Dick Tracy #144
(February 1961)

Harvey, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
84
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harvey Publications, Inc.
Brand
Giant Size Harvey Comics [Jack-in-the-box]
Editing
Leon Harvey (credited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age, then Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

The Case of the Stolen Fortune (Table of Contents)

Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Joe Simon [as Chester Gould]
Inks
Joe Simon [as Chester Gould]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Shoulders

Indexer Notes

Art credit based on Joe Simon's comments in his book The Comic Book Makers.

You Asked for Them...and Here They Are! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Harvey Giant Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Strange Case of Shoulders and the Stolen Fortune (Table of Contents: 2)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Inks
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Shoulders; Joie; Beardsley
Synopsis
A fingerprint at a crime scene reveals that Shoulders, one of Tracy's previous foes, is still alive. Shoulders has married someone who knows nothing of his previous life. Shoulders kills his partner and then the fence who was to buy stolen diamonds from him. When his step-daughter locks herself in his brush sample case, Tracy and Pat are tipped off by the brush company when they are contacted for a key. Shoulders sees the police cars in front of his house and flees, only to have an accident in his car. He takes shelter in an antique store, where the owner helps him.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #50 (April 1952) [From Dick Tracy Newspaper Strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-12-28 to 1948-01-29.]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-12-28 to 1948-01-29.

    Original magazine appearance in Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #50 was titled "The Killer Who Returned from the Dead."

An Easy Cryptogram (Table of Contents: 3)

Detective Sticklers / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
A. W. Nugent
Pencils
A. W. Nugent
Inks
A. W. Nugent
Colors
?
Letters
A. W. Nugent

Synopsis
Different puzzles and activities.

Indexer Notes

This feature appears between pages 1 and 2 of the first Dick Tracy story.

This is most likely a reprint.

Over My Dead Body (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sam Burlockoff ?
Inks
John Giunta
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Mr. Jason Slade; Mrs. Jason Slade; Inspector Thaddeus Mason
Synopsis
A multi-millionaire's wife is murdered.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with small illustration.

The Killer Finds a Hideout (Table of Contents: 5)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; drama; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Shoulder; Miss Varnish
Synopsis
While Tracy talks to Shoulders' wife, Shoulders disposes of his getaway vehicle by pushing it into a frozen pond and covering the tracks. Shoulders hides his stolen diamonds in his room. His landlady, Miss Varnish, puts him to work refinishing antiques as part of his rent.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #50 (April 1952) [From Dick Tracy Newspaper Strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-01-29 to 1948-02-01.

    ]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-01-29 to 1948-02-01.
    .

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Minit Mystery Starring the Count / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help! Help! Police!
Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Gehrhart; Simone; Ronald Stanton; Sandra Stanton
Synopsis
The Count solves the murder of his host.
Reprints

Ladder of Death (Table of Contents: 7)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Shoulders; Mrs. Shoulders; Miss Varnish
Synopsis
Mrs. Shoulders contacts Miss Varnish to get an appraisal on some antique furniture. Miss Varnish discovers that her boarder is a wanted man. Shoulders tries to escape but first wants to retrieve his diamonds from their hiding place. Tracy discovers Shoulders as the crook climbs a ladder to get the jewels. Shoulders loses his balance, and when he tries to shoot Tracy, he falls and shoots himself.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #50 (April 1952) [From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-02-02 to 1948-02-27.]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-02-02 to 1948-02-27.

"Well, well -- if it isn't my old friend, Inspector Kelly!" (Table of Contents: 8)

Minit Mystery Starring the Count / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Gehrhart; Inspector Kelly; Marta Grange; Hugh Winters
Synopsis
Boris solves the murder of an actress who was killed in a public park.
Reprints

Legacy of Murder (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Lieutenant Peter Hardwick; Frank Bronson; Tim Garrett
Synopsis
Lt. Hardwick investigates the murder on an heiress.
Reprints

Hi, kids! Look for Me in Every Harvey Comic in the Top Left Corner (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Harvey Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.2 page (report information)

Double-Double-Cross (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Powell
Inks
Bob Powell
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with illustration.

Dick Tracy and the Case of the Teleguard Terror (Table of Contents: 12)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Inks
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Diet Smith; Brilliant; Big Frost
Synopsis
Diet Smith is shot when crooks attempt to steal his invention, the Teleguard, a device that allows monitoring of locations with the help of cameras. Brilliant, the scientist who also worked on the device, demonstrates its potential to Dick Tracy.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #55 (September 1952)
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-09-15 to 1948-09-26.

