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Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Volume 16 (The Library of American Comics) Hardcover – 8 Apr 2014


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Reproductions below standard set by earlier volumes 16 May 2014
By Armand Joy - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the '80s comic book reissues -- which I was very glad to have in spite of poor reproductions -- and looked forward to this book series which PROMISED high quality reproductions of the strips. However I have to agree with the other reviewer who noted the generally poor quality of the reproductions this time out. The dailies especially are compromised by smudgy resolution. If you've ever seen the original strips, or the printer proofs of the time, you know how crisp Gould's lines are, how bold his use of solid blacks. Many of the dailies here are ruined by poor reproduction. Facial expressions are unclear (especially in the Nothing Yonson continuity -- Nothing's face is little more than just bits of tiny inky squiggles -- lost in the reproductions) and some of what appears to be attempts to touch up the more problematic strips are carelessly done. To the publisher: I LOVE this strip and have bought every volume to date. Please give more attention to quality control. Thanks!
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Clearing up memory fragments... 19 April 2014
By Paul R Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will enter the period in my life where I recall reading the original strips. I was born in 1945, but my continual memories only start about the age of 8. Before then, there are but fragments, isolated bits.
Already one fragment was cleared up: floors of a building collapsed into a swimming pool along with a dead woman and an alligator. (Judge Carver continuity). Now a question that has been in mind since 1956 (over 50 years) is about to be answered...
Next volume of classic Dick Tracy strips of the 50s 21 July 2014
By Michael R. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Here we have the latest Dick Tracy volume. This one covers the years 1954-56. Only one story I had read before, as its considered a major story from the 50s. The rest were new, and there were a few surprises for me. We get the return of one villain, the introduction of the relative of another (which, frankly, would start a loose trend of introducing descendants and relatives of past major villains), and the introduction of a new secondary character. This one is one I am familiar with, but had thought had been introduced later.

And I sadly have to agree with others that the poor reproduction of many of the strips is a big disappointment.

So, first up we get the conclusion to the Rughead storyline. This story has a lot of forensics and police work to track him down. The girl Rainbow is given surgery to fix her eyes. She will drop from the storyline, of course. Wingy will still be around with the Plentys. And at the conclusion of the Rughead story, we met his welloff brother. (seems strange how with many villains are the "black sheep" of their families).

The next story starts off strangely. A burning shack is found, with two "wild boys" speaking gibberish: "the Neki Hokey" boys. Looking for who they are, we meet the main players in this story: Mumbles and their father George Ozone.

When last we had seen him, Mumbles was drifting out to see, apparently to his death. But as there was no body, there is no proof. We learn that he had been saved by rich eccentric George Ozone, who is a fitness nut, and hired to tutor his boys, whom he is using to prove his bizarre diet. But afraid that Ozone will figure out who he is and turn him out, Mumbles works with his girlfriend Cinn McKee (who was Ozone's first wife, tho not the mother of his two boys, that was his fourth wife) to get rid of Ozone and go after a treasure he has hidden. They just have to figure out where the map is. And as always there is a falling out between thieves.

With that story closed out, we get several strips of Tracy at policy academy before the start of the next story.

The next story starts off when two boys find a body that had been hidden in concrete bridge. We soon realize that the widow of the dead man had contracted with the next grotesque, Oodles, who is a huge 400+ pound man with hair over his eyes. The widow works to make sure the police don't think she did it, while Oodles works to make sure his blackmail money for the job still comes in. The widow gets what's coming to her. And the police are still after whoever did the killing.

The next part of the story introduces a few new characters. One is another grotesque: "Nothing" Yonson, who has a super small face and runs a restaurant that certain villains show up at. He's more of a background player at this point.

The next character is Lizz, the picture girl, a photographer who works the club run by Yonson and sells prints. She is engaged to marry a reporter. Don't recognize her? I didn't with her blonde pixie cut. She will soon be Lizz the policewoman, a new secondary character in the series.

And the other character is juvenile delinquent Joe Period whom "Nothing" has break Lizz's cameras for giving cops pictures of Oodles. We'll also see more of him real soon.

Feeling the heat, Oodles takes it on the lam and tries to lose weight (and gets a haircut) the change his appearance, and is holding up in a cabin in woods provided by Oodles. Lizz and her reporter husband try to find him to get a scope, and succeed. Thankfully, Tracy and company come along and takes the bad guys in hand.

The next story has Lizz make the decision to become a policewoman and start her training. In the later strips I am more familiar with, she was not married, so what happened to her husband? No idea. Joe Period now comes more to the fore, and "Nothing" is still more in the background. He gets work for Joe with a disbarred lawyer named Mr Pocketclip with a crush on a nightclub singer, Julie Marrlin. But things go array. and Joe winds up killing both Pocketclip and Julie and takes on the lam. We learn that Julie is really Lizz's older sister.

Joe period then runs into our final major character: Flattop, Jr, son of the famed character. We also discover Flattop, Jr's "supercar", as the two partner's now head out.

We will need to get the next volume for the hard hitting conclusion to the Flattop, Jr story. Can't wait, even tho I had read it.
Comment on dick tracy series 15 May 2014
By gary L sisler - Published on Amazon.com
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Grow up with dick tracy and love having the old comic stripes, am 80 years old. Excellent reproductions. Have all volumes published so far.
I had no problems with the quality of reproduction throughout the entire volume like the 2 star review 9 May 2014
By Dr. T - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't wait for the next volume to conclude the Flattop, Jr. episode. I had no problems with the quality of reproduction throughout the entire volume like the 2 star review. Looking forward to seeing the character of Lizz on the police force in the coming volumes.
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