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No Good Guys Here. Everyone is a Suspect and No One is Innocent.
These Comic Books Cover Everything from Street Level Criminals to Corporate Spies.

Crime and Mystery comic books have been around since the introduction of comic books themselves. The crime and mystery genre became popular in the nineteen forty’s and fifty and has had a turbulent past.

After World War II sales for superhero based comic books declined, with people looking for a different type of entertainment, crime and mystery comic books sales started skyrocketing. At the same time there were a handful of the public that  was concerned about the material in crime and mystery comic books, they were under the assumption that criminal activity was being enhanced and encouraged in young readers of there lurid tales in comic books. This lead to the birth of the Comics Code Authority, this code placed limits on the degree and kind of criminal activity that could be depicted in American comic books.

Although petty thieves, grifters and crooks have existed in Crime and Mystery comic books since their inception, many are not actually devoted to criminals and criminal activity. The comic strip Dick Tracy was perhaps the first to focus on the character and plots of a vast array of gangsters. Chester Gould's (creator of Dick Tracy) strip, begun in 1931, made effective use of grotesque villains, actual police methods, and shocking depictions of violence. Dick Tracy inspired many features starring a variety of police, detectives, and lawyers but the most memorable devices of the strip would not be featured as prominently until the publication of Crime Does Not Pay in 1942.

Crime Does Not Pay was a 64-page (later 52-page) anthology comic book, and each issue of the series featured several stories about the lives of actual criminals taken from newspaper accounts, history books, and occasionally, as advertised, "Actual police files." The stories provided details of actual criminal activity and, in making the protagonists of the stories actual criminals, albeit criminals who were eventually caught and punished, usually in a violent manner, by story's end. This seemed to glorify criminal activity, according to critics. An immediate success, the series remained virtually unchallenged in the field of non-fiction comic books for several years until the post-World War II decline in other genres of comic books, including superhero comic books, made it more viable to publish new genres.

Beginning in 1947, publishers began issuing new titles in the crime and mystery comic book genre, changing the direction of existing series and often-creating new books. Many of these titles were direct imitations of the format and content of Crime Does Not Pay. This new direction led to a rise of crime and mystery comic books.
The last few years have offered comic book readers a wide variety of work everything is on paper again, the press are the police, and citizens walk the story of mystery and intrigue in a society on the brink of collapse. In other words, comic books of all genres, but especially crime and mystery comic books are not looked at with a critical eye and suspect of contributing to delinquency.

White Dragon Comics loves a mystery too. That’s why we have a huge selection of the latest crime and mystery comic books for sale in our on line comic book store. 

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