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Crimes by Women (1948) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Crimes by Women (1948) 1

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    Art by Rudy Palais and others. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. The issue and the series leads off with one of the most famous female outlaws, bank robber Bonnie Parker (and her partner Clyde Barrow); Don and Bud Hoover try to get away with murder; Frankie Yale's bid for underworld power earns him a nickname: the Al Capone of Brooklyn. The art on the cover is not up (or down) to later standards, but the dialogue is priceless. Bonnie Parker: Queen of the Gun Molls; Murder Will Out; The Hoover Brothers: Brother Rats; Frankie Yale: The Brooklyn Butcher. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Bonnie Parker, Queen of the Gun Molls"; "The Hoover Brothers, Brother Rats" retitled and reprinted as "Hideous M-U-R-D-E-R" in Startling Terror Tales (1953-54 2nd Series) #9; and "Frankie Yale, The Brooklyn Butcher". "Murder Will Out, A True Crime Story" text story retitled and reprinted as "Wanton Terror!! A True Crime Story" in Startling Terror Tales (1953-54 2nd Series) #8. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Crimes by Women (1948) 2

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    Art by A.C. Hollingsworth and others. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. The terrifying Belle Gunness becomes one of the first American serial killers, and not even her children are safe; French midget Andre Chateau has a big yen for murder; Jean Torson and her husband kill and rob their way across the Midwest. Belle Gunness, the Monster of Laporte; Anna Slayne, Flower of Evil; The Midget Murderer; Murder Out of Season; Jean Torson, Satans Daughter. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Belle Guness, The Monster of Laporte" reprinted in Vixens, Vamps and Vipers SC (2014 EA Press) Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics #1-1ST; "Anna Slayne, Flower of Evil" reprinted in Public Enemies (1989 Malibu) #2; "The Midget Murderer" art by Alvin C. Hollingsworth; and "Jean Torson, Satan's Daughter" reprinted in Public Enemies (1989 Malibu) #2. "Murder out of Season" text story. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Crimes by Women (1948) 3

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    Cover text quoted in Fredric Wertham's "Seduction of the Innocent". In order of appearance: "Yvonne Ravenal, The Parisian Panther"; "Gladys Behmer Plans Murder"; "Daughter of the Devil, Rosa Harte"; "Gang Leaders, Owney Madden"; "Gang Leaders, Big Bill Lingley and Freddie Muehfeldt" reprinted from Murder Incorporated (1948 1st Series) #3; and "Don Wan". "White-Hot Murder" text story reprinted in Murder Incorporated (1950 2nd Series) #5. 36 pages. Full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Crimes by Women (1948) 4

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    Art by Warren Broderick, T. Ward and Jimmy Maxwell. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Kitty Sarlo and her crony Sam hatch a scheme to get hapless soldiers drunk and then rob them; Foul-mouthed but beautiful Nellie turns to murder when a safecracking job goes wrong; Actress Connie Hale gets involved in a diamond-smuggling racket. Kitty Sarlo: The Female Leech; Nitro Nellie: The Savage Safe-Smashers; The Diamond of Kor-el-Maninoor; Man Trap. 32 pages, Full Color. All stories reprinted in Crimes by Women (1948) #54. In order of appearance: "Kitty Sarlo, The Female Leech"; "Nitro Nellie, The Savage Safe-Smashers"; and "Man Trap". "The Diamond of Kor-El-Maninoor" text story also reprinted in Zoo Funnies (1953 2nd Series Capitol/Charlton) #13. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Crimes by Women (1948) 5

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    Art by A.C. Hollingsworth and others. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Chinese killer Aisin Gioro Xianyu becomes a spy for Japan during World War II and is called the Chinese Mata Hari; New York gang leader and river pirate Sadie Farrell leads the Charlton Street Gang in the 1860s; Mary Spratchet convinces her lover to help her murder her husband. Radiant Jade: The Devil Incarnate; Jeanette Copeland: Crime Crusher; Sadie, the Goat: Queen of the River Pirates; Accident Anne; Mary Spratchet. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Radiant Jade, The Devil Incarnate" art by Alvin C. Hollingsworth; "Jeannette Copeland, Crime Crusher"; "Sadie, The Goat, Queen of the River Pirates"; and "Mary Spratchet" reprinted in Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics TPB (2008) #1-1ST. "Accident Anne" text story. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Crimes by Women (1948) 6

