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.
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.
Helping out Mike Curtis
My friend, Dick Tracy writer Mike Curtis is having health problems. As many know, hospital tests and treatment costs are sky high and Mike is asking for help. Please visit Mike’s GoFundMe Page. to find out more and contribute if you can. Thank you!