Long time fan Russ Pfister sent us an email after reading the latest book in our Dick Tracy series, Vol. 25: 1969-1970. Included in the email are pictures of a very special Dick Tracy book that Russ made himself when he was nine years old that contain these same stories! With his permission, here is what Russ wrote us, accompanied by his photos.
If you have your own home made comic strip book, we would love to see it! Send us some pictures and your story to firstname.lastname@example.org!
At last! The Dick Tracy series has gotten to the good stuff!
That’s what I thought when I looked through the 25th volume of The Complete Dick Tracy. That’s MY Tracy! He finally looks the way he should — the way he did when I first discovered the strip in the Canton (Ohio) Repository. I got used to Tracy’s look of the 1940s when I read the stories in The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy, but he just never looked right in the sequences from the 50s and 60s that I later saw reprinted.
The first story I remember (and still the best, at least in my memory) is the one in this book, where Tracy is blinded. I remember being shocked and afraid that Tracy’s condition would be permanent! (I was 9 years old at the time.) So many panels in the book look familiar to me — although I did cheat and look up that storyline on microfiche at the Canton Public Library back in the early 80s.
And I loved the gadgets! I didn’t see the origin of the two-way wrist TV (let alone the radio), or the magnetic air cars, or the space coupe, but I was there when Groovy Grove (who was always ‘Groovy Groove’ when I pronounced his name in my head) introduced his police uniform of the future, and when Diet Smith showed off his humane gun. Those strips I cut out of the Repository each day and pasted (or taped) into my Dick Tracy scrapbook. It was a thrill to compare my book to yours — yours has the better layout and paper quality, mine has more color.
I’ve included some pictures of my personal collection of Tracy’s 1970 adventures. You’ll note that the hand-drawn likenesses of DT bare a striking resemblance to the cover of that beloved collection of the detective’s celebrated cases. What a coincidence!
Thanks to all of you at LOAC for bringing these wonderful comic strip reprints to us, and thanks especially for sticking with Tracy through all of Gould’s run. Now I’ve finally been able to read all of the moon-age strips I’d heard about for decades but never actually read (being born in 1960, I wasn’t following the strip at that point). And I look forward to becoming reacquainted with Pouch, and Peanut Butter, and Perfume (who also make appearances in my scrapbook) in the next few volumes.
Keep up the great work!