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Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 1

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from January 1 - June 9, 1946, featuring the "Miss Irma" and "Nilon Hoze" story arcs. Diet Smith, the inventor of the two-way wrist radio, is targeted by colleague Miss Irma and her son, Brilliant, in a deadly scheme of revenge. Then, B.O. Plenty gets mixed up in a bizarre kidnapping-and-marriage scheme by the murderous Nilon Hoze. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #2
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 2

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Milton Caniff, Walter Simmons, Dick Locher and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from June 10, 1946 - November 17, 1946, featuring the "Shoulders," "Wedding of B.O. Plenty," and "Gargles" story arcs. Protection racketeer Gargles uses the musical talents of a girl named Themesong as cover for his crimes, but Tracy and singer Christmas Early come to her rescue. Then, the wedding of Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty. Also featuring vintage articles about Chester Gould's working day and his creation of Dick Tracy; an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award by its first winner, Milton Caniff; and a memorial page by Tracy artist Dick Locher for Gould, who passed away in May 1985. An Enduring Art; Dedicated to the Memory of Chester Gould; The Country's Favorite Detective -- and His Boss!; The Reuben; The Chester Gould Autobiography. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #2REP
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 2REP

    2nd or later printing. Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Milton Caniff, Walter Simmons, Dick Locher and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from June 10, 1946 - November 17, 1946, featuring the "Shoulders," "Wedding of B.O. Plenty," and "Gargles" story arcs. Protection racketeer Gargles uses the musical talents of a girl named Themesong as cover for his crimes, but Tracy and singer Christmas Early come to her rescue. Then, the wedding of Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty. Also featuring vintage articles about Chester Gould's working day and his creation of Dick Tracy; an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award by its first winner, Milton Caniff; and a memorial page by Tracy artist Dick Locher for Gould, who passed away in May 1985. An Enduring Art; Dedicated to the Memory of Chester Gould; The Country's Favorite Detective -- and His Boss!; The Reuben; The Chester Gould Autobiography. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #3
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 3

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from November 17, 1946 - April 29, 1947, featuring the "Influence" and "Hypo" story arcs. Tracy meets teen Misty Waters while tangling with the hypnotic Influence. Then, Tracy goes after a killer who poses as a magazine photographer. Also featuring a letter of appreciation from Chester Gould (on Dick Tracy stationery); reprints of vintage public service announcements featuring Dick Tracy; and historical notes from publisher Shel Dorf. An Enduring Art; Why Reprints?; Dear Shel; Dick Tracy Suggests. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #3REP
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 3REP

    2nd or later printing. Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from November 17, 1946 - April 29, 1947, featuring the "Influence" and "Hypo" story arcs. Tracy meets teen Misty Waters while tangling with the hypnotic Influence. Then, Tracy goes after a killer who poses as a magazine photographer. Also featuring a letter of appreciation from Chester Gould (on Dick Tracy stationery); reprints of vintage public service announcements featuring Dick Tracy; and historical notes from publisher Shel Dorf. An Enduring Art; Why Reprints?; Dear Shel; Dick Tracy Suggests. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #4
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 4

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Max Allan Collins, Matt Masterson, Milton Caniff and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from April 30, 1947 - July 15, 1947, featuring the Crime Stoppers" and "Birth of Sparkle Plenty" story arcs. Junior Tracy forms the Dick Tracy Crime Stoppers and helps a young hood turn his life around. Then, the dramatic birth of Sparkle Plenty, the daughter of Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty. Also featuring an essay on Chester Gould by his successor as the strips writer, Max Allan Collins; Matt Masterson presents the first segment of his collage of Dick Tracy characters through the years; and an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award by its first winner, Milton Caniff. The World's Most Famous Detective; Why Reprints?; 200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977; The Reuben; Dick Tracy Crime Stoppers. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #5
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 5

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Matt Masterson, Milton Caniff and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from July 14, 1947 - September 30, 1947, featuring the "Coffyhead" story arc. Juniors Crime Stoppers program has worked so well that crooks Coffyhead and Autumn Hews cant find kids to help them steal hubcaps. So they kidnap Junior and Bronko, and soon have Dick Tracy on their trail. Also featuring Matt Mastersons collage of Dick Tracy characters through the years, and an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award by its first winner, Milton Caniff. Big-Time Traditions; 200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #6
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 6

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from October 1 – December 10, 1947, featuring the first "Mumbles" story arc. Coffyhead attempts a prison break; Tracy tries to prove that Mumbles and his gang killed a cop. Also featuring Matt Mastersons collage of Dick Tracy characters through the years, and an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award by its first winner, Milton Caniff. Big-Time Traditions; 200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #7
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 7

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Tracy O'Connell. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from December 11, 1947 – February 27, 1948, featuring the "Return of Shoulders" story arc. A strange murder in a park alerts Tracy that Shoulders has survived. A curious call from a locksmith puts him on the trail of wounded Shoulders and a fortune in stolen gems. Also featuring articles from Chester Goulds scrapbook; An essay by Goulds granddaughter; and Matt Mastersons collage of Dick Tracy characters through the years. The Scrap Book of Chester Gould; My Grandfather, Chester Gould; 200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #8
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 8

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from February 28 – May 21, 1948, featuring the "Mrs. Volts & Sparkle Plenty" story arc. Mrs. Volts deals in stolen electrical parts until she has a run-in with B.O. Plenty, who inadvertently winds up with her beloved dog. She attacks the Plenty family to get her dog back, and winds up in the clutches of her son Brier, who is an even worse criminal. Also featuring a profile of Chester Gould, Matt Mastersons collage of Dick Tracy characters through the years, and an essay on cartoonings Reuben Award. The Scrap Book of Chester Gould; 200 Characters from Dick Tracy 1931-1977; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #9
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 9

