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Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Volume 9 Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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  • Series: Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc; First Edition edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600105327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600105326
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These 1944–45 newspaper strips open with the demise of Flattop, perhaps the most notorious of Tracy’s trademark villains, and introduce such other grotesque miscreants as the Brow, Shakey, and Breathless Mahoney (Madonna in the 1990 movie). Far more significant, though, are the first appearances of two characters who would remain long-standing members of the strip’s supporting cast: redneck farmers “B. O.” Plenty and Gravel Gertie. Gould’s distinctively blunt artwork was never more effective than in these wartime installments, which are shockingly violent even by Tracy’s brutal standards. --Gordon Flagg

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on January 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Chester Gould's World War II era "wave of creativity" reaches its crest in this collection of 1944-45 strips. On the dark side of the ledger, we get Flattop ("Take II"), The Brow, and Breathless Mahoney, and even such relatively minor players as the trembling extortionist Shaky and the acne-scarred drug dealer Measles make solid impressions. At the same time, Gould suddenly broadens his supporting cast with the introduction of two classic characters, B.O. Plenty and Gravel Gertie, and gives brief yet memorable life to a third, Vitamin Flintheart. Gould's willingness to expand his "character base" -- a decision that slipped through a perilously narrow "window of opportunity," given that only a few years later, Gould would be creating and discarding strong one-shot supporting players with a breezy insouciance matched only by the producers of Disney TV's TALE SPIN -- shows just how confident and "in tune" he was with his audience at this time. Gould certainly had his ear finely tuned to the popular culture of the war years: he drew upon the popularity of The Andrews Sisters to create the ill-fated Summer Sisters, dredged the emerging teenager culture to fashion his first under-20 villain (the smirking, wise-guy Measles), and responded to the brief heyday of faux-hillbilly singer Judy Canova by introducing B.O. and Gertie (as villains, originally, but, hey, they "got better"). At the same time -- as reflected in the all-star radio play DICK TRACY IN B-FLAT (1944), not to mention the ultimate tribute delivered by Bob Clampett and Daffy Duck, THE GREAT PIGGY BANK ROBBERY (1946) -- Gould's own pop influence was never greater than at this moment. Given that TRACY was competing with a global conflict, Gould's rising to the occasion was no small trick.

As beloved as B.O.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on February 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Here we are with another in IDW's reprinting the Dick Track, in the middle of the 1940s, considered the heyday of Gould's classic strip, with yet another group of classic villians: Flattop, The Brow, Shakey, and more.

And not only is this a classic period for villians, but of new supporting cast members: Vitamin Flintheart, Gravel Gertie and BO Plenty!!

I think more so then past volumes, a LOT of what's in here I've read before in other collections. But that's to be expected. But here we see how each story moves into the next one and see more completely the story.

One BIG problem with this volume is that 2 strips are messed up. 2 are missing and others are in their place. IDW reports they will reprint those in the next volume.

So, what have we in this one?

First off, we get the conclusion of the Flattop story begun in the last volume. And a continuation of the introduction of Vitamin Flintheart, who goes on the lam with Flattop, thinking he's guilty of a crime (he's not).

Once that's concluded, we met the naughty but nice Summer Sisters. They keep Vitamin in the strip a little longer, and serve to introduce us to the next major villian: The Brow. As its still the wartime, we see that he's a spy too. You'll find out what happens with the Sisters soon enough, and in the chase for The Brow, we are introduced to yet another longtime secondary character: Gravel Gertie, a lonely woman looking for a man, who thinks The Brow is a good candidate. Greta is in trouble, and soon goes to jail. But she'll be back. The Brow case also briefly (I think too briefly) brings back Tess Trueheart, who again disappears from the strip. The Brow's end is both bizarre and ironic, as you will see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Friederichs on November 27, 2012
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Don't waste your money buying this book at the outrageous prices the 3rd party sellers are asking. This and volumes 5 and 8 are due to be released very soon according to the publisher. You should then be able to buy a new copy on Amazon for around $35.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reginald Smith on October 16, 2012
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I was very bothered to find that several of the early volumes were out of stock and no new ones were on the way. Third party sellers are taking advantage of this by offering new and used copies from around $100,00 up to over $3,000.00 for one of the books. I wrote the publisher and got this response...

"There are new printings of Chester Gould's The Complete Dick Tracy Volumes 5, 8, 9 and 10 scheduled to release on 11/14/12."

So hang in there. More are on the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John J. Pocsik on March 28, 2010
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Finally! THE COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD'S DICK TRACY (Volume 9), covering 1944-1945, has come out: definitely not a book for the faint-hearted. In this book (and during these two years) Gould finally hits his stride as master artist and storyteller. Tracy finishes up his battle with Flattop (one of the first to suffer one of those truly classic villain "deaths"). Next he goes up again the spy The Brow (remembered for his fiendish torture device and impalement of Tracy with a lightning rod). Shaky engages Tracy and company with a thrilling auto chase during an ice storm, only to make a fatally chilling mistake. Measles (the "teenage dope peddler") tries to kill our hero by dragging him, on fire, behind his car while he's escaping. And finally a not so loveable B.O. Plenty is introduced as a money-hungry would-be killer (that image would change), battling Breathless Mahoney. These are flat out "extreme" adventures, surprisingly violent for the Forties, with a gruesome death awaiting most the "bad guys", and a death trap situation awaiting our hero. It's the perfect volume to get acquainted with Dick Tracy, who could give Dirty Harry a run for his money. Try it!
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