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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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Steve Roper
Cover For Steve Roper
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Apr 1948
To: Dec 1948
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:Eastern Color
Description:
Strange Suspense Stories
Cover For Strange Suspense Stories
 
Online: 61 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 51
From: Oct 1955
To: Oct 1965
Seq: 27 - 77
Publisher:Charlton
Description:
Super Spy
Cover For Super Spy
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Oct 1941
To: Nov 1940
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Centaur Publishing
Description:
Superhombre
Cover For Superhombre
 
Online: 68 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Spanish superhero. Not to be confused with Superman, this is a completely different character.
Suspense Detective
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Online: 5 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 5
From: Jun 1952
To: Mar 1953
Seq: 1 - 5
Publisher:Fawcett
Description:
T-Man
Cover For T-Man
 
Online: 38 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 38
From: Sep 1951
To: Dec 1956
Seq: 1 - 38
Publisher:Quality
Description:
Target Comics
Cover For Target Comics
 
Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 7
From: 1952
Seq: 1 - 7
Publisher:L. Miller & Son
Description:British reprint. 1952 by L. Miller & Sons Ltd. London. Colour Cover, b&w interiors. The British guide suggests this series ran from #1 to #6, but as is obvious, this is #7. As is common, theses comics are often badly printed and trimmed and this example is no exception.
El Temerario
Cover For El Temerario
 
Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Western series. Described as a formidable fighter and shooter who always acts for the law.
Ten Detective Aces
Cover For Ten Detective Aces
 
Online: 1 Book
 
Publisher:Crime and Detective
Description:Published initially monthly then subsequently bi-monthly by Magazine Publishers Inc. (A Division Of Ace Comics) based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Preceded by The Dragnet Magazine which ran for 16 issues (Oct 1928 - Mar 1930). It then was renamed Detective Dragnet which ran for 25 issues (Apr 1930 - Dec 1932). It finally became Ten Detective Aces which ran for 161 issues more...
The Thriller
Cover For The Thriller
 
Online: 176 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Feb 1929
To: May 1940
Publisher:British Story Papers
Description:British weekly 'pulp' featuring well written and illustrated, fast moving and atmospheric crime and mystery stories. Some well known authors and characters appeared in The Thriller incl. The Saint, Shadow, Blackshirt, Mr. Preed, J.G. Reeder. Writers incl. Charteris, Horler, Douthwaite, Edmund Snell, GH Teed, Barry Perowne, John G. Brandon, Anthony Skene. The covers were often more...
Thrilling Crime Cases
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Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 9
From: Jun 1950
To: Jul 1952
Seq: 41 - 49
Publisher:Star Publications
Description:
Trapped
Cover For Trapped
 
Online: 4 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 4
From: Oct 1954
To: Apr 1955
Seq: 1 - 4
Publisher:Ace Magazines
Description:
True Crime Comics
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Online: 1 Book
 
Publishing History
Issues: 6
From: Nov 1948
To: Dec 1949
Seq: 4 - v2 9
Publisher:Alval Publishers
Description:
Undercover Girl
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: 1952
To: 1954
Seq: 5 - 7
Publisher:Magazine Enterprises
Description:
Underworld
Cover For Underworld
 
Online: 9 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 9
From: Feb 1948
To: Jun 1949
Seq: 1 - 9
Publisher:DS Publishing
Description:(1948 series) 1948 - June-July 1949 Issues - #1-9 Artists on this title include Ann Brewster, Al Camy (Cammarata), Graham Ingels, Shelly Moldoff & Louis Schroeder
Underworld Crime
Cover For Underworld Crime
 
Online: 7 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 7
From: Jun 1952
To: Sep 1953
Seq: 1 - 7
Publisher:Fawcett
Description:
The Union Jack Library
Cover For The Union Jack Library
 
Online: 45 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 999
From: Apr 1894
To: 1933
Seq: 1 - 999
Publisher:British Story Papers
Description:Weekly story paper 'pulp'. From 1903 this version carried Sexton Blake detective stories.
The Untouchables
Cover For The Untouchables
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: May 1962
To: Aug 1962
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Dell Comics / Western Publishing
Description:Four colors were renewed, but the two in this series were not!
Vic Flint
Cover For Vic Flint
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Feb 1956
To: May 1956
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:Argo Publications
Description:
Vic Flint
Cover For Vic Flint
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Aug 1948
To: Oct 1948
Seq: 1 - 2
Publisher:St. John
Description:
Wanted
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Online: 50 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 45
From: Sep 1947
To: Apr 1953
Seq: 9 - 53
Publisher:Orbit-Wanted
Description:
War On Crime
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Online: 10 Books
 
Publishing History
From: May 1936
To: Jan 1938
Publisher:Newspaper Comic Strips
Description:War on Crime was conceived, at least in part, by none other than FBI director Edgar J. Hoover, who intended it as a public relations exercise. It was designed to counteract the current portrayals of G-men as lone mavericks. Instead, the strip showed the FBI as a formidable and well-oiled organization that was under the direct control of the director. The strip launched on May 18, 1936 more...
Western True Crime
Cover For Western True Crime
 
Online: 8 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 6
From: Aug 1948
To: Jun 1949
Seq: 15 - 6
Publisher:Fox Feature Syndicate
Description:
Whodunit
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 3
From: Aug 1948
To: Dec 1948
Seq: 1 - 3
Publisher:DS Publishing
Description:
The Wizard
Cover For The Wizard
 
Online: 232 Books
 
Publishing History
From: Sep 1922
To: Nov 1963
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. This paper ran from Sep 1922 for 1970 issues. The run ended in Nov. 1963. 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 more...
Xuxa
Cover For Xuxa
 
Online: 23 Books
 
Publishing History
From: 1951
Publisher:Portuguese Language Books
Description:Brazil. 1951. Striscia/piccolo. Published by, Casa Editora Vecchi, Ltda, Rio de Janeiro. With thanks to, http - //cheguavira.blogspot.co.uk/
Yarko the Great Archives
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Online: 3 Books
 
Publisher:Comic Book Compilations
Description:Yarko The Great first appeared in Wonder Comics #02 (June 1939) published by Fox Publications. He was created by the legendary Will Eisner. Wonder Comics was renamed Wonderworld Comics for issue #03. Yarko The Great appeared in all of the issues (#03-33). He made further appearances in The Blue Beetle #01 and Samson #04-05. Yarko The Great was a stage magician with real magical more...
Young King Cole
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Online: 23 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 23
From: 1945
To: Jul 1948
Seq: v1 1 - v3 12
Publisher:Novelty Press
Description:(1945 series) Fall, 1945 - July 1948 Issues - 23 (V1#1 - V3#12) Tracking - Numbering continues as CRIMINALS ON THE RUN (Novelty Press, 1948 series). Artists on this title include Nina Albright, Wayne Boring, Joe Certa, L.B. Cole, Harvey K. Fuller, Hy Gage, Will Hammel, Milt Hammer, Art Helfant, Al McWilliams, E. J. Reeves, Janice Valleau, & Jim Wilcox
Zaza
Cover For Zaza
 
Online: 2 Books
 
Publishing History
Issues: 2
From: Apr 1956
To: Sep 1956
Seq: 10 - 11
Publisher:Charlton
Description:
El Zorro
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Online: 25 Books
 
Publisher:Spanish Language Books
Description:Yet another version of Zorro. This time a Spanish version published by Exclusivas Ferma, Barcelona.
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