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Matt Masterson, Milton Caniff and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from May 22, 1948 - August 9, 1948, featuring the Brier Volts and Heels Beals story arcs. On the run from Tracy, Brier Volts ill-advisedly attacks nine-foot-tall female cabbie Acres O'Riley, and soon learns that was a mistake. In the aftermath, Acres reunites with her crooked ex Heels Beals, who sets a death-trap for Tracy when he tries to intervene. Also featuring a profile of Chester Gould, and an interview with Dick Tracy fan Mike Masterson. The Scrap Book of Chester Gould; Matt Masterson Q & A; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #10
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 10

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Matt Masterson, Milton Caniff and Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from August - October 1948, featuring the Heels Beals and Big Frost story arcs. Heels Beals manages to escape from Tracy, only to trap himself; racketeer Big Frost decides to curtail Tracys high-tech gadgets by murdering their inventor. Also featuring an interview with Dick Tracy fan Mike Masterson and a Dick Tracy PSA for savings bonds from 1973. In Praise of Silence; Matt Masterson Q & A, Part Two; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #11
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 11

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from October 1948 – January 1949, featuring the conclusion of the Big Frost story arc. The amnesiac girl sheltered by the Plentys soon realizes shes the daughter of Big Frost, whom he tried to have killed, and that sets Tracy on his trail. Chief Brandon retires and Pat Patton becomes the new chief. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #12
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 12

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    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from January 14, 1949 - April 5, 1949, featuring the Sleet story arc. Police informant Sleet attacks Sam Catchem and escapes, leaving him unconscious in the snow. While the Crimestoppers search for Sam, Tracy tracks Sleet and her mother. But Sleet makes the mistake of hiding out in the home of Mrs. India, who has a pet gorilla. Also, home furnishings (furniture, shoes, rugs) designed by Chester Gould in the 1920s, before the creation of Dick Tracy. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $5.95.

  • Issue #13
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 13

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from July 13 - September 28, 1941, featuring the Little Face story arc (and skipping back 8 years from issue #12). Tracy is aided by circus performer Loma while pursuing jewel thief Little Face; later, Little Face returns the favor by taking Loma hostage. Also featuring a letter of appreciation from Chester Gould and a reprint of a vintage profile of Gould from 1947. The Scrapbook of Chester Gould; Meet Chester Gould; The Reuben. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #14
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 14

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from September 24 – December 20, 1941, featuring the Mole story arc. The murderous Mole runs an underground motel for fugitives, but his fingerprints on a manhole cover lead Tracy to a desperate battle in his subterranean hideout. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #15
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 15

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from December 2, 1941 – March 10, 1942, featuring the Jacques the Blackmailer and B.B. Eyes story arcs. Blackmailer Jacques gets the jump on Tracy, and puts him in a death-trap so clever even Chester Gould almost couldnt get him out. But then it turns out that Jacques brother, B.B. Eyes, is even more dangerous. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #16
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 16

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from March 11 – May 29, 1942, featuring the B.B. Eyes and Yollman story arcs. B.B. Eyes puts Tracy and Patton through a devious series of death-traps; An actors love affair leads to hypnosis and a deadly turnabout. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #17
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 17

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from May 30 – August 15, 1942, featuring the "Yollman" and Tiger Lily story arcs. The nefarious Tiger Lily arranges accidents for profit; Junior and Tracy go undercover on his golf course to trap him. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #18
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 18

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from August 16 – November 1, 1942, featuring the "Tiger Lily" and "Pruneface" story arcs. Tracy tracks a Nazi fifth columnist known only as Boche, and soon learns that he is in reality the deadly Pruneface. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #19
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 19

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from November 2, 1942 – January 9, 1943, featuring the Pruneface story arc. The escaped Pruneface rents a spare room from the mother of Tracys fiancee; when the jig is up, he escapes to a prolonged stand-off with police during a raging blizzard. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #20
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 20

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from January 20 – April 8, 1943, featuring the "Nifty" story arc. Gambler Nifty abducts his son from the boys mother, but when the kidnapping goes awry, Tracy must navigate a raging blizzard on foot to get the ill boy to safety. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #21
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 21

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from April – July 1943, featuring the "88 Keys" story arc. Hired killer 88 Keys leaves a trail of bodies behind on his cross-country plot to fleece a rich widow and elude Dick Tracy, but the chase takes its toll on both of them. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #22
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 22

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from July – September 1943, featuring the Mrs. Pruneface story arc. The disfigured Mrs. Pruneface sets an ingenious trap for Dick Tracy using ice blocks. When that fails, she hides out in the home of the mayor himself. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #23
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 23

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from September – December 1943, featuring the "Laffy Smith" story arc. Demented Joker-like killer Laffy Smith impersonates a doctor and deals in stolen prescription drugs and murder, laughing all the while. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #24
    Dick Tracy (1984 Blackthorne Publishing) 24

    Story, art and cover by Chester Gould, plus supplemental material by Shel Dorf. Blackthorne Publishing reprints the original comic-strip adventures of legendary tough cop Dick Tracy and his rogues gallery of freakish enemies. This issue reprints the strips from December 1943 - March 1944, featuring the start of the Flattop story arc. Hired killer Flattop accepts a contract to kill Dick Tracy, but thinks better of it. He captures him instead and demands a fortune for Tracys life from his criminal clients, while Tracy hatches a desperate plan to get a message out to the police. Final issue of the series. Squarebound, 72 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.