Exciting news for yellow fedora hat lovers, Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision broke news today that Archie Comics will begin publishing an all-new Dick Tracy monthly comic in April 2018. Writers Alex Segura and Michael Moreci will join artist Thomas Pitilli and colorist Dee Cunniffe in producing the new comic which goes back to the golden age of Dick Tracy, just after the second world war. Segura (who is also the Archie Comics’ Co-President) and Moreci will begin with a year one debut, allowing readers to see Dick Tracy at the start of his detective career and how some of the most famous rogues in his gallery met their match.
I’m dying to drop the details and awesome new Tracy look on the Depot, but instead I encourage you to read how it went down at the Hollywood Reporter and then pop over and get a first glimpse of Pitilli’s Dick Tracy at Newsarama. Dick Tracy #1 will be on sale both April 11th!
Forgive me for some mercantilism, but Dick Tracy comic collectors can get a look at the next volume (22) of IDW’s Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy collection now available for pre-order on amazon with a scheduled release date of June 17th. Volume #22 includes years April 13th, 1964 to December 26th, 1965. Active readers following the ongoing exploits of mastermind Mr. Bribery and the computer A.I. Matty Squared may be excited to buy this volume for the original Matty Squared and Mr. Bribery cases from 1965. Also included will be Moon Maid’s first foray’s into vigilantism, Chester Gould’s own parody of himself, Chet Jade, and the mystery of Lita Flite.
Also, I would be remiss to mention that the Moon Maid graced volume #21 of this collection was due out last month but delays have pushed its release date to the end of January. The price on that one has dropped as it approaches the release date and now may be the right price to pick it up if you are waiting for a deal.
In other Tracy news, Chris Sims at the Comics Alliance is written a great article on the current Dick Tracy / Spirit crossover. If you have time I suggest you give it a read!
We’re back! So server upgrades can be tricky and you may or may not have noticed the Depot was up and down for about a month following a painful and worrying failure of the aforementioned upgrade by a hosting service once represented by Danica Patrick. But, finally, the worst is past, and if we can keep Matty Squared out of our system we should be sailing smooth now, giving us time to talk about IDW’s latest Dick Tracy book.
Volume 20 of IDW’s professional hard cover Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy series is has at long last been released and is for sale and shipping now. Even though 20 hardcovers on a shelf take up a lot of space, we love IDW’s Dick Tracy collections and this volume, which reprints strips between February 20, 1961 and August 26, 1962 passes the 30 year milestone of Chester Gould strips.
In this edition, Dick Tracy embarks on an epic manhunt to track down the Brush (featured on the cover) and a million-dollar sack of cash―but with his foe on the lam without his trademark face wig, Tracy doesn’t even know what the murderer looks like! The dauntless detective also encounters killer chimps and deadly panthers, protects Little Boy Beard from a deadly revenge plot, investigates a shady surgeon named Keip Choppin, and finds himself immersed in a forty-year-old cold case suddenly turned very hot. The strip enters its fourth decade as Chester Gould also presents a poignant story that rivals the “Model” narrative, when Tracy protects Junior from disturbing news about an important figure from the boy’s past.
Honestly, my favorite parts of these collections are the additional content at the beginning, and this one includes a look at the Dick Tracy television show and one of my favorite black and white actors, Ralph Byrd. With only a few months in 1962 left, we are staring at a pivotal volume 21 that should kick off the Dick Tracy space period with the arrival of Moon Maid at the end of 1963. It might be a hot seller and we’ll let you know when it goes on pre-sale.
Time to tune the car and find a map Dick Tracy fans. Mike Curtis dropped fantastic news today that he and Joe will be producing a comic book featuring the first story of Silver and Sprocket Nitrate which the pair plan to give away at their appearances. The comic book will likely debut when Mike and Joe hit the stage at the Baltimore Comic-Con where we are hoping the duo will win their third Harvey Award.
According to Mr. Curtis’s remarks on the Dick Tracy Fan Club page,
“…Joe and I have wanted to have some of our TRACY work in print for years. Those of you who know me, know that Carole and I were comic book writers and publishers for 15 years.”
“It will have several pinups and new art, and a new poem by the noted Poet Laureate of Go Comics Tracy page, Pequod!”
The pinups sound interesting and I wonder if we might have a nice one that looks a bit like this. The Depot is also super happy for Tracy poet Pequod getting recognized for his frequent skillful contributions on the Go Comics Tracy forum and here at the Depot as well. Congratulations Pequod! Now if some of you are like me and live nowhere near Baltimore, keep your eyes peeled for conventions closer to home so you can get a copy.
Dick Tracy and Sam Catchem’s pursuit of the Billion Dollar Limited train robber Jimmy Choo Shooz is hitting an exciting climax on the shore of Lake Pratchett (we love you Terry!) The drilling rig disaster currently occurring on the beautifully named lake is like a history lesson, reminding us of the 1980 Lake Peigneur mining disaster in which an oil rig punctured the ceiling of a salt mine beneath Peigneur. Like a stopper pulled on a bathtub, the lake drained down a quickly expanding hole, creating a biblical vortex that dragged everything on the lake down with it. If it would have occurred today we’d have some fantastic footage, but alas we must make do with 35 year old coverage. Here’s a short five minute video on the event with the best video I can find.
Also, I want to remind those of you collecting IDW’s Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy books, the volume 18 edition, featuring dates December 15, 1957 through July 11, 1959 is now available for purchase. I’ve already got my hands on it. The collection is finally entering a period of lesser known stories, which I am thoroughly enjoying. IDW’s Volume 19 is available for pre-order on Amazon and the predicted publication date looks to be late September of this year.