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Scans donated by Michael T. Gilbert, Roger Hill, and George Hagenauer. Thanks guys!

Lev Gleason (Known for his top seller 'Crime Does Not Pay' and the golden age 'Daredevil') started this short lived tabloid sized comic magazine in 1949. The 25 cent title was aimed at more mature, upscale buyers Gleason would utilize top talent like Charles Biro, Reed Crandall, George Tuska, Bob Lubbers, Bob Fuji, Fred Kida and a story written by Dick Briefer but drawn by Tuska!

These are not your typical comic books. Tops tried to cover all the genre bases. Crime of course gets it's spotlight but Tops also includes humour, celebrity profiles and opinion pieces. It's an unusual combination that seemingly never caught on.

It's with hearty thanks to Michael T. Gilbert and his fellow comic historians Roger Hill, and George Hagenauer who have generously donated their raw scans for us to do a mild edit for size and sharing on the site.

But we can only share the original Tops magazine. For their Tops archive book, Michael and gang have cleaned up the damaged original books and included a ton of background information and opinions on Tops, Lev Gleason and the comics talents involved in making the title.

Tops magazine failed after just two issues and would be most likely completely forgotten were it not for Michael T. Gilbert and his fellow comic historians efforts to reprint both in an archive collection called ‘Tops: The Complete Collection of Charles Biro’s Visionary 1949 Comic Book Series’ published by Fantagraphics at full size (11 x 14") and on a paper stock Gleason could only dream of having.

‘Tops: The Complete Collection of Charles Biro’s Visionary 1949 Comic Book Series’ is sold by Amazon and other book sellers.

Michael is also selling a limited number of signed copies directly. He can be contacted at: mgilbert00@comcast.net for pricing.

Online reviews in the above links.

-DCM Staff
Thanks again to Michael for letting us share these real rarities with everyone on DCM!

-DCM Staff
Issue: #1
Published: July 1949, Price: 0.25 USD, Pages: 68, Editing: Lev Gleason; Bob Wood; William Kofoed
Color: Color Dimensions: Magazine Size Paper Stock: Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Featuring: Our Explosive Children
Credits: Pencils: Charles Biro | Inks: Charles Biro
Genre: Teen

Comic Story (9 pages) The Closet
Credits: Script: Charles Biro | Pencils: Reed Crandall | Inks: Reed Crandall
Genre: Crime

Text Story (0 pages) I'll Buy That Girl
Credits: Script: Auriel Macfie | Pencils: Dan Barry | Inks: Dan Barry

Text Story (1 page) The Prize Was Death!
Credits: Script: Dilys Jones | Pencils: Reed Crandall | Inks: Reed Crandall

Text Story (0 pages) You're On the Parole Board!
Credits: Script: William H. Kofoed | Pencils: Bob Fujitani [as Robert Fugi] | Inks: Bob Fujitani [as Robert Fugi]
Genre: Crime

Cartoon (1 page) How Sad Can a Sack Get?
Credits: Script: Bob Perry | Pencils: Bob Perry | Inks: Bob Perry
Genre: Humor

Comic Story (0 pages) Gold Mine in a Sewer
Credits: Script: Robert W. Lamont | Pencils: Louis Jambor | Inks: Louis Jambor

Comic Story (1 page) There Must Be a Better Way
Credits: Script: Claude Moore | Pencils: Anthony DiPreta | Inks: Anthony DiPreta

Comic Story (0 pages) Our Explosive Children!
Credits: Script: Dick Briefer | Pencils: George Tuska | Inks: George Tuska
Genre: Drama Teen

Comic Story (2 pages) Are We All Craze Crazy?
Credits: Script: E. M. Ashe | Pencils: E. M. Ashe | Inks: E. M. Ashe
Genre: Humor Satire-parody

Text Article (1 page) Under Our Skin
Credits: Script: Dr. A. Benedig
Genre: Non-fiction

Comic Story (0 pages) The Nine Lives of Citizen Train
Credits: Script: George Hansen (adapted from Willis Thornton) | Pencils: Fred Kida | Inks: Fred Kida

Text Story (2 pages) The Joke on Eloise Money
Credits: Script: Dashiell Hammett

Comic Story (2 pages) Helping the World Go Round
Credits: Script: Anton Nikola | Pencils: Sy Barry | Inks: Bernard Sachs

Comic Story (0 pages) Times Square Interlude
Credits: Script: Walter Halsey [adapted from Billy Rose] | Pencils: George Tuska | Inks: George Tuska
Genre: Drama

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