Crime and Punishment

    (Lev Gleason, 1948-1955)
™ and ©1953 Lev Gleason Publications, Inc.

The crime comics of the late 1940s were the stage for some of the most intense, complex, and disturbing stories ever told in graphic form. Possibly the greatest of all the crime comic publishers was Lev Gleason, who pioneered the genre with the ground-breaking Crime Does Not Pay and other titles, including Crime and Punishment.

Like their counterparts in film noir movies of the period, comic book criminals rarely, if ever, escape ultimate punishment for their misdeeds. Nevertheless, the emphasis on their activities and personalities made the criminals into “heroes,” or at least stars. Editor/artist Charles Biro had a real feel for the moral geography of the criminal classes, and his stories in Gleason’s magazines had an authenticity and sociological rigor that others often lacked. The Comics Code obliterated much of the ambiguity (and drama) of crime comics, and doomed the genre by the mid-1950s.

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#1

  4/1/1948
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 C.H. MooreDan Barry, C.H. Moore

#2

  5/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Fred Guardineer, Frank Bolle, George Tuska, Mike Roy

#3

  6/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Mike Roy, Leonard Starr, George Tuska, Tonyi Preta, Joe Certa

#4

  7/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, C. H. Moore, Fred Guardineer, Tony DiPreta, Chic Stone

#5

  8/1/1948
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 C.H. MooreBob Fujitani, C.H. Moore, Fred Guardineer, Charles Nicholas

#6

  9/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Mike Roy, John Belfi, Fred Guardineer

#7

  10/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Fred Guardineer, C.H. Moore, Charles Nicholas, Mike Roy

#8

  11/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Charles Nicholas, John Belfi, Fred Guardineer

#9

  12/1/1948
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  Bob Fujitani, Al Borth

#10

  1/1/1949
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 C.H. Moore, Sidney M. EliasBob Fujitani, Al Borth, C.H. Moore, Fred Guardineer

#11

  2/1/1949
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#12

  3/1/1949
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#13

  4/1/1949
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#14

  5/1/1949
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#15

  6/1/1949
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#16

  7/1/1949
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#17

  8/1/1949
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#18

  9/1/1949
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#19

  10/1/1949
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#20

  11/1/1949
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#21

  12/1/1949
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#22

  1/1/1950
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#23

  2/1/1950
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#24

  3/1/1950
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#25

  4/1/1950
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#26

  5/1/1950
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#27

  6/1/1950
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#28

  7/1/1950
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#29

  8/1/1950
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#30

  9/1/1950
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#31

  10/1/1950
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  Bill Everett

#32

  11/1/1950
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#33

  12/1/1950
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#34

  1/1/1951
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#35

  2/1/1951
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#36

  3/1/1951
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#37

  4/1/1951
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#38

  5/1/1951
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#39

  6/1/1951
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Drug story  

#40

  7/1/1951
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#41

  8/1/1951
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  Al McWilliams, Alex Kotsky, Charles Biro, Fred Guardineer

#42

  9/1/1951
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#43

  10/1/1951
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#44

  11/1/1951
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#45

  12/1/1951
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Drug story  

#46

  1/1/1952
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#47

  2/1/1952
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  Al McWilliams, Charles Biro

#48

  3/1/1952
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#49

  4/1/1952
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  Fred Guardineer

#50

  5/1/1952
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#51

  6/1/1952
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#52

  7/1/1952
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  William Overgard

#53

  8/1/1952
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  Dick Rockwell, Fred Guardineer

#54

  9/1/1952
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#55

  10/1/1952
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#56

  11/1/1952
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#57

  12/1/1952
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#58

  1/1/1953
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#59

  2/1/1953
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Cited in Seduction of the Innocent (Comic Book Philosophy) (?)  

#60

  3/1/1953
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#61

  5/1/1953
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#62

  7/1/1953
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#63

  9/1/1953
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#64

  11/1/1953
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#65

  1/1/1954
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#66

  3/1/1954
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3-D  

#67

  5/1/1954
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3-D  

#68

  7/1/1954
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3-D  

#69

  10/1/1954
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Drug story Bob Martinott

#70

  12/1/1954
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#71

  2/1/1955
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#72

  4/1/1955
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#73

  6/1/1955
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#74

  8/1/1955
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Final Issue