Comics Review: Crime Does Not Pay vol. 8: ed. Philip R. Simon
Review by Prof. Jenn
The 8th volume of vintage comics, Crime Does Not Pay, is an entertaining collection of not only vintage true crime comic stories but a delightful and instructional collection of vintage ads as well. Remember when I reviewed volume 5? Well volume 8 is even more entertaining as well as historically educational.
The true crime stories in this volume are more gruesome than in volume 5, and more diverse, as we have female villains in this as well as your customary male ’30s-’40s gangster types. The ghostly narrator character is back, celebrating his acolytes’ descent into worse and worse malfeasance, until their comeuppance causes the repeated declaration, Crime Does Not Pay. The art is colorful and newspaper-y in style, and the ads are a continued delight in historical study and odd nostalgia, as are the letters to the editor. Two dollars for a published letter? Count me in…
Bottom Line: The Crime Does Not Pay series is a fun read and an excellent exercise in edutainment.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK, NY—In time for New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announces a new ongoing Groo series brought to you by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.
Each month of this yearlong series, Groo and his faithful pooch, Rufferto, encounter a different acquaintance—or enemy—with the usual dire consequences!
In issue #1, Groo crosses paths with Captain Ahax, the seaman with the world record for most ships sunk by the all-time stupidest character in comics.
Eisner-winning letterer Stan Sakai and colorist Tom Luth round out this all-star team.
Groo: Friends and Foes #1 is on sale January 21, 2015. .
Praise for Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier’s Groo:
“[Aragonés’s] style is so established, cartoony, and consistent that there’s never a doubt that you’ll get anything but pure magic out of him.”—Multiversity Comics
“Longtime Groo fans will find a lot to love here.”—Newsarama