Crime and Punishment #11, edited by Charles Biro. $25 (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A LOW GRADE, READER COPY. COMIC HAS TORN PAGES, MARKINGS, WEAR & TEAR...MEANT TO BE ENJOYED, NOT COLLECTED). Comic book size, 52 pages, full color throughout. Published in 1949 by Lev Gleason.

The Biro/Gleason line of crime comics were a cut above. I think they really function much like manga does now: extremely readable comics, made with care in storytelling but also with an emphasis on wild drawing, lewd subject matter, etc. These comics satisfy, and we could use more like them today. The BEST part of Gleason publications is the chance of Fred Guardineer showing up, which he does in this issue. One of the best (and unfortunately least read, as he isn't a superhero guy) Golden Age artists. Why he didn't become an EC cartoonist baffles me.