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  • Series: Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600103952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600103957
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fontanelli on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As befits IDW's new format (featuring larger dimensions and a full-color dust jacket), Volume 7 represents a stylistic turning point in Chester Gould's Golden Age classic - DICK TRACY. At last, here's the "good stuff" you've been waiting for! By the early 1940s the strip's conventional, public enemy-type bad guys (like BIG BOY CAPRICE and STOOGE VILLER) gradually gave way to innovative, larger-than-life weirdness - and the American comics page would never be the same.

This volume documents the breathless transition - and I DO mean "breathless!" Tracy is hurled from one bizarre, hair-raising deathtrap to the next, by villains whose gruesome facades are more than matched by their thoroughly malignant souls. Gould's justly famous Rogues Gallery of grotesques (glimpsed embryonically with JEROME TROHS and MAMMA in Volume 6) springs to life with a vengeance in the saga of LITTLE FACE FINNEY, (whose ultimate fate is at least as disturbing as his unforgettable pan and moniker.) And soon to follow, in rapid succession: The MOLE, B-B EYES, PRUNEFACE, MRS. PRUNEFACE, FLATTOP, The BROW, etc...

Gould's work was an uneven mix of stark realism and broad, cartoony stylization. His villains - deformed, repulsive, detestable - were visual metaphors. It was Gould's way of saying "crime is ugly." So recognizable was the TRACY-style of criminal that by 1944, when FEARLESS FOSDICK (Al Capp's classic recurring parody from LI'L ABNER) came up against "Bombface" and "Rattop," readers would have known instantly who was being spoofed. So would audiences in 1946, when DAFFY DUCK (as "Duck Twacy" in Bob Clampett's brilliant Warner Bros. cartoon The GREAT PIGGY BANK ROBBERY) met "Jukebox Jaw," "Pickle Puss," "88 Teeth" and "Neon Noodle"!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Norm de Plume on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Chester Gould's DICK TRACY Volume 7 is a big improvement in publishing this series. The larger pages and the spread of a Sunday to two pages comes a lot closer to doing Gould's work justice. It should have been this way from the start. Most of Tracy's fans today have challenged eyesight, and the previous six volumes were challenging that challenge. Thanks to Dean Mullaney for seeing what needed to be done, and for doing it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harlem Champ on January 14, 2010
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I was first introduced to Chester Gould's Dick Tracy in the late 1970's while i was in grade school. One christmas in the fourth or fifth grade, a class mate of mine brought in gifts for everyone in the class. Most of the gifts were used, like comics, some footballs and basketballs, etc etc, but that didn't matter, it was a great gesture. I remember he hadn't wrapped the gifts and he sat next to me and tried to figure out what to give to whom. I cant remember what he had originally given me, but when i saw the big hardcover "The celebrated cases of Dick Tracy" i asked him if i could switch my gift....and as fate would have it, he said yes.

I had never before read Dick Tracy, i had seen him in the NYC daily news funny section, but it never captivated me, i guess because i was more interested in Charlie Brown and Spiderman, but then again I dont think Mr. Chester Gould was doing the strip in the late 70's ... maybe thats why i never took notice. But when I had opened that hardcover,("The Celebrated cases of Dick Tracy...") I was pulled in instantly. The characters were incredible, gruesome and captivating. The stories were genius, detailed and thrilling. The artwork was so fluid, powerful, and authentic...like nothing i had ever seen, and i had been collecting comic books since i was a child. And up until a year ago, I had read "The Celebrated cases..." once every year since grade school. There was only one thing wrong with this book, It was odd that some of the strips in this large volume seemed to be missing story boards... they connected, but the next strip many times, led to a scene already half-way developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on April 25, 2011
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Here we have the seventh volume in The Complete Dick Tracy series. It covers the run of the strip from January 23, 1941 to September 23, 1942. One problem with previous volumes in the series was that the Sunday strips were somewhat hard to read, because they were shrunk to fit the size of the book. That problem has been corrected by simply making the book larger. 1941 was the year that Chester Gould introduced the first of his "grotesque" villains, Littleface. This sparked the greatest period of the strip, with one bizarre looking villain after another plaguing Dick Tracy. Littleface was quickly followed by the even greater villains The Mole and B-B Eyes (both included in this book). Great book, highly recommended.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Högvall on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I thought the reason for changing to a larger format was to increase the quality and readability. But in this new, larger book format there are three strips per page, while in the previous smaller book format, there were two strips per page.

With the result that the strips are actually reproduced *smaller* in this new "large" format than they were in the previous six volumes!
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