Four Color #34 - Dick Tracy
(January 1944)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "DICK TRACY, No. 34." No code number. Copyright 1939 by Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate, Inc.. Copyright 1940 by the Chicago Tribune.


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Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy
Keywords
automatic pistols

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do you mean to say you get a thousand dollars...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Tess Truehart; John Lavir
Synopsis
Tess wants to go into the dog kennel business with John Lavir.
Reprints
  • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black, red, and white.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bow - Wow -- Wow -- Woww -!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Tess Truehart; John Lavir; Dirks; Chief Brandon; Nat, the Fur King
Synopsis
John Lavir blackmails Tess into helping him with his stolen dog racket. She and Lavir get into a scuffle and the police find Lavir with his throat cut and charge Tess. Tracy finds evidence that clears Tess. A car sideswipes Tracy's police car and after a chase the police find that it was hauling stolen furs.
Reprints
  • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

Indexer Notes

Story is highly edited.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm going to hop into my own car and go out to Gibbons...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Chief Brandon; Fred Marken; Nat, the Fur King; Stooge Viller; Munny
Synopsis
Tracy and Pat try to prevent the hijacking of a truckload of furs, but get caught in a fiery crash. Tracy gets Fred Marken to help set up a trap for the fur thieves. Later Stooge Viller is released from prison and gets a $1,000 stake from his old gang to start operations again.
Reprints
  • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938 and 1939

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Thirty-five, forty, forty-five, fifty, fifty-five grand!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Chief Brandon; Stooge Viller; The Professor; Jim Epod; Iggie
Synopsis
Stooge Viller gets $55,000 from a safe-deposit box and goes into business with "The Professor" manufacturing small items that would be useful for criminals.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Code number "S.C. #60" for Super Comics #60 is at bottom of first page.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I see. Just a moment, I'll switch you to Mr. Tracy.
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Chief Brandon; Stooge Viller; The Professor; Tess Truehart; Binnie Viller
Synopsis
Tracy finds The Professor's workshop, but is captured by Stooge Viller. Viller moves the shop, sets the old place on fire, and leaves Tracy hanging by a rope in an abandoned well in the country. Viller has his gang kidnap his daughter, who is living with her grandmother, and bring her to see him. Tracy escapes from the well, where he is found by Tess Truehart and a group of Girl Scouts on an outing. Viller decides to leave town and take his daughter with him.
Reprints
  • US from Super Comics (Western, 1938 series) #61 (June 1943) [likely partial], #62 (July 1943) [likely partial]
  • which are reprinted
    • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1939 and 1940

Indexer Notes

Code number "SC 61" for Super Comics #61 is at the bottom of the first page. Apparently a combined and condensed version of the episodes in Super Comics #61 and #62.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Where is he? Ah, there he is - But he's only using...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Chief Brandon; Stooge Viller; Binnie Viller; Pat Patton; Tess Truehart; Toby Townley
Synopsis
After being accidentally shot by his daughter, Stooge Viller tries to escape by swimming across a river, but drowns. Tracy finds a baby that was left in a wardrobe case in a department store and tries to find his parents.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Code number "63-458" for Super Comics #63 is at the bottom of the first page.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I am the baby's mother. I read where the wax record...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Tess Truehart; Kress Kroywen; Toby Townley
Synopsis
The baby's grandfather snatches the baby from the police station and takes it to his laboratory where he injects it with tropic sleep germs.
Reprints
  • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune) newspaper strips from 1940

Indexer Notes

The character name Kroywen, also the name of the serum, is New York spelled backwards.

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Dick Tracy / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
He's been inoculated with tropic sleep germs...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Kress Krowyen; Toby Townley; Junior
Synopsis
Tracy tracks the baby's grandfather to his lab and in a fight, the old man hits his head and dies and the only beaker of tropic serum is spilled. Tracy takes the baby to the hospital only to find that there is no cure for tropic sleep. Tracy and Patton ransack the old man's study and find the formula for the secret serum to cure the disease.
Reprints
  • from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune) newspaper strips from 1940

Indexer Notes

Story continues on inside back cover in black, red, and white and concludes on the back cover in color.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Dick Tracy
  2. 1. ["Do you mean to say you get a thousand dollars..."]
    Dick Tracy
  3. 2. ["Bow - Wow -- Wow -- Woww -!"]
    Dick Tracy
  4. 3. ["I'm going to hop into my own car and go out to Gibbons..."]
    Dick Tracy
  5. 4. ["Thirty-five, forty, forty-five, fifty, fifty-five grand!"]
    Dick Tracy
  6. 5. ["I see. Just a moment, I'll switch you to Mr. Tracy."]
    Dick Tracy
  7. 6. ["Where is he? Ah, there he is - But he's only using..."]
    Dick Tracy
  8. 7. ["I am the baby's mother. I read where the wax record..."]
    Dick Tracy
  9. 8. ["He's been inoculated with tropic sleep germs..."]
    Dick Tracy
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