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    Art by Jack Kamen and Al Davoren. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Irish immigrant Memphis Mae quickly establishes herself in the Chicago underworld with her murderous ways; Arva Bolling builds a fortune on the backs of the people she murdered; Sarah Rachel Russell, better known as Madame Rachel, is a British blackmailer and con artist in Victorian-era London. Cover features women fighting, but played for laughs. Memphis Mae Corey; Arva Bolling: She Killed to Live!; Murder Proceeds: $1.13; Madame Rachel; A Woman's Intuition! 32 pages, Full Color. Classic fight cover. A violent panel on page seven of "Madame Rachel" shows a woman's face dissolving in acid. In order of appearance: "Memphis Mae Corey" retitled and reprinted with modifications as "Ruthless Devil.." in All Famous Police Cases (1952-54) #12; "Arva Bolling, She Killed to Live!" art by Al Davoren; "Madame Rachel" retitled and reprinted with modifications as "Her Face of Horror.." in Spook (1954) #22; and "A Woman's Intuition!". "Murder Proceeds: $1.13" text story reprinted in Crime Incorporated (1950) #2 and Crimes by Women (1948) #15. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Crimes by Women (1948) 7
    Published 1949 by Fox.
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    Art by Jack Kamen and Al Davoren. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Redheaded Ruth Dock progresses from shoplifting to a spree of robbery and murder; Mary Read becomes one of the most famed female pirates of all time; Circus strongwoman Mary Brinker meets a fast-talking gangster and turns to crime. Ruth Dock: The Devilish Gunmoll; Madame Muscle: Maid of Steel; Mary Read, Woman Pirate; The Devil in Petticoats! 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Ruth Dock, The Devilish Gunmoll"; "Madame Muscle, Maid of Steel"; and "The Devil in Petticoats!" retitled and reprinted as "The Poisoner" in Shocking Mystery Cases (1952) #60. "Mary Read, Woman Pirate, A True Action Crime Story" text story reprinted in Crimes by Women (1948) #13. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Crimes by Women (1948) 8
    Published 1949 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. A search for thrills leads Bessie Montez into a life of crime; Infamous Ma Barker births a criminal gang that includes her four sons; Redheaded fortune-teller Millie Klimek has no lack of suitors, but her husbands have a habit of dying off. Bessie Montez: Finger Woman for the Mob; Ma Barker: Killer!; Be Yourself, Daisybelle!; Lady Bluebeard: Sign Your Own Death Warrant. 32 pages, Full Color. Referenced in Geoffrey Wagner's "Parade of Pleasure". In order of appearance: "Bessie Montez, Finger Woman for the Mob"; "Ma Barker, Killer!!"; and "Lady Bluebeard, Sign Your Own Death Warrant" retitled and reprinted as "Thrill Crazed Killer" in Thrilling Crime Cases (1950) #47. "Be Yourself, Daisybelle!" text story reprinted from Jo-Jo Comics (1945) #7A. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Crimes by Women (1948) 9
    Published 1949 by Fox.
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    Stories by Ed Walker and others. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Wealthy socialite Marcia Foxhall turns to gambling and murder; Betty Blinker, who has VERY red hair, seeks revenge against the gangster who killed her husband by starting her own successful gang; Mabel Janek's quaint roadside cabin business doubles as a gangster hideout. Marcia Foxhall...The Poker-Face Killer!; Betty Blinker: The Red-Headed Rum-Runner; Death Dance; Mabel Janek: The Hide-Out Queen! 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Marcia Foxhall...The Poker-Face Killer!"; "Betty Blinker, The Red-Headed Rum-Runner" retitled and reprinted as "Red Head of Homicide" in Thrilling Crime Cases (1950) #48; and "Mabel Janek, The Hide-Out Queen!" retitled and reprinted as "Shoot to Kill" in Crime-Fighting Detective (1950) #18. "Death Dance" text story reprinted from Jo-Jo Comics (1945) #10 and in Zago Jungle Prince (1948) #4, Crimes by Women (1948) #9, Spook (1954) #28, and Strange Mysteries (1958 I.W. Reprint) #9. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Crimes by Women (1948) 10
    Published 1949 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Jean Terry uses her skills at the six-gun, lariat and Bowie knife to become an Old West outlaw; Clare Mangin uses poison to collect insurance policies on her hapless husbands; Lila Horne helps gangsters hustle gamblers and earns the nickname Lady Loot, but one unfortunate patsy becomes her first murder victim. Mentioned in Seduction of the Innocent. Vivid cover of women fighting by an unknown artist. The Knife Woman; The Witch from Wichita!; A Bright Idea; Madame Murder! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Crimes by Women (1948) 11
    Published 1950 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Clara Dixon uses her skill at the bow and arrow to aid her brother, a corrupt cattle dealer in the Old West; Wanda Bailey is tracked by cops and gangsters alike after she kills a fellow crook and takes a fortune in jewels for herself; Embezzler Myra Teggert gets in a tight spot when her boss's wife thinks she's having an affair with him. Bow-and-Arrow Killer!; Fingers of Death; Poppy in the Jungle; The Imperfect Alibi! 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Bow-and-Arrow Killer!"; "Fingers of Death" reprinted in Vixens, Vamps and Vipers SC (2014 EA Press) Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics #1-1ST; and "The Imperfect Alibi of Myra Teggert!!". "Poppy in the Jungle" text story. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Crimes by Women (1948) 12
    Published 1950 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Sparks fly when showgirl Georgia Lamont meets safecracker Danny Merrit; Redheaded thrill-seeker Ruth Carter joins Porky Nelson's gang for kicks; Trapeze artist Dell Mundane's elaborate scheme involves insuring her partner, then shattering his nerve with anonymous death threats, so he has a fatal accident during the act. Perhaps the best cover in the series, both in terms of action and dialogue, a mini-masterpiece of lowbrow culture. Georgia the Cracker; The Terror from Tacoma; My Pickup Past; The High Wire Killer. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Georgia the 'Cracker'"; "The Terror From Tacoma, The Sentinel of Death!"; and "The High Wire Killer". "My Pickup Past" text story reprinted from My Secret Life (1949 Fox) #22. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Crimes by Women (1948) 13
    Published 1950 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Doll maker Margot Haffner gets an unusual order from sinister Count Aorta, but he soon learns the hard way that she's the better criminal; Mary Read becomes one of the most famed female pirates of all time; In a truly offbeat story, redheaded hobo queen Mable Reine leads a tramp army on a rampage of robbery and looting against moneyed society. Margot Haffner: Passion for Dolls; Maude Bennet and Her Crusade Against the Law; Mary Read, Woman Pirate; Mable Reine, Queen of the Jungle. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Margot Haffner, Passion for Dolls"; "Maude Bennet and Her Crusade Against the Law"; and "Mable Reine, Queen of the Jungle" reprinted in Vixens, Vamps and Vipers SC (2014 EA Press) Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics #1-1ST. "Mary Read, Woman Pirate, A True Action Crime Story" text story reprinted from Crimes by Women (1948) #7. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    Crimes by Women (1948) 14
    Published 1950 by Fox.

