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The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 4: 1936-1938 (The Complete Dick Tracy #4)

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Presenting the forth volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Four once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from July 1936 through January 1938. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspa ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by IDW Publishing
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Jared
Aug 10, 2013 Jared rated it really liked it
Volume 4 of IDW's Complete Dick Tracy is perhaps the weakest period of Gould's strip in the 30's but for one storyline towards the end of the volume.

This one great story introduces Gould's first great "grotesque": The Blank. The Blank is completely different from every villain in the strip thus far. He is no mere gangster; he's an insane, vengeance-driven serial killer.

Compared to the Blank, the other storylines here don't seem up to par. After a conclusion to the Lips Manlis/Mimi arc, Gould w
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Korynn
Apr 12, 2009 Korynn rated it liked it
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I still love Dick Tracy, even in these early days of just gangsters with a racket and cops. There are times that I certainly don't like the way Tracy comes to conclusions about guilt despite a lack of evidence, his methods of kicking and punching people who irk him and of course, the racist attitudes of the time period towards the Chinese (although that's not Tracy's fault). I love the ridiculous gangster slang of the time period, for example "lamp that!". And I always love the way Tracy manages ...more
Derek
Nov 28, 2014 Derek rated it liked it
By this point, the Dick Tracy comic strip had fallen into a bit of a rut. Tracy fights criminals, someone in the supporting cast is threatened/kidnapped/beaten/framed, and Tracy swoops in to save the day. Most of volume four follows this pattern, until the very last storyline, which introduces a "wild card" into the mix, a vengeance-filled killer named "The Blank," who appears to have no face. With the appearance of "The Blank," the book really picks up and becomes engaging, where the previous s ...more
Charles
Feb 15, 2010 Charles rated it liked it
This fourth volume concludes with 1937-1938 sequence introducing The Blank, the point at which the Dick Tracy enshrined in conventional wisdom starts to appear. In the previous volumes, Tracy has been a gangster-battling cop, and the strip, while dark, has been conventional, a police-procedure melodrama. But the Blank is something new: a macabre, vengeance-seeking monstrosity -- not supernatural, but gothic and unnaturally grotesque. Here's where the stip begins to go Grand Guignol, with its gre ...more
David Rickert
May 22, 2011 David Rickert rated it really liked it
This was my first Dick Tracy collection, and it certainly won't be my last. I dipped in the middle figuring that all the best stuff would come a few years in when Gould had hit his stride. Plus it was cheap on amazon. There were a lot of good storylines here, and I've already ordered Vol. 5. It's hard to believe there was a time when people were hooked on these ongoing strips. Why did they die out? I'm willing to bet that the web is a good place for them to make a comeback.
Fizzgig76
Dick Tracy battles the Purple Cross Gang, insurance fraud, and the Blank. Good art and good serialized storytelling.
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Chester Gould was a U.S. cartoonist and the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977. Gould was known for his use of colorful, often monstrous, villains.
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