The Terror Strikes Again (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; The Chief; Diet Smith; Brilliant; Big Frost
Synopsis
Diet Smith sets up a demonstration for his Teleguard machine. Tracy invites Chiefs of Police from all over the country to attend the demonstration. Using phony credentials, Big Frost attends. After learning that Brilliant did most of the development, Big Frost goes to the apartment of the young scientist and shoots him!
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #55 (September 1952)
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-09-27 to 1948-10-16.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The World Has Lost a Genius!
Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Big Frost; B. O. Plenty; Gravel Gertie; Sparkle Plenty; Diet Smith
Synopsis
After killing Brilliant, Big Frost embarks on a crime spree with the Teleguard. He has his own daughter kidnapped and beaten by men who throw her down an embankment. She comes to rest in front of B. O. Plenty's house, where she is found by Sparkle. B. O. and Gravel Gertie nurse the young woman back to health, and B. O. decides to call Tracy.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #56 (October 1952)
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-10-17 to 1948-11-14. [Oct 21st-23rd removed]

    First page of the story from Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #56 not reprinted.

The Chase (Table of Contents: 15)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Big Frost; B. O. Plenty; Gravel Gertie; Sparkle Plenty; Heyyou the dog; Flossie Frost
Synopsis
Using Diet Smith's Teleguard invention, Tracy and the cops track Big Frost's every move and capture him. Big Frost's daughter, who has been staying at the B. O. Plenty's house, regains her memory when Tracy hands her a familiar book.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #56 (October 1952)
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 19xx-xx-xx to 19xx-xx-xx.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-11-15 to 1948-12-04. [Nov 18th-20th some panels removed, Nov 25th-27th removed]

[Richard Hodge, oil millionaire, has been found murdered in the living room of his mansion.] (Table of Contents: 16)

How Good A Detective Are You? / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Emil Gershwin
Inks
Emil Gershwin
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Inspector Zack
Synopsis
Footprints outside a window give Inspector Zack the clue he needs to solve a murder.
Reprints

The Beginning of the End (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Inks
Joe Simon (splash panel); Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; B. O. Plenty; Gravel Gertie; Sparkle Plenty; Flossie Frost; Big Frost; Heyyou
Synopsis
Sparkle and Flossie disappear when they go to buy a Christmas tree. Tracy learns how Big Frost and his gang know what the police are planning.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #57 (November 1952)
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-12-05 to 1948-12-23.
  • From Dick Tracy newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1948-12-05 to 1948-12-23.

    Original title for this story was "The Case of the Teleguard Terror," one of three stories with this title.

See Me On Funday Funnies Every Sunday and Every Friday (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Harvey-Toon / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

School Bus Safety (Table of Contents: 19)

Casper the Friendly Ghost / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the first of two ad pages between pages 2 and 3 of "The Beginning of the End."

Dear Boys and Girls, Here Are the Harvey Xmas Top Toys Specially for You! (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Harvey Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

S. L. Allen & Co. / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

A Car for Every Kid (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

AMT Corporation / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Hi Gang! (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Bochmann Bros. Co., Inc. / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Electric Build-It Set (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Electric Game Company / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Pro-Action Sport Games (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

Gotham Games / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

17" Automatic Army Field Cannon (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

The Conestoga Co., Inc. / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Jefferson Musical Toys (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

Jefferson Manufacturing Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Electric Hot Rod Racer You Can Build Yourself (Table of Contents: 28) (Expand) /

Electric Game Company / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Skin Diving (Table of Contents: 29) (Expand) /

Sidney A. Tarrson Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Jet Age Styling Radio Flyer (Table of Contents: 30) (Expand) /

Radio Steel Mfg. & Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Sensational Electric Micro-Projector (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

Skil-Craft Corp. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Build Your Own Model Railroad (Table of Contents: 32) (Expand) /

Rosebud Plastics, Corp. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Amazing Tarco Skill Drive (Table of Contents: 33) (Expand) /

Sidney A. Tarrson Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Green Hornet Show-Go Rod (Table of Contents: 34) (Expand) /

Monogram Models / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Hey Kids! (Table of Contents: 35) (Expand) /

Saalfield Square / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Casper the Friendly Ghost-in-the-Music-Box (Table of Contents: 36) (Expand) /

Mattel Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Gunderful TV Puppets with a Voice (Table of Contents: 37) (Expand) /

Gund Co. / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

You'll Go Better on Tires by Goodyear (Table of Contents: 38) (Expand) /

Goodyear / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

Casper Spook Board Game (Table of Contents: 39) (Expand) /

Milton Bradley Company / advertisement / 0.125 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 40)

