Not Approved Crime

 NOAC   (Avalon, 1998)

™ and ©1998 Roger Broughton

ACG continues its line of black-and-white reprints of 1950s material with Not Approved, a title devoted to pre-Comics Code Authority comics. The stories here are somewhat lurid, potboiler-type fare, heavy on dramatic irony that involves the guilty getting their just desserts. Violence, drug references (one story boldly proclaims that “H-Is for Heroin!” and gruesome deaths litter the pages of this interesting look at what was considered scandalous in a different, simpler time. If only this title was in color…

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