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The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comicsby Paul Gravett
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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!
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Mammoth Books: From history to manga, true crime to sci-fi, these anthologies feature top-name contributors and award-winning editors.
One of the only compilations of the crime comic genre, this volume contains 25 of the best graphic short stories, spanning all the nuances of noir, from classic American newspaper strip serials and notorious uncensored comic books to today’s global graphic novel masterpieces.
This collection includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Will Eisner, Max Allan Collins, and Alex Toth—plus adaptations of and collaborations by famous crime writers, such as Dashiel Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Lesley Charteris, and Raymond Chandler.
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