Monday, January 26, 2009

Depression sets in...

I haven't said much about these wonderful reprints by IDW because I do not want to be accused of hawking somebody's wares, however the silence is at an end as of this post.
I have bought many Tracy reprints over the years, hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and comics.  Some were handled well given the format difficulties and some were just plain bad.  As a result, I spent a lot of time and money trying to organize the years and the various formats;  
"Lessee here, Tommyguns and Hardtimes along with the 70's hardcover and the 3rd series comics, then back to the Blackthorne series.  Missing 1937 and the filler for the Texie Garcia overlap..."
It got convoluted. 
Now thanks to IDW, the entire Chester Gould series is going to be reprinted!  Starting with the depression years in 1931, the very beginning!  This is old news to some but good news anyway.  If the project is seen to the end it'll take about 8 years at the announced output of three per year.
I have many of the stories already, but not all and they will be in a nicely designed set.  The daily art is crisp and looks very nice.  The sunday's on the other hand are too small and have no color (except for the out-of-continuity ones in the first volume) but it is a small price to pay to have these in one series, in order.
No fan of Tracy should be without them.

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