- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Robinson; UK ed. edition (26 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845297105
- ISBN-13: 978-1845297107
- Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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Lethally entertaining and indecently good value ... like all the Mammoth collections --Independent on Sunday
The 24 greatest crime comics ever produced!See all Product description
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This collection, however, combines breadth, depth and quality. The omissions of DC and Marvel stories isn't important this time because they weren't as important in this genre (except latterly for some Vertigo titles). A simple list of the contributors alone should have anyone with the slightest interest reaching for the add to basket button. Take a look at this-
An opening elegy for the gangster by Alan Moore; a short by Kirby & Simon, Jack 'Plastic Man' Cole including one image that freaked out Frederick Wertham; a surreal piece by modernist Charles Burns; a short sharp and sexy Spirit story (a mandatory inclusion); a 70-page complete daily strip written by Dashiel Hammett prior to leaving for the lucre of Hollywood and illustrated by then-newcomer Alex Raymond; legend Alex Toth; a 50page story featuring a 9-month pregnant private eye Ms Tree by Collins & Beatty; a Kane story by the talented and British writer/artist Paul Grist; Mickey Spillane writing Mike Hammer for a Sunday strip; and much much more.
The time span ranges from the 30's to the 90's, the contributors from America, Britain, and Europe.
Not all of it's perfect. Crime stories often look better in black and white so the removal of colour usually isn't a problem here. Usually. The two Bernie Krigstein stories look very thin compared to the other contributions. But that is the worst I can say and it's a minor quibble; Krigstein is historically important so I can understand why compiler Paul Gravett included him.
This is an excellent collection and certainly hands down the best of The Mammoth Book of the Best (fill in the blank) Comics.
Old Gangsters Never Die by Alan Moore & Lloyd Thatcher (8 pgs)
Torpedo 1936: The Switch by Sanchez Abuli & Jordi Bernet (8 pgs)
The Money-Making Machine Swindlers by Joe Simon & Jack Kir by (14 pgs)
87th Precinct: Blind Mans Bluff by ? & Bernie Krigstein (32 pgs)
The Murderer of Hung by Dominique Grange & Jacques Tardi (8 pgs)
Murder, Morphine and Me! by Jack Cole (14 pgs)
El Borbah: Love in Vain by Charles Burnes (9 pgs)
The Spirit: The Portier Fortune by Will Eisner (7 pgs)
Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett & Alex Raymond (80 pgs)
Commissario Spada:Strada by Gianluigi Gonano & Gianni De Luca (10 pgs)
Lily-White Joe by ? & Bernie Krigstein (8 pgs)
The Crushed Gardenia by ? & Alex Toth (8 pgs)
Ms Tree: Maternity Leave by Max Allan Collins & Terry Beatty (48 pgs)
Roy Carson and the Old Master by Colin McLoughlin & Denis McLoughlin (12 pgs)
Mary Spratchet by ? (9 pgs)
Alack Sinner: Talkin With Joe by Carlos Sampayo & Jose Munoz (27 pgs)
The Button by ? & Bill Everett (5 pgs)
Kane: Rat in the House by Paul Grist (32 pgs)
Who Dunnit? by ? & Fred Guardineer (6 pgs)
Mike Lancer and the Syndicate of Death by Mickey Spillane & Harry Sahle (6 pgs)
Mike Hammer: Dark City by Mickey Spillane & Ed Robbins (32 pgs)
The Court by Neil Gaiman & Warren Pleece (10 pgs)
The Sewer by Johnny Craig (8 pgs)
I Keep Coming Back by Alan Moore & Oscar Zarate (12 pgs)
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