Crime and Punishment Jan–Dec 1949 (#10–21) and Crime Does Not Pay 1952 (#106­–117)

What happened when pioneering amateur comics collectors tried to imitate professionals? Sometimes, the publishers preserved their file copies by binding them into hardcover collections. These are the Lev Gleason volumes of Crime and Punishment Jan–Dec 1949 (#10–21) and Crime Does Not Pay 1952 (#106­–117). My mom tried making a book out of Walt Kelly’s The Adventures of Peter Wheat (1948–1950) by sewing the issues as signatures. The result wasn’t quite as impressive.