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Lev Gleason Publications was the publisher
of a number of popular comic books during the 1940s and early 1950s, including
Daredevil Comics, Crime Does Not Pay, and Boy Comics.
Lev Gleason Publications,
founded byLeverett Stone Gleason in 1942, was based in Manhattan,
New York City, and was among the first to produce comic books aimed
at an adult audience. He labeled some of his books "illustories"
to suggest that they were a new, different form.
Gleason began his career in 1931 as an artist and
advertising director for Open Road for Boys magazine. from 1932
to circa 1934, he served as advertising manager under Harry Wildenberg
at Eastern Color Printing, a printer that became a comics-publishing
pioneer in 1933 with the first American comic books. Becoming an
editor at the newspaper syndicate United Feature, Gleason in 1936
launched the early comic book Tip Top Comics, which ran through
1938. He later became business manager at publisher Dan Gilmor's
company Your Guide Publications, Inc., which was affiliated with
Gilmor's Friday, Inc. and New Friday, Inc.
Gleason, the treasurer
of New Friday,purchased the comic-book series Silver Streak Comics
and Daredevil Comics (no relation to the Marvel Comics character
Daredevil from that company circa 1942. Under the imprint Comic
House Inc., Gleason continued the numbering of Silver Streak Comics
with a crime comic, Crime Does Not Pay, which premiered with issue
#22 (cover-dated July 1942). Also that year, Gleason briefly published
the left-wing political magazine Reader's Choice.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT was a companion title to:
Crime Does Not Pay (Lev Gleason, 1942 Series); the first seven issues
were printed in Canada, with indicia as 'Crime & Punishment'; the
remainder were printed in U.S.A. as 'Crime and Punishment'
There was also a contemporaneous all-reprint series from Canada: Crime
and Punishment (Superior Publishers Limited, 1949 series); early issues
of the two series are difficult to differentiate except by checking for
U.S. or Canadian advertising.
There was also a 'Crime and Penalty' #1 mock-up; only one known copy;
which utilised Crime Does Not Pay #59 (January 1948) for the contents;
apart from a change to the title header, the cover is otherwise identical
to the regular Crime and Punishment #1 edition; It's possible the title
was abandoned due to its similarity to: Crime Must Pay the Penalty (Ace
Magazines, 1948 Series) #33(first issue; February 1948)
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be in the public domain. No copyrights have been infringed upon. Characters
are only used as allowed by fair use law to describe the product being
sold and are trademarks of their respective owners. The seller has no
association with any publishers of the original materials and/or trademark
owners and no such affiliation is intended or implied.
LEV GLEASON COMICS
INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COMICS
FROM THE 40s and 50s
COVER TO COVER COMPLETE!
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT #1-9,11-15,
Adventures in Wonderland
of Buster Crabbe #1-4
Captain Battle Jr. #1-2
Law Sky Ranger #1-4
Charlie's Fables #1-5
AND PUNISHMENT COMICS
Publication Dates: April 1948
- August 1955
Number of Issues Published: 74 (#1 - #74)
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