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    Crime Does Not Pay #22 Mile High pedigree (Lev Gleason, 1942) Condition: NM-. It simply does not get better than this for the crime comic collector. This is the Action #1 of crime, the book that started an enormously successful genre. It's also the most valuable crime book in Overstreet's ranking. And surely we have the best existing copy, considering the one atop CGC's census as of this writing is a VF- 7.5. Truth be told, this is the first time we'd seen any copy of this issue, which is designated "scarce" by both Gerber and Overstreet. The book says #23 on the cover but #22 in the indicia (the numbering was continued from Silver Streak). The inside cover trumpets "A Completely New Kind of Magazine" and tells readers, "Criminals are not heroes, they are not even brave or "nervy" -- they are cowardly rats. Sooner or later they get their just reward. Their fate is prison and death." Interestingly, the blurbs at the end of each story have some variation on "Next month in Crime Comics"... indicating that that was likely the planned title of the new series before a last-minute change. The interior of this first issue had a mix of mobster stuff, Old West criminals, a whodunit, and oddly enough, the only appearance of War Eagle, a red-white-and-blue, Nazi-battling superhero. There's even a two-page murder story drawn by Archie artist Bob Montana! This fresh copy's got great cover gloss and white pages with that "Mile High" smell. Whoever ends up being the winning bidder, we can't see that person ever wanting to part with it, so if you love this genre, make sure you're that person! Overstreet 2006 NM- 9.2 value = $3,600. From the John McLaughlin Collection.

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    September, 2006
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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