The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939

The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939❰Download❯ ➺ The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939 Author Chester Gould – Bluevapours.co.uk Presenting the fifth volume of IDW Publishing s deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould s timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy Volume Five once again contains over comic strips from the series early Presenting the fifth volume of Dick Tracy eBook ¸ IDW Publishing s deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould s timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy Volume Five once again contains overcomic strips from The Complete PDF/EPUB ² the series early years, this time covering material that originally ran from Januarythrough JulyIncluded in this collection are Tracy story arcs such as Chief Shellberry, Karpse, Scardol, and Whip Complete Dick Tracy Kindle Ô Chute The Library of American Comics is the world spublisher of classic newspaper comic strips, withEisner Award nominations and three wins for best book LOAC has become the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time Scoop.

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    The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939 ePUB ê standard for archival comic strip reprints The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time Scoop."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939
  • Chester Gould
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 1600102018

10 thoughts on “The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 5: 1938-1939

  1. Mark Taylor says:

    The 5th volume of The Complete Chester Gould s Dick Tracy covers the adventures of the titular detective from January of 1938 to July of 1939 Unfortunately, it s a weak volume, in my opinion the weakest in the series so far There aren t many memorable villains, and the storylines simply aren t that compelling The artwork, as always, is fantastic, as we see Chester Gould using the crisp, bold black lines that will delineate the classic Dick Tracy look of the 1940 s and 1950 s But unfortunatel The 5th volume of The Complete Chester Gould s Dick Tracy covers the adventures of the titular detective from January of 1938 to July of 1939 Unfortunately, it s a weak volume, in my opinion the weakest in the series so far There aren t many memorable villains, and the storylines simply aren t that compelling The artwork, as always, is fantastic, as we see Chester Gould using the crisp, bold black lines that will delineate the classic Dick Tracy look of the 1940 s and 1950 s But unfortunately, just as the strip is starting to look the way it should, the quality of the stories really falls off In my review of Volume 1 of Dick Tracy I wrote that Tracy didn t use disguises much after 1932 Well, I was very wrong about that There are tons of disguises in Volume 5 Pat Patton goes undercover as an Asian waiter, Tracy disguises himself as a French count, an unkempt anarchist, and a bomb maker named Reppoc More on that later.The first story in the book deals with Stud Bronzen, whom we first encountered at the end of Volume 4, as the Blank was trying to exact murderous revenge upon Bronzen Stud is a ship captain who deals in what we would now call human trafficking getting Asian aliens into the country The storyline is an interesting one, as it leads Tracy into his city s Chinatown district The storyline also fits into the politics of the era, as after the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed, immigration to the United States from Asia was banned The Immigration Act of 1924 was finally overturned by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 Some of the story being set at sea allows Gould to work his magic and produce some superb snowstorms 4 stars I ve started ranking each storyline on a scale of 1 5, 1 being the worst, 5 being the best Aboard Bronzen s ship, Tracy finds the beautiful Noana, who was kidnapped from her South Pacific island to be brought to gangster Johnny Ramm to work as a dancer in his restaurant Ramm kidnaps Noana and forces her to become part of his gang Tracy then fakes a nervous breakdown, and leaves clues that lead everyone to believe that he s committed suicide Using makeup, he pretends to be a bomb maker named Pete Reppoc, who seems to be Italian, given his dialect, and infiltrates Ramm s gang Note the last name reppoc copper spelled backwards This is an early use of the backwards spelled name, something that will become a trademark of Dick Tracy in the decades to follow As Reppoc, Tracy is able to foil Ramm s scheme of bombing local businesses by purposely making the bombs incorrectly, or otherwise ensuring they don t explode Tracy plays his role as Reppoc to the point of being arrested by the police, and only reveals his identity once Ramm gives him incriminating information in their jail cells Personally, I wasn t a fan of the ridiculous plot twist of Tracy faking his own suicide When Tess Trueheart sees Tracy again, she hugs him and then immediately slaps him I don t blame her As Tess says to Dick, You ll never know the agony you caused us Tracy replies, I realize it was a pretty severe scheme And also, a dumb one to take on single handedly 2 stars.The next tale begins with the introduction of Brighton Spotts, an insufferable character who fancies himself