Minit Mystery Starring the Count / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, Boris -- this is exciting!
Genre
adventure; drama; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Boris Gehrhart; Gaye Shirley; Arlene Mason
Synopsis
Boris solves a murder on the opening night of a play.
Reprints

Frontier Cabin (Table of Contents: 41) (Expand) /

Frontier Cabin / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Hi-Power Binoculars (Table of Contents: 42) (Expand) /

Hi-Power / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

204 Revolutionary War Soldiers (Table of Contents: 43) (Expand) /

Revolutionary War Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Bicycle Windshield (Table of Contents: 44) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Record Your Voice At Home (Table of Contents: 45) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Boys! Girls! Ladies! Men! Win a Beautiful Signet Ring! (Table of Contents: 46) (Expand) /

Wilson Chemical Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Case of the Stolen Fortune
    Dick Tracy
  2. 1. You Asked for Them...and Here They Are!
    Harvey Giant Comics
  3. 2. The Strange Case of Shoulders and the Stolen Fortune
    Dick Tracy
  4. 3. An Easy Cryptogram
    Detective Sticklers
  5. 4. Over My Dead Body
  6. 5. The Killer Finds a Hideout
    Dick Tracy
  7. 6. ["Help! Help! Police!"]
    Minit Mystery Starring the Count
  8. 7. Ladder of Death
    Dick Tracy
  9. 8. "Well, well -- if it isn't my old friend, Inspector Kelly!"
    Minit Mystery Starring the Count
  10. 9. Legacy of Murder
  11. 10. Hi, kids! Look for Me in Every Harvey Comic in the Top Left Corner
    Harvey Comics
  12. 11. Double-Double-Cross
  13. 12. Dick Tracy and the Case of the Teleguard Terror
    Dick Tracy
  14. 13. The Terror Strikes Again
    Dick Tracy
  15. 14. ["The World Has Lost a Genius!"]
    Dick Tracy
  16. 15. The Chase
    Dick Tracy
  17. 16. [Richard Hodge, oil millionaire, has been found murdered in the living room of his mansion.]
    How Good A Detective Are You?
  18. 17. The Beginning of the End
    Dick Tracy
  19. 18. See Me On Funday Funnies Every Sunday and Every Friday
    Harvey-Toon
  20. 19. School Bus Safety
    Casper the Friendly Ghost
  21. 20. Dear Boys and Girls, Here Are the Harvey Xmas Top Toys Specially for You!
    Harvey Comics
  22. 21. ["Whee-e-e! Look Pop, That's What I Want for Christmas!"]
    S. L. Allen & Co.
  23. 22. A Car for Every Kid
    AMT Corporation
  24. 23. Hi Gang!
    Bochmann Bros. Co., Inc.
  25. 24. Electric Build-It Set
    Electric Game Company
  26. 25. Pro-Action Sport Games
    Gotham Games
  27. 26. 17" Automatic Army Field Cannon
    The Conestoga Co., Inc.
  28. 27. Jefferson Musical Toys
    Jefferson Manufacturing Co.
  29. 28. Electric Hot Rod Racer You Can Build Yourself
    Electric Game Company
  30. 29. Skin Diving
    Sidney A. Tarrson Co.
  31. 30. Jet Age Styling Radio Flyer
    Radio Steel Mfg. & Co.
  32. 31. Sensational Electric Micro-Projector
    Skil-Craft Corp.
  33. 32. Build Your Own Model Railroad
    Rosebud Plastics, Corp.
  34. 33. Amazing Tarco Skill Drive
    Sidney A. Tarrson Co.
  35. 34. Green Hornet Show-Go Rod
    Monogram Models
  36. 35. Hey Kids!
    Saalfield Square
  37. 36. Casper the Friendly Ghost-in-the-Music-Box
    Mattel Co.
  38. 37. Gunderful TV Puppets with a Voice
    Gund Co.
  39. 38. You'll Go Better on Tires by Goodyear
    Goodyear
  40. 39. Casper Spook Board Game
    Milton Bradley Company
  41. 40. ["Oh, Boris -- this is exciting!"]
    Minit Mystery Starring the Count
  42. 41. Frontier Cabin
    Frontier Cabin
  43. 42. Hi-Power Binoculars
    Hi-Power
  44. 43. 204 Revolutionary War Soldiers
    Revolutionary War Soldiers
  45. 44. Bicycle Windshield
    Honor House Products Corp.
  46. 45. Record Your Voice At Home
    Honor House Products Corp.
  47. 46. Boys! Girls! Ladies! Men! Win a Beautiful Signet Ring!
    Wilson Chemical Company
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