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The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 8
Author Chester Gould
Publication date July, 2009
Published by IDW
ISBN 9781600104633
Publication Order
Preceded by
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 7
Followed by
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 9

The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 8 contains the strips written and drawn by Chester Gould originally published in newspapers between the dates September 24th, 1942 and March 22nd, 1944.

It includes the following storylines:

The Flattop storyline ends with Flattop's initial capture by police, which would be concluded in the subsequent volume.

The book also includes original introductory material, including a Preface by editor Dean Mullaney, the essay "Dizzy, Tense Days" by Jeff Kersten, the essay "War Crimes" by Max Allan Collins, and several images of Dick Tracy merchandise made available at the time.


  • The book continues the revised format introduced in the previous volume, which was slightly larger than the previous six volumes. The cover features a full-color image of a well-known villain contained in the book (in this case, Pruneface), with black-and-white images of the other well-known characters displayed on the back.
  • The book's cover identifies Pruneface and Laffy as the prominent villains contained in the book. The promoting of Laffy may be considered a surprising choice considering that the book also contains the more well-known villains 88 Keyes and Flattop.
  • The book includes a disclaimer acknowledging the presence of racial caricatures in the strips and states that they are "reprinted without alteration for historical reference".