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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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Darwyn Cooke Takes Down ‘The Outfit’ [Interview]

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Following on the heels of Darwyn Cooke's bestselling adaptation of "The Hunter," this week sees the release of "The Outfit," the third book in Donald Westlake's legendary Parker series of crime novels...

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Darwyn Cooke Stealth-Announces ‘Parker’ on iPhone [Wondercon]

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Darwyn Cooke's "The Man With The Getaway Face" debuted over the weekend at Wondercon, an oversized adaptation of Richard Stark's novel of the same name, and the first chapter of this fall's "The Outfit...

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Rec Room: ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Parker: The Hunter’

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The Rec Room: Where ComicsAlliance's Brendan McGuirk uses the stuff you already love to suggest the comics that you will.

If you like "Mad Men," then try "Parker: The Hunter."

Both the AMC television series and Darwyn Cooke's comic adaptation of the Richard Stark crime novels are highly stylized portrayals of 1960's New York City where men are men, women are foxy and submissive, and the world is waiting to be conquered by those up to the task...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It: Parker, Beanworld, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man

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$ Few things are as compelling as a genuinely bad man
Strong quasi-maternal figures
¥ If Homer were a gunslinger, there'd be a whole lot of dead storytellers
§ Owes significant debts to Marcel Duchamp and Native American mythology
& We are all of us living in the shadow of the 1960s

$ & RICHARD STARK'S PARKER: THE HUNTER

Book of the week, people--Darwyn Cooke's gorgeous hardcover adaptation of the first novel in Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's "Parker" series about a wily, amoral, murderous heist man, and the rare prose-to-comics adaptation that actually gains something in translation, because Cooke figured out a side of it that his drawing could make deeper and more vivid. I reviewed it here, ...

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