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Numbers and Line-ups and Perps (Oh My)

26 Comic Covers Depicting a Police Line-up 

We’ve all seen those scenes in TV cop shows. A victim or a witness to a crime is led into a room with a one-way mirror; on the other side is a line-up of shifty-looking types, usually holding or wearing numbers. Then the dramatic moment: “Number four! That’s the one! He’s the one who did it!”

Naturally, real life isn’t that dramatic, but that hasn’t stopped police forces from using line-ups during investigations. And as long they’re conducted properly, without any bias-inducing shenanigans (“Oklahoma showup”, look it up), they can be a useful tool for detectives.

And also, as it turns out, comic artists…

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