. plus jokes. They bear no relation to the American pulps or, in fact, the British pocket libraries. They are in a class of their own being anthology story papers which appeared, for the most part, weekly and were aimed at kids and teenagers more...
Humor Publishing Co - One Shots
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
From: 1933
To: 1933
Section:One-Title Publishers
Description:
Hunted
Cover For Hunted
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Jul 1950
To: Sep 1950
Seq: 13 - 2
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
I'm a Cop
Cover For I'm a Cop
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: 1954
To: 1954
Seq: 1 - 3
Publisher:Magazine Enterprises
Description:Series also a part of the A-1 Comics (1944 series) #111 (issue #1) and #126 (issue #2)
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