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The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 5: 1938-1939 (The Complete Dick Tracy #5)

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Presenting the fifth volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy Volume Five once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1938 through July 1939. Included in this collection are Tracy story arcs such as "Chief Shellberry," K ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by IDW Publishing (first published August 29th 2008)
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Jared
Aug 18, 2013 Jared rated it it was amazing
This volume of the Complete Dick Tracy picks up in the midst of the human smuggling story which had begun at the end of the Volume 4. 1938, as it turns out, was an excellent year for the strip, making this the best volume in the series from the 30's.

The villains get increasingly nasty and inhumane during this period. The opening story, which takes Tracy to sea and to Chinatown, involves human smuggling and hints at the sex trade. Afterwards comes Jojo Nidle, a throwback railroad thief who is mo
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Dominick
Dec 01, 2011 Dominick rated it really liked it
This is dandy stuff, if you like violent melodramatic comic strips. These stories move fast, sometimes without a lot of logic to motivate them (or with rather too pat coincidences), but rendered dynamically and expressively. The violence is truly over the top delightful--hard to believe stuff like this could ever appear in the funnies (bullets through the head, smashed bodies, puddles of blood, and so on and so on). Biggest problem: the Sunday strips are reproduced too small.
Fizzgig76
Oct 20, 2008 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Dick Tracy stops a human smuggling ring, exposes a fraud in Chinatown, and is blinded and forced into an iron lung when exposed to chemicals. Dick Tracy continues to be a solid example of the comic strip. The characters are over the top, the crimes are deadly, and Tracy handles it casually (The Kid almost smothers to death, and Tracy's barely rattled).
Derek
Aug 20, 2015 Derek rated it really liked it
More melodrama and tough guy action! Let's face it. If you've read the previous four volumes, you know what you're in for. By now, Gould really knows his stuff, and the stories fly fast and furious. If this is your cup of tea, you'll love it. If it isn't, you'll probably never "get" it.

Me? I'm a fan.
David Rickert
Jul 07, 2011 David Rickert rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous volume - some of the stories failed to engage - and not as good as the classic villains to come, from what I hear.
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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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