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    Bondage cover. Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Heroin dealer Annie French raises her son to be her murderous partner in crime, but when the law closes in, it's her or him; Con woman Lina Vanishyn has access to a drug that makes her victims agree to whatever she suggests; Queeny Ames lures unsuspecting soldiers to be beaten and robbed by her gang, but is undone by her desire for fame. Terrific cover by an unknown artist. Shoe Box Annie French and the Vanishing Corpses; Facts About Crime; Female of Fraud!; Mr. Blackburn Should Have Known Better; The Queen of the Killers!; Racketeers' Revenge. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "'Shoe Box' Annie French and the Vanishing Corpses" reprinted in Vixens, Vamps and Vipers SC (2014 EA Press) Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics #1-1ST; "Facts About Crime" reprinted in Startling Terror Tales (1953-54 2nd Series) #8 and Ms. Trees 1950s Three Dimensional Crime (1987) #1; "Female of Fraud!" retitled and reprinted as "Wicked Cheat..." in Shocking Mystery Cases (1952) #56; "The Queen of the Killers!" retitled and reprinted as "Bloodthirsty..." in All Famous Police Cases (1952-54) #14; and "Racketeers' Revenge, The Racket King" reprinted from Famous Crimes (1948) #6 and retitled and reprinted as "Killers' Revenge" in All Famous Police Cases (1952-54) #12. "Mr. Blackburn Should Have Known Better." text story reprinted from Famous Crimes (1948) #8 and retitled and reprinted as "Trial and Execution." in Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) #12 and Shocking Mystery Cases (1952) #55. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    Crimes by Women (1948) 15
    Published Aug 1951 by Fox.

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    Fox Feature Syndicate creates a pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. Tapped-out gambler Michele Durand becomes the pretty face of the Monte Carlo Gang in pre-WWII Europe; Beautiful hitchhiker Jo Ardway robs the men who pick her up, and sometimes she kills them too; Scheming Frankie Barrows makes an escaped embezzler into her personal slave, in perhaps the most lurid and bizarre tale in the entire series. Another action-packed cover by an unknown artist. Michele Durand in Lady of Intrigue; Bull's Eye Beatrice; Jo Ardway: Roadside Murderess; Murder Proceeds: $1.13; Frankie Barrows...Slave Master Unto Death; Minit Mystery. Final issue for three years. 32 pages, Full Color. In order of appearance: "Michele Durand in Lady of Intrigue"; "Bull's Eye Beatrice"; "Jo Ardway, Roadside Murderess" retitled and reprinted as "Roadside Murder..!!" in All Famous Police Cases (1952-54) #14; "Frankie Barrows, Slave Master Unto Death"; and "Minit Mystery" reprinted from Blue Beetle (1939 Fox/Holyoke) #36. "Murder Proceeds: $1.13" text story reprinted from Crimes by Women (1948) #6 and Crime Incorporated (1950) #2. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #54
    Crimes by Women (1948) 54
    Published 1954 by Fox.

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    Art by Warren Broderick, T. Ward and Jimmy Maxwell. A pre-Code title guaranteed to provide lurid covers and art, as women both historical and fictional commit murder and other heinous acts. This issue is a reprint of issue #4 with a new cover that happens to be one of the most violent covers of the entire run (and one not depicting a crime by a woman). Kitty Sarlo and her crony Sam hatch a scheme to get hapless soldiers drunk and then rob them; Foul-mouthed but beautiful Nellie turns to murder when a safecracking job goes wrong; Actress Connie Hale gets involved in a diamond-smuggling racket. Kitty Sarlo: The Female Leech; Nitro Nellie: The Savage Safe-Smashers; The Diamond of Kor-el-Maninoor; Man Trap. Final issue of the series. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.