to be a budding detective It wasn t clear to me how old Brighton is supposed to be at first, but eventually I figured out he s just a little older than Junior Tracy Brighton is meant to be insufferable, and he really succeeds at it But he did find a severed finger, belonging to a thief who has been stealing goods from railroad cars Again, we see Gould s continued fascination with amputations The man with the missing finger proves to be Jojo Nidle, who is a freakish character with bulging eyes and a dark five o clock shadow He s almost a classic Gould grotesque, but he s only in the strip for about a month and a half too short to really qualify as a major villain But his demise is a great set piece Jojo has commandeered a locomotive, and Tracy is able to hop on a train on a parallel track and eventually he overtakes Jojo s train and shoots him dead in the inevitable gun battle The climactic train chase would make an amazing movie scene 3 stars.In my opinion, the next story is the best one in the book It concerns Karpse, a poison gas manufacturer Karpse is by far the most interesting villain in Volume 5, and his storyline becomes a classic Dick Tracy pursuit This is the kind of story that Gould would spin variations of many, many times throughout the strip Karpse s story takes numerous twists and turns, and after Tracy wrecks Karpse s poison gas manufacturing plant in the Dakotas, Karpse eventually makes his way back to the City Once back in the City, Karpse does something not many villains in the strip do he tries to go straight and get a regular job until the heat s off Turns out, Karpse was a baker back in the old country the country itself goes unnamed, but Karpse says he won prizes in Stuttgart, indicating that he s German and guess who has a job opening for a baker That s right, old Mrs Trueheart, Tess s mother So, there s Karpse, working right under the very nose of Dick Tracy The irony is as delicious as his pastries Meanwhile, Tracy was blinded by poison gas, and he s in the hospital recovering Mrs Trueheart sends Dick a basket of pastries from her new baker There s a boiler explosion at the bakery, and Karpse ends up in the hospital just down the hall from Dick Tracy One day, the nurse wheels Karpse into Tracy s room so the two men can meet Karpse doesn t know Tracy s a cop, and Tracy is unaware that Mrs Trueheart s new baker is actually the poison gas dealer who caused his blindness It s a brilliant scene By giving Karpse a shred of humanity, Chester Gould makes him a muchinteresting character, and thus elevates the story 5 stars.Of course, Tracy gets his sight back just in time for Christmas And he takes a vacation But of course, while he s resting up, he stumbles across some criminals The story of Mickey, a minor criminal who hangs out with Wolley and then with the truly grotesque Scardol, is dull and takes up way too much time, taking us from January 1st of 1939 to the end of April The best part of these four months is Scardol s character design he has a giant pockmarked forehead, beady eyes, and an underbite and Gould s experimenting with the size of the comic panels In these days, Dick Tracy was pretty much always four panels, each panel being the same size But during the Scardol storyline, Gould repeatedly breaks this pattern, offering up double panels, or breaking the space up into three regular size panels and two smaller panels I almost wonder if Gould was getting bored with the storyline and was keeping himself amused by playing around with the panels Whatever the reason, it highlights Gould s skills as an artist and storyteller 2 stars.Mickey s storyline leads directly into the tale of Whip Chute, an ex aviator who, along with another criminal, are impersonating crown princes from Bovania who are visiting the City The real princes are being held hostage It s a dull story with a boring villain The most memorable thing about Whip Chute is the way he dies he s climbing down a theater marquee when the sign breaks and he falls to his death 2 stars As I said in my introduction, I found Volume 5 of Dick Tracy unremarkable In Volume 5, Dick Tracy does some annoying things He fakes his suicide, goes undercover as Reppoc without telling anyone, and then six months later he never tells the police when he and Pop come back into town and they re trying to take down Wolley s gang on their own Tracy s really a loose cannon in this volume.And here s the part where I finally complain about the way the first 6 volumes of Dick Tracy were packaged The books are small and fat, and the decision was made to put two daily strips on each page, with Sunday getting its own page Unfortunately, the Sunday strips were shrunk to fit the size of the book The result is that especially in the dialogue and narrative heavy 1930 s, you re craning your neck to read all the type on the Sunday pages The combination of having just two daily strips on each page, and the slightly glossy paper the first 6 volumes were printed on, also means that you re constantly adjusting the damn book to get the light right If anyone saw me reading one of these volumes in a coffee shop, they probably thought I was a nutjob But all that changes with Volume 7, as the books get taller and a little skinnier From Volume 7 on, the Sunday strips are reproduced at their original size, and we get three strips on each page The paper is also different it s not glossy and basically normal paper stock

