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Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1 was the first issue in a 4-issue limited series released by IDW in 2018-2019.

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Police detective Dick Tracy is fired from his position in the San Francisco Police Department after arresting a prominent (but guilty) citizen. He then takes a job on the police force in Chicago.

Immediately upon arriving in his new city, Tracy arrests several high-ranking members of the local government for corruption. This leads him to an encounter with Big Boy, the local crime boss.

Big Boy is arrested and faces the death penalty for long-standing murder conviction. His execution does not go as planned.


  • This issues features an overview of the strip's history and a partial script breakdown.
  • Several variant covers for this issue were produced.

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