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.