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            The funny pages in newspapers are usually considered to be places where comedy reigns. The whole point of a “funnies” page is to laugh. Right? But there is a precedent that goes back to the beginning of Print: the dramatic comic strip. These were commonly divided amongst the “soap opera” strips such as Rex Morgan MD, and the “adventure” series, such as The Phantom, Spider-Man and, of course, Dick Tracy.

            Dick Tracy is a square-jawed lawman; an honest cop who is the best at what he does. He also has a wide variety of strange villains that could give Batman a run for his money! The bad guys were invariably grotesque freaks, the dames were beautiful and loyal, and the femme fatales were conflicted. Welcome to Dick Tracy’s world!

            Chester Gould was the creator of Dick Tracy and his world, and now, thanks to this new hardcover collection series from IDW, you can see how the whole thing started, including the first appearances of many of the longtime supporting characters and villains.

      This collection is the first in a multi-year project that will collect all of the Dick Tracy strips — including the original five sample strips Gould sent in to get approved! This first volume covers Tracy’s early years from October 1931 to May 1933. So if you like Dick Tracy, see how it all began.
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