Things are quiet on the Dick Tracy front as I think most of us are happily consuming the current Gruesome story line but we do have some news for Tracy comic collectors. IDW’s Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy Volume 18 is now available for pre-order. It’s hard to believe these collections are already through the end of the 1950’s and this book will be covering December 15, 1957 through July 11, 1959. That includes villains Miss Egghead, Headache, Popsie, Pantsy and Rhodent.
Volume 17 of IDW’s professional hard cover Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy series has finally been released and is for sale now. We love IDW’s Dick Tracy collections and this volume, which reprints strips between May 14, 1956 and Dec 14, 1957 completes 25 full years of Chester Gould strips. Volume 17 starts with the haunting conclusion to the Flattop Jr. saga began in the previous collection and is followed by Lizz Worthington joining the police force.
Following the conclusion of the Flattop Jr. case, Tracy and team delve in to some lesser known stories which make the volume, which is good news because we might not know how a case might end! Money and death are prevalent in most of these stories which star a new host of crazed villains, including the murderous Kitten Sisters; the Clipso Brothers, Spec and Ivy and comic relief in the form of bandleader Spike Dyke and B.O.’s father Morin Plenty and his sugar-addicted wife Blossom.
Many Dick Tracy fans know Jim Doherty as the strip’s police technical advisor and writer of the crimestopper panel that appears with each Sunday panel. They might be surprised (or not) to know that Jim is also a career police officer and author with a new edition of his book, “Just the Facts, True Tales of Cops and Criminals” now available for purchase in either paperback or e-book.
Doherty’s “Just the Facts” tells the stories of law enforcement legends and the people who stood on the other side. Brought to life in this new edition are Bill Tilghman, legendary Oklahoma lawman and town-tamer from the Territorial era to the Roaring Twenties. Richard Crafts, an airline pilot who killed his stewardess wife and fed her frozen body into a rented woodchipper. Hawaiian Policeman Chang Apana, the real Chinese-American detective who inspired Earl Derr Biggers to create Charlie Chan and many more.
“This book,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is amazing. Jim Doherty brings stories of the good and bad guys of crime to life with a style that lets you know not only is he a law enforcement professional, but he’s also a fan of the history itself. Real life figures, both those everyone probably recognizes and so many that most of us have never heard of, don’t just leap off the page. They shoot, drive, roll, tumble, and fight their way from Jim’s wonderfully handled prose into a sort of new reality all their own for the reader.”
Famed former Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, author of Road To Perdition also piles on praise. “Jim Doherty combines the cool eye of a law enforcement professional (which he is) with the fiery enthusiasm of a fan (which he also is) in a superb collection of essays detailing the true-crime back-stories of some of mystery fiction’s greatest yarns. These crisp, no-nonsense accounts are hypnotically readable, and the Eliot Ness chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”
If you are at all interested in reading some amazing real life police stories, the Depot encourages you to pick up a copy of Jim’s new book. It is available on Amazon (In paperback and kindle). Many thanks to the people at Pro Se Productions for providing us some quality quotes for this post. Check out their blog here.
The 16th volume of IDW’s awesome hard cover Dick Tracy series was released yesterday and at least one source, Amazon, quickly sold out of this hot item…which sounds like a good sign for the growth of the Dick Tracy fan base and additional copies should quickly become available. This volume reprints the Dick Tracy strip from October 25, 1954 through May 13, 1956 and begins with the villain Rughead returning from hiding out in Mexico to get revenge on a fence who betrayed him. Violence and death follow.
The Rughead story is followed up by the return of another great Dick Tracy foe, Mumbles, who did not die as we were led to believe in 1947 but was instead rescued by eccentric millionaire George Ozone. Mumbles, always looking for a way to scam money begins to tutor children Neki and Hokey while learning yoga and exercise from Ozone until he finds out about Ozone’s treasure cache.
Dick Tracy next faces his biggest villain yet, the 467 pound killer Oodles who is friends with nightclub owner Nothing Yonson. A photographer working for Nothing, a woman named Lizz comes forward to help and nothing’s man Joe Period roughs her up. Keeping her cool as she will for years to come, Lizz helps Dick take down Oodles gang.
The final of this volume is Lizz’s first case as she joins the police force and begins to hunt Joe Period for the killing of Mr. Pocketclip and night club singer Julie Marrlin, who happens to be Lizz’s long-lost sister. Joe flees the in a classic chase sequence and joins forces with Flattop’s son, Flattop Jones Jr. and his amazing car. The bulk of this story will come with the next Volume 17 installment and we can’t wait!
For those of you collecting the Complete Dick Tracy collections, Volume 16 is now available for pre-order with delivery expected around March of next year. This assuredly awesome hardcover will reprint strips from October 25, 1954 through May 13, 1956 and includes a number of great villains including Rughead, the enormous Oodles, George Ozone, Nothing Yonson and the young teenager, Joe Period whose story introduces us to a nightclub photographer named Lizz Worthington. The collection also includes the return of Mumbles (last seen in 1947) and the beginning of the great Flattop Jones Jr. story.