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Uncut and uncensored, the infamous precode Crime Does Not Pay comics are finally collected into a series of archival hardcovers! With brutal, realistic tales focusing on vile criminals, Crime Does Not Pay was one of the most popular comics of the 1940s. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the stifling Comics Code Authority. Now revered and mythic, this collection of the first four hard-to-find Crime Does Not Pay comics features a fine roster of Golden Age creators and a new introduction by Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Casanova)!

Story Titles

  • Crime Kings: The Real Story Behind Lepke
  • "Wild Bill" Hickok
  • Officer Edward Maher and the Mad Dog Killers
  • The Saga of Harpshead Road
  • Two-Legged Rats
  • The Mad Musician and His Tunes of Doom
  • Hollywood's Panther Man
  • The Case of the Twisted Cigarettes
  • The Blackout Murder Mystery
  • Dickie Dean, the Boy Inventor
  • The War Eagle
  • Crime Kings: The True Story of John Dillinger
  • Cop Hero of the Month
  • "Baby Face" Nelson and the Mason City Bank Robbert
  • Pancho Villa
  • The Ridiculous Riddle of the Murdered Major!
  • The White-Masked Terror
  • Three Isolated Murders
  • Two-Legged Rats
  • The Monster of Munsterburg
  • The Fire Fiends of Missouri!
  • The True Story of Jack "Legs" Diamond
  • The Mystery of Indian Dick and the Phantom Gold Mine
  • His Mother's Ghastly Vision
  • Death Works Overtime!!
  • The Amazing Mystery of the Murders of Maltese Mansion
  • The Strange Case of the Four-Legged Witness
  • Billy the Kid
  • Corpses For Sale
  • The Millen-Faber Case
  • The True Life Story of Dutch Schultz
  • Dixie Davis
  • So Mean He'd Kill His Own Mother
  • The Uncanny Mystery of the Jewel of Death
  • Belle Starr
  • The Deadly Fox of the Mohawk
  • Death in Dreamland
  • The Mailbox Thief
  • The Oklahoma Prison Break


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