Published: Philadelphia, [PA] : London : Running Press ; Robinson, 2008 Description: 479 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780762433940 (U.S. : pbk.), 0762433949 (U.S. : pbk.), 9781845297107 (U.K.), 1845297105 (U.K.), 0762433949 :, Language: English
"These are some of the slickest, moodiest, graphic short stories ever collected, from the mean streets and sin cities of crime. They range from America's classic newspaper-strip serials and notorious uncensored comic books to modern graphic novel masterpieces" -- p.  of cover
Every shade of noir / Old gangsters never die / Torpedo 1936: the switch / The money-making machine swindlers / 87th Precinct: blind man's bluff / The murderer of Hung / Murder, morphine and me / El Borbah: love in vein / The Spirit: the Portier fortune / Secret Agent X-9 / Commissario Spada: Strada [Street] / Lily-white Joe / The crushed gardenia / Ms. Tree: Maternity leave / Roy Carson and the old master / Mary Spratchet / Alack Sinner: Talkin' with Joe / The button / Kane: Rat in the house / Who dunnit? / Mike Lancer and the syndicate of death / Mike Hammer: Dark City / The court / The sewer / I keep coming back /
introduction by Paul Gravett -- by Alan Moore and Lloyd Thatcher -- by Sanchez Abuli and Jordi Bernet -- by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby -- by Bernie Krigstein and anonymous -- by Dominique Grange and Jacques Tardi -- by Jack Cole -- by Charles Burns -- by Will Eisner -- by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond -- by Gianluigi Gonano and Gianni De Luca -- by Bernie Krigstein and anonymous -- by Alex Toth and anonymous -- by Max Allan Colins and Terry Beatty -- Colin McLoughlin and Denis McLoughlin -- by anonymous -- by Carlos Sampayo and José Muñoz -- by Bill Everett and anonymous -- by Paul Grist -- by Fred Guardineer and anonymous -- by Mickey Spillane and Harry Sahle -- by Mickey Spillane and Ed Robbins -- by Neil Gaiman and Warren Pleece -- by Johnny Craig -- by Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate
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