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The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy, 1931-1951

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the celabrated cases of Dick Tracy 1931-1951
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by The Wellfleet Press (first published 1970)
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If my house was on fire, I'd grab this book.
Re-reading Chester Gould's classic Dick Tracy stories gives you some sense of how really twisted the crime literature of the 1930's really was. Gould's decisive line work is expressive and dynamic, his characters -- especially the villains -- bloodthirsty and vivid. The names are vivid enough: Flattop, 88 Keys, The Brow, The Mole, Little Face. Dick Tracy's colorful Rogue's Gallery falls somewhere between The Sopranos and Batman in terms of sheer grotesque.

When you read these stories the photos o
Surprising in a lot of ways. My general pop-culture knowledge tells me that Dick Tracy was mostly about bizarre villains and gangsters, but it was really a police procedural series, which simultaneously follows villains and heroes. Anyway, the whole thing feels surprisingly fresh for a set of comic strips 60 years old. There are a lot of coincidences and weird happenings, but that sort of stuff is pretty standard in a serial. Invariably, although I'm not particularly going to seek out the Comple ...more
So much to like here. These strips are much darker and more violent than I imagined they might be. Dick Tracy and his compatriots are not very interesting or complex - the real meat and potatoes of this strip are the villains, grotesquely distorted in body/face and soul, ruthless, and ultimately doomed. The art is sort of clumsy in places, but I think that's mostly to do with the amount of plot and dialogue that has to be crammed into the standard tiny four-panel format.
The good-old days are often type-cast as a kinder, gentler time. Thankfully, Dick Tracy was anything but. It would be decades before comics would overcome the comics code to once again deal with gritty subject matter as well as Dick Tracy did.
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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.
More about Chester Gould...
The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 1: 1931-1933 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 2: 1933-1935 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 3: 1935-1936 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 5: 1938-1939 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 9: 1944-1945

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