Category: Dick Tracy

EP3256: Dick Tracy: Who is the Purple Rider/Junior Kidnapped

Dick Tracy tries to get the criminal responsible for setting off an avalanche that stopped the sled carrying Pat Patton while stopping the Purple Rider from taking the law into his own hand.
Original Air Date: April 13 and 14, 1938

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EP3254s: Command Performance: Dick Tracy in B-Flat

Dick Tracy (Bing Crosby) is about to wed his long-time fiancee Tess Trueheart (Diana Shore) but his wedding keeps getting interrupted by desperate gangsters Flattop (Bob Hope), the Mole (Jimmy Durante), and Shaky (Frank Sinatra)

Original Air Date: February 15, 1945

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EP3250: Dick Tracy: Mounties at Pitchblend/Snow Slide


Dick Tracy is in the Yukon, helping the inhabitants of a small mining town stand up to a crook who’s taking advantage of the local uranium miners.

Original Air Date: April 11 and 12, 1938

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EP3244: Dick Tracy: Junior Kidnapped/Junior Escapes

Junior is kidnapped by the Mogul who wants the Black Pearl in exchange for Junior’s safe return.
Original Air Date: February 24 and 25, 1938

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EP3238: Dick Tracy: Dick Captured/Escape


Under hypnosis, Pat Patton attempts to obtains the ring containing the pearl and deliver to the Mogul.
Original Air Dates: February 22 and 23, 1938

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EP3232: Dick Tracy: Dick Captures the Gang/Pat Hypnotized

Dick Tracy conducts a surprise raid on the gang’s headquarters.
Original Air Date: February 18 and 21, 1938
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Graphic Novel Review: Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive

Dick Tracy made a big arrest and got fired for it. However, the City by the Lake desperately needs cleaning up, so the City by the Lake calls him and he gets to work, and it’s not too long before he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and hunted by dishonest cops, and needs new allies to clear his name and bust the rackets.

Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive¬†can be a bit jarring. Dick Tracy looks and acts like he always did. Only in a city that despite its retro designs, is chocked full of modern technology. Of course, this may come off as less surprising to fans of the strip which has had to find a way to keep current while maintaining the timeless qualities of Tracy. This book doesn’t do a pretty decent job of it.

The book does a decent job re-imagining some Dick Tracy characters¬† without going too far or making them unrecognizable. When Tracy is on the run, he’s given his watch, which is introduced as a specially designed device that gets around spying technology.’

If I had a complaint about changes, it’d be with Tess Trueheart. Tess has always been a tough character to do and an easy one to turn into a two dimensional damsel in distress trope. However, this book turns into a more modern trope, that’s just as two dimensional.

The art is fun and very fitting for a Dick Tracy book. The story’s not a masterpiece. But at just over 100 pages, it’s a breezy, fun read that manages to capture the Spirit of Dick Tracy and provide a lot of great, two-fisted action and a few surprises along the way.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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