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Posted January 22, 2009
every Dick Tracy comic strip from 1931-33
Collins' Introduction cites some key points of interest in the long-running Dick Tracy comic strips. In choosing a fedora and trench coat for his character over the deerstalker hat and cape associated with the widely-known Sherlock Holmes character, Chester Gould created the typical wear of detectives in American fiction and film for the longest time. Collins also points out that in its early days, the comic strip was basically a police procedural with Dick Tracy making use of ballistics tests, the lie detector, and even the relatively new teletype machine. A 1980 interview with the comic-strip artist Chester Gould follows the Introduction. After this are the five four-paneled comic strips Gould used to market his idea in the early 1930s. The name of the strip was changed from 'Plain Clothes Tracy' by a newspaperman who first decided to take it on and Gould changed Tracy's original straw hat to the fedora before the first strip ran. The hundreds of four-paneled black-and-white strips appearing in numerous dailies are followed by the 34 eleven-paneled color strips which appeared in newspaper Sunday comics sections starting in May 1932. The work offers a bonanza for the Dick Tracy fan, and also much of interest for the art and popular culture historian on the classic comic strips whose continuing influence on popular culture, the media, and entertainment is evidenced in the popularity and growth of the relatively new genre of illustrated books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.