  2. Jared says:

    This volume of the Complete Dick Tracy picks up in the midst of the human smuggling story which had begun at the end of the Volume 4 1938, as it turns out, was an excellent year for the strip, making this the best volume in the series from the 30 s The villains get increasingly nasty and inhumane during this period The opening story, which takes Tracy to sea and to Chinatown, involves human smuggling and hints at the sex trade Afterwards comes Jojo Nidle, a throwback railroad thief who is mo This volume of the Complete Dick Tracy picks up in the midst of the human smuggling story which had begun at the end of the Volume 4 1938, as it turns out, was an excellent year for the strip, making this the best volume in the series from the 30 s The villains get increasingly nasty and inhumane during this period The opening story, which takes Tracy to sea and to Chinatown, involves human smuggling and hints at the sex trade Afterwards comes Jojo Nidle, a throwback railroad thief who is most memorable for the design Gould uses His large eyes appear dead and soulless he has a permanent five o clock shadow and blotchy complexion and his very name hints at some form of drug abuse The following story, which takes up the final third of 1938 is this volume s highlight This story involves the man known as Karpse Karpse is a foreign maker of poison gas located in the US and is a caricature of Boris Karloff His lover, also European, is clearly inspired by Marlene Dietrich Though Karpse is clearly merciless he s also given much greater depth than most of Tracy s villains up to this time Through these months he s in the stripoften than Tracy himself And he will die in what may be the first of Gould s ironic deaths no mere bullet will kill off a villain like Karpse.After such great stories, 1939 is a disappointment The tone gets sappier and the villainsbland The specter of foreign intrigue arises again in a weak story involving imposters of a Bovinian prince The only standout from the first half of 1939 is the gangster Scardol, who was only in the strip for a brief month Scardol is an amazing character design by Gould He is insanely ugly, but there s not much else to him but his design Consider him a trial balloon for what Gould would create in the 40 s.The art has rapidly changed and improved since the early 30 s Gould s also being influenced as much by Hollywood as stories of crime from the newspapers There s also a greater emphasis on sex appeal in this volume withfemale characters Naona the Polynesian, Karpse s two lovers, and Mitzi, Whip Chute s ex wife All in all, despite the weaker stories in 1939, this is a great volume Consider it a nice lead in to Gould s classic era

  3. Dominick says:

    This is dandy stuff, if you like violent melodramatic comic strips These stories move fast, sometimes without a lot of logic to motivate them or with rather too pat coincidences , but rendered dynamically and expressively The violence is truly over the top delightful hard to believe stuff like this could ever appear in the funnies bullets through the head, smashed bodies, puddles of blood, and so on and so on Biggest problem the Sunday strips are reproduced too small.

  4. Fizzgig76 says:

    Dick Tracy stops a human smuggling ring, exposes a fraud in Chinatown, and is blinded and forced into an iron lung when exposed to chemicals Dick Tracy continues to be a solid example of the comic strip The characters are over the top, the crimes are deadly, and Tracy handles it casually The Kid almost smothers to death, and Tracy s barely rattled.

  5. D. says:

    More melodrama and tough guy action Let s face it If you ve read the previous four volumes, you know what you re in for By now, Gould really knows his stuff, and the stories fly fast and furious If this is your cup of tea, you ll love it If it isn t, you ll probably never get it.Me I m a fan.

  6. David Rickert says:

    Not as good as the previous volume some of the stories failed to engage and not as good as the classic villains to come, from what I hear.

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