Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Volume 8
Presenting the eighth volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy! Chester Gould hits his stride, as he introduces four of his most grotesque villains: Pruneface, Laffy, Mrs. Pruneface, and Flattop! All while Dick Tracy is subjected to one of the most inventive and bizarre death traps in comics history. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Eisner Award-winner for Terry and the Pirates, and containing all daily and Sunday Dick Tracy comic strips from September, 1942 through March, 1944. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
"Dick Tracy" has by this time passed its glory days, although I still don't hold the strip in the high esteem as most of the critics. The plot lines and villains have mainly become repetitive and unmemorable. Some of the stories in this book are based on outlandishly unbelievable plot devices. This was always a weak point of Gould's, but not to this extent. For example, in a story in which a single mother "rents out" her baby to an heiress who needs to convince her rich father to leave her in his will, the plotters don't just make the exchanges in an alley or something. They hollow out an old tree in the woods, insulate it against the cold and use it as a "baby drop". Later, the heiress smothers her ailing father to secure the inheritance. This is still good fare for an entertaining read. It's like good quality junk food, with all the caveats that come with junk food.
Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 9: 1944-1945 (The Complete Dick Tracy #9)User Review - Dominick - Goodreads
What a great set of continuities. We get the end of Flattop (but, frustratingly, not the entire continuity), the Brow, Shaky, and Breathless Mahoney, as well as the first appearances of Gravel Gertie ... Read full review