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  1. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 7

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 7

    $39.99

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    Volume Seven contains over 500 Dick Tracy comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1941 through June 1942. This volume also includes an introduction by Max Allan Collins, as well as the third historical feature from J.C. Vaughn looking at the evolution of Tracy merchandise. Learn More
  2. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 6

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 6

    $29.99

    Presenting the sixth volume of IDW Publishing’s deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould’s timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy! Volume Six contains over 500 comic strips from the series’ early years, this time covering material that originally ran from July 1939 through January 1941. This volume includes an introduction by Max Allan Collins and other historical material. Learn More
  3. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 5

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 5

    $29.99

    Presenting the fifth volume of IDW Publishing’s deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould’s timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Five once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series’ early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1938 through July 1939. Included in this collection are Tracy story arcs such as “Chief Shellberry,” Karpse,” “Scardol,” and “Whip Chute,” introducing such villains as “Nails,” Jojo Nidle, and Johnny Ramm. As always, this latest Tracy collection features cover and book design by the renowned Ashley Wood, an introduction by Associate Editor and former Tracy newspaper strip writer Max Allan Collins, and the first of a multi-part feature on Tracy merchandise by J.C. Vaughn. Learn More
  4. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 4

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 4

    $29.99

    Presenting the forth volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. This volume contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, covering material that ran from July 1936 through January 1938. This special volume features a new introduction by consulting editor Max Allan Collins, as well as a look at Republic Pictures’ first Tracy film from 1937, and its relationship to (and departures from) the source material, written by Mike Price.

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  5. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 3

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 3

    $29.99

    Presenting the third volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Three once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1935 through June 1936. This special volume features an introduction from Consulting Editor and longtime Tracy writer Max Allan Collins. Each volume features book design from award-winning designer/artist Ashley Wood.

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  6. The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 2

    The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Vol. 2

    $29.99

    Presenting the second volume of IDW Publishing’s deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould’s timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Two once again contains nearly 500 comic strips from the series’ early years, this time covering material that originally ran from May 1933 through January 1935. This special volume features an introduction from Consulting Editor and longtime Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, as well as part two of the interview between Collins and creator Chester Gould. Each volume will feature book design from award-winning designer/artist Ashley Wood. Learn More
  7. Bloom County: Complete Library, Vol. 1

    Bloom County: Complete Library, Vol. 1

    $39.99

    Collecting every strip from December 8, 1980, through September 26, 1982, in chronological order, with a new cover inset by Breathed. Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County burst onto the American comic scene in December 1980 and it soon became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The endearing and quirky denizens of the strip included Milo Bloom, Steve Dallas, Michael Binkley, Cutter John, Bill the Cat, and Opus the penguin. Bloom County was a strip that dealt with many issues relevant to the period. Occasional “Context Pages” are being added throughout this collection, giving the reader a greater understanding of the time. This is the first time Bloom County has been collected in a handsome hardcover library, five volumes in all. Each newspaper strip is reproduced in chronological order from first to last. Great effort has been made to ensure the highest production values are achieved. Most strips were either shot from printer’s proofs or Breathed’s own original art. This is the first of five volumes. Book design by Eisner Award-winning designer Dean Mullaney. HC • FC • 288 Pages • 11” x 8.5” Learn More
  8. Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles

    Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles

    $49.99

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    Noel Sickles drew comics for three brief years, yet his groundbreaking work on the 1930s aviation adventure series Scorchy Smith is a milestone in the history of newspaper comic strips. Over the past 70 years, however, readers have seen only occasional excerpts of this seminal work. Now IDW’s Library of American Comics presents Scorchy Smith and The Art of Noel Sickles, a comprehensive, oversized 352-page volume that collects, for the first time, every Sickles Scorchy strip, from December 1933 through November 1936. It also features extensive DVD-style extras examining Sickles’s life and the decades-long influence of his work, while also showcasing the breadth of his career as one of America’s foremost magazine illustrators. Pete Hamill observed, “Sickles was the first comics artist to use the brush boldly, in an impressionistic way” as he pioneered the use of chiaroscuro and Craftint shading in comics. Together with his studio partner, Milton Caniff of Terry and the Pirates fame, Sickles created a method of dramatic comics storytelling and illustration that influenced generations of artists who followed. Longtime Spider-Man artist John Romita noted that during the 1950s, “the whole industry was copying from photostats of the Scorchy Smith dailies by Noel Sickles.” Having blazed a trail through the comics world, Sickles left the medium in favor of a 40-year career as one of America's most successful magazine illustrators. A regular at Life magazine, his work also appeared in Look, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and the Saturday Evening Post. Sickles won the National Cartoonist Society’s Advertising and Illustration Award in both 1960 and 1962. He eventually settled in Tucson, Arizona and turned to painting, winning further acclaim for his Western canvases. Learn More
  9. The Complete Little Orphan Annie, Vol. 1

    The Complete Little Orphan Annie, Vol. 1

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    The Complete Little Orphan Annie is the second series to be released under IDW’s The Library of American Comics imprint, edited and designed by Dean Mullaney. Volume One will contain more than 1,000 daily comics in nine complete stories, from the very first strip in August 1924 through October 1927. In the pages of “Will Tomorrow Ever Come?” readers will discover how Annie escapes the orphanage and is ultimately adopted by “Daddy;” how she finds that loveable mutt Sandy and rescues him from being tortured; how she meets the Silos, who become recurring characters throughout the series; how she joins the circus and first encounters Pee Wee the elephant; and how, broke and alone, she hits the road on a succession of dangerous yet spiritually uplifting adventures. This volume also includes an index, and a biographical essay by Jeet Heer. Learn More
  10. Family Circus Library, Vol. 2

    $39.99

    The Family Circus is growing! Dad, Mom, Billy, Dolly, and Jeffy are about to welcome a new member to their ranks—PJ! On August 1, 1962, PJ was born and the circle was complete. Book Two of The Family Circus Library contains over 600 daily comics, and more than 100 Sunday strips, each one showcasing Bil Keane's sharp eye for details as he presents a comical and endearing portrait of family life, one that every parent can relate to. Learn More

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