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The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 3: 1935-1936 (The Complete Dick Tracy #3)

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Presenting the third volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Three once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1935 through June 1936. This special volume features an introduction from Consulting Editor and long...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by IDW Publishing
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Gould really hits his stride with these strips, which came out from 1935-1936. The action is fast, the characters are memorable, and the pace never lets up. Gould pays homage to the gangsters that were making headlines at the time, so we see Dick Tracy facing off against an Al Capone look-alike, and several other criminals who seem (literally) "drawn from the headlines." There's some good soap opera here, too, with misunderstandings, health problems, and the usual relationship struggles. Several...more
A lot of silliness here, balanced against some good action and clever plotting. Gould's pretty clearly still figuring things out--laying groundwork that never gets anything built on it, starting plots that trail out, having problems with pacing, difficulty keeping the dailies and Sundays fully consistent, massive over-reliance on coincidence and luck--and the art is still inconsistent (either that or the difficulty the publisher evidently had finding consistently good source strips led occasiona...more
A rather uneven volume this go-around.

Volume 3's highlights include the continuation of the Boris Arson storyline, the Addie Gothorn mystery, and the character of Mimi from the Lips Manlis arc. As I've mentioned before, Arson is directly influenced by the career of John Dillinger. Another gangster in this volume, Cut Famon, very clearly is modeled after Al Capone. And his tommy gun-toting ma is a takeoff on Ma Barker. Gould's stories are typically products of their times.

But there's a lot of me...more
Great stuff with a great essay in the beginning that matches period scandals to its contemporary strips. In this volume we get some great action like a riot in the women's prison or Tess in drag as a truck driver, mixed with the more bizarre Tracy moments, such as brainwashing villain Lips Manlis into thinking he's an upstanding citizen called Bob Honor and the introduction of his former valet, a caricature called Memphis.
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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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The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 1: 1931-1933 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 2: 1933-1935 The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy, 1931-1951 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 5: 1938-1939 The Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 9: 1944-1945

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