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8 of the Best Noir Comics: Crime Does Pay

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With last week's release of L.A. Noire -- the latest blockbuster video game from Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games -- there's been a sudden spike in interest in hard-boiled crime stories. Stand-up tough-guys dealing with corruption and vice, faithless lovers plotting murderous betrayals, and twisted secrets dragged into the light? Who wouldn't want to see more of that stuff?

And fortunately, those are all things that comics do very well. They may have been eclipsed by super-heroes, but comics and crime have gone together ever since EC comics put two staples into their books. Even the first adult-oriented graphic novel -- Arnold Drake, Leslie Waller and Matt Baker's It Rhymes With Lust -- was a noir-inspired crime story. So if you've been spending a little time tooling around Los Angeles in 1947 with detective Cole Phelps and found yourself wanting for more, ComicsAlliance has you covered. Today, we've picked out a few of Our All-Time Favorite Noir Comics!

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Frank Miller ‘Dark Knight Returns’ Page Now Most Valuable Piece of US Comics Art Ever Sold

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We've seen some pretty big sums of money dropped in the last year or so on rare Golden Age comics like Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, and Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, both of which sold for over a million dollars each. Impressive and record-breaking sums to be sure, but not that surprising for two of the most sought after comics in history.

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‘Batman: Year One’ Animated Movie Gets Its Voice Cast

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Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff will contribute their vocal talents to the characters of Batman: Year One, the forthcoming animated film from Warner Bros. Animation. Based on the hugely influential comic book by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ Returns with New Format, Legendary Lineup [Preview]

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On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #1, a revival of the legendary indie comics anthology whose original first issue in 1986 launched what was to become one of American comics' most venerable publishers, Dark Horse Comics. The series was notable f

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Link Ink: More Images of ‘Smallville’s’ Booster Gold, Leonard Nimoy Voicing a Transformer and Mickey Mouse’s Lemonade Soap

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TV: Eric Martsolf shows off his Booster Gold duds, which fans can see in action on April 22 episode of Smallville.

Whuzah?: Robin Williams is going to play the ghost of a tiger in an upcoming Broadway show Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, the plot of which sounds suspiciously similar to Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon's Pride of Baghdad.

Movies: Leona

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Frank Miller’s ‘Gucci Guilty’ Commercial Trailer Heats Up With Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans [Video]

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While most fans acknowledge that there's at least a little discrepancy between the Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" and Miller's solo "The Spirit" films, few can argue that Miller lacks skill in crafting striking cinematic visuals. In keeping with

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Frank Miller: ‘Holy Terror’ Will Hit Stores ‘Next Year, Certainly,’ But Without Batman

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Way back in aught-six, legendary creator Frank Miller announced to Nerdom that his next Batman project for DC Comics would find the Caped Crusader taking on the very real threat of Al Qaeda in a visceral, 120 page graphic novel titled "Holy Terror, Batman!." Cut to today -

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Frank Miller’s ‘Xerxes’ Lithograph Announces ’300′ Prequel [Updated]

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A new Frank Miller lithograph has just been offered for pre-order on the Dark Horse website, featuring Xerxes, the Persian God-King from Miller's "300," a testosterone-laced reinterpretation of the Battle of Thermopylae that was adapted into a 2006 film by Zack Snyder.

Miller has commented before about a new "300" related comic ca

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Three New ‘Sin City’ Covers By Frank Miller [Exclusive]

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It's been nearly a decade since Frank Miller's noir comics classic "Sin City" wrapped in print - and five years since the cinematic adaptation debuted in theaters, but despite some time away from the series, Miller's remained on hand to deliver brand new artwork for three new reprinted collections

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Ask Chris #10: Wolverine. And The True Beginning of 80s & ’90s Comics

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why we've given Senior Writer Chris Sims the punishment pleasure of stepping into the grand tradition of the Answer Man as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: I want to read more classic Wolverine stories. I've read Origin and Weapon X. Is Claremont/Miller mini any good

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