These are some of the slickest, moodiest, graphic short stories ever collected, from the mean streets and sin cities of crime. One of the only compilations of the crime comic genre, this volume contains 25 of the best graphic short stories and is fully loaded with some of the greatest writers and artists in comics. This collection includes Alan More, Neil Gaiman, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Johnny Craig, Alex Toth, Bernie Krigstein, Jack Cole, Jacques Tardi, Gianni De Luca, and Paul Grist. This, for sure, is one offer you can't refuse!
Every shade of noir / introduction by Paul Gravett
Old gangsters never die / by Alan Moore and Lloyd Thatcher
Torpedo 1936: the switch / by Sanchez Abuli and Jordi Bernet
The money-making machine swindlers / by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
87th Precinct: blind man's bluff / by Bernie Krigstein and anonymous
The murderer of Hung / by Dominique Grange and Jacques Tardi
Murder, morphine and me / by Jack Cole
El Borbah: love in vein / by Charles Burns
The Spirit: the Portier fortune / by Will Eisner
Secret Agent X-9 / by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond
Commissario Spada: strada [street] / by Gianluigi Gonano and Gianni De Luca
Lily-white Joe / by Bernie Krigstein and anonymous
The crushed gardenia / by Alex Toth and anonymous
Ms. Tree: maternity leave / by Max Allan Colins and Terry Beatty
Roy Carson and the old master / Colin McLoughlin and Denis McLoughlin
Mary Spratchet / by anonymous
Alack Sinner: talkin' with Joe / by Carlos Sampayo and José Muñoz
The button / by Bill Everett and anonymous
Kane: rat in the house / by Paul Grist
Who dunnit? / by Fred Guardineer and anonymous
Mike Lancer and the syndicate of death / by Mickey Spillane and Harry Sahle
Mike Hammer: dark city / by Mickey Spillane and Ed Robbins
The court / by Neil Gaiman and Warren Pleece
The sewer / by Johnny Craig
I keep coming back / by Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate.
"Once one of the medium's most popular genres, crime comics all but vanished after implementation of the censorious Comics Code in 1954. But as comics expert Gravett shows in this massive black-and-white compendium, many foremost comics talents continued turning out tales of miscreants and murderers. The generous page count allows Gravett to include not only the expected choices, such as Dashiell Hammett's 1930s newspaper strip Secret Agent X-9 and Will Eisner's masked crime fighter the Spirit, but also any number of gratifying surprises. The genre's heyday is represented by such leading figures as Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Plastic Man creator Jack Cole, and masterful innovator Alex Toth, as well as two stories written by Mickey Spillane, whose career started in comics. The most unexpected entries are two written by superstar scripter Alan Moore, one by Sandman writer Neil Gaiman, and one starring underground artist Charles Burns' masked wrestler-private dick El Borbah. In-the-know aficionados will prize a true rarity, Bernie Krigstein's last hurrah before leaving comics for the fine arts, an adaptation of TV's 87th Precinct.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"This big volume, the third in the series, is an incredible value with a very high gem-to-dud ratio. Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer: Dark City" run of Sunday paper serials is presented in its original turn-the-book-sideways glory; Jack Kirby's "The Money-Making Machine Swindlers" is a retro blast, complete with cautionary monologue from the femme fatale. An opportunity is missed with the selection made to represent Will Eisner's The Spirit; the story chosen is tame and insubstantial. But there are a few standouts that make this book a strong buy candidate even for people who don't normally go in for noir: Max Allan Collins's Ms. Tree taking maternity leave; a lengthy continuity from Dashiell Hammett's newspaper strip Secret Agent X-9, with art by the great Alex Raymond; and most spectacular of all, an utterly odd story (author unknown) of a blind painter, set in the realm of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. This wide-ranging collection is high on both visual appeal and entertainment value. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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|| Philadelphia, PA : London :Running Press ;2008
|| Best crime comics
Sánchez Abulí, E.
De Luca, Gianni,
Collins, Max Allan.
479 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
||9780762433940 (U.S. : pbk.)
0762433949 (U.S. : pbk.)