Crime and Mystery and Detective Fiction Comics

(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

After the age of comic book publishing began in early 1933, with Funnies on Parade, one of the first subgenres to develop was detective stories. Comic books titled Adventures of Detective Ace King, Bob Scully the Two-Fisted Hick Detective, and Detective Dan Secret Op. 48 all were released in 1933. These were humorous stories, but three years later, the more serious Detective Picture Stories appeared. It was followed by Detective Comics in 1937. Issue number 27 of that comic book introduced Batman in 1939, thus combining the mystery and detective genre with the new superhero genre, which had been invented a year earlier with the appearance of Superman in the first issue of Action Comics. Still being published in the twenty-first century, Detective Comics is not only the longest-running comic book in the mystery and detective category but also the longest-running comic book of any kind. In 1940, Eisner started published a Sunday newspaper comic strip, The Spirit, a crime noir mystery about a masked vigilante that proved highly influential in graphic mystery fiction and in graphic story telling generally.

With these and other publications, two crime and detective comic book categories soon emerged. The first was crime comics, which told stories from the inverted viewpoint of the criminals in order to send anticrime messages to young readers. This philosophy was reflected in...

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